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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: :)

Dance with the Fenelon Falls Skating Club this Winter

January 10, 2018
What is there to do for the Youth of Fenelon Falls if they don’t play hockey, figure skate, ski or snowboard? Not much. But the Fenelon Falls Skating Club wants to change that.
The Fenelon Falls Skating Club will be hosting youth Dances at the Fenelon Falls Legion once a month for children in Fenelon Falls and surrounding area in Grades 4-8.
The price of admission is $10.00
From 7-10pm
These event will take place on the last Friday of  the month with January being an exception due to a scheduling conflict and will take place on Jan 19th.
This is a chaperoned event and our local radio personality, Paul Wilson  from CKL Radio, has agreed to DJ these events to help out the Fenelon Falls Skating Club. This is a great way for our Youth to get out of the house, put their electronics away and have a good time.
These dances will also help the Fenelon Falls Skating Club cover increasing ice fees.

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

May 16, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

By Julia Taylor

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

January 10, 2017


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

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

Weekly Storytime

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

Craft / Activities

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

Read to the Dog

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

Family Challenge Games Night

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

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

A Book On Every Bed (Dec. 2016)

December 13, 2016

– Health Unit Encourages Families to Open Up New Chapters For Children With the Gift of Reading –


When children wake up to open their presents this holiday season, local parents and caregivers are encouraged to include a gift-wrapped book in the mix.


The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is asking families to turn a page on the usual gift-giving by starting a new holiday book tradition. It’s part of the Book on Every Bed campaign (, which is designed to provide children with the gift of reading every holiday season.

“Books may seem old-fashioned, but are a great way to unplug from electronic devices and spend quality time together as a family,” says Shelley Shaughnessy, a Family Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Reading together also helps to stimulate a child’s speech and language skills, which is critical for future success.”

The Book on Every Bed campaign works this way. Parents and caregivers are asked to pick a book (be it new, donated or a cherished one passed down from one generation to the next) for their child. Shaughnessy urges parents to select a book that is age-appropriate and appealing for the child. Books with repetitive and rhyming text, as well as plenty of pictures and interactive features such as holes or flaps for lifting, can be a hit with older toddlers and preschoolers, she notes. For older children who are less inclined to read, choose a story with an exciting plot that will grab their attention and make them want to read. 


“Once a book is chosen, wrap it up and place it at the foot of your child’s bed,” Shaughnessy adds. “When your child wakes up, the book will be the first thing he or she sees. By making it an annual holiday tradition, your child will look forward to it year after year.”


Families can also incorporate reading into other activities over the holidays. These include: picking a family favourite book and reading it aloud each year; listening to a favourite audio book while baking cookies, driving to visit families or wrapping gifts; and checking out and reading library books that focus on another culture’s winter celebrations.


Locally, there are resources to encourage reading and support children’s speech and language skills. Families can visit the KidTalk Preschool Speech and Language Services website ( or call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

2016 Peace Poster Contest (Nov. 2016)

November 29, 2016

Each year, Lions Clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. For more than 25 years, millions of children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest.

The theme of the 2016-17 Peace Poster Contest was “A Celebration of Peace.” Students, ages 11, 12 or 13 on November 15, were eligible to participate.

Students from 2 local schools took top billing in District A-16.


First Place – Sarah Lovely – Fenelon Township P.S. (poster above)


Third Place – Rachel Walton – Langton Public School (poster above)

Both winning entries were sponsored by the Fenelon Falls and District Lions Club.

Local Students Complete First “Capital Experience” (Nov. 2016)

November 1, 2016

Students who attended: Saige Krofchick and Colby Farrell from Brock; Olivia Earl and Danica Freiter from Crestwood; Olivia Anstess and Tayler D’Andrea from Fenelon Falls; Andrew Carmount and Rachel Reddering from Haliburton; Ksenia Shulyarenko, Ellyn Duke-Watson, And my Co-op Studend Jerad Zitman from I.E.Weldon; Lilly Virtue and Summer Schweitzer from L.C.V.I; Chris Flynn and Lauren Gignac from St. Thomas Aquinas. Also pictured are Georgian from Jack Callaghan Elementary School and MP Schmale.


