Posts Tagged ‘Fenelon Falls’

Musicarama – Celebrating 150th Anniversary (Summer 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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Family Fun at The Fenelon Agricultural Fair (Summer 2017)

May 30, 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.

See you at the Fair!

 

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.

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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

Getting Out – Part 2 (May 17, 2017)

May 16, 2017

Fishing A Good Catch

If birding wasn’t your perfect excuse to enjoy the great outdoors, how about fishing?

Of course it will give you a great reason to get some fresh air and, with any luck, you will catch yourself a healthy meal but the benefits definitely don’t stop there. Fishing will also provide an opportunity for family bonding, teach you patience and promote relaxation (the jury may be out on that last one depending on your competitive streak), but it also has been shown to have very direct health benefits.

  1. Improves Cardiovascular Health

Fishing burns an average of 200 calories an hour, depending on the kind of fishing you are doing. Of course for full benefits, don’t rest on your laurels, or your beer cooler. Move around to find the perfect spot, recast and of course reel in your catch.

  1. Boosts your immune system

Being out in the sun, of course with protection, will increase your vitamin D which aids your body’s immune system in defending against infections.

  1. Improves Balance and full body strength

Casting and catching fish requires balance, especially if you are in a boat or canoe. Such repeated exercises have been shown to improve your core strength and benefit flexibility. Additionally, anyone who has battled even the lowly bass knows that it may feel like you are the protagonist in Hemingway’s the Old Man and the Sea, fighting a Marlin. A great workout for your shoulders, arms, back and legs.

  1. Improves your mental health

If all that wasn’t enough, recent studies by the NHS in the UK found that “fishing therapy” improved health outcomes for mentally ill patients dramatically. Fishing truly is Mindfulness implemented.

So why not try your luck and cast a line for your health?

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Steak and Eggs for Breakfast? (May 2017)

May 16, 2017

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Yes, if you are the corner of 121 and Country Road 8.  First Choice Steak & Eggs (FCSE) opened its doors for business last week and were an immediate hit with the local residents and early risers.  They are open 7 days a week 6 AM to 6 PM.

Chef John and his nephews Haroon and Aziz have been renovating and improving the old Aunt Mollys for the past year.  The work has paid off as the restaurant is fresh and clean with state of the art kitchen equipment.

Steakandeggs3You can get a traditional breakfast. Seating is available for 36 people. But steak and eggs seem to be high up on the hit parade.  As they should be.  I sampled their ware as I spoke with John.

Originally from Afghanistan, John moved his family to Toronto 30 years ago. He spent many years in a variety of restaurant cultures. He became a chef 12 years ago and opened First Choice Steak & Eggs restaurants in Toronto and Brampton. But his heart was here in Fenelon. John does have plans to perhaps expand in the area.

All preparation is done by John dressings and spaghetti sauce for example are all made from scratch. And added benefits FCSE offers both delivery and catering.

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Great place, go for breakfast, and be sure to tell John that Lois sent you………

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Article by Lois Densmore

Northwood Restaurant – Everything Old is New Again (May 2017)

May 2, 2017

Northwood2The Northwood Restaurant is nestled in the pines along Highway 121 about 20 minutes north of Fenelon between Burnt River and Kinmount. In 1971, Jerry and Merle built the Restaurant. Jerry and Merle sold the restaurant in 1984 and the business changed hands numerous times, at one point being known to many as the Harmony Bakery. Bob and Chanon Taylor bought the restaurant in 2001 subsequently reselling in 2004 to settle in Kinmount and later in Bobcaygeon.

The Taylors returned last year and opened to the public on December 2, 2016. They plan to stay open year round, catering to vacationers as well as local residents.  In the winter, it will be a great stop for snowmobiles. 

Those individuals participating in either LARP or RIDE FOR SIGHT will definitely receive a warm welcome.  Remember, if you have a large group, give Chanon some warning so she has enough coffee to go round.

Although they are open for you Thursday to Monday 7 AM to 2 PM serving all day breakfast and lunch, they also offer special monthly dinners.  Be sure to send Chanon your email address to be part of her mailing list.

On Sunday, May 7 the Taylors invite you to celebrate your special mom. A roast beef or ham dinner will be served from 5 PM to 7 pm. By advance ticket reservations only…call Chanon at 705–488-3233.  Remember there is a LOVE MOM draw at 6 PM.

