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Town Crier Marks 100th Edition (July 2017)

July 25, 2017

how our community communicates

Dear readers,

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

Edition 1 Header, The Fenelon Falls Town Crier

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 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 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:

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 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!


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And of course we must say a special thank you to our Sponsors, whose generosity contributes directly to the ongoing success of 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!


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Trees To Remember Vimy By (August 2017)

July 25, 2017


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.


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 Positive Influence on Kawartha Lakes (July 2017)

July 21, 2017

Soroptimist International recognizes four graduating students for their positive influence on others

SoroFour young women graduating from our local high schools were recognized this week for their peer leadership with the RoseMary Reid Positive Influence Award from Soroptimist International of Kawartha Lakes.

Soroptimist International of Kawartha Lakes joins with the local schools in their annual recognition activities by presenting the award to a female graduating student from each of the city’s four secondary schools who models values, beliefs and attitudes that inspire others. The modest cash award is presented to a young woman for being an exemplary role model to her peers, focusing on positive character traits rather than academic or athletic achievement.

The 2017 recipients are:

Alexandra Tesic, I.E. Weldon Collegiate

Claire Allore, Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute

Harmony McNish, Fenelon Falls Secondary School

Jaden Mifsud, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School

Soroptimist International of Kawartha Lakes is a volunteer service organization for women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Founded in 2011, the club is part of Soroptimist International where more than 76,000 Soroptimists in 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based projects that benefit women and girls.

The award is named for RoseMary Reid, a longtime member of Soroptimist International, initially from the Peterborough club and more recently York Region. Active at all levels of the organization, RoseMary recently completed her term as President of Soroptimist International of the Americas, overseeing clubs in 20 countries and territories.

For more information visit

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.

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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President’s Message – Summer Wishes from the Fenelon Chamber (July 2017)

June 27, 2017

YOUR CHAMBER of COMMERCE quarterly update

FFDCC Logo JPEG copyI would like to take this opportunity to THANK all those Chamber Members and friends of the Chamber who have volunteered their time and skills to make Fenelon Falls THE JEWEL OF THE KAWARTHA’s. I am most impressed with our volunteer base in Fenelon Falls with the Chamber of Commerce and other community groups. It is many hands that make things happen.

Here is a short list of what the Chamber has accomplished in the 2nd quarter of 2017

  • One of our main tasks is the implementation of the actions that have been reviewed and approved by the City Council for “DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION”. There are many people that are required to ensure that all tasks are managed and implemented. For a complete list of tasks that need to happen and other interesting information about Fenelon Falls visit or drop into our Chamber Office by the locks.
  • The 2017 Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show was the most successful ever based on attendance and in conversations with the vendors and customers at the show. A HUGE thanks to Monica Jardine and her team in making this happen. We had an increase in attendance by 25%. Thanks to all our sponsors, supporters, vendors and customers.
  • CANADA DAY is almost here and there have been a lot of preparations by the Canada Day Committee to make this happen. The entire day is filled with activities topped off by a huge fireworks display at Garnet Graham Park celebrating Canada’s 150. Thank you Doug Elmslie and your team.
  • Your Special Events Committee has been very active again this year and we would like to thank all those who have sponsored this committee making Fenelon Falls the place to shop. Please remember that Midnight Madness is happening on July 8th so come out and support your local merchants.
  • We have a new addition to our Chamber office this summer. Please drop in and say hi to Rylea Rea who has joined our team to help out. She focused on running our Tourism Office and is very excited to help inform visitors from near and far of the wonderful ways our village shines. Do you have a special place in Fenelon that we shouldn’t keep secret? Why not drop us a note or give us a call. Email Rylea at or reach her by phone at 705-887-3409.
  • Our downtown beautification committee has been working very hard and we would like to thank the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society and our local businesses for the flowers on the light poles, bridge and hanging from the stores. They look FANTASTIC!
  • The Chamber has made a generous donation to the Rotary Club in support of the splash pad. We are looking forward to seeing it up and running by midsummer. Good Luck!

On behalf of the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce I would like to wish you all a GREAT SUMMER. Please take a moment to drop in and see us.

Your Chamber of Commerce


Brent Simpson


Tourism Centre 2017 Flyer





Help the Helpers Keep Beach Poo Free (Summer 2017)

June 27, 2017

20170620_214709Volunteers Injured at Garnet Graham Park in Fenelon Falls

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

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

97, 98, 99… The Town Crier Turns 100 (July 2017)

June 26, 2017

Town Crier turns 100



4 years of community connection

The next edition of the Town Crier will be published on July 26th and believe it or not, it will be the hundredth one! What started as a city funded initiative has evolved into a Chamber run and sponsor supported project which continues to connect us with each other and what is happening in and around our village. In preparation for a look back over 4 years of the Town Crier being delivered via email to residents and lovers of Fenelon Falls, we are asking you, our dear subscribers, to let us know what you like and love about our little newsletter-that-could. If you can spare a moment, please email us at – we’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading. Happy July, Fenelon Falls!