Local MP Jamie Schmale wrapped up three days of meetings with area secondary school students as part of the MPs first Capital Experience program.

The 15 students from schools across the riding were given a first-hand look at possible post-secondary career opportunities through a series of visits and interactions with individuals, groups and organizations in Ottawa from October 23 to 25.

“The program, started by former MP Barry Devolin, has been a very popular and beneficial program for young people in my riding’s seven secondary schools,” said Schmale. “This is really a wonderful opportunity for me to work directly with some of our young people and expose them to a number of potential career opportunities they may not have previously considered or been aware of.”

The students were able to attend meetings with an advocate from Amnesty International, Officials from the South Korean Embassy to Canada, International Experience Canada, Garry Keller Chief of Staff in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition, Rona Ambrose the Leader of the Official Opposition, and Katlyn Harrison (a graduate of I.E. Weldon) from SUMMA, a government relations firm.

“I thought that the trip as a whole was an absolutely amazing, once in a lifetime experience. I learned so much about the inner workings of parliament and about politics,” said Lauren Gignac of St. Thomas Aquinas in Lindsay. “It was a very enlightening and educational experience, as well as being fascinating, engaging and more fun than I ever could have imagined.”

“I loved the variety of things we did, as it gave me an idea as to how many options there are career wise,” added Ksenia Shulyarenko of IE Weldon Secondary School.  “I enjoyed meeting so many great people: not only everyone who the group met, but also all of the like-minded students who were part of the trip.”

“I met like-minded students, talked to very interesting professionals, and got to see the behind-the-scenes of how our government works,” said Haliburton Highlands Secondary School student Andrew Carmount. “I recommend this experience to any student, whether interested in politics or not. I hope the program continues to give students to experience our capital.”

Schmale said the experience would not have been possible without a number of service groups and local businesses who help make the ‘Capital Experience’ program possible.

“A number of service groups and local businesses stepped forward to sponsor a student from their community,” said Schmale.  “I want to thank them for helping me to make these young people more aware of the career options available to them.”

Back To School Tips For Parents (Sept. 2016)

September 5, 2016

Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.

Meet the new teacher.
For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. Some teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins.

If personal contact with the teacher isn’t possible, try locating the teacher’s picture on a school website or in a yearbook, so your child can put a name with a face. If your child’s teacher sends a welcome letter, be sure to read the letter together.

Tour the school.
If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with her environment will help her avoid a nervous stomach on the first day. Together you can meet her teacher, find her desk, or explore the playground.

With an older child, you might ask him to give you a tour of the school. This will help refresh his memory and yours.

Connect with friends.
A familiar friend can make all the difference when heading back to school. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. Refresh these relationships before school starts by scheduling a play date or a school carpool.

Tool up.
Obtain the class supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Having the right tools will help him feel prepared. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a favorite-colored pen. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.

School supply lists also provide great insight into the schoolwork ahead. Get your child excited about upcoming projects by explaining how new supplies might be used. Let him practice using supplies that he’s not used before — such as colored pencils or a protractor — so he will be comfortable using them in class.

Avoid last-minute drilling.
When it’s almost time to stop playing, give a five-minute warning. Giving clear messages to your child is very important.

Chat about today’s events and tomorrow’s plans.
While it is important to support learning throughout the summer, don’t spend the last weeks of summer vacation reviewing last year’s curriculum. All kids need some down time before the rigors of school begin. For some kids, last-minute drills can heighten anxiety, reminding them of what they’ve forgotten instead of what they remember.

Ease into the routine.
Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid mayhem by practicing your routine. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make school mornings go much smoother.

