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It Takes A Village…

April 19, 2018

Janet Klees’ inspiring stories of developing support for families with someone having an intellectual disability demonstrated the crucial importance of community participation. Jon, for example, is a young man who loves to shred paper and now has several regular paying customers giving him the means to pursue his love of travel.  Tiffany’s watercolours hang in a city hall and she is an active member of a local artists guild.

Janet Klees 

These are just two of many examples Janet gave of people whose lives are not being defined by their disabilities because communities care and created possibilities.  She has found “identifying common interests that people have and supporting how to actively share them can establish lasting rewarding experiences”.


The core means of achieving these results has been family support groups that realize together they have “immense capacity” to make things happen.


Following Janet’s presentation, it was decided to start a family support group in Fenelon Falls.


ABLE meeting: If you are a family member, friend or caregiver of someone with intellectual disabilities, you are invited to join our newly formed family/community-driven support network, ABLE (Access to Better Living Experiences), and to attend our upcoming meeting on Wednesday, April 18, 7 pm, St. James Anglican Church, 7 Bond Street E, Fenelon Falls ON. The meeting will be an opportunity to get to know each other, and discuss principles by which to ensure our family member can live life fully as a cherished citizen of our community.

Respect is Vital – Lessons from Mary Henderson

April 5, 2018

Written by Lois Densmore

21463406_1412013265514177_3194521408335269248_nWhen I first moved to Fenelon Falls in 2013, I met Mary Henderson at the Legion. As we grew to know each other better I learned that respect was what Mary lived by, and expected from her friends and colleagues.

Mary grew up as the oldest of seven children, and at age 14 she had her first job working as a shampoo girl in the local hairdresser, and she later graduated as a hairstylist from Danforth Tech in 1962. Mary worked full time until her first child was born, and then she continued working part-time as a stylist, which was a great job for a young mother.

In 1981, Mary became the Customer Service Manager for the Gage Distribution/Macmillan Publishing House, a major textbook publisher in Canada at the time.

By 1991, Mary had been spending time in Fenelon with her three children at the trailer park on Louisa Street in the summertime.  She became active with the Legion and with the Trentside Baptist church. Mary eventually chose to move to Fenelon in 1992, and she has stayed active with the Legion and church ever since.

When I asked Mary what she considered to be a significant achievement in her life, she replied immediately: Legion Work, Catering, Community, Reunion Choir, and Funeral Teas. Coordinating these events gives Mary great satisfaction, and the people around her rely on her for information, directions, and suggestions.

12805650_954602817921893_5622199910834651055_nMary is a real go-getter and an avid quilter;  Mary once made a quilted wall hanging for the Legion, by herself and presented it to the Legion for display. Last year, Mary submitted a quilt to the fair, and won the Fenelon Fair Viewer’s Choice Award! She was also awarded a Service Award as thanks for her time and efforts working with the Legion.

Mary is a great addition to the Fenelon Falls community: he can be found at all the craft fairs, (I love her Strawberry Rhubarb jam!) and Legion events.  And of course, the Fenelon Falls Fall Fair is Mary’s home away from home in the autumn months.

I very much look forward to joining Mary for Square Dancing and am confident that we will have a great time. Hope to see you there, too!


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Public Speak-Off at the Legion

March 22, 2018

Written by Major Roy Randell

The Annual Royal Canadian Legion Public Speaking contest was held on Sunday, March 4th at Branch 238 in Fenelon Falls. There was much excitement as about 85 people came out to hear the young speakers. There were two schools represented in Langton Public School and Fenelon Township School in Cameron.

IMG-2055We had 8 participants and the subjects were very interesting and presented very well.

Legion President Arlene Coleman Legion and Legion Youth Education Rep. Major Roy Randell welcomed everyone to the event and mentioned the participants were all winners in getting so far.  It was great that teachers and parents encouraged the youth and attended the event.

First place in the Grades 4-6 category went to Lyla Verlint-Slykhuis of Langton Public School who spoke on Dog Behaviour. First place in the Grades 7-9 category was Aiden Marr of Fenelon Township School who spoke on How Trees Communicate. Both students go on to the Zone level competition at the Royal Canadian Legion in Coboconk on March 25th. We wish them every success!

A delicious lunch was provided for one and all as the judges deliberated and the names were being printed onto certificates. The Legion kitchen was staffed by Marlene Haines –Hampton, Val Elliot, and Pat Vader, who together provided the refreshments.

The Judges for the event were Rob Jardine, Joan Whyte Elliot, and Major Charlene Randell. The Scrutineers  were Ian Coleman and Johanna Sutton Roy. Time Keepers: Fern Bellwood and Jim Tesoriere. Room Set-up, Take down and Runner: John Mangan. Registration: Arlene Coleman.

