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Halloween at the Movies – Films by the Falls (Oct. 2017)

September 26, 2017
Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit — Films by the Falls are please to announce a screening of the Danish movie “The Commune” for our October event.
The screening will take place on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 at Fenelon Falls Secondary School – 66 Lindsay Street, Fenelon Falls, ON
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Feature Presentation begins at 7:30 pm
We encourage everyone to dress in the spirit of Hallowe’en, and will have a special costume award for audience members dressed in the free-living / hippie style of the 70s in keeping with the theme of “The Commune”.
Trick or Treating will be sponsored by GRR8 Finds Market with treats from their candy counter.
Tickets will be on sale for $10 each at the Box Office on the evening of the screening, or in advance at Sweet Bottoms Coffee House, 19 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls.

 

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The new film by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (“The Celebration,” Oscar® nominated “The Hunt”) examines the fallout from the social upheavals of the 1970s through the microcosm of a Copenhagen commune.

Anna (Trine Dyrholm) is a television newswoman; her husband, Erik (Ulrich Thomsen), teaches architecture at a university, but the grim reality of mentoring people whose career prospects are brighter than his own has left him disgruntled and bored. When Erik’s father passes away, the couple must decide what to do with the huge house that Erik grew up in, as it’s too expensive for them to occupy on their own. Erik prefers selling, but Anna — who has become frustrated with Erik’s dour outlook and longs for something new — suggests that they use this opportunity to experiment with communal living (which was all the rage in Scandinavia at the time).

Driven by brilliant lead performances from Vinterberg’s “Celebration” stars Thomsen and Dyrholm and supporting turns from Lars Ranthe and Fares Fares, THE COMMUNE is a sharply observed study of how new values can quickly come into conflict with old habits and affiliations.

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Fenelon Falls Live! Planning Workshop Brimming with Energy (Oct. 2017)

September 26, 2017

by Alan Engelstad, Chair. Fenelon Falls Live!   705-887-7169

Fenelon Live LogoTwenty-one arts enthusiasts attended the Fenelon Falls Live! planning workshop last Saturday at Fenelon Falls United Church to answer the question: What kind of live performance events are you eager to bring to the Fenelon Falls area? Participants included local performers, a young theatre arts entrepreneur, events organizer, arts promoter, seasonal and full-time residents, local councillor Doug Elmslie and Debra Soule, Arts, Culture and Heritage Coordinator at the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The format was designed to ensure participants created the agenda themselves, according to their specific interests, by offering up their ideas for consideration. Once the ideas were presented, people signed up for those that most interested them and joined those discussions. Workshops included mounting events featuring big band orchestras, marching bands, a variety show, Celtic music, an emerging artists series, songwriters workshop, Shakespeare in the Park, a buskers festival and twice-annual family festival to celebrate the the locks. Of course, many of these ideas work together and there is plenty of room for collaboration.

There were also discussions about the need for supportive arts infrastructure, such as a portable sound stage, a more dedicated year-round performance venue, and a permanent outdoor performance venue. We also discussed some practical, collaborative ways to publicize events, especially to seasonal residents, more effectively.

Participants learned how an active arts scene helps create a thriving community. For example, one participant explained how a town in Florida, competing with places that had nicer beaches, decided to become a haven for musicians. People got behind a series of proposals to enhance music education and performance 30 years ago. That town has since quadrupled in size and is a magnet for musicians of all stripes. Another participant brought an article explaining how the arts are revitalizing small towns in Minnesota, and Doug Elmslie brought featured article in this month’s Municipal World that discussed the role of the performing arts in creating a sense of belonging. From this we considered how we could help a younger generation of aspiring musicians learn such things as performance technique, sound design and recording skills from the many experienced musicians in the area, some with long and storied careers: Garage Band festival, anyone?

Our challenge, as one participant put it, is to get to a place where visitors and townspeople alike can simply assume something interesting and engaging is happening every weekend in Fenelon Falls, especially during the summer. They’ve done it elsewhere. Why not here?