Camp Cave Quest Totally “Rocked”

July 29, 2016

Cave Quest

Camp ‘Cave Quest’ proved to be the hit of the summer for kids in the Fenelon Falls area. From the moment the kids arrived, they were amazed by the elaborate prehistoric themed sets and decorations as well the full schedule of hands on games and activities designed to challenge their bodies, minds and hearts.

The week-long Adventure Bible Camp drew record numbers with 95 children registered to participate. An average of 88 children attended each day and over 45 volunteers were involved in making the incredibly successful event happen.

“The kids were just loving every minute of it” explains parent, Caroline Carpenter. “The place was just alive with excitement and the kids were just so happy to be there –  it is safe to say… it totally rocked.”

StageThe camp is a combined effort of the Fenelon Falls Association of Churches. The camp is held at Trentside Baptist Church but volunteers from all the churches in Fenelon Falls come together to make it happen.  The volunteers really outdid themselves this year, turning the church entrance and sanctuary into a prehistoric wonderland that impressed the children and adults alike.  The entire set then moved on to Kinmount Baptist Church so they could share it with the children in that area as part of their Bible Camp the following week.

On behalf of all the families who participated – Thank you to all the volunteers who made this happen. Your dedication and hard work is commendable. You make our community a better place to live.



Wild Reading Camp in Burnt River (Jul. 2016)

July 4, 2016

library programming goes outside this summer

Burnt River Summer Programming 2016

Join us this summer for some WILD fun in Burnt River! 1 hour programming runs each Wednesday morning at 11am for 6 weeks starting on July 13 and running until August 17. Drop by between 11 am – noon on July 6th to sign up and grab your Summer Reading Club welcome package. Be ready for fun in the sun this summer with the City of Kawartha Lakes Library :-)

Contact the Fenelon Falls Library with any questions.

Children’s Summer Camp To Learn Indigenous (Jul. 2016)

July 4, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 2.07.48 PMChildren in the Fenelon Falls and Coboconk area will get a hands-on experience learning about the traditions of First Nations people this summer at the Good Neighbour Bible Camp being offered in the parish of Fenelon Falls and Coboconk.

“Cindy Baldwin, our camp coordinator, came up with the idea of doing a curriculum that we would create ourselves based on First Nations’ traditions,” says the Rev. Susan Spicer, incumbent. “I immediately thought it’s a wonderful idea, because it’s in keeping with work our church is doing following the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. We are one of more than 70 Anglican parishes that made a commitment to work toward reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples. 

We are pleased that educator Cindy Baldwin will be leading the camp as coordinator, returning for the third year in this position. Members of the community, including elder Annie Robertson, James Merrett, Peggy Vidoczy and Ellie MacNeill will be assisting Cindy as teachers. In addition to conducting their own research, members of the steering committee turned to three local Indigenous people for advice and they will be visiting the camp as guest teachers. James Whetung and Patty Shaughnessy, both from Curve Lake, and Kim Muskrat of Hiawatha First Nation.

“We will be learning from these teachers as a community,” says Ms. Spicer. “We have people in the parish who have done work in Native Studies, and they will be looking at the points of intersection between our Christian story and the teachings and traditions of the First Peoples. We will also be looking at the story of first contact and what has happened in that relationship.”

This will be learning in a way that is active, engaged, and fun! There will be storytelling and hands on experiences, outdoor adventures, interesting food and crafts and a chance to make new friendships. 

Cost is $40 per child for a one week session, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm beginning August 8th or August 15th. The camp is for children ages 5 to 12. Bursaries are available. The camp takes place at Christ Church, in the village of Coboconk.

“I’m hoping the kids will take away a deep appreciation of the richness of the First Peoples of this region, that they will have had an opportunity to be in relationships with people from the First Nations communities, that they will have learned a little bit about the traditions,” says Ms. Spicer. “We will be doing this on the traditional territory of Mississauga Anishinabek land, the people who were the first people here.”