Certificates: Jackie Walter. Special Consultants: Arlene Coleman, Jackie Walter, Paul Leduc.

Special thanks to all teachers, parents, and students. See you next year.


Get a Bike from Mike at Spokes for Folks

March 22, 2018

Written by Dana Deathe

If you’re a cyclist in this area, you probably know Mike Gorman at Spokes for Folks, the biggest little bike shop in Cambray. Maybe you’ve been there with your bike to get a tune-up or some repairs, done by Mike the mechanic whiz, or maybe you’ve been there to sweat it out in a spin class with his partner and co-owner Deb Craven.


Mike Gorman of Spokes for Folks. Photo: Deb Craven

The shop is a dream for cycling enthusiasts; rows of shiny new bikes beckoning for a rider, the light smell of fresh rubber from new tires, cycling gear and accessories lining the walls. One wall proudly boasts a row of cycling jerseys, worn by professional riders that Mike had coached into successful careers, and a large number of medallions hang on wooden plaques.

Or, you may know Mike and Deb from their involvement in our community. They organize group rides and races around Kawartha Lakes, and support our events as they did at Snowshoe Kawartha this past February by bringing Fat Tire Bikes for people to try. No matter how you know them, it became clear to me very quickly that Mike and Deb are a huge part of the cycling community in this area.

After 49 years in the bike business, Mike is ready to hang up his toeclips: “49 years of nurturing champions, enthusiasts, and novices in the wonderful world of cycling.” To celebrate Mike’s retirement, Spokes for Folks is having a sale. This is a perfect opportunity to grab yourself a fresh set of wheels for spring and get outside for some fresh air and exercise. “High quality bikes, clothing, and accessories are up to 50% off” from now until May 30th.

What’s next for Mike, Deb, and Spokes for Folks? They will continue to advocate and support the cycling community in the City of Kawartha Lakes, and in 2019 the shop will continue to be open for custom orders, repairs, and parts, with reduced hours and by appointment.

“Join the wave of fun and fitness on a bike from Mike!” Spokes for Folks is located at 30 North Street in Cambray, 705-374-4633. Stop by for the sale, and to wish Mike a Happy Retirement!

“Runnin’ Rhonda” named Ambassador for Canal Pursuit for Mental Health

March 22, 2018

The Canal Pursuit for Mental Health is a 750 kilometer run along the Trent Severn and Rideau Canals in Ontario to raise awareness and funds for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. This year marks the 4th annual Canal Pursuit for Mental Health run, and local resident Rhonda Ingram-Empey has been named an Ambassador for the run and its mission.


Photo from Rhonda Ingram-Empey’s Facebook

Rhonda is a force of positive energy, and this is evident in her Facebook feed which is full of encouraging words to her friends and followers. “Running is my own personal journey,” says Rhonda, “in the last 8 years running has changed my whole life: mentally, physically, and spiritually.” Rhonda hopes to encourage others to push themselves to live a healthier lifestyle and use exercise to combat mood disorders, like depression and anxiety.

Rhonda first heard of this epic run and fundraiser when she met Clay Williams, the organizer and runner “a few years ago, at different races, and he was just such a quiet and humble gentleman. I had heard of his organization, the Canal Pursuit for Mental Health, and I first followed Clay on his 750 km run 2 years ago and caught up with him when he stopped in Fenelon Falls. This year, he is splitting up the runs, and reaching out to local runners to have them plan something in their communities.”

Rhonda hopes to get lots of people, not just runners, involved in the event. The portion of the Canal Pursuit for Mental Health that runs through Fenelon Falls, led by Rhonda, will be here on Monday, August 21st. If you would like to get involved with fundraising and running for this great cause, visit the Canal Pursuit for Mental Health Facebook page here.

Bruno, Julie, and Miss Kawartha

March 22, 2018

Written by Dana Deathe

As previously published in the Town Crier, award-winning landscape designers and artists Bruno Cantieni and Julie Moore have recently moved to Fenelon Falls. They just took part in Canada Blooms 2018, a gardening and landscape exhibition in Toronto where they created a feature garden, “Midnight in Paris,” which displayed Bruno’s sculpture inspired by the area called “Miss Kawartha.” Here is a follow-up interview with Bruno and Julie.

Town Crier: How did the Canada Blooms 2018 festival go?

Julie and Bruno: Canada Blooms 2018 was beautiful and  extremely well received this year. The 1200 sq.ft.  show garden Midnight in Paris by our design firm, Modern Landscape Designers, did not go unnoticed. Partner and Lead Designer Julie Moore won the “Tony Di Giovanni Award – Judges Choice Garden of the Year 2018” in addition to the “S.G. Ulbright Award – Outstanding Medium Size Garden. These are two most prestigious award so we were all delighted.


