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Town Crier Marks 100th Edition (July 2017)

July 25, 2017

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Dear readers,

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

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Edition 1 Header, The Fenelon Falls Town Crier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Family Fun at The Fenelon Agricultural Fair (Summer 2017)

July 25, 2017

CorrieLeePhotography.caThe Fenelon Fair is set for another year of family fun. The annual event is planned for August 11th, 12th and 13th at the Fenelon Agricultural Fairgrounds next to the Fenelon Community Centre. This long-standing community tradition has brought smiles and memories to the people of Fenelon since 1888.

Come down and see the farm animals, tractor pulls, locally grown produce sale stands, vendors and much more. Watch for more information on weekend events as the date draws near.

This year the group is excited to announce a new Midway provider and they say it is FAMILY RUN FOR FAMILY FUN. You can buy your discount passes now!!! You can purchase as many advance 1 day coupon for the midway at $20. each, instead of $25 at the midway ticket box at Fair time. Ride for hours for one low price.

You turn your coupon in to the midway ticket box for a wristband, good for Saturday 10am to 5 pm. You can do the same again on Sunday with another coupon and ride from 11am to 5 pm. Get coupons for both days and double your fun.

These coupons are available at Sobeys, Alliance Agri-Tech and Barn and Bunkie.

If you would like to be part of the famers market or if you would like a vendor booth to sell merchandise, contact fair organizers at fenelonfair@gmail.com or call (705) 887-9403.

For more information visit www.fenelonfair.ca or click on a link below….

If you are a vendor and would like to get a copy of our contract you can download it here.

Are you looking for the homecraft book? Download it here.

Our Agricultural book is now available. You can download it here.

See you at the Fair!

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Youth Theatre Company Takes Root in Fenelon Falls (August 2017)

July 25, 2017

I am Alexis Wilson, I am 17 years old and live in Fenelon Falls.

DSCN0619I am the founder and owner of a local children’s theatre company called Tiny Talents Arts Company. TTAC was created in March of this year when I realized that there was a large lack of theatre and arts programs in our area. TTAC’S journey began on March Break and held Musical Theatre camp at Shiloh Christian Centre in Fenelon, to whom I am extremely grateful for the use of the space. The camp was a success and the adult volunteers and high school student volunteers were an amazing help during this week. The campers learned a different musical number each day, made friends, made crafts and had a performance for their families on the Friday. This led me to apply for the summer company program with the government. Summer company is a program that gives young entrepreneurs guidance and a grant to start their own summer business. I was accepted into this program and am now holding a summer program that includes seven weeks of arts camps. All of these camps will be held in Fenelon at a different local church each week with themes such as, Hollywood Week, Disney Week, Musical Theatre Week and at the end of the summer a full production of Aladdin Jr.! As we are approaching our fourth week of camp, we have some very exciting news.Tiny Talents Arts Company will be beginning regular school year programming! TTAC will have a Storefront in Fenelon Falls beginning in the 2017/2018 school year. The schedule is as follows,

Monday – Age 4-8 (Theatre Performance classes) 6-7PM

Thursday- Ages 9+ (Theatre Performance classes) 6:30-8PM

Saturday Mornings

Ages 4-6 (Baby Ballet) 9:00AM-9:45AM

Ages 4+ (Theatre Performance classes) 10AM-11:30AM

Contact us at TTACFenelonFalls@hotmail.com to pre-register

Follow our journey as we take on New Adventures and follow us on Instagram @tinytalentsartscompany or Twitter and Facebook @TTACFenelon. You can contact Tiny Talents Arts Company at 705-887-2740 or TTACFenelonFalls@hotmail.com for more information and register for some remaining summer programs and also pre register for September!

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Trees To Remember Vimy By (August 2017)

July 25, 2017

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

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

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

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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.

 

Enjoying The Summer Sun (August 2017)

July 25, 2017
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Fenelon Beach, July 2017

summer fun in the sun!

Summer is a fun time that can be packed with activities but it is also a time to be wary of long-lasting health impacts, so before you head for the beach, the park or even the back-yard, Health Canada recommends you take a few minutes to learn about sun safety. You can protect your family and still have fun.