Want to learn more? Contact us at fenelonlive@gmail.com

Welcome Dr. Jacob (Oct. 2017)

September 26, 2017

AN ADDITIONAL NEW FAMILY DOCTOR FOR THE CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES

KLFamilyDocRCity of Kawartha Lakes, September 14, 2017: Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) is pleased to announce that Dr. Alexandra Jacob will begin practicing with the Kawartha North Family Health Team (KNFHT) in Fenelon Falls starting October 16, 2017.

Dr. Jacob received her medical degree from the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec in 1989. After practicing in Quebec for a number of years, in 2012 she began to practice in the Ottawa area.

Dr. Jacob is the proud mother of three sons currently studying at the University of Ottawa and is excited to be moving to the City of Kawartha Lakes. “I am looking forward to this next phase of my life and hope to contribute to serving the medical needs of the community. My family is looking forward to visiting and enjoying the beautiful lakes and rivers of the City” states Dr. Jacob.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Dr. Jacob and Marina Hodson, Executive Director of the KNFHT, to facilitate this recruitment to our beautiful City,” states Cindy Snider, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for KLHCI.

Sheila-Mae Young, President of KLHCI, states that, “KLHCI would like to welcome Dr. Jacob to the City of Kawartha Lakes and wishes her many years of satisfaction, both personally and professionally, within the community.”

Nancy Newton, Chair of KNFHT also expresses her pleasure in welcoming Dr. Jacob. The KNFHT is looking forward to assisting her in settling into her new practice at their Fenelon Falls office.

Anyone wishing to register as a patient with Dr. Jacob should contact the KNFHT at 705- 887-3531, registration@knfht.ca, or visit the office at 50 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls. The Kawartha North Family Health Team’s service area includes Fenelon Falls, Argyle, Bobcaygeon, Burnt River, Coboconk, Glenarm, Rosedale, Kirkfield, Norland, Uphill and surrounding areas.

The Kawartha North Family Health is a community-led team including family doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, mental health workers, a diabetes consultant, phlebotomists and administrative staff providing primary health care to its patients. The health team provides care for patients of all ages, working collaboratively to keep patients healthy through prevention, maintenance and health promotion.

KLHCI is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mandate is to recruit and retain family doctors for the City of Kawartha Lakes. KLHCI is directed through the work of a volunteer Board of Directors that is actively engaged in attracting new Board members from the community. Should you wish to support our efforts of ongoing recruitment and retention of family doctors in this manner please contact Cindy Snider, Recruitment & Retention Coordinator at 705-328-6098 or csnider@rmh.org, or visit the KLHCI website at www.kawarthalakesdoctors.org.

Fenelon Marquee Location Chosen (Oct. 2017)

September 26, 2017

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The City has approved a location for the Marquee to be raised…. It will be located at the corners of Oak St. and May St./Water St. in Fenelon Falls, on the same property as the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce. The Marquee will be replacing the old fountain. Fundraising continues to generate money for the restoration and clean up of the sign itself, as well as for the building of the structure where we will mount the sign on location.

We were at the Kawartha Arts Festival with our smiling faces and our merchandise to sell. Our merchandise sold quite well and the donations overwhelmed us. We still have t-shirts, ¼ zip neck sweatshirts, coffee mugs.

We had great responses from all those who stopped by. It was so nice to listen to people tell us their memories of the theatre.

We are working in conjunction with Maryboro Lodge (the Fenelon Falls Museum) and Films by the Falls to help keep the community informed. Watch for future updates.

We have a donation sheet that you can download and print off on our Facebook page, by clicking here, or you can contact one of our committee members and they will get one to you. Donations are accepted at Maryboro Lodge – The Fenelon Museum, GRR8 Finds Market and Stokes on Trent, Fenelon Falls.