NorthwoodPetite redhead Chanon is a perfect hostess. The restaurant is clean, comfortable and homey filled with a lovely set of antiques. Bob, a retired firefighter from Scarborough is an antique car buff. Starting in June on the first and third Monday of every month between 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM Northwood will host a dinner event and antique car cruise night. Bob’s collection of photos (antique cars and fire trucks), his awards, and collection of license plates is worth breakfast any day.

Northwood features a games table. You can have a meal or coffee with friends while enjoying a game of chess, checkers, scrabble, cribbage and more. A children’s menu is also available.

Chanon is gearing up for Northwood to join the homemade butter tart tour. Personally, I cannot wait.

Things to know:

Northwood offers take out

Northwood is located at 3290 County Rd., #121

Phone number is 705–488-3233

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Northwood-Restaurant-1813316552270972/

E-Mail: northwoodrestaurant2016@gmail.com  – send your email to Chanon

Article submitted by Lois Densmore

Safety is the Season – Garage Sale Dangers (May 2017)

May 2, 2017

- Buyers Beware, Sellers Take Care to Ensure Used Items at Garage Sales Don’t Pose a Hazard to Children -

Handle with care, whether you are organizing a garage sale or attending one to hunt for bargains.

GaragesaleUsed and out-of-date items – especially for children – can be dangerous, especially if they no longer meet current safety standards. In these situations, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit advises that unsafe items should never be sold at garage sales, but instead dismantled, destroyed or thrown out.

In particular, children’s products such as car seats, cribs, playpens, strollers, walkers, baby gates/barriers, sports equipment, bike helmets and toys should thoroughly be checked for potential hazards. If there are any doubts about the safety or durability of these items, it is best to throw them out. For children’s items like car seats, cribs and helmets, the Health Unit recommends buying ‘new,’ since these products will still be under warranty and meet current safety standards.

There is added reason to dispose of unsafe items before trying to sell them at a garage/yard sale. Anyone caught selling an item that fails to meet safety standards could be held responsible if someone is injured by it.

Quick Facts

  • The Canada Consumer Products Safety Act forbids the sale, distribution or giveaway of products – both new and used – that may pose a danger to people’s health or safety. In the case of selling unsafe items at a garage sale, a person could be held legally responsible.
  • While most childhood injuries are predictable and preventable, Parachute Canada notes that injuries remain the leading cause of death for children in Canada and a leading cause of hospitalization. 

“If you are planning a garage sale, don’t sell out on safety. Many older products may be past their best-before or expiry dates and no longer meet specific regulatory rules. In these cases, it is best to throw the items out. While it’s true one person’s trash may be someone else’s treasure, if that item is hazardous or unsafe, then it just belongs in the garbage.”

– Kelly Taylor, Family Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit

 

Additional Resources

 

Fenelon Falls Freemasons Celebrate 300 Years With an Open House (May 2017)

May 2, 2017

Masons

2017 is a very important year to Ontario Freemasons and to all Freemasons around the world. It marks 300 years since Freemasonry was formally organized under a single Masonic government. This occasion took place in London, England at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern.

In the three hundred years since, Freemasonry has spread across the globe and become the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. The primary focus of the organization is to take a good man, and make him better, all the while observing the principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. Part of this is developing an understanding of charity and benevolence. Freemasons have raised funds for many causes both locally and nationally. The Masonic Foundation of Ontario works diligently on projects that make life better for many people.

In Canada, Freemasonry has proven itself to be a fraternity that believes we are all equal no matter what our stations in life. Membership consists of doctors, lawyers, teachers, truck drivers and men from many other professions as well as labourers to name but a few. We have been known to have some men who stand out in their professions as members as well. We can boast many names such as Sir John A MacDonald, Tim Horton and one that many people in this area will be familiar with, Sir Sandford Fleming. All these men and all Freemasons share a common goal of helping to make each other a better man.

Ontario has 541 lodges with approximately 42000 members. Fenelon Falls is home to The Spry Lodge located at 10 Green St. It is housed in a two storey grey building located at the back of the high school. The lodge was established in 1884 and was located above stores on the main street. In 1935 the current building became the home of The Spry Lodge and is still in use today. The building was originally a continuation school for Fenelon Falls and was constructed in 1885 from stones taken from the canal and locks when they had been constructed.