To register, contact the church office: 705-887-2537 or Or, come by between 9 and 5 on a Thursday, or 10 am to 12 noon on a Friday to register.

Article submitted by Martha Holmen

Local Gymnast Wins Provincial Championship (Jun. 2016)

June 20, 2016

RUbyThe weekend of June 11th, the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Level 3-5, held the 2016 Ontario Championships at the Quinte Bay Gymnastics Club in Belleville.  Fenelon Falls’ gymnast, Ruby Neumann, competed in Level 4 and became a 2016 WAG Champion, bringing home the gold metal.

Ruby belongs to the Lindsay Gymnastics Centre and is coached by Meghan Howe. She began gymnastics just 3 years ago and with commitment and training, she has propelled to the top of her division.

“I feel great!” explains Ruby. “The older kids at the club inspired me to want to win a Provincial Championship. Now I think it this really cool that I could inspire some of the younger girls at my club to do the same.”

Ruby is 12 years old and is in grade 7 at Langton Public School. Her friends and family are very excited about  her accomplishments.

Fenelon Falls is proud of you Ruby. Congratulations on the win!

Kawartha Lakes Summer Camps (Jun. 2016)

June 20, 2016

Summercamp The City of Kawartha Lakes, Parks Recreation and Culture Division is planning another exciting summer of day camp programs based at the Lindsay Recreation Complex & Fleming Fieldhouse.  Eight (8) weeks of Sports Camp, Creative Camp and Little Explorers Camp are available throughout the summer.

“We strive to provide fun and active programs that promote healthy lifestyles and positive experiences for children”, explains Caelin Nisbet, Parks, Recreation & Culture Division, Summer Activities Coordinator. “There are a wide variety of camp options available to choose from for children with all interests between the ages of four (4) and twelve (12)”.

Sport Specialty camps are back again for 2016 with Sport & Skate (hockey camp), Sport & Swing (golf camp), Sport & Swim (swim camp) and Sport & Smash (tennis camp). Each of the Sport Specialty camps are offered during different weeks throughout the summer. They include specialized instruction from professionals in that sport in addition to regular camp programming.

A full listing of summer day camps including dates and prices is available online Residents should contact Caelin Nisbet to register and find out more information: 705-324-9411 extension 1364,


Library Summer Programming (Jun. 2016)

June 6, 2016

kids go wild with TD Summer Reading

libraryAdCalling all kids! Stop by the Fenelon Falls Library at 19 Market Street (beside the Post Office) and sign up for the TD Summer Reading program. Have a blast picking out books to read this summer while sitting under your favourite tree or by flashlight when you’re camping. Sign-up is available during branch hours, or come to TD Reading Sign-Up Day on June 25th for special treats.

New to this year’s summer line-up is a program just for kids at the Burnt River Community Centre! The TD Summer Reading theme this year is WILD, and you can bet there will be some wild and crazy things happening for everyone to enjoy.

Sign-up for the Burnt River summer program will be held on July 6, 2016 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Burnt River Community Centre. Programming will run Wednesdays: July 13. July 27, August 3, August 10 & August 17. Call (705) 887-1532 for more information.

For the full calendar of events at any CKL Library Branch visit Online you’ll also find full access to the catalogue of books, CDs, DVDs, ebooks, streaming movies and much more!

Do you have a library card? If not, come and claim your passport to EVERYTHING.

Let’s Play Ball in Fenelon Falls (May 2016)

May 23, 2016

spectators are always welcome to cheer on the teams

BallThe love of the game of baseball is alive and well in the community of Fenelon Falls. You may have noticed that cars are lining the sides of the roads beside the Buss Baptist Ball Park and the stands are beginning to fill with parents, families and friends cheering on the Fenelon Falls Minor Baseball teams.