Miss Kawartha at Canada Blooms. Photo: Julie Moore

TC: How was Midnight in Paris received by guests?

J&B: When people stepped into the garden you could tell they felt “la joie de vivre’’ while walking the French allée of the garden Midnight in Paris expressing joy and curiosity. Over the 10 days of the show we witnessed the power of our design because couples would make time to sit around the water feature while the movie soundtrack was playing in the background, and they would start kissing like you’d see in the streets of Paris in the spring! Others would romantically start dancing. Then, the magic décor in the greenhouse styled by Robbin Burrows (owner of Gilstorf & Gray in Bobcaygeon) inspired and transported all visitors to the 1920s. Another prime element of our success was using Techo-Bloc hard-scape products because of its special tones and textures which provided a warm contemporary look.

TC: What impact did your statue, Miss Kawartha, have on the feature garden space?

J&B: Miss Kawartha was extremely well-received as she was a gorgeous focal point of the garden. She attracted the attention of children and adults and she was the most photographed feature of the Midnight in Paris garden. The funny part is that  people would pose like Miss Kawartha while having their picture taken with this new bronze celebrity! She did a marvelous job promoting the Kawartha region and the Victoria County Studio Tour. The success was so grand that the artist [Bruno Cantieni] is already working on relatives of Miss Kawartha like he is creatively sculpting Miss Verulam and drawing her sister Miss Sturgeon! I am sure Mrs Fenelon Falls is not far behind.

TC: Hah! I love it, you will have a whole family. How did Miss Kawartha fare as a conversation-starter for people who are connected to the area?

J&B: Our team was delighted to see how many people from our spectacular region took the time to visit us at Canada Blooms in downtown Toronto and expressed their enthusiasm about Miss Kawartha. Kawartha Lakes people love nature and art and so do we! The magnitude of the project was impressive and Miss Kawartha was the queen!


Julie Moore at Canada Blooms. Photo: Bruno Cantieni

TC: You said previously that you chose to move to Fenelon Falls in order to live in a place where you can both focus on your creative pursuits. Has that choice been effective in letting you focus in on creative projects?

J&B: A big YES! The air is pure here and the sky is blue like no other place on the planet. The people have a sense of community that touched our hearts since the beginning last September. Nature is a very healing and powerful inspiration that stimulates creativity. We are very excited about the new landscape season coming up and we hope to create fabulous contemporary landscape designs in our region.

TC: What are some of the biggest differences between being an artist in a big city vs in a more rural, smaller town?

J&B: For us a rural environment is healthier from a nature perspective. In our small town people are more authentic and are more supportive of their artistic community. This fraternity is precious for artists because we are sensitive beings. Here we feel safe, happy and so inspired.

TC: Do you have any upcoming local projects planned? What will you guys be working on next?

J&B: This week we are recuperating from this wonderful journey and as per next week we are planning to rebuild our Midnight in Paris world class garden on our property this spring. Braeside Estate – Gardens & Sculptures will then be opened a couple times per year to the public every year. The big opening will be the weekend of Sept 29-30 and Oct. 6-7 2018 during the Victoria County Studio Tour!

TC: Fantastic! Thanks so much for talking to the Town Crier.

Little Free Library opens in Fenelon

March 22, 2018

Written by Helen Robinson

The first Little Free Library in Fenelon Falls is now officially open for business!

IMG_6971The Fenelon Falls Little Free Library was constructed as part of a Rotary District 7010 project to promote reading to all members of our community. Professional photographer Karen Suggitt of Baddow Road Photography and her pictures are featured on the walls of the Little Free Library.

Little Free Libraries is a non-profit organization originally established in Wisconsin in 2009.  This past year, District 7010 Rotary International (of which Fenelon Falls is a member) focused their attention on Little Free Libraries in our District.  They were inspired by community gift-sharing networks, “TAKE A BOOK, LEAVE A BOOK” collections in coffee shops and public spaces.

Access to the library is available when the Community Centre is open.  The Community Centre seemed an appropriate site for placement as there are a variety of groups that use the community Centre for a range of activities. We hope that the Little Free Library will have books for all reading tastes.

Your Little Free Library can be found in the Lobby of The Fenelon Falls Community Centre (adjacent to the door leading to the Rotary Room).

Award-Winning Landscape Designers Move to Fenelon Falls

March 8, 2018

Written by Dana Deathe


A sneak peek of Midnight in Paris, featuring Miss Kawartha – Photo by Rpbin Burrows.

In 2016, landscape designers Bruno Cantieni and Julie Moore won the Canada Blooms award for “Outstanding Use of Innovative Elements in a Garden.” In 2017 Bruno and Julie relocated, choosing to settle permanently in Fenelon Falls “in order to enjoy a more nurturing, peaceful and creative environment in support of our artistic goals.”