  • If possible, avoid being in the sun between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Look for shade or stay under a tree.
  • Protect your eyes by wearing UV blocking sunglasses.
  • Clothing such as a broad brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, and long pants can protect your skin. Tuck a handkerchief under the back of your hat to help prevent sunburn on the neck.
  • Some medication can make skin more sensitive to UV rays; consult your doctor if you have any questions.
  • Protect your health by using a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
  • Get children used to wearing sunscreen lotion and don’t let them play or sleep in the sun while in a stroller or play pen.
  • Use the recommended amount of sunscreen and respect the waiting period between application and exposure to the sun.
  • If you are sweating heavily or swimming, reapply sunscreen often to get the best protection.
  • Remember that you can combine sunscreen and insect repellents. Apply the sunscreen first, followed by the insect repellent.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and have cottage drinking water tested by a Provincial or private laboratory if it is not municipally tested.

So get out there and enjoy the summer sun safely!

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT   

A Positive Influence on Kawartha Lakes (July 2017)

July 21, 2017

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

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

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

The 2017 recipients are:

Alexandra Tesic, I.E. Weldon Collegiate

Claire Allore, Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute

Harmony McNish, Fenelon Falls Secondary School

Jaden Mifsud, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School

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

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

For more information visit www.sikawarthalakes.org

A Walk Down Movie Lane (August 2017)

July 18, 2017

Fenelon records memories of theatre

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

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

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

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

‘With your donations, we can make this happen’

– Fenelon Theatre Marquee Group

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

June 27, 2017

YOUR CHAMBER of COMMERCE quarterly update

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

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

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

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

Your Chamber of Commerce

 

Brent Simpson

President

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Windows of Celebration (July 2017)

June 27, 2017

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

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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!

 

Log Chateau Celebrates 50 Years in Business (July 2017)

June 27, 2017

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On Saturday June 10th, the grounds at Log Chateau Park were filled with festive activities.  The Lowell Family is celebrating  50 years in business. Campers, neighbours and friends gathered to mark the occasion.

The participants gathered around the central picnic shelter where a band was set up to entertain the crowds. The children were thrilled to play on the bouncy castle, giant slide, and a dress up photo booth. Hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and drinks were supplied for everyone. Even Paw Patrol characters were on hand to share in the fun.

A special visit by the Kawartha Lakes Fire Department, with trucks and equipment for the kids to explore, was a great hit. The local firefighters were pleased to attend the celebration in honour of the long standing commitment by the Lowell family to the local volunteer fire department.

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The afternoon events concluded with cake for everyone. Attendees enjoyed themselves on the sunny afternoon and the fun continued into the evening with a central campfire and hay dance.

On behalf of the community of Fenelon Falls, congratulations to the Lowell Family on this amazing achievement – 50 years and going strong!

 

Help Restore The Fenelon Theatre Marquee (July 2017)

June 27, 2017

FenelonMarquee_sign2The Fenelon Theatre building may be gone but the iconic marquee sign will be back! A group of dedicated community members, together with Maryboro Lodge – The Fenelon Museum, have formed a committee (Fenelon Theatre Marquee Group) and have been diligently working to gather information on the restoration and future placement. While this process will take time, it will also require money. Some funding has been secured through the Legacy Chest Fund, however more funds will be required. Through your donations we can make this happen! Donations are being accepted at Maryboro Lodge – The Fenelon Museum and Stokes on Trent. A Facebook page has also been created to allow everyone to follow along on this journey.

MIDNIGHT MADNESS POP-UP SHOP!  Join us July 8th

T-shirts and other goodies emblazoned with the image of the Fenelon Marquee are available for sale and there will be pop-up shops throughout the summer. A pop-up will be held in the old Video Image store, beside Stokes on Trent, the night of Midnight Madness – July 8th.