Home games are played at one of the three diamonds at the Russ Baptist Ball Park- found at the top of Colbourne Street behind Jardines Funeral Home. Games are usually played at 6:30 pm or 8:30 pm.  Come and watch some great ball.  Schedules for the games can be found at 

The Fenelon Falls BaseBall League plays under the Victoria Brook Baseball Association (V.B.B.A.). The V.B.B.A. offers an exceptional baseball experience for boys and girls ages 3-18 who all enjoy a higher level of competition found only in inter-community play. Our community members are located in the western half of the City of Kawartha Lakes and in the Township of Brock.

The V.B.B.A. offers 11 age divisions. Each division culminates its season in grand style with an energizing year-end tournament that features intense competition and fun for everyone.

Cave Quest Day Camp (May 2016)

May 23, 2016


The Fenelon Falls Association of Churches Invites Children to the 2016 Bible Day Camp: Cave Quest

 A summer kids’ event called Cave Quest Day Camp will be hosted at Fenelon Falls Baptist Church from July 11 to July 15.  At Cave Quest, kids discover what it means to hold on to God’s mighty power in everyday life.

Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings.

Each day concludes with a Celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. The cost is $25 for the first child in a family and $15 for each additional child in the same family.

Cave Quest is for kids from 5 to 12 and will run from 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon each day. For more information, call Joan @ 705 887 4098 or register online at


Here To Help – Breast Feeding Support (May 2016)

May 9, 2016


- Health Unit Nurses Can Provide One-on-One Breastfeeding Support for Women in Area –

Booking a trip to a local Health Unit office is one way for new mothers to get direction and support along their breastfeeding journey.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is promoting one-on-one breastfeeding support clinics available by appointment at its offices in Lindsay, Port Hope and Haliburton. The free clinics provide a comfortable, private setting and one-on-one time for a woman to meet with a Family Health Nurse to ask questions, as well as get support and encouragement for breastfeeding her baby.

To find out more information or book an appointment, local residents can call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 and speak to a Family Health Nurse. A new promotional video on the breastfeeding support clinics is also posted on the Health Unit’s website ( under the ‘Babies and Children – Feeding Your Baby’ section.

“Breastfeeding is important for both mother and baby, from the first hour of life up to two years and beyond,” says Tammy Thomson, a Family Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Sometimes families need extra support during their breastfeeding journey and we’re here to provide information, encouragement and advice at any stage. We invite parents to contact us anytime with their breastfeeding questions or concerns.”

More breastfeeding information and resources are available at or on the Health Unit’s breastfeeding support Facebook page (


NLCC Adanac Provincial Champions (Apr. 2016)

April 25, 2016

Provincial Champs 2016
Our local Semaphore team brought home the GOLD!!!

The weekend of April 16th, NLCC Adanac’s Semaphore Team travelled from their home in Fenelon Falls to the home of NLCC Cataraqui in Kingston to compete in the Navy League of Canada Ontario Division Provincial Competitions. The team won the provincial championships!!! 

Semaphore is system of sending messages by holding two flags in certain positions according to an alphabetic code. Each team is provided with a message that must be sent by 2 members of the team and received by another 2 members of the team, with the final results being based on accuracy and speed as the teams are only provided 15 mins to send and receive more than 100 letters.

NLCC Adanac competed against 5 Regional winning teams from around the province. The is the first time in the past 6 years that NLCC Adanac has entered a team into Regional and/or Provincial competitions.

The Navy League Cadet program uses a Naval theme as a platform to develop patriotism, good citizenship, a sense of duty, self-discipline and respect for others and is open to youth ages 9-12 years at no cost. For more information about NLCC Adanac, please contact our Commanding Officer, Lieutenant (NL) Richard Wackernagel at (705) 886-0051.

Mother Daughter Fashion Show and Gala (Apr. 2016)

April 11, 2016

GalaInspired 2 Dance presents 1st annual Mother / Daughter Fashion Show and Gala Night  on May 14th 2016 from 6pm-10pm.