Bruno and Julie are returning to Canada Blooms this year to present a new feature garden called “Midnight in Paris,” which promises to showcase their Kawartha-influenced creativity: the garden features a striking sculpture that Bruno has created, named “Miss Kawartha.”

Julie and Bruno are the partners behind the landscape design firm Modern Landscape Designers and you can read more about their feature garden as well as their other works here on Julie’s website. Julie says that Midnight in Paris is inspired by “the movie Midnight in Paris which evokes a life of romantic imagination coupled with an appreciation for landscape artistry.” The feature garden will also incorporate an “innovative greenhouse styling” and custom stonework.

As for Miss Kawartha, Bruno says that he was influenced by sculptor Auguste Rodin, whose most famous piece of work is The Thinker. The sculpture, carved from an expanded polystyrene foam block, is a showpiece in the Midnight in Paris feature garden.

Gardening enthusiasts who are making the trip to Canada Blooms this year are encouraged to stop by and see Julie and Bruno, and of course Miss Kawartha. Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with the award-winning landscape design duo in a future edition of the Town Crier.



Christine Buchanan: Local Hero

March 7, 2018

Written by Geoff Coleman

The Canadian Red Cross recognizes November as CPR awareness month, and on November 6, Fenelon Falls resident, Christine Buchanan took that designation to heart. Or, more specifically, to John Morrow’s heart.

At his home, and experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath, the 79-year old Morrow phoned his wife Linda, asking her to leave work and drive him to the hospital. By the time she made the 5-minute ride to their house, he had suffered a heart attack and collapsed at the end of their driveway. Like most of us, Linda and others present were not trained in emergency first aid. A neighbour on the scene had started chest compressions with the help of 911 operator, but Morrow was not responding.

By all accounts, John was dead when Christine Buchanan drove past the scene seconds later. Having had training in CPR, and seeing the severity of the situation, she parked on the shoulder and took over the resuscitation efforts.
“He was not breathing, I couldn’t find a pulse, and his skin was purple,” recalls Buchanan. However, after a few minutes of chest compressions, he drew a breath. He was not able to keep breathing but encouraged by that one breath, Ms. Buchanan continued administering CPR and minutes later he was taking shallow and laboured breaths.


John Morrow and Christine Buchanan

At that time the ambulance pulled up, and paramedics applied a defibrillator while Buchanan continued the chest compressions. In moments Morrow had vital signs and was breathing on his own when he was loaded into the ambulance.

John’s wife, Linda likes to call Ms. Buchanan his guardian angel, and without her efforts, the situation would have been very different. At the very least, even if paramedics had revived him when they arrived, there would certainly have been damage to Morrow’s brain.

Ms. Buchanan first received training through her employer about ten years ago and was recertified in each of the ensuing seven years. She followed that up on her own dime three years ago with CPR/AED and First Aid courses. Prior to this event, she had never put her training to work, but she credits the comprehensive nature of the courses she took for allowing her to act decisively and effectively.

“CPR training teaches you to react, so that’s what I did. I saw a small group of people at the end of the driveway as I approached the scene and that just looked odd. Then I saw someone’s feet…not standing. So that really caught my eye”, explained Ms. Buchanan with a wry laugh. “When I saw his skin tone I knew that something was really wrong. I asked if they needed my help, and the years of training just came to the surface.”

Events like this underscore the value of CPR training specifically and first aid training in general. If, like Linda Morrow, this incident inspires you to take a CPR course, there are a number running in this area.

Red Cross is advertising a CPR/AED (automated external defibrillation) course on April 7 and April 26, and St. John’s Ambulance offers CPR-A with AED on March 24, April 10 and 14, and May 5 and 15. CPR-A teaches CPR techniques to be used on adult casualties and is suited to workplaces/household that don’t include children. All courses are held in Lindsay. For more information visit the St. John’s Ambulance site for Lindsay and Kawartha Lakes.

Killing Him Softly – A Short Film by Shaun Soutar

February 22, 2018

On Tuesday, February 27,  Films by the Falls audiences will be treated to a special showing of a short film made by a high school student at FFSS, as part of the Film Circuit’s short film series, which runs before each feature this season. The Town Crier was able to interview Shaun Soutar about his one-minute short film called “Killing Him Softly.”

image1Town Crier: Tell us a bit about yourself. What grade are you in at FFSS?

Shaun Soutar: My name is Shaun Soutar, I am 16 years old (I’ll be 17 March 10th!), and I am in grade 11. The title of my short film is “Killing Him Softly.”

TC: When did you start working on this short film? How long did it take you to make it?