– The Town Crier Team


Local Guiding Units Donate to Amy’s House (July 2017)

June 26, 2017

image1Emily Grace Percival of 1st Fenelon Falls Rangers launched a community campaign to help put together 16 Household Welcome Baskets for new families moving into Amy’s House Next Step Housing in Fenelon Falls.  The shelter provides a safe positive environment to help families recover and move on from abusive situations. Emily Grace is pictured with members and leaders of our local Units.

A special “thank you” goes out to Fenelon Falls Home Hardware for donating enough materials to pack five baskets on their own. Another exceptional financial donation was made by the Fenelon Falls Rotary Club together with major donations from Killaby Auto Repair and Lilac Lodge of Bobcaygeon. Fenelon Falls Sobeys was another supporter of the creation of these baskets. The brownies packed the baskets with “love and inspirational messages”.

We would also like to thank the Community at large for supporting us through cookie purchases which have allowed to us to complete a large number of community service projects, attend more than 8 camps helping fulfil Girl Guides of Canada’s Mission to enable girls to be confident, resourceful and courageous, and to make a difference in the world.

If you have any girls age 5 to 17 interested in joining us next September please visit for more information

Annette Poeta
1st Fenelon Falls Rangers

Take Back The Beach gets Environmental Hero Award (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

Mayor Andy Letham presents Gay Fletcher and members of the Take Back the Beach team with the 2017 Environmental Hero Award. They are joined by Pat Warren, chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee, and Councillor Gord Miller.

The community’s environmental heroes left their capes at home as they were recognized during a special Council meeting Tuesday, May 23.

Earlier this year, the City asked for nominations of individuals or groups that had addressed a local environmental issue in 2016 and made an outstanding environmental contribution in Kawartha Lakes. We sought the names and stories of those who had acted successfully to influence change for the benefit of the environment, without any expectation of reward.

On Tuesday, Mayor Andy Letham and Councillors formally recognized the  Environmental Hero and Youth Environmental Hero of 2016.

“Our environmental heroes have taken it upon themselves to improve Kawartha Lakes through their commitment to the environment. Their projects and initiatives help provide an exceptional quality of life and a healthy environment for our families, our friends and all City residents,” says Mayor Letham. “Thank you for your dedication to our planet and our community.”

Environmental Hero: Gay Fletcher

The Kawartha Lakes Environmental Hero award was presented to Gay Fletcher of Take Back the Beach for her efforts to clean up the goose droppings in Garnet Graham Park. The efforts of Gay and her team have not only made the park more enjoyable and usable, they have also reduced the number of annual e-coli count warnings issued by the Health Unit.

Also honoured at the presentation was…

Youth Environmental Hero: Bobcaygeon Public School’s Eco Club leaders

Leaders of Bobcaygeon Public School’s Eco Club, Chloe Williams, MacKenzie Ressor, Maya Piaz, and Zephyr Ball were named the recipients of this year’s Youth Environmental Hero Award for their work with bird nesting boxes, monitoring the school’s recycling, and public education efforts.

Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan accepted the award on behalf of the students. A presentation will be made at Bobcaygeon Public School on a later date.

Congratulations, Heroes!

Introducing Langton’s Green Team (May 17, 2017)

May 16, 2017


Zoë McIntosh, Sophie Kaloudas, and Sofia Entzin-Telford from Ms. Higgins Grade 4/5 class started the Green Team to raise awareness about Earth Day and the Environment.

When they learned that the whole school would board buses and head to Peterborough to watch a movie about endangered species they wanted to have a second option that included stewardship activities and that didn’t require students to travel to participate. While asking around for support, lots of students didn’t even know what Earth Day was- they knew they had to do something so that students learn that we need to respect the Earth and take care of it.

They gathered support from Ms Higgins and Principle’s  and planned Option 2 for Earth Day festivities including germinating seeds, planting seeds, a litterless lunch picnic, a community clean up, and a craft where students traced their hands and wrote down what they would do for the environment, after the hand cut out’s where used to create a tree (pictured behind the Green Team).Roughly 70 students participated in the event on Friday April 21st.

So far the team is working on a garden at the school, and have ideas to get the school composting and recycling more, and they also hope to get involved with the local Horticulture Society. Their advocacy doesn’t stop on the school property- the team is planning on making posters to put up around town to raise awareness that Tim Horton’s Coffee cups are recyclable in Kawartha Lakes (remove lid, and toss both into container/plastic recycling).

IMG_20170421_150039_815The Green Team meets weekly and students are notified of the meeting over the daily announcements, anyone from grade 2 and up can join them, and about 10-15 students do already.  They are also looking for families to help take care of the garden for a week at a time over the summer holidays.

By Julia Taylor

Earth Day Success in Fenelon Falls (May 2017)

May 2, 2017

11 copyThe Earth Day Tree planting in Fenelon Falls was a big success thanks to community members!  Over fifty people came out and worked hard planting trees and shrubs as an act of stewardship for our local environment on Earth Day at the ‘Put Down Some Roots’ event.

