Posts Tagged ‘Kawartha Lakes’

Walk In, Strut Out with The Kawartha Store

May 9, 2018

Join us at the Kawartha Store for

Fashion show
Wine and Appetizers,
Raffle and silent auctions.

Tickets are $25.00 each and can be purchased at the store.

An evening of fashion and fun in support of the Kawartha North walk-in clinics

Letter from the Editor: Spring and the CLS

April 19, 2018

I don’t know about you, but personally, I am counting on the annual Country Living Show (April 27-29) to finally bring the spring weather with it.

It has been a long, grueling winter, with snow and cold temperatures extending their stay far past their welcome this year. Fenelon Falls was not spared from the wrath of the wintry storm last weekend, bringing plunging temperatures, a dumping of snow just in case you put your shovel away, and a mix of freezing rain that coated everything in ice.

It would have been quite lovely, if it were December…

In April, not so much. But it has to turn. The Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show is coming up and we all want to celebrate the indoor and outdoor benefits to living in this naturally scenic area.

The Country Living Show is the culmination of a serious amount of hard work by volunteers who give their time and energy to make life in Fenelon worth celebrating at this annual event. I’d like to recognize and applaud this awesome group of individuals: Tim Wisener, Anna Radey, Brandy Watson, and Shannon Bain, for their tireless efforts at making this year’s CLS the very best one yet. Be sure to stop by to check things out: April 27-29, free admission, amazing vendors and artisans, and great food made available thanks to On The Locks Restaurant.

After the CLS, Spring has to come. Right?



It Takes A Village…

April 19, 2018

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

Janet Klees 

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


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


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


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

Ready to Think Spring?

April 18, 2018


join us at the Country Living Show, April 27 – 29

Starting next week, vendors will be rolling into town to set up their space on the trade show floor, drapes will transform the look of the arena, a thumping sound system will be installed. It must be spring – don’t let that weird white stuff fool you, the Country Living Show is coming to Fenelon Falls next weekend.

With Free Admission all weekend long, thanks to the generous support of sponsors, organizers invite the whole family to the Fenelon Falls Arena and Community Centre, located at 27 Veteran’s Way, Friday April 27 through Sunday April 29.

Don’t Miss This!

- Artist’s Studios, showcasing the incredible talent of 12 local artists. Check out the line-up by clicking here.
- Complimentary Pancake Breakfast, Presented by Enbridge, Sat. 10 am to 2 pm
- A packed trade show floor. Full sponsor list can be found by clicking here.
- Come for a meal at the On-Site Restaurant provided by the dynamic duo behind Fenelon Falls’ own foodie gem, On The Locks

- A very cool mix of community groups and organizations in our off-ice areas. There will be Girl Guide Cookies for sale!

It’s a positive affirmation we all need to hear. The Barn and Bunkie Hello Spring Sale, will be back (like Spring will be, eventually!) on April 28 and 29, and  features an impressive showcase of local artisans offering everything from baked goodies and handmade gifts to signs, home decor, garden art and more.

Suit up with your best spring attitude and jump into the season with us at the Kawartha Lakes County Living Show.

For more information visit the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show online at

See You at the Show!




Fenelon Marquee Restoration Underway

April 18, 2018


Our committee is very happy to announce that restoration on the Fenelon Theatre Marquee has begun.  A few weekends ago the sign travelled from it’s storage place to it’s new location, where it will reside for the next few months while our craftsmen work to retrofit, restore and reinforce the Marquee.

That’s not all, there is been more good news !!  We also received notice that the Fenelon Theatre Marquee committee will benefit from an investment announced recently by the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC).



Jennifer Bain, Programs Officer at KLCFDC announced that the Kawartha Lakes CFDC is pleased to provide financial support for the restoration of the Fenelon Theatre Marquee sign with an investment of $8000 under the Eastern Ontario Development Program.

The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) advances economic development in rural eastern Ontario. Through EODP, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is collaborating with Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in eastern Ontario to promote the growth of new and existing businesses in rural communities.

Stay tuned to the Town Crier and the Fenelon Theatre Marquee facebook page for updates and photos, or come out and see us at the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show, and the Barn and Bunkie Spring Sale on April 26th to 28th at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre.