For more details be sure to check out Pam Vanmeer’s Kawartha 411 coverage at http://www.kawartha411.ca/2017/06/23/saving-the-fenelon-theatre-marquee/

and be sure to follow the Fenelon Theatre Marquee Group on facebook for all the lastest news at https://www.facebook.com/lightupthesign/

 

Ready For Summer? (July 2017)

June 27, 2017

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It seems hard to believe, but here we are looking at another summer holiday already. This year, why not try some new and healthy ways to get your kids out and active?

We all know that it has become all too easy to let our kids entertain themselves in front of a screen and while a little of that is ok, let’s get them involved in some fun new activities instead. It doesn’t have to break the bank and can involve things you are going to do already, like why not get them into the kitchen? Let them help you make dinner and spend time talking about what you are eating and why or use some the lovely fresh fruit available and get them to create new flavours of smoothies.

And while we’re talking about food, how about a trip to the local farmer’s market? Make it a learning experience in nutrition and finance; give them their own spending money to pick up something that will be added to dinner that night.

Getting sick of the rain and wondering how to entertain in the bad weather? There are any number of fun indoor opportunities:

  1. Head to one of the pools in the area;
  2. Go bowling;
  3. Pull out one of the board games or help them to make up their own;
  4. Hit the library; or
  5. Explore your crafty side.

And when the sun does return, let them get back to basics by just being kids – camp in the backyard, build a fort, play in the sprinklers or just have some unstructured time outside to imagine and explore. Most importantly, enjoy your summer with them, there aren’t nearly enough summers before they grow up.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Help the Helpers Keep Beach Poo Free (Summer 2017)

June 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Julia Taylor

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

June 26, 2017

Town Crier turns 100

 

 

4 years of community connection

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

Thank you for reading. Happy July, Fenelon Falls!

– The Town Crier Team

 

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

June 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

Annette Poeta
1st Fenelon Falls Rangers

Musicarama – Celebrating 150th Anniversary (July 2017)

May 30, 2017

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This July 1st the Canada Day Celebrations will be double in size and be at two locations in the Village of Fenelon Falls – Chair Doug Elmslie said “We wanted to make the Celebration of this special Canada Day an event to be enjoyed by as many residents and tourists as possible thus deciding to bring a special musical afternoon to the centre of the Village.” The Official opening and cake cutting will still take place at Garnet Graham Park starting at noon. There will as well be a bouncy castle, water fun and a new activity – cupcake decorating – starting at noon until 3:00 p.m.

The new activity centre will be on Water Street which will be a pedestrian only mall from noon til 5:00 p.m. The main attraction will be a music fest featuring three musical organizations starting with the 15 piece Northern Spirit band at 1:00 p.m., the 50 voice ReUnion Choir at 2:30 p.m. and concluding at 4:00 p.m. with a marching and concert demonstration by the ever favourite Pipes and Drums of Lindsay.

Councillor Elmslie said “What better way to spend an afternoon by the locks than listening to great music while enjoying a FREE ICE CREAM CONE which will be available at Slices and Scoops from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Come and enjoy music, free ice cream and meet Father Fenelon and Canada’s Beaver and Moose which will be there to interact with children and adults alike.

 

Come to “curious?” for Products and Styles that Last (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

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A new season and new things are happening at “curious?”  It’s been an exciting year and we are looking forward to another while we expand our vision and cater to you, our customers.  

New services are available.  Curious now offers a Wedding/Bridal registry.  We will help you coordinate a personalized list for gift givers to choose from, order custom options and create specialized gift baskets. 

Also new is our Design consultant service.  Need a little help or a fresh set of eyes on your project?  Book an appointment and we’ll help you create the perfect space.  We offer an amazing array of options, styles, and products.  Whether you’re, freshening up an existing space, adding accents & Art or creating a completely new space from scratch We can help you make your vision come alive.  

Since our inception curious has been committed to promoting local artists and artisans. Offering  pottery, jewellery, stained glass, furniture, watercolour, graphite/pencil, wood, photography and fibre arts.  That vision has expanded this year with new artisans joining us and by offering classes in wool painting with Anne.   As we enter our 4th year we will continue to promote and encourage local creative endeavours. 