A big thank you goes to the community for digging holes and shovelling mulch on their day off, on a sunny spring morning. To the Environmental Advisory Committee and city support staff for purchasing the trees and for their time, ideas, materials, support, and efforts into this event. To Rob Gri from Delvinyl Entertainment for donating his time, talent, and equipment.  To Jodi Rolland from JC Photagraphy for donating her time and talents capturing memories and highlights of this event. To Sobeys for donating snacks to fuel the digging and wheel barrelling. To Taylor’s Home Projects for purchasing coffee from Sweet bottoms Coffee . To the city’s Parks and Rec staff for helping us find a suitable location to plant trees, and for preparing the property for the event. To The Fenelon Horticultural Society for helping with the planting plans, and to Kawartha Conservation for supplying the tools needed, and raffling off a free rain barrel.

16 copyThank you all SO MUCH for making this event come true. We can be very proud to live in a community that comes together like this to support environmental stewardship activities.

It takes a community!


Kids from Queen Street kick off Earth Week cleaning up litter at the old gravel pit, a space they are thankful to have in Earth Weektheir community. Among things found were pieces of toboggans, pieces of chairs, and a full folding chair that had been there so long it was covered in moss. All litter was sorted and put in bins.

Decommissioned Fenelon Falls Landfill To Be Repurposed (Apr. 2017)

April 18, 2017
to help declining bee populations
The City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee (KLEAC) is piloting a project to turn part of the decommissioned land at the Fenelon Falls Landfill into a positive source of habitat and food for insects.
The Fenelon Landfill Pollination Project is an initiative where a new type of seed mix will be tested on the top of the landfill to promote the habitat of pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies.

In 2015 it was estimated that 38 per cent of honey bees died in Ontario. The Canadian Honey Bee Council estimates that the Canadian bee population has declined by 35 per cent in the past three years. The City, in partnership with Fleming College and the environmental community are working together to reverse this decline.

“Pollinating insects play a major role in the agriculture industry to ensure food crops are properly established. They help to ensure sustainable food for our community and surrounding area,” commented David Kerr, Manager of Environmental Services.

The project was spearheaded by the KLEAC  “In the fall of 2014, it came to our committee’s attention that a six hectare cell at the Fenelon landfill was to be decommissioned. This meant it would be covered with clay and topsoil and a vegetative cover would be planted to prevent erosion,” explained CKLEAC member Susan Blayney.

After new soil is placed on the top of an old landfill to cover the waste, it is necessary to establish vegetation on the soil to prevent erosion and minimize water infiltration into the landfill according to Kerr. Vegetation currently used for this application is an assortment of grass mixtures which have a thick mat like root base. However, pollinating insects are not attracted to grass mixtures so wild flowers and clover type mixes will be used.

The pollinator mix being tested by the city will have a mixture of flowers with strong root bases and other vegetation that they hope will perform as well as the traditional grass mixes. A seed mix was sourced from Pickseed Canada Inc., in Lindsay, over the winter of 2014/2015 and approved by a pollination expert on faculty at Fleming College in Lindsay.

Fleming College students will be developing a monitoring program to closely review and collect data on how well the program is working.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is a partner in this project and has granted the city the opportunity to test a pollinator mix on the cap rather than requiring the standard seed mix to be placed on the entire cap.

The city says If this project is successful, pollinator seed mixes may be able to be used in many other applications, not just to cover landfills. Some examples would be open spaces, fields, boulevards and parks, to name a few.

Blayney says she is excited about the new pilot project KLEAC has spearheaded. “This land has been taken out of habitat for many years, and now it is able to give back. This is community involvement at its best, and one of the reasons I’m proud to be a part of the committee.”

Several years ago the city installed a methane gas collection system on one of their landfills to harness fuel from the landfill to generate electricity. Now they are using the old landfills to help insects and better sustain our food crops. Kerr says “It is part of our commitment to foster a healthy environment for current and future generations.”

Other municipalities are starting to show interest in the project.

Article by Pamela Vanmeer of

originally published here 

Family Doctor Appreciation Week Contest (Apr. 2017)

April 18, 2017

family-doctorsKawartha Lakes Family Doctor Recruitment is holding a children’s poster and letter writing contest to promote Family Doctor Appreciation Week.

Students in Grades K-6 are encouraged to draw a picture or write a letter to their family doctor. Who is he or she? What makes them special to you? What would you like to thank your family doctor for? There are many ways to show your appreciation!

The rules are available by contacting the KLHCI office at 705-328-6098, on the KLHCI website at, or can be picked up at any City of Kawartha Lakes Library branch. All entries must be received by May 12.

Family Doctor Contest

Growing Community in Fenelon Falls (Apr. 2017)

April 4, 2017
Photo Credit: Robbie Preston

credit: Robbie Preston

What happens when you put more than 100 gardeners into a room for a day of socializing, meeting, singing and learning? On Saturday April 1, members of the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society, dressed to the nines in the fashions of 1867, hosted gardeners from the far flung corners of our district. The high point of the day was a fascinating and engaging talk by Garry Edwards, who walked us through the planting and growing year of a Victorian Kitchen Garden that he is constructing on his property, Meadow View Gardens. From tips on how to sow hard-to-germinate seeds, to growing healthy seedlings, to rotating crops and companion planting, Garry opened our imaginations to all that is possible in a kitchen garden.