Come out to enjoy an exciting evening with fun mocktails and finger foods. Models will be showing an amazing new dress line on the runway. The event will also feature a fabulous silent auction and dress sale.

Tickets are $5.00 and are available from Inspired 2 Dance or email or call 705 887 2740 more information.

Part of the proceeds are being donated to Fenelon Falls Secondary School for an arts scholarship.

A great idea for moms, daughters, aunts, sisters, and friends to enjoy an all girls night out.

Sturgeon Lake Novice Thunder Win OMHA (Mar. 2016)

March 28, 2016

Thunder CHamps

The boys on the Sturgeon Lake Thunder Novice OMHA squad proved themselves to be the top team in the entire province over the weekend of March 18 to March 20.

On Friday, March 18, the team defeated Frontenac 6-3 to capture the All-Ontario Final Championship.

The team had previously picked up two 6-1 wins in the first games of the series on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13.

The championship win culminated an extraordinary season where the OMHA squad scored 40 wins against only a single loss.

A true powerhouse, Sturgeon Lake scored 417 goals while only yielding 38 throughout the entire year.

Congratulations to the boys, who won through hard work, dedication, heart and leadership.



Also playing in their All-Ontario Final Championship over the past few weeks were the Peewee OMHA Squad.

The series kicked off at the Fenelon Arena on Saturday, March 12, with the opponents, Lambton Shores pulling out a 5-2 win.

Sturgeon Lake tied things up with a 4-3 win on Sunday, March 13. This was a dramatic finish as the home team scored with mere seconds left in the third period.

The series then moved to Forest, Ontario for the last two games.

Despite playing extremely hard, the team was shut out in both games, 3-0 and 5-0.

Even though they fell shy of the top spot, it was still a highly successful 2015-16 season.

The Peewee squad posted an overall record of 37 wins, seven losses and three ties through season and tournament play.

Fenelon Falls is proud of both teams and their success!!!

NLCC-Adanac Brings Home a Win (Mar. 2016)

March 14, 2016


NCLLThe Fenelon Falls Navy League Cadets (NLCC- Adanac) Semaphore Team brought home a victory at the 5th Barber Pole Squadron Competition held at the Optimist Hall in Newmarket, Ontario the weekend of March 5th and 6th, 2016.

The local Squadron is trained under CI Lindsey Bruce and has been diligently attending extra practises and devoting long hours to learning the Semaphore Flag Signalling System.  Their hard work has paid off.

Flag Semaphore is an essential skill in the Navy and is used aboard ships as an emergency means of communication and in Underway Replenishment Exercises.

The first place win at this Regional Event was a great feat for the local cadets and will allow them a chance to compete at the Provincial Competition scheduled for April of this year. NCLLSemephore

Navy League Cadets are open to children ages 9-12 years at no cost. They meet each Monday night 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Legion in Fenelon Falls under the direction of CO Lt (NL) Richard Wackernagel. If anyone is interested in learning more about the NLCC- Adanac contact (705) 340-3135 or visit their website at

A Cool Tool – Online Nutrition Site For Parents (Mar. 2016)

March 14, 2016

– Online Nutrition Screening Site is Great Way to Assess, Improve a Child’s Eating & Activity Habits –

ChildeatIn this case, a bit of ‘screen’ time is a valuable way for local parents to improve their children’s eating and activity habits.

During Nutrition Month in March, two local health agencies – the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit and Peterborough Public Health – are teaming up to promote the Nutri-eSTEP ( online screening tool to families with young children.

“Nutri-eSTEP is an easy-to-use tool to assess how your toddler or pre-schooler is doing in terms of their daily eating and activity habits,” says Laura Abbasi, a Registered Dietitian with the HKPR District Health Unit.

 “By completing a short online questionnaire, parents and guardians can see how well their child is doing and determine habits that need to be improved,” adds Erica Diamond, a Public Health Nutritionist with Peterborough Public Health.