 The past year has seen the addition of the fabulous Dash and Albert rug line, new bamboo/cotton towels and now stunning cotton sheet sets.  These along with our quality quilts,  bedding and home decor options offers everything you need to make your home or cottage luxurious and stylish at an affordable price.  We have also included new baby items. Baby blankets and quilts, small toys for small hands, locally made baby wraps,  and more.  Lots has happened so far and There’s more to come this season at “curious?”  

Keep an eye on “curiousfenelon” on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to see all the new and exciting products and services still to come.  

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Remembrance Service for Canada 150 (Summer 2017)

May 30, 2017

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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

Looking Back at Father Fenelon (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

An excerpt from the research done by Arlene Colman for the Canada 150 Celebration in Fenelon Falls.

François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon (1641-1679)  “ Father Fenelon”

 Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 8.47.22 AMHe was a Sulpician missionary and explorer in New France. He is sometimes confused with his younger half-brother of the same name who became celebrated as the Archbishop of Cambrai, in France.

Portrait of his half brother the Archbishop of Cambrai, France at left. (Perhaps there is a family resemblance)

He was ten years older than his half-brother. They both had the same father, Pons de Salignac de la Mothe Fenelon (1601-1663). Missionary Francois’ mother was Isabelle d’Esparbes de Lussan and the Archbishop’s mother was Louise de la Cropte. He came of ancient family of noble birth but small means.

Little is known of François’ early years beyond his birth in Château de Fénelon in Périgord. His mother, Isabelle d’Esparbes de Lussan died in 1645 and his father remarried in 1647. He had several brothers and sisters and two half-brothers. In 1665 he entered the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice in Paris, France to pursue a religious life, a long standing family tradition. In 1666 he was so eager to devote himself to the missions in New France that he obtained permission to leave after spending only 15 months in the seminary in Paris. He set sail January 30, 1667 and arrived at Quebec on 27 June. Bishop Laval ordained him a priest on 11 June 1668.

He and Claude Trouvé left almost immediately to establish a mission (village of Cayugas) for the Iroquois near the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario. On 28 Oct. 1668 they reached the village of Kenté and spent the winter there.

Dollier de Casson appended to his Histoire du Montréal a  long letter written by Father  Trouvé, which is a résumé of the history of the Kenté mission. One can glimpse in it the great daring and stamina which characterized these athletic young missionaries who propelled their birch-bark canoes through rapids and ice floes as they travelled from Lake Ontario to Montreal and Quebec, wintering in the woods where at times they got lost, eating sagamité and pumpkin, and succeeding only in baptizing children or a few adults on the point of death.

This was the first Sulpician mission among the Iroquois and was abandoned in 1680. Below is a picture of an Ontario Heritage Plaque honouring the occasion. Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 8.48.07 AM

Father Fenelon spent the winter of 1669/70 at Ganatsekwyagon, (meaning “break in the cliffs” or “opening in the sand hills”) an Iroquoian village at the mouth of the Rouge River (near present day Port Hope). This resulted in the nearby Frenchman’s Bay being named for him.

Father Fenelon spent a winter, the exact date cannot be ascertained, living with the Indians in the area of Fenelon Falls. The Village was subsequently named for him. A school for Indian children was established at three islands in Lac Saint-Louis (above Lachine) and given the name Gentilly.

Father Fénelon was summoned there , as he had experience of Indian life. On that occasion Governor Buade de Frontenac wrote, 9 January 1673: “ The great zeal that Sieur Abbé de Fénelon has exhibited for several years in the propagation of Christianity in this colony, and the devotion that he has displayed in His Majesty’s service, constrain us to seek every kind of means of recognizing them and of pressing him to keep up the zeal he has shown up to the present; a zeal whose ardour has prompted him to abandon all the substantial establishments that his birth and merit might have entitled him to expect in France, in order to devote himself entirely to the conversion and education of the Indians.”

By 1674 Father Fenelon had been in New France for 7 years and accomplished much. However 1674 turned out to be the end of his Canadian adventures. The Governor-General of New France Buade Louis Frontenac (1622-1698) and Francois-Marie Perrot (1644-1691) Governor of Montreal were both competitors in the fur trade and used their authority to further these enterprises. Frontenac had Perrot arrested under rather dubious circumstances and charged with defying the authority of the Governor-General.