On June 3, 2017, from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M., the lodge will be holding an open house for the community to come and discover more about Freemasonry and what we do within the community. There will be many members on hand to show people the lodge room and answer questions. There will also be refreshments in the banquet room. All are invited to attend.

Burn Ban Lifted in Kawartha Lakes (May 2017)

May 2, 2017

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KAWARTHA LAKES— City of Kawartha Lakes Fire and Rescue Service has lifted the complete burn ban that was in place in Kawartha Lakes during the month of April. The risk of fire is now reduced and the Fire Hazard Index rating is set at moderate. The lifting of the ban signifies a return to the normal application of provisions in Open-Air By-law 2016-110

Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst commented, “I appreciate our residents’ compliance during the burn ban. Due to this, as well as cooperative weather conditions, Kawartha Lakes Fire and Rescue Service saw a vast reduction in the number of grass and brush fires that we responded to during the month of April.”

CampfireResidents are reminded that the careless disposal of smoking materials is a main cause of accidental fires. Grass fires have the potential to cause extensive damage and injury, and also use emergency resources that could be required for other urgent situations.

Chief Pankhurst added, “I would like to encourage residents that do choose to burn now that the burn ban has been lifted, to be diligent in burning safely and never leave fires unattended.”

For more information about how to build a safe campfire visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-build-safe-campfire.

Earth Day Success in Fenelon Falls (May 2017)

May 2, 2017

11 copyThe Earth Day Tree planting in Fenelon Falls was a big success thanks to community members!  Over fifty people came out and worked hard planting trees and shrubs as an act of stewardship for our local environment on Earth Day at the ‘Put Down Some Roots’ event.

A big thank you goes to the community for digging holes and shovelling mulch on their day off, on a sunny spring morning. To the Environmental Advisory Committee and city support staff for purchasing the trees and for their time, ideas, materials, support, and efforts into this event. To Rob Gri from Delvinyl Entertainment for donating his time, talent, and equipment.  To Jodi Rolland from JC Photagraphy for donating her time and talents capturing memories and highlights of this event. To Sobeys for donating snacks to fuel the digging and wheel barrelling. To Taylor’s Home Projects for purchasing coffee from Sweet bottoms Coffee . To the city’s Parks and Rec staff for helping us find a suitable location to plant trees, and for preparing the property for the event. To The Fenelon Horticultural Society for helping with the planting plans, and to Kawartha Conservation for supplying the tools needed, and raffling off a free rain barrel.

16 copyThank you all SO MUCH for making this event come true. We can be very proud to live in a community that comes together like this to support environmental stewardship activities.

It takes a community!

Also..

Kids from Queen Street kick off Earth Week cleaning up litter at the old gravel pit, a space they are thankful to have in Earth Weektheir community. Among things found were pieces of toboggans, pieces of chairs, and a full folding chair that had been there so long it was covered in moss. All litter was sorted and put in bins.

Dart League Celebrates End of Season (May 2017)

May 2, 2017

Darts

The Fenelon Falls Legion Dart League has just wound up their 2016-2017 season. Every Tuesday throughout the season the group meets at the Fenelon Falls Legion to compete against each other.

Saturday evening, April 29th, the league held their banquet and handed out awards, gifts, and door prize items.  The banquet was potluck and the tables were overflowing with contributions. Everyone had a full plate and even seconds!

The dart league will resume in September. Please know that you do not need to be a legion member to participate. All are welcome, from beginner to experienced. For more information, please contact the Legion at 705-887-3041.

Come on out and try your luck with the “arrows”.

Article by Lois Densmore

Getting Out – Part 1 (May 3, 2017)

May 1, 2017


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For The Birds

Let’s be honest, we all have good intentions to get outside, get fresh air and exercise but when it comes time to follow through there is always another load of laundry waiting, a bit of drizzle or a multitude of other reasons to put it off.  So this will be a multi-part series on “reasons” to skip your chores, grab your umbrella and get outside.

Over the years, I have come to appreciate the joy of watching our fine feathered friends in their natural habitat and have come to realize that we don’t need to take a week-long excursion to get the joy of seeing the variety and beauty in our surroundings.  Simply walking as far as you are comfortable, will expose you to a number of species; and it is amazing the sense of accomplishment the first time you know each one you encounter without peaking at your reference guide.  Make it a contest with yourself or friends.  Play “birding bingo” and see who first spots a row of five species.  Remember, any excuse to get out is a good excuse.