Nutri-eSTEP offers screening for toddlers (18 to 35 months) and pre-schoolers (three to five years). Parents answer 17 short questions about their child’s eating and activity habits, and then receive a personalized assessment on how well their child is doing and what areas need attention. Tips and resources are also provided to help make improvements.

If they want further assistance, Nutri-eSTEP users are also directed to call the toll-free EatRight Ontario helpline at 1-877-510-5102 to speak to a Registered Dietitian.

“The online Nutri-eSTEP questionnaire takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and it’s time well-spent for you and your child,” Abbasi notes.

Fenelon Falls Secondary School Showing School Spirit (Mar. 2016)

February 29, 2016

Pasta ChallengeFenelon Falls Secondary School is heading into this year’s Pasta Challenge with their best foot forward!

They hosted a buyout for the school to go watch the Sr. Girls hockey game at the Fenelon arena on Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016.

The Great Pasta Challenge runs until February 29, 2016 and is a competition between each of the seven secondary schools in TLDSB to raise the most boxed pasta. The pasta collected will then be evenly distributed amongst local food banks.

The turnout was great and the arena was certainly beaming with Falcon pride. Trustee John Byrne attended, and brought along 10 cases of pasta – for a total of 120 boxes! This is the sixth year in a row Trustee John has made a contribution towards the cause.

We look forward to seeing the many great contributions by staff and students at all high schools over the coming weeks.

Creative Writing At The Library (Feb. 2016)

February 16, 2016



Visit the library website for more information:

Pretty Awesome Day for Kids on PA Day (Feb. 2016)

February 1, 2016

awesomedayThe Salvation Army in Fenelon Falls will hold a P.A. Day on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

This full day PA day program includes life lessons, music, games, crafts and snacks.  Drop the kids off at the Citadel in the morning and they will be kept busy with activities all day long.

Organizers ask that each child arrive with a bagged lunch. Please call 705-887-1408 to pre-register. Your kids won’t want to miss out on this day filled with fun!

Young Adults – Quit to Win Contest (Jan. 2016)

January 18, 2016

‘Wouldurather’ Quit-Smoking Contest Asks Young Adults If They Would Rather Use Tobacco or Win Cash

did-you-know-few-yearsYoung adults in the area have only a few more weeks to cash in on smoke-free living by entering the ‘Wouldurather’ contest.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is promoting the quit-smoking contest that challenges young adults to decide if they would rather use tobacco or win cash and other prizes. In order to enter the ‘wouldurather’ contest, people must be 18 to 29 years of age or enrolled in a publicly-funded post-secondary institution in Ontario.

“Would you rather quit, reduce or stay smoke-free to win prizes?” asks Jennifer Robertson, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “The start of a New Year is a great time to consider giving up cigarettes and tobacco, and the ‘wouldurather’ contest can be an extra motivator to make that quit attempt.”

Young adults have until January 24, 2016 to enter the contest online ( Two grand prizes of $2,500 are available to be won, as well as smaller cash awards and other prizes. The ‘wouldurather’ contest is organized by Leave the Pack Behind, a youth-focused tobacco control initiative funded by the Ontario government.

Robertson says the ‘wouldurather’ contest allows young people to choose the category that best suits them, reflecting how often they use tobacco products and their readiness to quit. “There are four different categories to choose from in the contest, recognizing the fact that not everyone is ready to quit right away,” she says. “So whether you smoke a little, a lot, or not at all, there is a category that is perfect for you.”

The four categories in the ‘wouldurather’ contest include:

Quit For Good: Regular smokers pledge to quit smoking and remain smoke-free.

Keep The Count: Regular smokers pledge to reduce their smoking by half.

Party Without The Smoke: Regular or social smokers pledge to give up smoking when drinking alcohol.

Don’t Start & Win: Non-smokers or ex-smokers pledge to stay smoke-free.