Portrait of Buade de Frontenac - artist unknown.

Portrait of Buade de Frontenac – artist unknown.

Father Fenelon incurred Governor Frontenac’s displeasure by his opposition to the arrest of Perrot. To further inflame matters on 25 March 1674 Father Fenelon spoke out from the pulpit in criticism of Frontenac’s actions and he too was arrested. Despite the great pressure that Frontenac brought to bear on the members of the Conseil Souverain they finally concluded that the issues involved were beyond their jurisdiction; they ordered that the cases should be referred to the King and that Perrot and the Abbé Fénelon should be sent to France to answer the charges laid against them.

His fellow clerics distanced themselves from him and Frontenac called for his expulsion. Frontenac took a very high and mighty attitude and requested the Sulpician Superior to expel Father Fénelon from the Society.

On arriving in France Perrot was shut up in the Bastille for some time and then sent back to his governor’s duties at Montreal. King Louis XIV (1638-1715) concluded that all concerned had been at fault, especially Frontenac who was severely censured for his actions and his attitude towards Father Fenelon. Frontenac returned to his duties as Governor with his authority curbed, limited to military matters and supervising but not interfering with officials.

As for Father Fénelon, he did not escape unscathed he was reprimanded by his religious superior Bretonvilliers for interfering in worldly matters, just as he had been in Montreal. He was forbidden to return to Canada. He withdrew from the Society of Saint-Sulpice and died at 38 years of age in 1679. Not even a trace remains of the mission he founded at Kente.

While his time in Canada was short his footprints can be found today as his name lingers on as follows:

  • Father Fénelon Catholic School Pickering, Ontario, named after an educator who gave up a life of wealth and comfort to become a priest and missionary.
  • Fenelon Boulevard in Dorval, Quebec
  • Ontario Provincial Heritage plaque
  • Frenchman’s Bay

His half-brother the celebrated Archbishop of Cambrai ran afoul of both the King and the Pope for his writings and controversial views. He was confined within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Cambrai in his later years and died 7 January 1715 at 64 years of age.

Sources: W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 327; Historical document “Salignac de La Mothe-Fenelon by Jean de Chanleiac; Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Catholic Encyclopedia and miscellaneous websites.

 

Funding Announced for New Horizons Program for Seniors (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

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It has been announced that seniors in Fenelon Falls will receive financial support from the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The Fenelon Falls Senior Club is receiving $25,000 which will support three “Stay Strong, Live Long” workshops to be offered throughout the year. The workshops will be planned in conjunction with the Fenelon Falls Age Friendly Committee. The first of these workshops will held Thursday, June 1 in celebration of Seniors’ month – Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Wise is the theme of this workshop.

In addition to the workshops, the funding will support the purchase of a commercial dishwasher, a digital outside sign, portable staging and electronics. These purchases will enrich the activities and programs offered by the club.

“It’s imperative to recognize the valuable contribution seniors have made to our society,” said MP Jamie Schmale. “By supporting New Horizons for Seniors Program projects, we are acting to ensure that seniors maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members of their communities.”

Quick Facts

The latest call for proposals was launched on May 10, 2017, and will be open until June 23, 2017. More information available here: http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/seniors/funding/about/index.shtml

Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding.

Through the previous 2016-2017 call for proposals, the Government of Canada provided approximately $35 million in NHSP funding for close to 1,850 community-based projects.

Since 2004, the NHSP has approved close to 19,700 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $417 million.

Based on Statistics Canada data from the 2016 census, there are now more seniors (5.9 million) than children (5.8 million). By 2061, they project 12 million seniors to 8 million children.