And if the physical benefits of going for walk in the fresh air aren’t sufficient, how about a recent study by the University of Exeter that showed “watching birds near your home is good for your mental health”.  The study found that even exposure to the most common types of birds was found to lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress.

So pick up a reference guide and meet a new feathered friend for the good of your health.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Every Day is Awesome! Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show (Apr. 2017)

April 19, 2017

at the 2017 Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show

You’ll have no trouble finding a reason to visit us Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Previously, entertainment was enjoyed in the lobby of the show. This year, we are excited to share that entertainment will be out on the main trade show floor.

KLCLS - Final Logo w bkgdFRIDAY April 28, 2017 at – 6:30 pm; Dog lovers can enjoy a Dog Grooming Showcase

SATURDAY April 29th, 2017 at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm; Enjoy the excitement of dance performances

More Saturday Fun! The main stage will feature demonstrations from our vendors.

SUNDAY April 30th, 2017 at 1 pm – Be sure to stop by to watch an afternoon Fashion Show.

TOP FIVE REASONS TO VISIT #KLCLS2017 FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY:

5. Incredible Vendors covering all your Country Living needs. See full list below!

4. Peaking at your Silent Auction bid at the Chamber’s Silent Auction booth.

3. Dancing! Dogs! Fashion Show! (Not all at once though :-)) See schedule below.

2. Every day is a new chance to enter to win the #KLCLS2017 Grand Prize Staycation Giveaway!

1. FREE ADMISSION!

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The Fenelon Falls Chamber and the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show Committee are tickled pink and green to announce our Grand Prize Giveaway. Each day you attend the Country Living Show, April 28, 29 and 30th, be sure to stop by the Chamber booth to enter our contest to win an all-inclusive weekend at an incredible Fenelon Falls waterfront cottage. The lucky winner will enjoy 2 nights accommodation for 4 adults with all their meals covered from Saturday lunch to Monday breakfast! How cool is that? HUGE THANKS to The Cow And Sow, Nolan’s Restaurant, The Perch, Dockside Grill, and Sobey’s Fenelon Falls.

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 SEE YOU AT THE SHOW!!

Company Type of Business
5 Star Signs Graphic Design & Signage
Backyard Builds Inc. Sheds, Decks, Fence
Bert’s Appliances Appliances / Mattresses
Bill’s Quality Pest Control Pest Control
British Empire Fuels Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning Installation; Bulk Fuel Delivery
BTW Electronic Parts Electronic Parts, Sales & Distribution
Cable Cable Telecommunications
Canadian Tire Centre – Fenelon Falls Home Décor, Supplies, Recreation, Automotive
City Of Kawartha Lakes – Ec. Dev. Municipal Government
COKL Public Library Public Library / Doorway to the Universe
Cornerstone Home Furniture Sale of Home Furnishings, Appliances, Giftware
Costco Wholesale Retail Wholesale
Custom Covers Marine Covers
Doan’s Overhead Doors Construction
Doctor Screen Central Screen repair & products, doors, screen displays
Dogwatch of Southeastern Ontario Inc. Pet containment (indoor / outdoor) Training Collars
Dyanna Dreams Bedding, Bath & Spa, Home Décor
Easy Frame Docks (AFP Industries) Boat Docks
Ethic Tree Creation Arboriculture / Forestry
Fenelon Falls Curling Club Sports Club
Fenelon Falls Marina Marina
Fenelon Falls Real Estate Real Estate Service & Sales
FFDCC Chamber of Commerce Member Supported Not-For-Profit Business Network
FFDCC Silent Auction Fundraiser for Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce
Finest Gourmet Fudge Fudge, Sweets
For The Birds Seed Company Bird Seed, Feeders, Birdhouses, Garden Décor
Franklin Tint Window Film & Tinting
Generator Solutions Home Standby Generators and Portable Generators; GenerLink
Gliding Shelf Pull Out Shelf Experts
Greg McNeal Landscaping Landscaping
Handley Lumber Lumber and Building Supplies
Heather’s HELP Health & Wellness Products (Nutrition, Fitness)
Highlands Propane Inc. Propane Sales & Services
Home Hardware Home décor, building supplies, etc.
Home Helper Plus Cleaning Professionals
Hunt4Dreams Realty Inc. Brokerage Real Estate Sales
Inspired 2 Dance Dance Studio & Dancewear Boutique
J. R. Watkins Products