Preparing the soil for this talk, so to speak, was a sing-a-long celebrating both the land of Canada, and the gardens that we grow, including a couple of humorous songs with new lyrics that warned against gardening jealousies and veggie munching critters, as well as a tribute to our society’s president, Kathy Armstrong.

Surrounding all of this was a magnificent raffle, with birdhouses, artwork, gift baskets, and other garden themed items. All of this contrived to create a wonderful context for the nuts and bolts of the district meeting itself.

And the day ran flawlessly thanks to the many volunteers from the Fenelon Horticultural Society who had decorated the hall, donated raffle items, provided practical loot bags (with a plant for everyone!), served the appetizers and the lunch, and kept the whole day running without a hitch.

So what happens when more than a hundred gardeners get together for a day? Friendships are built, gardening is celebrated, laughter is found, and growth is plotted. And, most important, community grows in Fenelon Falls.


The Horticultural Society meets the fourth Monday evening of every month from April to November at the Seniors Centre. Visit for more information.                                                                                  

Article by Sylvia Keesmaat

Summer Company Program Open for Applications (Apr. 2017)

April 4, 2017

Summer Company

High school, college and university students between the ages of 15 – 29 who are currently enrolled in school and returning to school in the fall can apply for the opportunity to start and run their own businesses as part of the Ontario government program Summer Company.

Successful students could receive up to $1,500 for business start-up costs and an additional $1,500 upon completion of the program. Participants receive 12 hours of business training and have regular meetings with business mentors throughout the summer months.

The deadline to submit applications is May 7, 2017. The application process may end before the deadline if the program reaches capacity. Students should apply early to avoid disappointment.

Visit to find program details, complete an online application and write a business plan.

The Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (KLSBEC) administers the program locally and is available to answer questions about the program and support students as they complete the application process. You can contact the KLSBEC by calling 705-324-9411 extension 1283 or e-mailing Diane Steven at

Over the past 14 years Kawartha Lakes students have successfully operated a wide variety of businesses through Summer Company. Some examples include:

  • woodworking and construction
  • retail
  • photography
  • computer services
  • swimming lessons
  • guitar lessons
  • food services

In many cases summer businesses have turned into full-time, year-round businesses that are continue to operate today.

Mayor recognizes the roads are challenging (Mar. 2017)

March 21, 2017

 PotholeKAWARTHA LAKES – The City’s Public Works department confirms that this winter has been an especially difficult one for our roads. The multiple freeze and thaw cycles have caused the surface structure of the roads to deteriorate, resulting in significant potholing in many areas.

Mayor Andy Letham remarks, “I realize we have some roads in our municipality that are in very rough shape.  After the melt, the road beds are saturated with water, and to do road work now would do more damage than good. Roads would quickly turn to mud and require additional resources.  As soon as the roads are safe to work on, we have the equipment and staff ready to go to work. We are asking everyone to please have patience.”

The City’s gravel resurfacing program has been in place for approximately 4 years with the intent to resurface the roads on a 10 year cycle, which is the typical life span for gravel roads. This means many roads have yet to be resurfaced under the program, including many that have been identified as deficient roads this winter.

Public Works and Engineering staff are evaluating how changing weather patterns may require alterations to the road program to ensure the best care of our roads.

Residents who wish to report their road condition are asked to contact Customer Services by calling 705-324-9411 or 1-888-822-2225, filling out a form online at or in person at any Municipal Service Centre.

Live Your Dream Education & Training Awards (Mar. 2017)

March 20, 2017

Two Women can Pursue their Dreams Thanks to Soroptimist Awards Totalling $2,000

Soroptimist International of Kawartha Lakes celebrated International Women’s Day this year by awarding $2,000 to two women through the Live your Dream Education and Training Awards Program.

The cash award is offered annually to a woman who is struggling financially but trying to provide a better life for herself and her family by improving her education and employment prospects.  Recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education and skills training, including books, childcare and transportation.

This year Soroptimist presented two awards.

SIKL LYDA 2017 Carolyn, Jessica, Jocelyn & Jo-EllenJessica Scheffee of Bowmanville received $1.500 that will help her complete her training to become a licensed paralegal. Separated and subsequently widowed, Jessica has struggled alone to support her two young daughters.  “The Soroptimist Live Your Dram Program is a wonderful hand up for women like me who want to better their lives in order to continue living independently and to be able to provide well for their children.”

Jessica’s application has been forwarded to the Eastern Canada Region of Soroptimist International where it will be considered along with applications from 12 other clubs in the region for an additional award of $3,000 or $5,000.

Jocelyn Swinson of Lindsay received $500 that will help her get her Personal Support Worker Certificate.  The single mother of a two-year old, Jocelyn is working hard to improve her ability to provide a better quality of life for herself and her son.