Photo Credit: Fenelon Theatre Marquee Committee

Photo Credit: Fenelon Theatre Marquee Committee

Easter Eggstravaganza: A Sweet Execution

April 5, 2018

The Easter Eggstravaganza last weekend was a huge hit, seeing kids of all ages come out participate in the hunt.

The day began at Easter Bunny Headquarters, aka Slices n’ Scoops, where kids were treated to festive cookie decorating and a craft – making a bunny nose and whiskers mask. From there, they were each given a map of stores to visit in order to search for eggs inside, and they descended on the town in a mad frenzy for chocolate!

Back at Slices n’ Scoops, after returning their egg hunting map in for candy, kids could pet and hold real bunnies, who I’m sure enjoyed the Easter Eggstravaganza experience.

It was a great day in town and it was great to see lots of smiling faces behind those bunny whiskers. Special thanks to the Events Committee for their awesome volunteer efforts at making this event happen for the businesses and kids in town, and thanks to Anna Radey of Slices n’ Scoops for taking the lead. See you next year!



Country Living Show – April 27 to 29, Fenelon Falls

April 5, 2018


Great news! The Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show has launched its new website, and all the details for this year’s event can be found at This must mean that Spring will come, right?

This year, guests attending the Country Living Show will enjoy free admission all weekend, thanks to our generous sponsors.

Come check out our trade show, which is booked up and will be filled wall to wall with incredible vendors who want to help make your country life your best life.

In addition to the many vendors at the show, the Barn and Bunkie is also returning with its smashingly successful Hello Spring Sale featuring all kinds of artisan-style goods, so be sure to check them out and to pick up some items to make us all think of springtime.

While visiting the show this year, be sure to stop by the Artist’s Studios where you can view paintings and artworks of all kinds, made by local artists. Chat with the creators and pick out a piece that speaks to you!

Special thanks to On The Locks restaurant, who is the food and beverage partner for this year’s Country Living Show. They will be onsite to offer up food and refreshments to show-goers who need to re-fuel after walking the trade show floor with its specially designed traffic-flow focus for maximum efficiency.

2018 KLCLS postcard


Respect is Vital – Lessons from Mary Henderson

April 5, 2018

Written by Lois Densmore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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New Gallery on Colborne Street

April 5, 2018

Written by Dana Deathe


Colborne Street Gallery. Photo: Christa LeCraw

A new artspace has emerged in the heart of Fenelon in the Colborne Street Gallery. Gallery owners Tim Wisener and Chris Van Lierop originally secured the space at 44 Colborne Street thinking that it would be a good spot for consulting with clients they work with through their design firm, Home by Tim + Chris.

Since then, their plans have evolved, and they chose to transform the space into an art gallery where they plan to feature works by both local and non-local artists. In order to host beautiful works of art, Tim and Chris first had to beautify their space. They did an excellent job at accomplishing that task by removing the drop ceiling and adding a high lofted ceiling, refurbishing the original floor grates, and removing 7 layers of flooring to recover the original maple hardwood floors beneath.

For now, the walls boast pieces of work from Tim and Chris’ own personal collection. It’s a lovely and personal glimpse into their artistic tastes, and while the pieces aren’t technically for sale, if you name the right price you may be in luck.


Photo: Tim Wisener

In addition to lining the walls with their own favourite pieces, Tim and Chris are currently hosting pieces by local artisan Christina Handley of Handley Acres Custom Creations. Along with a 4-foot vintage sawblade that has been designed and cut with stallions all over, there is an intricately carved oil tank, which casts gorgeous shadows on the walls and ceiling when lit up.

Tim and Chris are working with Christina to bring in more of her intricate artistic pieces, which she creates by drawing free-hand designs onto metal using soapstone, and she then cuts out shapes with a plasma cutter. We can also look forward to featured work in the gallery from local Sturgeon Point painter and sculptor Elizabeth Barrett, and many more to come.

The firm opening date for the gallery space is still to be determined, but the space promises much more than just Canadian art; Tim and Chris hope to also host paint nights and art classes, and they are open to hosting small community events there as well. Stay tuned to their space on Colborne Street for more as we head into the spring and summer seasons this year.