Hard-Working Products From High-Quality Natural Ingredients

Jackson Water Conditioning Limited Water Treatment Sales / Services
Jardine Funeral Home Life Celebrations, Funeral Home
Jocelyne and Mike Barkwell – Re/Max All-Stars Realty Inc. Real Estate Sales – Waterfront, Town & Country
KATVA Kawartha ATV Association
Kawartha Blinds Window Coverings
Kawartha Curb and Landscape Landscape Construction
Kearns Tree Service Tree Service
Lakeside Lazer Graphics & Engraving Promotional Company
LIFE 100.3 Radio Station
Nortech Home Improvements sunroom, window, door dealer
NPGC General Contractor
Pampered Chef Kitchen Tools
Pandor Productions Event Production. Audio, Visual, Lights, Draping, Staging
Pest Arrest Pest Control
Points North Selling Flags, Flagpoles & Custom Aluminum Signs
Retirement Success Independent Financial Advisor
Rotary/Lions Club – Splash Pad!! Service Club, Splash Pad in Fenelon Falls
RWH Construction Construction
Shaw Communication Inc. / Shaw Direct Telecommunications
Shepherd Environmental Services Septic – Pumping – Installations / Excavation / Portable Toilet Rentals
Solar Plus Consulting, Sales, Installation, Service, Solar, Wind, Composting Toilets, Propane Appliances
Stewart Morrison Insurance Insurance
Student Works Painting Residential Painting Services
Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club & Sturgeon Point Golf Course Sailing Club, Golf Course
Sutton Group – Kawartha Lakes Realty Inc. Real Estate Brokerage
Techo Metal Post Kawartha Posts (Helical Piles)
The Generator Centre Automactic Standby Generators
The Imrie Group Haulage, Septic, Excavation, Landscaping
Toronto Star Newspaper Ltd. Toronto Star Newspaper Subscription
Tow-All-Inc. Towing & Roadside Service
Unidem Sales Incredible Cookware & Mops
Unimat Mini Electric Shop Tools
Windrover Cottage Rentals Cottage Rentals
Witt’s Woods & Greens Custom Design, Decks, Landscapes

The Book Lady Opens in Fenelon (Apr. 2017)

April 18, 2017

BookLadyA new style of book store has opened it’s doors in Fenelon Falls. Branching out from tradition, Fenelon’s newest proprietor, Dana Deathe, is thrilled to offer a refuge for the mind and palette with a unique combination of Bookstore / Literary Cafe.

The rise of the café bookstore has created a way to combine all the best parts of a free afternoon. This delightful café provides you with the perfect setting to have your next coffee date.  It is the type of place you could easily sit around for hours reading, catching up on work, or socializing in a friendly atmosphere.

From previously loved best sellers to glorious literary treasures, new and old, the Book Lady’s stock will be updated regularly and they will operate a thriving exchange/credit program where your used books can be exchanged. They can track down and order out of print and hard to find titles for you and are intrigued to take on any challenge.

Patrons can enjoy fresh brewed coffee, steeped tea and espresso drinks uniquely named after famous books and authors. They will offer a lovely selection of muffins, cookies, breads and special sweet treats to complete your experience.

Dana’s family has a cottage on Cameron Lake and she always dreamed of owning a bookstore in Fenelon. “I have been living in Calgary for the past 5 years and moved back to Ontario when the opportunity came up to run a bookstore in this community” explains Dana. “I am excited for the opportunity to share my love of books with customers and I am hoping to offer new experiences to the people of Fenelon Falls”.

Browse the walls of books while your taste buds are kept busy, or wander out to the patio and enjoy spending some quiet time in the gardens that surround the property. The Book Lady is committed to exceeding your expectations when you visit.

The Book Lady is located at 24 Market Street, in the building formerly known as Bob Burns Books. Hours of operation will be Monday thru Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays.

Watch for an upcoming book club hosted at the store and possibly special event dates showcasing local artists and musicians.

Please stop by to meet Dana and say hello!

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

April 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health Benefits of Baseball for Kids (Apr. 2017)

April 18, 2017

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Baseball, apart from being very popular among adults is also popular among kids. The youngsters also enjoy playing the action. But aside from just watching baseball games, many kids are encouraged to actually play the sport.