Founded in 2011, the Kawartha Lakes club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global women’s service organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Kawartha Lakes members join with over 75,000 Soroptimists in about 133 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and girls. For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit

Photo credit: Marci Stainton

Pictured left to right: Carolyn LaPorte (Soroptimist LYDA program), Jessica Scheffee (LYDA $1,500 Recipient), Jocelyn Swinson (LYDA $500 Recipient), Jo-Ellen Abercrombie (Soroptimist LYDA Program Chair)

Nominate a Kawartha Lakes Environmental Hero (Mar. 2017)

March 7, 2017
Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 2.08.37 PMThe City’s Environmental Advisory Committee will recognize an environmental hero and youth environmental hero for their outstanding contributions to our community during 2016. The award is open to individuals, groups and students.

Do you know an individual or group from the Kawartha Lakes that has worked to address a local environmental issue in 2016?

Have they made an outstanding environmental contribution within the City?

Have they acted successfully to influence change for the benefit of the environment without any expectation of reward? These are signs of an environmental hero.

Nominations for adult and youth awards must be received by Friday, March 31. Nomination forms are available at all Municipal Service Centres, library branches and on the City website at

“We know many people throughout Kawartha Lakes are working tirelessly to protect our natural environment,” explains Pat Warren, Chair of the Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee. “This award gives us an opportunity to publicly recognize their achievements and thank them for their dedication to our community.”

Completed forms can be mailed to: City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee, c/o Planning Division, 180 Kent Street West, 2nd Floor, Lindsay, Ontario, K9V 2Y6, faxed to 705-324-4027 or emailed to

Kettles, Food Drive & Toy Drive Success (Feb. 2017)

February 7, 2017

SalvaArmy      As another Christmas has come and gone, we want you to know that you have helped to make a difference in the lives of others in this community and surrounding area, leaving them with happy memories.

We would like to sincerely thank all donors and volunteers for their very generous gifts of money, food, toys, knitted articles, time and venues to ensure that everyone had a Merry Christmas and can continue to receive assistance throughout the year.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude — our kettles received $33,991.01, a record amount for us!!

Special thank you to: LCBO in Fenelon Falls, Coboconk & Bobcaygeon, Valu-Mart in Bobcaygeon, Foodland in Coboconk & Bobcaygeon, Sobeys in Fenelon Falls, Tim Hortons in Fenelon Falls & Bobcaygeon, Canadian Tire in Fenelon Falls and the Red Apple in Fenelon Falls for allowing us venues for the kettles.

Kawartha Lakes Civitan Club for looking after the kettle at Foodland in Coboconk. Fenelon Falls & District Lions Club, Fenelon Falls Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 238, and Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls for each taking a day to look after the kettle at LCBO Fenelon Falls.

Bank of Montreal – coats, snowsuits and boots for kids

Nolans Restaurant – spaghetti dinner, all proceeds to Food bank

OPP & Sobeys for Cram the Cruiser

Sobeys, Sharneys, Red Apple, Pharmasave & Langton Public School – food drives

The Salvation Army Thrift Store Fenelon Falls – food drive

Fenelon Falls Canada Post – toy drive

Those individuals and groups who sponsored families

We enter 2017 which will be a progressive year for us in the construction of a new food bank building. The old building is over 30 years old and at 400 sq. ft. it is far too small. The new food bank building will be 1200 sq. ft. and will truly prepare us now and in the future to serve Fenelon Falls and area better. The funds are not coming from general revenues, but from a legacy fund. We have some new volunteers as well as some veterans to keep things in order.

God bless you in 2017 and thank you for your continued support.

The Salvation Army Fenelon Falls

Community & Family Services & Food Bank

Downtown Revitalization Plan – a newcomers perspective (Jan. 2017)

January 24, 2017

FF-LogoAs new residents of Fenelon Falls, my wife Cynthia and I recently attended our first Fenelon Forward meeting. Fenelon Forward comprises a group of concerned residents who have engaged the involvement of the City of Kawartha Lakes to address issues and opportunities within the business centre of Fenelon Falls.

As a newcomer, I apologize for being unable to remember the names of all ~20 people in attendance. I estimate that about 7 were representatives of the City of Kawartha Lakes and one from the provincial government. The topic under discussion was the Downtown Revitalization Plan which, I was told by one attendee, has been ongoing for about four years.

I learned several things about the steps and obstacles that must be addressed if a Downtown Revitalization Plan will ever be implemented successfully in Fenelon Falls.

           The Plan needs to be thorough if it has any chance of passing Council and this requires a substantial amount of unpaid time and effort volunteered by the Fenelon Forward members. Their efforts and quality of work to date was highly praised by one of the two City Councillors in attendance. They were also cautioned, however, by more that one City representative that the Plan was ambitious and a need to  prioritize its nine goals was appropriate inferring that no one should expect all of the objectives to be met. 

           Funding sources have yet to be identified to make the kinds of store front cosmetic upgrades that were identified as one of the Plan objectives. Since these upgrades would be applied to buildings that are privately owned, their owners would also need to be engaged as prime stakeholders who may benefit from such upgrades. Only two downtown business owner/operators attended this meeting.