Also keep an eye out for the Home by Tim + Chris design studio to pop up soon – if you are looking for a keen eye for re-designing your home, Tim and Chris will soon be the go-to designers in Kawartha Lakes.

Sunset on Cameron Lake

April 5, 2018


Feature Photograph submitted by Charlene Randell.

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Let the Music Play…

April 5, 2018

Written by Marina Hodson

I think we can all agree that listening to music you enjoy can improve your mood and get your toes tapping, but did you know that music can also have many physical and mental health benefits?

2018-04-05_1334It will not likely come as a surprise that listening to music elevates mood and can reduce the symptoms of depression, reduce stress and improve sleep. However, scientists have actually found that the beneficial emotions associated with listening to music have a healthy effect on blood vessel functioning resulting in increased blood flow.

More surprising findings have included that background music may enhance performance on cognitive tasks and has been shown to allow test participants to complete more questions correctly in allotted time.

Music also assisted cancer and stroke patients to manage anxiety, pain and aided in their overall recovery. Such positive benefits were also found in studies looking at post-workout recovery where music was shown to help the body recover faster. This may also explain why music was found to decrease the intensity of pain in geriatric and palliative patients.

Of course all those things aside, listening to music can be just plain enjoyable and will definitely boost your motivation during your next workout, so get those toes tapping.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Between 2 Lakes Yarn & Crafts

April 5, 2018

Water Street shoppers will see a familiar face in a new store – Sandi Stewart is about to re-open Fenelon’s local yarn store as Between 2 Lakes Yarn and Crafts. The Town Crier caught up with Sandi earlier this week, ahead of her soft opening day this Saturday, April 7th.

IMG-6574Town Crier: How long have you been a knitter/crocheter? what types of things do you like to make?


Sandi Stewart: I knit a little bit as a child but it was not until about 5 years ago that it became a big part of my life. I have always loved to make sweaters, but I am really loving all the new beautiful hand-dyed yarns, and knitting scarves and shawls.


TC: Do you have a current work-in-progress?


SS: Right now I am knitting a store sample from a absolutely beautiful cotton yarn I carry at the store called Katia Top Rainbow. It has 874 yards on it so I am knitting the big long shawl that the pattern comes free with purchase. I can hardly wait for it to be done!


TC: That sounds awesome! Can you tell us a little bit about the products you have in stock?


SS: In the store I carry yarns for all budgets, from Bernat Super Value to the new Urth yarns hand-dyed with fruits and roots. We have also hand picked some lovely beads that you can knit into your projects to make them really pop. We have a “fun” corner where you can buy all knitting gifts, from mugs to sheep umbrellas, aprons, spoon rests, and tote bags for knitting and crochet projects.


IMG-6577TC: Will you be hosting group knitting nights or classes for those who would like to learn?


SS: I am planning to run a lot of classes in the store. Right now, for May I have a very in depth course on crocheted rag rugs with Linda Jeffries. Phone or stop in for details, or follow us on Facebook. Shortly Christi will be teaching us to crochet, but I think we have to wait until her holiday to Italy is over. Katie is planning a class so all our sweaters we knit will fit perfectly.


TC: Tell me about your inspiration for the store name and your cute store sign?


SS: The idea for the store name came easily to me, and I wanted to either made it picturesque or fun so I chose to have sheep knitting in a boat! I have never done that, but I’m sure it’s doable.


TC: And living here, Between 2 Lakes, you just may get a chance to try! Sandi is opening this Saturday, April 7th, and will be closed Sundays and Mondays until July. Stop in soon and see all the beautiful new yarns.



Letter from the Editor – Spring has Sprung

March 22, 2018

Spring has sprung in Fenelon Falls, or at least it is trying its hardest to warm up and get us there.

pexels-photo-908308As the calendar marches toward April showers, keep in mind that much of the ground is frozen and hasn’t had a chance to thaw in these cooler temperatures, so if rain is in the forecast be sure to keep an eye on the flood warnings for your area. Also be sure to use common sense and safety first as things warm up and the ice on our lakes continue to melt.

Things to look forward to this spring include the Country Living Show from April 27th-29th, which promises to be the best one yet. We are enjoying longer days, and every once in awhile we are treated to a beautiful Kawartha Lakes sunset, with vibrantly coloured skies and streaks of cloud. There is a list of great events offered by the Horticultural Society this spring, and the Easter Eggstravaganza returns on March 31.