Over the years, various studies have been conducted and what the experts have found out is that baseball can give the body different benefits. Kids who play baseball are much more active and disciplined. Learn more about the benefits of children playing ball here.

So for parents, it is highly recommended that they take their kids to baseball games and if they see their children interested to try the sport, they should support their kids to play.

Lucky for family living in Fenelon Falls, our community has a wonderful league for kids. Fenelon Falls Minor Ball provides the opportunity for youth of Fenelon Falls and area to play softball and baseball in the Victoria Brock Baseball League.

The league is currently finalizing team rosters for the coming ball season. If your children are interested in playing ball this year in Fenelon and have not registered, please do so by Thursday April 20th as they will be finished setting teams up on that date.  For more information visit their website here.

Follow the Fenelon Falls Minor Ball on Facebook here.

Decommissioned Fenelon Falls Landfill To Be Repurposed (Apr. 2017)

April 18, 2017
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to help declining bee populations
The City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee (KLEAC) is piloting a project to turn part of the decommissioned land at the Fenelon Falls Landfill into a positive source of habitat and food for insects.
The Fenelon Landfill Pollination Project is an initiative where a new type of seed mix will be tested on the top of the landfill to promote the habitat of pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies.

In 2015 it was estimated that 38 per cent of honey bees died in Ontario. The Canadian Honey Bee Council estimates that the Canadian bee population has declined by 35 per cent in the past three years. The City, in partnership with Fleming College and the environmental community are working together to reverse this decline.

“Pollinating insects play a major role in the agriculture industry to ensure food crops are properly established. They help to ensure sustainable food for our community and surrounding area,” commented David Kerr, Manager of Environmental Services.

The project was spearheaded by the KLEAC  “In the fall of 2014, it came to our committee’s attention that a six hectare cell at the Fenelon landfill was to be decommissioned. This meant it would be covered with clay and topsoil and a vegetative cover would be planted to prevent erosion,” explained CKLEAC member Susan Blayney.

After new soil is placed on the top of an old landfill to cover the waste, it is necessary to establish vegetation on the soil to prevent erosion and minimize water infiltration into the landfill according to Kerr. Vegetation currently used for this application is an assortment of grass mixtures which have a thick mat like root base. However, pollinating insects are not attracted to grass mixtures so wild flowers and clover type mixes will be used.

The pollinator mix being tested by the city will have a mixture of flowers with strong root bases and other vegetation that they hope will perform as well as the traditional grass mixes. A seed mix was sourced from Pickseed Canada Inc., in Lindsay, over the winter of 2014/2015 and approved by a pollination expert on faculty at Fleming College in Lindsay.

Fleming College students will be developing a monitoring program to closely review and collect data on how well the program is working.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is a partner in this project and has granted the city the opportunity to test a pollinator mix on the cap rather than requiring the standard seed mix to be placed on the entire cap.

The city says If this project is successful, pollinator seed mixes may be able to be used in many other applications, not just to cover landfills. Some examples would be open spaces, fields, boulevards and parks, to name a few.

Blayney says she is excited about the new pilot project KLEAC has spearheaded. “This land has been taken out of habitat for many years, and now it is able to give back. This is community involvement at its best, and one of the reasons I’m proud to be a part of the committee.”

Several years ago the city installed a methane gas collection system on one of their landfills to harness fuel from the landfill to generate electricity. Now they are using the old landfills to help insects and better sustain our food crops. Kerr says “It is part of our commitment to foster a healthy environment for current and future generations.”

Other municipalities are starting to show interest in the project.

Article by Pamela Vanmeer of www.Kawartha411.ca

originally published here 

Family Doctor Appreciation Week Contest (Apr. 2017)

April 18, 2017

family-doctorsKawartha Lakes Family Doctor Recruitment is holding a children’s poster and letter writing contest to promote Family Doctor Appreciation Week.

Students in Grades K-6 are encouraged to draw a picture or write a letter to their family doctor. Who is he or she? What makes them special to you? What would you like to thank your family doctor for? There are many ways to show your appreciation!

The rules are available by contacting the KLHCI office at 705-328-6098, on the KLHCI website at www.KawarthaLakesDoctors.org, or can be picked up at any City of Kawartha Lakes Library branch. All entries must be received by May 12.

Family Doctor Contest