          The City is not allowed to donate funds directly to private business owners for building improvements, but City Councillor Doug Elmslie suggested that incentives could be made available to encourage owners to make their own upgrades. Another City representative, Chris, who has been involved in several revitalization projects, supplied an incentive example – the City could reduce property taxes for up to 10 years as a means to encouraging building owners to apply these savings towards upgrades to their store front facades. Another constructive suggestion was the possibility of eliminating the costs and delays associated with City-imposed ‘red tape’ which currently applies to building renovations, such as building permits and other fees.

          Government grants were also part of the discussion but it was unclear how they may be applied if approved by Council.

          On a somber note, Sandra expressed her pessimism concerning the outcome of all of the hard work that participants of the Fenelon Forward team have already put into the Plan. She revealed that her past 30 years of involvement in similar City and citizen group committees have produced disappointing results and she beseeched the City representatives to ensure that this time, it will be different. 

As a newcomer to both Fenelon Falls, and to the involvement of a municipal government in local affairs, it was clear to me that there are still many hurdles to overcome if Sandra is to have her day of celebration. Furthermore, the overall tone of the meeting and the words of caution expressed by the attending municipal representatives regarding “limited funding”, the excessive workload of City staff and the challenges of getting proposals like this Plan passed by Council, left me sharing some of Sandra’s pessimistic expectations. I also wonder if the absence of a significant number of local business owners at the meeting might be explained by similar past experiences.

Time will tell. 

Gene Balfour

Fenelon Falls

Share The Warmth (Jan. 2017)

January 10, 2017


Every year BMO Bank of Montreal, Fenelon Falls, participates in it’s “Share the Warmth” drive to purchase snowsuits, coats, snowpants, & boots, for local children.  People also donate hand knit mittens, hats, etc. There are also toys donated by our clients. 

This event has grown each year & this season we have enough clothing to help keep over 90 children warmer this winter.  As well we have over 30 pairs of boots! 

Our local Salvation Army graciously distributes these items for us. To all of you who participated we’d like to say “Thank you for your generosity & support from BMO Fenelon Falls, & Merry Christmas”. 

Fenelon Falls Grandmothers Hold World AIDS Day Flash Mob! (Dec. 2016)

December 13, 2016


You’ve seen student flash mobs, Thriller flash mobs, and get-out-the-vote flash mobs. But have you ever seen a Granny flash mob? This World AIDS Day (Dec. 1st) grandmothers in Fenelon Falls and across Canada staged a nation-wide series of flash mobs to call the world’s attention to the scale of the global AIDS epidemic, and the herculean role African grandmothers are playing in the response.

Participating grandmothers and ‘grandmothers’ are all members and supporters of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign—a grassroots movement of grandmothers in Canada and around the world, launched by the Stephen Lewis Foundation in 2006. In the decade since its humble beginnings, Campaign members have raised $25 million in support of community-based organizations working with the African grandmothers caring for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. With 240 groups across Canada, the movement is now also growing in the UK, Australia, and the United States.

“Grandmothers were looking for an innovative way to show solidarity with African grandmothers on World AIDS Day”, said Graham Coultas, Director of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign at the Stephen Lewis Foundation. “The flash mobs were their idea. They raise awareness and at the same time challenge stereotypes about older women everywhere!”

Dancing, appropriately, to the Eurythmics’ “Sisters are Doin’ it for Themselves,” grandmothers turned heads and got people talking in shopping malls, grocery stores, and university campuses across the country. Here in the City of Kawartha Lakes, members of the local Fenelon Falls grandmothers group staged their flash mob at the Sobey’s supermarket in the produce section.

Local flash mob organizer and grandmother, Dana Bachman said the reception to the flash mob was excellent, generating significant interest in the work of the Campaign and the role of African grandmothers in turning the tide of an ongoing AIDS epidemic. Dana said “There was lots of excitement and interest at Sobeys as the Grannies whipped off their coats and started rockin’ it out to Aretha Franklin and the Eurythmics”

Across sub-Saharan Africa today, there are roughly 13 million children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS. In some countries, up to 60% of these orphaned children are cared for by their grandmothers. What began as only a small handful of Canadian grandmothers groups – committed to supporting those African grandmothers – has since evolved into a dynamic and global movement of older women.

African grandmothers are indeed “doing it for themselves,” but they shouldn’t have to do it alone. That’s why Grandmothers Campaign members are determined to build the grandmothers movement. And today, they revealed that they’re willing to step outside their comfort zones to do it.


Three Cheers for Village Volunteers (Nov. 2016)

November 29, 2016

the power of local support

Have you ever stopped to marvel at the passion and dedication of all the individuals, businesses and organizations, who donate their time and resources to make Fenelon Falls the incredible place it is? Santa Day 2016, held last Saturday in downtown Fenelon Falls, is the best single day reminder Fenelon Falls has of how powerful our local network of support truly is.  We are very lucky to live in a community this rich in volunteerism.

turkey-trotMany thousands of hours go into the planning of Santa Day – every element is organized by volunteers, and the day is entirely supported by local businesses and organizations. Year round, Santa’s elves are busy in Fenelon revving up for the last Saturday of November, delighting each year’s eager audiences with another incredible line up of activities, and one heck of a fabulous nighttime parade / firework display!