In the meantime, while we wait for Spring to truly heat things up, I’ll just keep planning my dream vegetable garden in my head…


Public Speak-Off at the Legion

March 22, 2018

Written by Major Roy Randell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Get a Bike from Mike at Spokes for Folks

March 22, 2018

Written by Dana Deathe

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


Mike Gorman of Spokes for Folks. Photo: Deb Craven

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 22, 2018

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


Photo from Rhonda Ingram-Empey’s Facebook

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

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

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

Bruno, Julie, and Miss Kawartha

March 22, 2018

Written by Dana Deathe

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

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

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


Miss Kawartha at Canada Blooms. Photo: Julie Moore

TC: How was Midnight in Paris received by guests?

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

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

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

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

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


Julie Moore at Canada Blooms. Photo: Bruno Cantieni

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Activist to Help Launch Family Support Group

March 22, 2018

submitted by Fenelon Forward and ABLE (Access to Better Living Experiences)

Parents of children with intellectual or other significant disabilities need to provide an exceptional level of ongoing support not only during childhood but also throughout adulthood. Will he or she be able to live safely and happily anywhere but in your home? And what will support look like as you age yourself?

Janet Klees is an internationally known author and speaker who has worked with families in Durham Region for 30 years. She believes there are creative solutions for families, when housing is seen as a community issue, and when busy families share ideas and experiences about their family member’s unique needs, interests and aspirations.

At the invitation of Fenelon Forward and a new local initiative called ABLE, Ms Klees will share her insights in Fenelon Falls, at St. James Anglican Church, April 4, 7 p.m., giving participants an opportunity to consider new possibilities with the support of others in similar situations.

“Some people might think that if we’re bringing families together, the most reasonable thing that would come out of that would be 5 or 6 families joining together and building something where everyone would live together,” says Ms Klees. “But that doesn’t necessarily meet the needs of either the people looking for housing or the community.”

In nearby Durham, families come together on a regular basis to share their experiences and find solutions among themselves or from what might be happening elsewhere. “What are we hearing about innovative or good ways that people are securing housing every day? What are some ideas that people have around the patterns of support where their sons and daughters would live well? And what do we know is happening on the social housing front in the broader community?” Such discussions have put several families well on the road to solutions tailored to their family’s needs and resources.

Anyone supporting family members or friends with disabilities is encouraged to come and hear Janet Klees, and join this important discussion. For more information, call 705-887-9755.

“Building vibrant and diverse communities,” adds Ms Klees, “can only happen when the folks that we’re supporting become a part of the community because of their gifts and what they have to contribute, not because of their disability.”

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

March 22, 2018

Written by Marina Hodson

Did you accomplish everything you wanted to this winter? Are you constantly feeling guilty about not calling your – mother, brother, sister, friend?  How about fretting about your child’s last semester? We have all felt stress and while it can be a positive motivating factor, don’t let it become a negative force in your life.

stress1Stress is a normal response to “dangerous” situations, but unlike our ancestors, we do not often face wild animals to trigger the fight or flight response. Today it is more likely to be that commute from the city, a nagging deadline or our internal guilt that is causing this and it could trigger our natural instincts to be stuck in the on position for extended periods.

Chronic stress can begin to interfere with our ability to live a normal, healthy life, causing loss of sleep, abnormal eating habits, exacerbating chronic diseases and leading to depression. Often the causes are a culmination of small factors that in of themselves are easily overcome.

So if you are feeling stressed, take a step back to identify the causes and list them individually to enable you to break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Take a moment to walk away from a stressor that seems outside of your control right now, this is obviously not the approach to take for the commute home. Let go of issues that are simply “not worth the battle.” Exercise, cut back on caffeine and alcohol, try to maintain good sleeping habits, and if all else fails – recognize if and when you need help to address these issues.

Recognizing that stress is negatively impacting your life is the first step in the battle – don’t let it rule your life.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Downtown Dreams Contest – Extended until April 6, 2018

March 22, 2018

Downtown Dreams is a business attraction program designed to attract new or existing businesses to open, expand or move into the downtowns of Coboconk or Norland, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay and Omemee.