Kawartha Lakes Rural Transportation Summit (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

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You are invited to this important event where local residents, stakeholders, businesses and community leaders will come together to help devise a concrete, new plan to move rural transportation forward in the City of Kawartha Lakes:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fenelon Falls Community Centre (27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls)

1.00-4.30pm

Confirmed guests include:

  • Todd Bryant, Manager, Fleet and Transit, City of Kawartha Lakes;
  • Muskoka Extended Transit;
  • Paul Pentikainen, Head of Planning, Innisfil, Ontario (UBER rural program: http://ubr.to/2rAaUyx); 
  • Brad Smith, Public Transportation Coordinator, Ride Norfolk (http://bit.ly/2rzBzMV);
  • Madeline Williams and Joel Willett, Fleming College (bike share, shuttle, bus passes); and
  • Ted Wilson, Vice-President of Student First Transit.

The goal of this summit is to gather expert advice and public input to develop a final, rural transportation plan to present to Council this fall…

*** Free of charge.  Transportation and child care available.  Accessible venue. ***

Please RSVP by 12 noon on Friday, June 16th, 2017.

Bring your input…and bring your data!

Sincerely,

Tina Jackson & Mike Perry,

Co-Chairs

For more information, please email – ruraltransportationsummit@gmail.com – (or call Mike at: 705-934-2704).

This event is hosted by the Rural Transportation Working Group of the City of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton County Poverty Reduction Roundtable, the City of Kawartha Lakes Transit Advisory Board and Community Care Kawartha Lakes.

            #KawarthaRuralTransportationSummit              #ConnectingKawarthaLakes

Spring and Summer Waste and Recycling Reminders (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

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Upon the return of many seasonal residents, the City would like to remind everyone that clear bags are now required for curbside waste collection and at City landfill sites. As usual, recycling should be placed in open-mouthed bins for collection at the curb. Visit the Waste and Recycling section of www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca or pick up the 2017 Recycling and Waste Collection calendar at your nearest Municipal Service Centre for more information.

Upcoming Events:

Spring Leaf and Yard Collection

On Friday, June 2 and Friday, June 16, Spring leaf and yard waste will be picked up. If your regular collection day is Tuesday or Thursday, your leaf and yard waste will be collected Friday, June 2. If your regular collection day is Monday or Wednesday, your leaf and yard waste will be collected Friday, June 16.

Round-Up Events

Manvers – May 27 Rolling Hills Public School

Coboconk – June 10 Public Works Depot

Fenelon Falls – June 24 Fenelon Falls Community Centre

Bobcaygeon – July 8 Bobcaygeon Public School

Residents are invited to drop off:

  • household hazardous waste products
  • electronics
  • small appliances
  • batteries
  • CDs/DVDs
  • bulky/hard plastics

 

All plastic items must be under 1 cubic metre with all non-plastic parts removed. No pipes, liners, pool covers, dock barrels or vinyl siding. All events run from 8am to 12pm. All materials accepted free of charge.

Drop in the Bucket Paint-Reuse Program: From May 1 to October 15, you can pick up paint to bring home, or bring your leftover paint to the Fenelon Falls or Lindsay Ops landfills as part of the Drop in the Bucket Paint-Reuse program. This program makes usable paints and stains available to residents for free and keeps them from being disposed of unnecessarily.

Summer Landfill hours

The following hours will be in place from May 1 to October 15. 

All landfills are closed for Canada Day and the Lindsay/Ops landfill site is closed on holiday Mondays (Victoria Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day and Thanksgiving).

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Time For a Tick Talk (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

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Health Unit Urges People to Avoid Blacklegged Ticks That May Spread the Bacteria That Causes Lyme Disease -       

It’s not a simple walk in the park when spring is prime time for Lyme disease.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit says it timely for a ‘tick talk’ to remind people to watch out for blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) that can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Blacklegged ticks live in forests, tall grasses and bushes, and thrive in wet environments. Blacklegged tick populations are known to live along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario, including the Brighton area which is in the Health Unit region.

“While there are known places where blacklegged ticks live, it is possible to encounter an infected blacklegged tick almost anywhere in Ontario,” says Richard Ovcharovich, Manager of Environmental Health with the HKPR District Health Unit. “That’s why we encourage people to avoid infected blacklegged ticks to reduce their risk of Lyme disease. Know the bug, know the bite, know what to do.”