SS: I started working on this short film in September of this school year as part of an assignment for my drama class. The goal of the project was to create an effective short film that was exactly 1 minute in length. Initially, I had a completely different idea for the film, and actually shot some footage with different actors. However, I realized the weekend before the film was due that I didn’t have enough footage to create the film that I had originally envisioned. This left me in a familiar bind; with only a weekend left to complete a school project. Although, I believe this actually worked out for the best, as I find I do my best work when I’m under the pressure of a deadline. Therefore, the planning, staging, and filming of this short film actually happened all in one weekend.

TC: Wow! That must have been one full weekend. What inspired you to make this film?

SS: My inspiration stemmed from my passion for human rights, and, more specifically, from my interest in struggles that the LGBTQ+ community faces in society. From this, I decided that I wanted to tell a simple story that highlighted the life of a young transgender person, a perspective we do not often get to see in mainstream media. Of course, I had to convey this story in only 60 seconds, which put an extreme limit on the complexity of the plot. This forced me to really strip my vision down to its bare essentials, so that my message would be clearly portrayed. For this reason, I decided to not include any spoken dialogue in my film, as this would likely prove ineffective and time consuming. Instead, I was forced to rely completely on visual communication to tell my story. I would like to think this makes my film more interesting, as it is up to the viewer to piece together the message for themselves.

"Killing Him Softly", a short film by Shaun Soutar

“Killing Him Softly,” a short film by Shaun Soutar

TC: What message or feeling do you hope to convey to the audience when it’s over?

SS: Overall, I designed the film as a brief, but intimate, look into the life of a transgender teen who is facing a major decision in their life. I hope that my film will make audiences really think about what they’ve seen, and I hope that they can appreciate the struggle I have tried to depict. More importantly however, I hope that they feel compelled to go out into the world with a new perspective of people quite unlike themselves, and to recognize these people for their amazing bravery. In this way, I hope that this community will be able to see the LGBTQ+ community in a new, accepting light, as it is really up to all of us to create a world that everyone feels comfortable living in.

TC: What are your future plans? Do you hope to go into filmmaking? What’s next now that this short film is complete?

SS: After highschool I want to pursue my passion of filmmaking at university, and, though I won’t be graduating for another year, I am already looking at possible programs I might want to enroll in. For now however, I am going to continue focusing on my studies, though I will certainly continue making films. I feel I have learned a lot from making this film, both technically and artistically, and I would like to apply these new skills to my next project (whatever that may be). In the future, I would like to try making a longer, more complex short film that really showcases what I’ve learned. At the very least, I can aim for a film that’s longer than 60 seconds.

TC: Wow, that’s great! You are off to a great start with a wide audience at the next Films by the Falls showing. Thanks so much for your time Shaun, and we look forward to seeing “Killing Him Softly” followed by a Q&A with you on Tuesday, February 27th.

SS: :)

Letter from the Editor – Olympic Fever

February 22, 2018

Every 2 years, alternating between summertime and wintertime, I am reminded how tightly I am gripped by Olympic Fever. I support Team Canada with fervor, setting alarms to wake up early to watch curling games, or to wake up in the middle of the night to watch hockey games. I may have replayed the ice dancing final featuring Canada’s sweethearts a few times this year.

Team Canada supporters at the 2010 games in Vancouver

Team Canada supporters at the 2010 games in Vancouver

Even if you don’t get as fanatic as I do, it’s hard not to get swept up in the excitement of the Olympic games. This morning, in the wake of some significant disappointments for Canadian athletes in Pyeongchang, I found myself reflecting on how much we feel for these athletes as spectators watching back home. In fact, I’m surprised at how acutely I feel for these competitors, through all their ups and downs.

From the highs like a gold medal in the Team Skate, watching Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir personify love on ice, repeating history by tying for the gold medal in bobsleigh, and the Mark McMorris comeback story – to the lows, including an uncharacteristically early exit from competition for the women’s curling, a loss in the semifinals for the men’s curling, and a crushing loss to the US in the gold medal game for women’s hockey… we feel it all, right along with our athletes.

Team Canada: when you triumph, we feel joyous and celebrate your achievements. When you show us love, we love you right back. When you feel disappointment and heartbreak, we feel it for you, too.

The games in Pyeongchang have taken us on a rollercoaster that is coming to a stop with the closing ceremonies this upcoming weekend. Through all the wins, losses, and heartbreaks, we are so incredibly proud of the athletes representing Canada for embodying the competitive spirit. Win or lose, I love cheering for Team Canada. Go Canada Go!