Registration has been extended to April 6, 2018.

Register for Downtown Dreams online

As part of the registration, applicants are asked to answer the following questions:

1. Describe your business idea.

2. What transferable skills or experience do you have related to this business idea?

3. Who is your ideal client and provide basic market research?

4. What are your estimated startup costs? Do you have an investment for the business or will you be sourcing funding options? If so, how much of an investment is available or how will you achieve this?

Each business must open within the study area in each community no later than October 1, 2018. You can view the study area for each community online.

Applicants are invited to share their business idea through their registration. The Advisory Panel will choose the top 5 applicants for each community to continue in the contest. The top 5 must participate in five mandatory workshops, submit a business plan and present to an advisory panel who will choose a winner for each community.

Each winner will be presented with a prize package to facilitate the opening or expansion of their new business.

Rules & Regulations | contact: Leisha Newton at 705-324-9411 extension 1366 or


Enbridge at the Country Living Show

March 22, 2018

Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show announces Title Sponsor, Enbridge.

The Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show is excited to announce Enbridge as the new title sponsor of the 34th annual Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show from April 27th to 29th. With Enbridge’s financial support we are excited to be able to offer a bigger, better show than has ever been seen before.

Enbridge have been proudly serving Ontarian’s  for more than 160 years. They currently deliver safe, reliable and affordable natural gas to two millions homes and businesses across Ontario. They have a strong commitment to making communities better places to live.  They actively support many community partners, such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way and Forests Ontario. In total, Enbridge has participated in more than 20,000 community events since 1987. We are honoured that they are supporting the Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show.

We are excited to reveal more details in the weeks to come. Our goal this year is to provide a new interactive experience with a fresh focus on our community and the arts. We’ll be showcasing some amazing local businesses that cover every facet of country living and beyond — connect with friendly local service providers, make a plan for stunning new renovations,  enjoy talented artists and artisans, and more. Like last year, the show will hosted at the Fenelon Falls Arena & Community Centre, located at 27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls, Ontario, K0M 1N0.

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For more information about becoming a sponsor for the show, please contact the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce at or by calling (705) 887-3409.

Know Your Power – April 16th Information Event

March 22, 2018

Join the Coboconk, Norland & Area, Haliburton Highlands, Lindsay and District, and Fenelon Falls District Chambers of Commerce for an event on Monday April 16th to learn about energy cost saving programs and incentives available to Ontario businesses. The event will bring together representatives from your local distribution company, natural gas distributor and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), along with businesses and community leaders from the region, to share information about available energy saving programs and how to enroll. You will also have the opportunity to network with other local job creators who are interested in giving their businesses a competitive edge through energy efficiencies and retrofits, and hear success stories from those who have already benefited.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has partnered with the Ministry of Energy to lead an education campaign to improve awareness of energy conservation and cost saving programs available in Ontario. The Know Your Power initiative is a one-stop shop for information on energy saving programs and opportunities to improve your energy efficiency that will help businesses identify measures to help reduce electricity bills and conserve energy.

Event Details

Date: Monday April 16th, 2018
Registration and Networking: 5:45pm
Program: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Technical Workshop: 7:00pm-8:00pm (Optional)
Location: Coboconk Lions Club,
9 Grandy Road, Coboconk, ON, K0M 1K0 (map)

Register Here!

Know Your Power Poster

Little Free Library opens in Fenelon

March 22, 2018

Written by Helen Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

Award-Winning Landscape Designers Move to Fenelon Falls

March 8, 2018

Written by Dana Deathe


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

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

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

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

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

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



Apply Now for Downtown Dreams Contest! Open to March 23

March 8, 2018

Downtown Dreams is a business attraction program designed to attract new or existing businesses to open, expand or move into the downtowns of Coboconk or Norland, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay and Omemee.

Registration will be open to March 23, 2018.

Register for Downtown Dreams online

As part of the registration, applicants are asked to answer the following questions:

1. Describe your business idea.

2. What transferable skills or experience do you have related to this business idea?

3. Who is your ideal client and provide basic market research?

4. What are your estimated startup costs? Do you have an investment for the business or will you be sourcing funding options? If so, how much of an investment is available or how will you achieve this?