Blacklegged ticks will settle on tall grasses and bushes until they can attach to a passing person or animal. Once attached, ticks will become engorged as they feed on the host’s blood. If the blacklegged tick is infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease, it can pass the disease onto a person – especially if it has fed for more than 24 hours. If someone has been bitten by a tick, it is important to properly and completely remove the tick as soon as possible. In these situations, the Health Unit also advises people to seek immediate medical attention. While Lyme disease is a serious illness, if detected early it can be successfully treated with antibiotics.

Avoiding blacklegged ticks is the best way to keep Lyme disease at bay, says Ovcharovich. “While the risk of an infected tick spreading the bacteria that causes Lyme disease to a person is relatively low, the threat is still there and it is best not to take any chances,” he adds.

To prevent tick bites, the Health Unit recommends the following:

  • Cover up. Clothing is an important layer of protection, especially if walking along trails or through tall grass. Be sure to wear light-coloured clothing to make ticks easier to spot and remove before they bite. Wear closed footwear and socks and, when possible, wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck your pants into your socks, especially if you are walking in long grass.
  • Use insect repellent or bug spray containing DEET on clothes and exposed skin (follow manufacturer’s directions).
  • Check yourself for ticks. After being outdoors, get into the habit of checking your body for ticks. Pay special attention to the groin, scalp and armpits. A mirror can be useful to check the back of your body, or ask someone else to check it.
  • Promptly and properly remove a tick from your body to prevent infection. Using finely-tipped tweezers, grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible. Pull it straight out, gently but firmly. Thoroughly clean the bite site with rubbing alcohol and/or soap and water. If possible, place the tick into a screw-top bottle and take it to your health care provider or Health Unit. Testing can be done for surveillance purposes to determine if the ticks in this area are the type that can transmit Lyme disease.
  • Protect your pets. Dogs, cats and other pets can carry ticks that spread Lyme disease, putting you at potential exposure. Pet owners should put tick and flea collars on pets and from time-to-time check dogs and cats for the presence of ticks. Contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your pet being exposed to ticks.
  • Maintain your property, especially if near a woodland area. Keep your grass mowed short, and trim bushes and tree branches to let in sunlight
  • Visit the Health Unit website (www.hkpr.on.ca) for Lyme prevention resources, including a new Time For a Tick Talk video.

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

May 30, 2017
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Mayor Andy Letham presents Gay Fletcher and members of the Take Back the Beach team with the 2017 Environmental Hero Award. They are joined by Pat Warren, chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee, and Councillor Gord Miller.

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

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

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

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

Environmental Hero: Gay Fletcher

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

Also honoured at the presentation was…

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

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

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

Congratulations, Heroes!

Nice Shot – Getting Out Part 3 (June 2017)

May 30, 2017

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While there are many outdoor exercise options, I would like to suggest a third “passive” reason to get outside in our series – photography. It may not seem like the most active pursuit at first blush, but don’t dismiss it yet.

Most obviously, photography can encourage you to go outside for new and interesting subjects and given that they won’t necessarily come to you it will mean going to them. So the physical part is apparent. In fact, a recent study found 75% of participants reported increased activity both because they tended to look for subjects and because as they were engrossed in their activity they tended to lose track of how far they had walked.

But don’t think it ends there. Photography tends to increase gratitude which has been shown to lower blood pressure, improve mental health and boost your immune system. It is obvious that we will tend to take pictures of things we like or enjoy, whether it is people, places or things. Through this deliberate act of focusing on positives in our lives we find gratitude for all the good things we sometimes lose sight of.

Of course last, but certainly not least, it can encourage you to form bonds with others over a joint interest and no matter the quality of your shots, there is a therapeutic value in the creative act of photography. In fact, the focus required to select and frame subjects has been shown to lower depression and stimulate parts of the brain that prevent memory loss.

So whether you strive to become the next Ansel Adams or simply point and shoot, get out there and enjoy the benefits of photography.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Sobeys Celebrates 15th Anniversary (May 2017)

May 16, 2017

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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!!!!!!

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

May 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

By Julia Taylor