– Dana Deathe

The Country Cupboard Goes Green with New Owner Julia Taylor

February 7, 2018
Julia and Carson at the Country Cupboard

Julia and Carson at the Country Cupboard

Julia Taylor grew up right here in Fenelon. She remembers when they built Langton Public School, and that as a young girl she contributed a $2 dollar bill to the time capsule they created to mark the school’s opening. While she moved away in her early teens, she remained fond of the small community-focused village of Fenelon Falls.

When Julia and her husband were choosing a place to live and raise their family, Fenelon was the obvious choice and they returned in 2007 simply because, as Julia puts it, “Fenelon is our favourite town in Kawartha Lakes.” Julia was drawn to living in Fenelon because of our naturally scenic features: the falls, the locks, the beach, and the green spaces that have remained unchanged since her childhood.

During her years as a stay-at-home Mom, Julia got active with volunteering in the community and quickly saw that when she chose to get back to work, she wanted to bring together her passions for the environment, entrepreneurship, and healthy living in a way that gives back to the community. Julia recently saw the opportunity for her to do just that when she purchased the Country Cupboard on May Street.

Julia plans for the Country Cupboard to continue to be the place in town to go for “knowledgeable and informative help with vitamins and supplements” thanks of course to Carson, who will be staying on as Julia’s “right-hand man and supplements expert.” In addition, Julia will be turning the Country Cupboard into the place to go for “fresh quality pantry staples,” offering a 10% discount for customers who bring in their own containers as an eco-friendly shopping choice.

20180129_182205 (1)Finally, Julia will also bring to the shop a wealth of information on “all things whole-food, plant-based, and chemical-free home and body care.” And don’t worry – the famous frozen yogurt isn’t going anywhere, and she is also planning to offer a dairy-free option soon. Yum!

You can follow The Country Cupboard on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Stop in to the Country Cupboard soon to say hi to Julia and chat with her about living green!


Kennel opens its doors in Fenelon Falls

February 7, 2018


Dionna and Patrick Wylde love dogs.

So after hearing from many that there is a need in the district for another kennel, they decided to turn their love of the four-legged friend into a business venture.

They opened the doors to “Jurassic Bark Kennels”—located on 28 forested acres on the outskirts of Fenelon Falls—this January.

“It’s something we have thought about for quite a while,” said Dionna.

They got started on constructing the building to house their canine guests two years ago, but did plenty of research prior to that.

“We wanted to do it right,” she stressed, saying they visited a number of kennels nearby to get an idea of their facilities and how they operated.

JurassicBark_TownCrierImage2The 700 square foot building has 7 sleeping areas, each with their own individual outdoor runs accessible by a custom made doggy door that can be opened without entering the pen.

“Sometimes dogs are not friendly with anyone except their owner, or it just takes them a while to adjust,” noted Wylde.

“Sometimes they are frightened so we wanted to set it up so no one gets hurt,” she explained, adding she can simply use the pulley mechanism to raise the door while staying outside the pen.

“Jurassic Bark Kennels” also boasts a small reception area, a food prep area and a full service grooming salon.

There is a fully fenced common area at the side of the building which serves as a play area for the dogs and a multi-acre fenced paddock for longer romps. This summer they plan on constructing a doggy jungle gym complete with ramps, houses and a small pool for their guests to cool off.

“We’re really looking forward to having the play area for the dogs,” she noted.

The couple also has trails where they will take dogs for nature walks—for an added fee.

“They really like the trails,” Wylde remarked.

They already have had a few guests, and have enjoyed getting to know the few dogs that have been there to date. But they really are hoping the pens will start to fill up.

“We hadn’t been really promoting it too much yet because we wanted to make sure everything was ready and we needed approval from the City. Now that is done and we have our licence. We are very excited to open our doors,” Dionna explained.

The kennel offers daycare as well as boarding – both short term and long term. Fees for the kennel will be very comparable to others in the area. Guests are accepted by appointment only.

“Jurassic Bark Kennels” is located at 18 Fell’s Point Road, just off of Northline Road.

Heading north out of Fenelon on Hwy. 121, turn left onto Northline Road, then left again onto Fell’s Point Road. The driveway will be the first one on your right.

For more information, or to book your stay or your furry friend’s “spaw” day, call 705-887-6597 or 705-340-2925, or email You can also visit their Facebook page – “Jurassic Bark Kennels” and view photos and news.


Welcome Home, Anna Radey

January 25, 2018

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

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


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

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

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

Curling Club Raises Awareness for Alzheimer’s

January 24, 2018

A Tribute to Dana, a Bonspiel to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Society, was held at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club on Saturday January 13, which was also Dana’s birthday. Curlers came together for a day of learning about how to keep your brain healthy and for friendly competition. The FFCC curling members put on a delicious meal, contributed draw prizes for the table and curled in the bonspiel. There was entertainment all afternoon by Marc Ekins, Dana’s son. Dana’s siblings, 3 sisters and 1 brother, came from Gravenhurst for the occasion, and Dana’s husband John played in the bonspiel. Fenelon Falls Curling Club managed to raise $2,400.00 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Thanks to all the club members; the Fenelon Falls Curling Club, the club with a big heart.