With Your Support We Can Make This Happen

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Thanks, the Marquee Committee,

Deb Churchill

Judi Adamson

Lynn Arscott

Colleen Jenkinson

Glenn Walker

Joe Willems

Ken Haggert

Doug Elmslie

 

 

Planning in Full Swing for Santa (Oct. 2017)

September 26, 2017

Fenelon Falls Santa Day – Mark the last Saturday in November on your calendars.

Santa Day Magnet Final 2017To paraphrase the Neil Diamond song “Wrap up the babies & grab the old ladies and everyone come” to Fenelon Falls November 25th for Santa Day.

Come & see which of your favourite attractions are still here & which ones are new. What is your favourite?  Is it the Petting Zoo, Wagon Rides, Face Painting, Decorating a Gingerbread Cookie, Pony Rides, a Magician, Letters to Santa, visiting the Reindeer, or visiting Santa & getting your picture taken with him. Oh what have we missed?

Don’t forget all the treats given out throughout the day by our local merchants.

What better way to end such a great day than with an amazing Parade starting at 5pm. & Fireworks following Santa!

All this for the low, low, price of No Charge thanks to our generous merchants, corporate, and private supporters!

Help us spread the word. Tell all your relatives, friends, neighbours, and anybody else to come to Fenelon Falls on Saturday November 25 from 11- 6:30 for a day of fun, family, food, and more.

Donations for Santa Day are always welcome. See below for more information.

See you there.

2017 Donation Request for Website

Santa Day 2017 Donation Form

Santa Day 2017 Donation Options

Decoration Service, Vimy Tree Planted (2017)

September 26, 2017

At the recent Decoration service, The Royal Canadian Legion Fenelon Falls Branch 238 Colour Party carry the Colours. The Salvation Army Fenelon Falls Corps Band provided the music for the hymns and the Canadian and Royal Anthems.

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The service is for those who have passed during the past year and also Veterans who have died.

2nd Vice President Arlene Colman of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 238 Fenelon Falls, led the Decoration Service.

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During a ceremony at Fenelon Falls Cemetery The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 238 dedicated a Vimy Oak tree which is a decendant of the Oaks that grew at Vimy Ridge 100 yrs ago, during the historic Canadian victory in world war one.

In the picture is 2nd vice President Arlene Coleman and Chaplain Major Roy Randell.

 

Initial Fenelon Probus Club Sold Out (Sept. 2017)

September 26, 2017

On Sept 18th over 140 enthusiastic supporters of a new Mixed Probus Club attended a meeting at St James Anglican Church. Another 40 are interested which means the numbers are pushing 180 . This dictates that we will have to change the venue for the October meeting to the Fenelon Falls Seniors Centre in order to accommodate all that wish to attend. The meeting voted overwhelmingly to seek a Charter from Probus Canada and the Founding meeting has been scheduled for Monday Oct 16th with Registration starting at 9.30 am. Pennock said “This response supports our belief that there is a need in the community for an organization like Probus.” Anyone not yet registered should contact Bob Pennock by phone 705 887 2147 or E mail robert.pennock@sympatico.ca

Fenelon Live Rocks On (Sept. 2017)

August 30, 2017

Help Showcase Performing Arts in Fenelon

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Fenelon Falls Live! is looking to expand its program for the 2018 season and beyond. If you are interested in promoting the performing arts in Fenelon Falls, you are invited to attend their 2018 Planning Meeting on Saturday morning, September16, starting at 9.00 a.m. in the Boardroom of The Fenelon Falls United Church.

 

Chair of Fenelon Falls Live! Alan Engelstad said, “The performing arts enhance our quality of life and make our community an attractive place to be. Anyone enthusiastic about bringing more music, dance and theatre to Fenelon is encouraged to attend our Planning Meeting.”