The Fenelon Falls Events Committee are responsible for so many of Fenelon’s best days throughout the year, including Easter Eggstravaganza, Diva Night, Midnight Madness and Harvest Happenings. Anyone who has planned any sort of event can appreciate how many details, big and small, that need to be taken care of so guests can truly enjoy themselves.

Even the sign from the Fenelon Theatre is getting it’s own second chance through the power of local donations. The sign has been set aside for safe keeping while a group of community members and stakeholders can come together to form a committee to explore the restoration and placement of the sign back in Fenelon Falls for all to enjoy.

The local Lions Club, the Legion, the Rotary, Maryboro Lodge, the Horticultural Society, our Churches, Fenelon Forward, the Curling Club, Friends of Lock 34, The Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce, and so many more – there are countless organizations, each made up of generous volunteers, who make our highfive_bgVillage the incredible place to be that we know it is.

THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS! Each and every contribution is greatly appreciated.

THANK YOU, SUPPORTERS! Donations of resources fuel the whole process and keep it going – without you there would be no way forward.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? Why not reach out to a local organization close to your heart and see how you can help in 2017. It’s a great way to connect with your neighbours and feel the pride that comes along with giving for the sake of giving.


KATVA Donates $20,000 Towards Victoria Rail Multi-use Trail (Nov. 2016)

November 15, 2016


In the past few years, Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA) has committed to giving the City of Kawartha Lakes $10,000 annually as part of their goal in keeping the condition of Victoria Rail Trail Corridor at a higher standard for all users, including cyclists, walkers and those with accessibility concerns, as this is a multi-use trail. This money is used by the City for maintenance of the Victoria Rail Trail.

In addition, KATVA voluntarily does grading, ongoing maintenance, continual clearing and spring clean up work to the Multi-Use Trail each year.

This week KATVA gave the City of Kawartha Lakes a cheque for $20,000 to be used to assist them in completing the new Rail Trail screenings from Naylor Road to Long Beach Road. The City has also started replacing some of the broken and missing gates along the Rail Trail. KATVA will be paying a portion of those costs as well.

KATVA is proud of what their membership dollars are doing to improve the trails for all users in this community. They encourage all users, summer and winter, to respect the work that is being done by NOT damaging the trails. “We know it is a privilege to use these beautiful trails” explains Carolyn Richards, President of KATVA, “we really want to emphasize to our members and all other users that it is important to do their part.”

Pack in – Pack out, Tread Lightly, Respect Land Owners, and be vigilant in Protecting the Lands to ensure a positive future for all users.

To learn more visit KATVA website here.

Turkey Trot Raised Funds for Santa Day (Nov. 2016)

November 1, 2016

turkey-trotTina and Brad of Fenelon Falls Athletics are thrilled to share the news of their $1000.00 donation to Fenelon Falls Santa Day.

This donation is a result of a well received and well attended Turkey Trot.

The 3rd annual Turkey Trot hosted 151 participants – the largest event to date.

A huge thank you to all the  runners, walkers, sponsors and volunteers!!

Kawartha Lakes Public Library celebrates Ontario Public Library Week (Oct. 2016)

October 18, 2016
Kawartha Lakes Public Library celebrates Ontario Public Library Week from October 15 to 23, 2016.

First introduced in 1985, Ontario Public Library Week has become the annual focus for promoting and recognizing public library service in the province. Kawartha Lakes Public Library invites everyone to join us for a week filled with interesting events and special programs.

oplw_social-media-sharableJoin us for our second  annual Human Library event – Courage, Compassion, Knowledge: a survival guide to conflict – on Saturday October 22 from 11am to 2pm at the Lindsay Library. A Human Library is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community that they might not come across in their daily lives. Such events promote tolerance, celebrate differences and encourage understanding.

In celebration of Small Business Week, and in cooperation with Kawartha Lakes Small Business Enterprise Centre and The Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce, learn how to “Put Your Business on the Map” by creating a Google business account.  Drop by between 2pm and 4:30pm at the Fenelon Falls branch on Wednesday October 19 or the Lindsay branch on Thursday October 20.

Once again, in partnership with Kawartha Lakes Food Source and the Bobcaygeon Food Bank, the Library will feature “Food for Fines.” Patrons may reduce their library overdue fines with donations of non-perishable food items during Ontario Public Library Week at any Library branch. Patrons can also take advantage of the library card amnesty that also allows for free replacement of a lost or damaged library card.

For a complete listing of all Ontario Public Library Week events, please visit the library website at, contact your local library, or call Library Administration at 705 324-9411 ext. 1291.

Rotary Serves Dinner at Fenelon Court Family Dinner (Oct 2016)

October 4, 2016


The Fenelon Falls Rotarians had a great time serving dinner at Fenelon Court Long Term Care Centre at the Annual Family Dinner. The group came equipped with smiles and their dedication to serve.

The event, which is in it’s 10th year, is held at Fenelon Court and is a celebration for the residents and their families and a fundraiser for Alzheimers Society.