Dana - Curling Club Jan 2018


Greetings from Dana, New Editor of the Town Crier

January 10, 2018

Meet your new editor, Dana Deathe

Greetings and Salutations!

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

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

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

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


Until next time!

Dana Deathe


Helpful Tips from Santa’s Elves!

November 22, 2017

SantaDay General Slider 2017

how best to enjoy your Santa Day

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

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

Cartoon by Laurie Rockman, Kawartha Lakes;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Santa Day to one and all!!

Amazing Photo Credit: Karen Suggitt of Baddow Road Photography



High School Drama at Fenelon Museum (Nov. 2017)

October 25, 2017


Maryboro Lodge is proud to present Fenelon Falls: A Walk Through Time a play written and directed by the Fenelon Falls Secondary School senior Drama class on November 6th, Monday at 12 noon.


The show, Fenelon Falls: A Walk Through Time, showcases the rich and interesting history of Fenelon Falls, and the invigorating characters which once lived there. The play will incorporate the majority of the rooms in the Maryboro Lodge museum, in order to truly bring the history to life.


Fenelon Falls and its surrounding area have plenty of history to share, and the Fenelon Falls Secondary School’s senior Drama class will be showcasing it with this walk through performance. Guests will be escorted through the museum and will see a variety of characters and scenes specific to our local history.


The senior Drama class has developed the show in collaboration with the museum’s staff and local historians.  Students have been learning about our local history through regular museum visits, and research in the community. This play will appeal to all ages and everyone is welcome to attend. There is no admission fee, however a donation to the museum is appreciated.


The museum will be open November 6th from 12 to 2 p.m.for play and all are welcomed.


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?

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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.


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.


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.


Trees To Remember Vimy By (August 2017)

July 25, 2017


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


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

France, April 1917

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

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

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

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

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


A Positive Influence on Kawartha Lakes (July 2017)

July 21, 2017

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

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

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

The 2017 recipients are:

Alexandra Tesic, I.E. Weldon Collegiate

Claire Allore, Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute

Harmony McNish, Fenelon Falls Secondary School

Jaden Mifsud, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School

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

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

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A Walk Down Movie Lane (August 2017)

July 18, 2017

Fenelon records memories of theatre

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

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

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

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

‘With your donations, we can make this happen’

– Fenelon Theatre Marquee Group

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Windows of Celebration (July 2017)

June 27, 2017

Fenelon merchants decorate windows and property to commemorate Canada’s 150th!

Window Sample

Fenelon Falls Canadian pride is showing in town. As part of our sesquicentennial activities, the windows in town are all red and white with excitement. Watch for banners, bunting, flags and all types of images and graphics. Many stores and service companies will take part in this competition to show how proud we are to be Canadians.

Winners will be announced at the festivities on July 1st at Garnet Graham Park in the afternoon. First prize of $300 will go to the selected store window participant. Second and Third prizes will also be presented and an additional special First Place prize being offered to the best “on property” display. Custom designed and hand-made “ribbons” crafted by Ann Kumala at Curious? will be proudly displayed around town.

Join us July 1st and take a moment to congratulate the winners of this commemorative competition.

Happy Canada Day!


Remembrance Service for Canada 150 (Summer 2017)

May 30, 2017



As we prepare to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation it is appropriate that we remember the contribution that Veterans have made to the development of our nation and honour the sacrifices made in the defence of freedom and the pursuit of world peace. Their sacrifices enabled us to reach this significant milestone in our nation’s history.

From Vimy Ridge and D-Day to Afghanistan they paved the way and provided a strong foundation for the building of Canada – the true north strong and free.

Join the Royal Canadian Legion – Fenelon Falls Branch and pay tribute to our veterans’ service from Confederation to today.

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

2:00pm at the Cenotaph

Sobeys Celebrates 15th Anniversary (May 2017)

May 16, 2017

Sobey's turns 15

On May 11th, Fenelon Falls gathered at the local Sobeys grocery store to celebrate a milestone with Mark Knoester and his staff. Sobeys has been in business for 15 years in our community.

Customers and local dignitaries came out to celebrate and enjoyed a free barbecue, drinks, cake and tasty treats. Specials and prizes of gift baskets, gift certificates and air miles were given out to many lucky winners.

Mayor Andy Letham presented Mark with a certificate from the City of Kawartha Lakes and congratulated him on the success and thanked him for his continued commitment to Fenelon Falls. Sobeys has shown ongoing support to many community recreational and social groups as well as participating in numerous local fundraising efforts.

