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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.

Legion Ladies Auxiliary Celebrate 75th Year (Jul. 2016)

July 4, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 11.09.47 AMThe Ladies Auxiliary of the Fenelon Falls Legion has been around for a long time — in fact, they are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year! However, you may not have been too aware of their presence lately. There is only a very small core of women left, and many are reaching that time in life where age is catching up with them and preventing them from being as active as they have been in the past.

Fred Walker had mentioned that the LA were actually thinking of disbanding, but as this is their 75th anniversary, they all agreed to hang in for at least one more year. That said, they need new blood for the LA at Fenelon. Please consider joining this group and carrying on their good work.

Members of the Ladies’ Auxiliary support the aims and objects of The Royal Canadian Legion and their dedicated service enriches the programs and activities of the Branch. During the 1914-1918 war years as wounded veterans returned home, women were asked to help with their recovery by visiting hospitals, sending parcels to the hospitalized and to needy families. It was from these dedicated bands of women that The Royal Canadian Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary was started!

Today, the Ladies’ Auxiliary is a vital and integral part of the work of the Legion. Major contributors to the day-to-day life of Legion Branches, Ladies’ Auxiliaries provide financial and volunteer support to Legion programs. The Ladies’ Auxiliary (LA) is a non-profit organization operated separate from The Royal Canadian Legion… but together they thrive.

Legion Donates to Community Care (Jun. 2016)

June 20, 2016


The contributions to the community by the Royal Canadian Legion Fenelon Falls Branch 238 are tremendous. At yesterday’s annual Seniors Luncheon, the Legion also presented a $1,500 donation to Community Care’s Meals on Wheels program in Fenelon Falls. Legion President Fred Walker and Seniors Program Co-ordinator Arlene Coleman made the presentation to CCCKL Communications Officer Mike Puffer.

Nutritious hot meals can be delivered to your door through Community Support Services’ Meals on Wheels program for seniors and adults with special needs who are experiencing difficulty with cooking.   For more about meals on wheels or Community Care click here

For more about the Fenelon Falls Legion click here


KATVA Ride for Dad (Jun. 2016) VIDEO

June 6, 2016


This past weekend over 250 ATV enthusiasts gathered at Log Chateau Park just north of Fenelon Falls for the Kawartha ATV Association Ride for Dad Poker Run. The event was a huge success with a record number of riders and guests coming out to support the fundraiser for prostate cancer research.

The day began at Log Chateau Park with rider safety meetings and route instructions. Riders could choose from 2 routes – a 60km short route and a 110km long route. The routes guide riders though a variety of terrain in the KATVA 5 Points Trail System. Each route lead back to the Burnt River Community Centre where a hot meal of BBQ Roast Beef and Turkey was served. Prizes were awarded for Top Poker Hands as well as Top Pledge Earners. Prizes were generously donated by sponsors throughout Kawartha Lakes.

This was the first time that Side X Side machines were allowed on the trails. KATVA gained special permission from City of Kawartha Lakes Council to allow the Side X Side machines on a portion of the Victoria Rail Trail and on the Road-ways along the routes just for this event. This special permission was a direct factor in the increased success of this years event as many Side X Side riders came to participate and support the fundraiser.

The day was a huge success raising over $16,000 for the charity. The event proved to be a great draw for tourism to our area. Over half of the participants came from areas across Ontario including Niagara Falls, Ottawa, North Bay, Sudbury, and various locations around the GTA to enjoy the weekend in beautiful Fenelon Falls.

Hats of to KATVA for organizing this successful event for ATV enthusiasts and for their extraordinary volunteer efforts towards increasing tourism in Fenelon Falls. Many local businesses benefitted from your efforts over the weekend.  Thank you.

Article by Corrie Lee
Watch the video – Videography by Jason McNeice (Northern Lights Security)


Rotarians Gather in Fenelon to Showcase Service (May 2016)

May 23, 2016

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Inspiration and leadership flowed as Rotarians from across areas 7 and 8 gathered together at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre on May 12th to celebrate some of the most successful humanitarian service projects that the groups have undertaken over the past year.

Groups from Haliburton, Peterborough, Kawartha, Lindsay, Minden, Ennismore, Lakefield, Bridgenorth and Fenelon Falls had displays set up around the hall showcasing some of the projects that the groups felt were most worthy of sharing. Some of the highlights were the Seniors Spelling Bee which proved to be both fun and motivational and the Aboriginal and Non-Native Relationship Bridging Canoe Adventures which brought together youth from two cultures to bond while learning life skills.

The evening activities began with the attendee’s being entertained by the talents of local youth; a gifted vocal performance by Alexis Wilson and a intriguing speech by Megan Verleysen.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation by the distinguished Dr. Michael DeGagne, President and Vice Chancellor of Nipissing University. He spoke eloquently about an issue that Canada is currently facing and is regularly in the news – Aboriginal Reconciliation and Understanding. His depth of understanding of the realities facing both aboriginals and the non-native peoples working to fix broken systems lent an engaging perspective on the issues Canadian are challenged with.

Michael DeGagné’s career includes work with the federal government in management of Aboriginal programs, and as a negotiator of comprehensive claims. Most recently he has served as the founding Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, a national organization which addressed the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

He has served on numerous Boards of Directors in the health and university sectors including as Chairman of Ottawa’s Queensway-Carleton Hospital, and Chairman of the Child Welfare League of Canada.

He has a PhD in Education focusing on Aboriginal post-secondary success from Michigan State University, and Masters degrees in Administration and Law. He lectures nationally and internationally in the areas of Indigenous governance and reconciliation. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Everyone who attended the evening received a copy of his book – Reconciliation & The Way Forward. Collected Essays & Personal Reflections. The book is very enlightening and offers readers a much better understanding of the experiences of survivors. It also better explains how it has become intergenerational – how the experiences have been passed down through generations. It is an inspirational read.