Residents invite guests to their home at Fenelon Court to enjoy a day of fun.  “The residents really like this event as they get to plan the details and get involved in preparation” explains Sharon Yeo, of Fenelon Court. “Having the Rotary Club involved this year was a perfect fit as they are familiar with our facility and many of the residents from there work with us at Christmas time.”

The event hosted over 170 people for dinner, including residents, their guests and our staff. After dinner we had games, a petting zoo, a country auction and many more fun activities to fill the afternoon. Rotary also treated everyone to a dessert of fresh baked tarts from the local Pie Shack.  “It was such a lovely afternoon,” says Sharon Yeo. “Everyone was having so much fun and the atmosphere was very relaxed. It is not everyday we get a little pig coming in for snuggles. Everyone was thrilled and it really created a joyous day for everyone.”

rotary“The Rotary club was thrilled to be able to be part of the day.” says  Christine Keenan of The Fenelon Falls Rotary Club. “We all had a wonderful time at the Annual Family Dinner and we look forward to seeing everyone again at Christmas time.”

For more information about getting involved with the Fenelon Falls Rotary Club click here.

Follow them on Facebook here.

Put Your Business On The Map (Sept. 2016)

September 20, 2016

google your business with the Chamber

 The Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce is joining forces with the Fenelon library to celebrate two very important parts of our community. Libraries and Small Businesses! Ontario Library Week, which encourages residents to visit the library whether online or in person, and BDC Small Business Week, an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized for almost 40 years.

During Small Business Week each year, more than 10,000 business people come together at hundreds of events across Canada to celebrate entrepreneurship, learn and network with other entrepreneurs.  Great things happen when entrepreneurs get together. The Fenelon Chamber is excited to host an event at the library for local entrepreneurs and business owners that need help with online fundamentals, like locating your business on google maps and taking control of your google profile.



Google Business is all about connecting you to your customers. Give them the right info at the right time, whether that be driving directions to your business in Maps, hours of operations in Search or a phone number they can click to call you on mobile phones. Of course, Google is only the tip of the internet iceberg, but it’s a great place to start.

Bring your laptops and devices to the Library and enjoy their free wifi. While there, be sure to register for a library card or make sure the one in your wallet is still current if you haven’t used it in a while. The Library is a huge, free resource that is right in town and accessible online. Not just for books anymore, the library offers books on CD if your job takes you out on the road, and Gale Courses you can take at home online, and much more.


KLSRC Seeks Nominations for Volunteer of the Year Awards (Sept. 2016)

September 5, 2016


Members of the Kawartha Lakes Sport and Recreation Council are looking for nominees for the 2nd Annual Volunteer of the Year awards.

Sport and recreation participants are asked to nominate coaches, trainers, fundraising volunteers, event volunteers and/or board members – any volunteer whose efforts contribute to enhancing active participation in sport or recreation in CKL.

Award winners will be honoured at a dinner being held Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Sport and recreation providers and stakeholders will be invited to attend the event at the Lindsay Golf and Country Club.

At last year’s inaugural volunteer recognition dinner, Tom
Jeffrey (rugby coach and board member), Chris O’Neill
(basketball coach) and Steve Blodgett (community outdoor rink volunteer) were presented with 2015 Volunteer of the Year awards. Lindsay Unites was also recognized as Volunteer Association of the Year for its work to raise funds to support improved access to sport and recreation for all children and youth in CKL.

Attendees of the 2015 Dinner learned about physical literacy from Sport for Life expert, Paul Jurbala. This year, the spotlight will be shifted onto local organizations who will present about how their programs contribute to the goal of creating Opportunity for All. This aligns with one of the five goals in the new Kawartha Lakes Sport & Recreation Strategy of developing opportunities which allow people to choose to be active to the extent of their ability and interest.

Those wishing to nominate a volunteer are asked to visit to download, complete and return the nomination form. Completed nomination forms can be returned to or mailed to or dropped off at Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes, 107 Lindsay St. South, Lindsay, ON K9V 2M5. The nomination deadline is September 16, 2016 at 5 p.m. Successful nominees will be notified by September 23, 2016 and be recognized for their volunteer efforts by KLSRC at the awards dinner.

Supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, KLSRC is committed to the enhancement and promotion of sport, recreation and healthy active living opportunities for all residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes.

For more information please contact:

Gary Pearson – Coordinator, KLSRC 705-324-4493 ext. 237

Civitan Club and Salvation Army Work Together to Send Kids to Camp

July 29, 2016
The Salvation Army & Civitan Club

Major Roy Randell of the Fenelon Falls Salvation Army Community & Family Services is very pleased to receive a cheque from Kawartha Lakes Civitan Club President, Ken Luff and Secretary, Karen Luff to sponsor 4 children to attend camp.


Kawartha Lakes Civitan Club is a great support to the Salvation Army Community & Family Services.  For several years the group has made donations to help under privileged children to attend summer camp.  They also help out the Salvation Army by manning one of the Kettles in Coboconk. The Salvation Army is very appreciative for their continued support.