Contestants can register with a “buddy,” who can support them during the six-week contest period. During the contest, entrants will also receive encouraging, supportive tips on how to succeed in their contest category, and how to try again if they slip up. Contestants can also use “quit aids” during the contest, including nicotine patches and gum.

Bird Feeder Making Workshop (Dec. 2015)

December 7, 2015

The Fenelon Falls Home Hardware Store hosted a bird feeder making workshop for children and adults over the weekend. For only the cost of materials kids could come and learn how to assemble a bird house using tools and hardware. The workshop was designed for anyone over the age of six.

The workshop was well attended and everyone had a great time learning and making a useful product that will be loved by the birds in our area. The project also was a perfect idea for a gift for mom and dad for Christmas.

Watch the video that was filmed by Fenelon Falls’ own videographer, Grandpa Chris!

Books Are The Best Buy for Kids (Dec. 2015)

December 7, 2015


Gift of the Printed Word Can Support the Development of a Child’s Speech and Language Skills -

They may seem old-fashioned, but books are a fantastic gift this holiday season that can open up new chapters for children.

That is the advice for parents and caregivers in the area who want an alternate holiday gift idea to the usual toys and electronic games for children. According to the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, books are a great way for parents to spend time with children and boost their communication skills, which is a key part of healthy growth and development.

“By reading together, you build a bond with children and help them acquire a love of language that is critical for future success at school and in life,” says Shelley Shaughnessy, a Family Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit.

As children grow, “their brains are like sponges,” which means they are constantly learning from what goes on around them, she notes. Reading with children helps to stimulate speech and language skills, as adults help them learn new words and discuss their meanings. Visual attention, conversation skills and listening ability are also improved, she adds.

“Take the cue from your child when reading,” Shaughnessy adds. “If children flip back and forth all over the book, be patient. It shows they enjoy the book and want to concentrate on the parts that especially appeal to them. Another word of advice: show interest and enthusiasm when reading to children so the words on the page have appeal and hold their attention.”

Finding an age-appropriate book for a child is the most important step in encouraging reading. Books with repetitive and rhyming text, as well as plenty of pictures and interactive features such as holes or flaps for lifting, can be a hit with older toddlers and preschoolers.

For older children who are less inclined to read, choose a story with an exciting plot that will grab their attention and make them want to read. Girls may be more willing to read fictional ‘series’ books, or ones on subjects that mirror their own lives. Boys may be more likely to read non-fiction stories dealing with sports.

Purchasing a gift certificate to a local bookstore for your child is another way to encourage reading, Shaughnessy notes. “Giving children the option to choose their own books can make it more likely they will pick up on the gift idea and read,” she adds.

If children’s expectations this holiday season involve a high-tech gadget, parents might consider electronic book readers as an option. Alternately, a low-tech, no-cost idea may be a better fit. “Get your child a library card and open the door to a world of books, where new experiences await,” Shaughnessy adds.

The District Preschool Speech and Language Program can offer local families more resources on how to support children’s speech and language skills, as well as encourage reading. For additional information, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 and speak to a Family Health Nurse, or visit

Breakfast Program At Langton Public (Nov. 2015)

November 23, 2015


A BIG THANK YOU to our local Tim Horton’s, the St. James Anglican Church, Immanuel Baptist Church, the Seniors Club of Fenelon Falls, and our local Fire Department for their generous donations to the Langton Public School Breakfast Program.

The Breakfast Program is available every morning to all students and is so very important for their learning.

Langton also provides fruit and snack bowls to every classroom each week.

Sturgeon Lake Thunder Wins Silver Stick (Nov. 2015)

November 23, 2015


The Sturgeon Lake Thunder Peewee OMHA team wins the Silver Stick Tournament in Pembroke, Ontario on the weekend of November 21–22, 2015.

Congratulations to the team on their big win.  Way to go team.