Sobeys continues to grow and expand new services in our community. It was recently announced that Sobeys will soon be offering customers the convenience of being able to purchase beer at the store while getting their groceries.

On behalf of the people of Fenelon Falls, CONGRATULATIONS SOBEYS!!!!!!

Swastikas Drawn On Sidewalk Changed to Works of Art (Apr. 2017)

April 18, 2017


Fenelon residents were shocked to see swastikas drawn in chalk on the sidewalks of our community last Saturday morning. Local homeowners were upset that someone would want to spread antisemitic hatred in our beautiful town.

Although the intention of the vandals is not known, the swastika symbol definitely evokes a dark feeling of fear and dread to many. Residents were very clear that hate is not welcome here.

The anti-semitic act was not going to be accepted by one local family. Caroline Fenelius-Carpenter and her son Erik decided that they were not going to walk away. They knew there was something that could be done to show everyone that “Hate Never Wins”.

The mother and son made a quick stop at Grr8 Finds and Butterfly Boutique, where the owners/friends equipped them with fresh packages of sidewalk chalk.  The two set out to cover up the darkness and show the true heart of our town and it’s people.

FlowersSoon, the ugly symbol was changed into a beautiful flower. A poppy seemed the appropriate choice to the artistic duo. “Teaching love starts at home” says Caroline. “The most beautiful thing was when it started to rain and Erik said that he thought Mother Nature and God are sad about the Swastsika”.

We can only hope that the vandals learn that there is no place for acts like this in our community and that it will not be tolerated.  We will always strive to be a caring, inclusive and welcoming community to all races and beliefs.

Legion Public Speaking Event 2017 (Mar. 2017)

March 21, 2017
Photo Credit Paul Leduc Standing left to right: Liam Ellis, Max Willems, Cole Capal, Jordyn Greer,  Allison Turpin, Darlan Carpenter, Emma Bradimore.  Sitting left to right: Nolan  Carson, Zoe MacIntosh, Lyla Verlint, Benjamin Capal.

Photo Credit Paul Leduc
Standing left to right: Liam Ellis, Max Willems, Cole Capal, Jordyn Greer,
Allison Turpin, Darlan Carpenter, Emma Bradimore. Sitting left to right: Nolan
Carson, Zoe MacIntosh, Lyla Verlint, Benjamin Capal.

Twelve students from Langton and Fenelon Township Public Schools and one from Fenelon Falls Secondary came together to strut their stuff at the Legion’s annual public speaking contest on Sunday, March 5th.

The atmosphere was alive with anticipation as they each took their turn on stage. Each student was timed and evaluated by a team of three judges. It was evident that all had put a great deal of hard work into their presentations and spoke on a wide variety of topics that had captured their interest.

For many people,  standing up in public and doing a speech is one of their  greatest fears. This fact was acknowledged by Cde. Roy Randell in his closing remarks. He further commended them on meeting the challenge with such confidence and poise.  Cde. Randell thanked all the volunteers and the Ladies Auxiliary for providing a light luncheon for the students and their families.

The winners were:

First Place                                Second Place                    Third Place

Grades 4 – 6                         Nolan Carson                        Zoe MacIntosh                       Emma Bradimore

Grades 7 – 9                         Liam Ellis                                    Max Willems                        Darlan Carpenter

Grades 10 –12                     Jordyn Greer                                                n/a                                    n/a

The first place winners will progress to the Zone level where they will compete against the first place winners from thirteen other Legion branches. This competition will be held March 26 at 1:00pm at the Legion in Fenelon Falls. Successful Zone level speakers move on to District level.

We wish all our competitors the best of luck as they continue on this journey.


Oliver Releases 3rd Children’s Book (Mar. 2017)

March 2, 2017

CoverLinda Oliver is a local children’s book author that has just released her latest work.

 “I’d Rather Be Me”, a self-esteem piece, is written in rhyming text to encourage young readers, and targeted for primary aged children.

A couple of years ago, we wrote a story on Oliver’s self-published books – “Slurp and Blurp” and “Scamp and Champ” which received recognition with the letter of thanks from Buckingham Palace.

Since that time she has been busy continuing her work and has been picked up by a Canadian Publisher – Cavern of Dreams Publishing.

“I’s Rather Be Me” will tickle the imaginations of all little readers as they explore whether it really is better to just be you! Cute, fun, and with a great message for boys and girls alike, I’d Rather Be Me is a must read!

“The Canadian illustrator, Tina McGilp, did a fabulous job interpreting my vision for the characters!” explains Oliver.  “I am excited about this book and the message it gives to children.”

The book is available at Curious in Fenelon Falls or online at the Publisher website for $12.95 here.