A copy of the book has been donated to the Fenelon Falls Library and is available for anyone who wished to read it. 

Rotary Purchases PAD for Woman’s Resources (May 2016)

May 9, 2016
Pictured from left Helen Robinson, President of the Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls, Terry Lowe   from Padcore Plus, Penny Chatson Residential Services Manager Women’s Resources, Randy Johnson Chair of the Classic Car Committee

Pictured from left Helen Robinson, President of the Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls, Terry Lowe   from Padcore Plus, Penny Chatson Residential Services Manager Women’s Resources, Randy Johnson Chair of the Classic Car Committee

Women’s Resources offers a range of services for women who have been abused or are currently in an abusive relationship. Information is available at

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, report that approximately 7,000 cardiac arrests occur in Ontario alone each year. The odds of survival are almost four times greater if someone performs CPR immediately, and when combined with early defibrillation, AEDs can increase sudden cardiac arrest survival rates up to 75% if delivered in the first few minutes prior to the arrival of EMS. Females are seven times more likely to have a sudden cardiac arrest than males.

Padcore Plus develops privately owned Public Access Defibrillator PAD sites in the province of Ontario. Information is available at

The guidelines that are adhered to are the same guidelines that were created through the Heart and Stroke Foundation in the recent 2015 ECC Guidelines of Resuscitation.

Having medical oversight allows them to develop this program. It also allows them to provide Quality Assurance and Continued Quality Improvement. Should a PAD site experience an event where someone collapses due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, a Padcore Plus consultant will retrieve the data of the event that is stored in the AED, download it and will review the data for compliancy to the program in consultation with the medical director.

Should the victim have a return of spontaneous circulation, the data that is retrieved will be forwarded to the location where the patient is transported.

The Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls offered to purchase a PAD for Women’s Resources and will continue to provide the funding for the service agreement through Padcore. The Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls obtains funds for projects like this through fund raising such as selling tickets in their Classic Car Draw which can be seen at




Rotary Club Visits Early Years Centre (Apr. 2016)

April 25, 2016

rotaryMembers of the Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls were treated to a visit and presentation at the Early Years Centre in Fenelon Falls.

In 2002, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services created Early Years Centres in Ontario to support families and early year’s development for children 0-6 years. There are Early Years Centres in Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Minden and Haliburton providing free services including a toy lending library, parenting classes, prenatal classes, parent support, play centres, providing a place for children and parents to engage each other as well as other parents, children, and networking to other community services.

Vulnerability rates in City of Kawartha Lakes, as well as in Ontario, are 1 in 4 children are at risk which may impact the children’s ability to be successful in life. By investing in Early Years interventions for at risk children, society as well as the child will reap the benefits in the future.

Visit the Early Years website for more information…

Community Conservationist Award to Rosedale (Apr. 2016)

April 11, 2016
Wendy Drielsma and Glenn Hunt from RoR receive award from Counsellor Gord Miller

Wendy Drielsma and Glenn Hunt from RoR receive award from Counsellor Gord Miller

The Residents of Rosedale (RoR) were honoured to receive the Community Conservationist Award from Kawartha Conservation at their Annual General Meeting on March 9, 2016. The award recognizes volunteer-based, community or organized groups that have successfully undertaken projects that contribute to a healthier watershed.

In 2015 the Residents of Rosedale (RoR) undertook the task of returning the once unusable Rosedale Parkette to an attractive, usable park area for visitors, tourists and the community. The final design of the site uses “urban stormwater landscaping” which will contribute to a healthier Balsam Lake. The group worked in partnership with many local residents and businesses, the Coboconk, Norland and Area Chamber of Commerce, The City of Kawartha Lakes, Parks Canada, the Ministry of Transportation and Fleming College. With the assistance of 25 volunteers, approximately 1000 native perennials were planted at the park which includes a pervious pathway which will enable rainfall to soak in to the ground right where it falls rather than cause erosion in to the canal and lake. In addition to the native perennials which can better withstand erosion, Shields Home Hardware in Coboconk with Trees Canada provided funding for the purchase of native trees for the park.

Over the next few weeks a few minor touches should complete the parkette for its Grand Opening Celebration to be held June 25. Please watch your papers for further details.

Fenelon Firefighters Volunteer for Meals on Wheels (Mar. 2016)

March 28, 2016
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Fenelon Falls Firefighters Will Shatraw (left) and Don Barber (right), along with CCCKL volunteer Rudy Schaal, and Meals on Wheels client Ron Watson of Fenelon Falls.

March is “March for Meals” Month in Canada. Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, along with hundreds of health and support agencies across the country, is pleased to help older adults and people with special needs live independently and remain socially active. Our food services programs, including Meals on Wheels and Diners Clubs, play significant roles in helping local residents stay connected within their communities while maintaining their independence.

In addition to providing healthy food choices, CCCKL’s Meals on Wheels service promotes peace of mind for family members and caregivers, as clients of the program have isolation reduced when volunteers deliver food and have a brief “check-in”. This “added value” to the service reduces isolation and can be an early intervention step if needed.

On March 23, members of the City of Kawartha Lakes police, fire and emergency services departments assisted Community Care with delivery of Meals on Wheels to local residents, as a way to promote the service and emphasize the added value of the program that helps people remain independent in their own homes.

CCCKL provides hot and frozen Meals on Wheels several days each week in many local communities. Deliveries are available at lunchtime and in late afternoon. Online ordering of frozen meals is also available through the agency’s website (