 

There are many ways new volunteers with fresh ideas can help Fenelon Falls Live! build on the success of its first year: first by contributing to planning an expanded 2018 season on September 16, and later by helping to bring exciting new performances to Fenelon Falls throughout the year. It is exciting and satisfying work that makes a difference in the community.

 

Debra Soule, Arts Co-ordinator for the City and Councillor Elmslie will attend to bring forward the City’s perspective in launching next years Arts program.

 

This is an opportunity to be in on the ground floor of planning an expanded program for 2018.

To become involved simply email fenelonlive@gmail.com or call Alan at 705-887-7169.

 

Splash Pad Update (Sept. 2017)

August 29, 2017

delayed but still on its way to Fenelon

 

Playing In Water FountainThe Fenelon Falls Rotary Club is pleased to announce that the construction of the long awaited Splash Pad will commence on September 5, 2017. As a result of the work a portion of Garnet Graham Park will be closed.

“While we had initially hoped to have the Splash Pad up and operating by July 1, 2017, the weather and permit requirements pushed this date back”, explained Jim Sackston, Rotary Club Team Leader.

Sackston went on to say, that the original design fell short of the needs of approving agencies, therefore a redesign of the waste water handling system was necessitated.

The Rotary Club wants to thank all those who have donated funds, as well City of Kawartha Lakes, Parks and Recreation staff who have worked diligently on the project.

“In order to honour our funding partners requirements it is necessary that the Splash Pad be completed in 2017, and will be fully operational for the start of the 2018 Summer season”, the Team Leader stated.

“We are very excited and anxious to have this project completed”, Leader Sackston said.

FUND RAISING efforts continue as more funds are required as a result of the redesign.

PROBUS Club Set to Start in Fenelon (Sept. 2017)

August 29, 2017

“GET CONNECTED – STAY CONNECTED”

The community of Fenelon Falls has overwhelmingly expressed interest in forming a PROBUS club. Organizer Robert Pennock has heard from close to 100 Fenelon Falls residents that they would be interesting in attending a monthly social gathering in Fenelon under the PROBUS banner. What is PROBUS? Retirement can come too early for many people who want and are able to remain active. Probus clubs are organizations for men and women who have retired from their profession or business and want to maintain a social network with others who have similar interests. Probus clubs were first formed, as an acronym for Pro(fessional) and Bus(iness), in the early 1920’s in Saskatchewan, CANADA, and in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Come to an information meeting on September 18th: The Probus Club of Lindsay has arranged a special meeting at the St. James Anglican Church on September 18th at 10AM to discuss forming the Probus Club of Fenelon Falls. Come out with your friends and hear about this great opportunity.

Contact Robert Pennock with any questions at robert.pennock@sympatico.ca / 705-887-2147

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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.

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Edition 1 Header, The Fenelon Falls Town Crier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Trees To Remember Vimy By (August 2017)

July 25, 2017

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

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

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

France, April 1917

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

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

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

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

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

 

A 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 www.sikawarthalakes.org

A Walk Down Movie Lane (August 2017)

July 18, 2017

Fenelon records memories of theatre

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

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

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

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

‘With your donations, we can make this happen’

– Fenelon Theatre Marquee Group

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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 http://www.advantagekawarthalakes.ca/en/keySectors/fenelon-falls-downtown-revitalization.asp 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 info@fenelonfallschamber.com 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

President

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Help the Helpers Keep Beach Poo Free (Summer 2017)

June 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Julia Taylor

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 newsletter@fenelonfalls.info – 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 www.girlguides.ca for more information

Annette Poeta
1st Fenelon Falls Rangers

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

May 30, 2017
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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

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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!

Also..

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
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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 www.Kawartha411.ca

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 www.KawarthaLakesDoctors.org, 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 www.backyardbuzz.ca 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 www.ontario.ca/summercompany 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 dsteven@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca.

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 http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/contact-info 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 www.sikawarthalakes.org.

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 http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/environment/environmental-advisory-committee.

“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 ckleac@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca.

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