Each business must open within the study area in each community no later than October 1, 2018. You can view the study area for each community online.

Applicants are invited to share their business idea through their registration. The Advisory Panel will choose the top 5 applicants for each community to continue in the contest. The top 5 must participate in five mandatory workshops, submit a business plan and present to an advisory panel who will choose a winner for each community.

Each winner will be presented with a prize package to facilitate the opening or expansion of their new business.

Rules & Regulations | contact: Leisha Newton at 705-324-9411 extension 1366 or


Christine Buchanan: Local Hero

March 7, 2018

Written by Geoff Coleman

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

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

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


John Morrow and Christine Buchanan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring is in the Air – Attention Gardeners!

March 7, 2018

Spring is in the air – the sap is running and the cardinals are singing!

Spring also means the start of the horticultural season. The year is shaping up to be fun, informative and exciting. Bookmarks highlighting the 2018 program of meetings are available at the Chamber, the Library and The Book Lady.

The first meeting of the year is on Monday, March 26. Judy Seymour will lead a step by step workshop to make a spring centrepiece. Even non-crafters will be able to produce an attractive arrangement. Please bring $5.00 for materials and wire cutters if you have them.

On April 23 Vikki Whitney from Griffin’s Greenhouses will talk about container gardening for spring and summer. Vikki is a delightful speaker and she will be putting together a planter as well.

The popular plant sale is on Saturday morning May 26 at The Salvation Army Citadel, 42 Bond St. There will be lots of top quality plants from local gardens.

The topic at the meeting on May 28 is landscape design using a natural, ecological and sustainable approach. Helen Batten is an award – winning landscape architect from Basterfield Associates in Peterborough.

As well as these monthly meetings, the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society plants and maintains many of the gardens in town. In recent years many of the gardens have been redesigned and spruced up. This year watch for lots of activity on the slope beside the canal into Sturgeon lake with the hedge saying “Fenelon Falls”. Volunteers most welcome. Please contact Laurie Jones 705-887-5300 to help.

No gardening experience required to come out and enjoy the monthly meetings. So, come along to the Seniors Club at 58 Murray Street at 7pm for an interesting and friendly evening.

Everyone is welcome and membership is only $20 for the year.

Kathy Armstrong

President, Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society

Here is a list of the meetings of the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society:

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The Kawartha Small Business Podcast

March 7, 2018

Press Release from Brian Rump


There’s a new podcast in town! Brought to you by financial powerhouse You Group, Inc. and Greg Evans Professional Corporation, The Kawartha Small Business Podcast is for listeners who are curious about all things business and want to know what issues affect rural entrepreneurs in our own backyard.

Hosted by You Group’s President and Principal Consultant, Brian Rump, the Podcast series takes an interview approach, telling the stories of local businesses, and reading the pulse of small business in Canada. Check out new audio content from The Bobcaygeon Brewing Company, Dana The Book Lady, and CrossFit Lindsay!

We’re looking for feedback! 

Is there a topic you’d like to hear on the podcast?
Is there a business you’d like to hear about?
Would you like to be on the Podcast?

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts or wherever fine podcasts are found.

Facebook and Twitter: @kawarthabizpod
Listen to the latest episode featuring Mike Perry on YouTube.

Everything in Moderation….

March 7, 2018

As Oscar Wilde once said “everything in moderation, even moderation”.  In an age of constant and ever-changing information, what does that actually mean?

scalesOne day, you should eat more chocolate, the next day less.  Same for red wine, coffee, butter. One could not be blamed for simply giving up on trying to figure out what is best for us, but at the end of the day, go back to “everything in moderation”.  As can be said for all aspects of life, we are rarely perfected through extremes.

So be realistic with your own goals and recognize that never having a treat again is not likely to be achievable and certainly won’t be satisfying; so don’t set yourself up for failure.  Instead, have a small scoop of ice cream instead of that giant banana split. The same is true for exercise. Waking up one January first to decide you will run a marathon may not be a realistic goal whilst going for a walk two or three times a week might be.  How about alcohol, gambling versus buying an occasional lottery ticket?

Heck, in our modern age, everything can be seen through the lens of vice or benefit.  I would never want to give up being able to Skype my 70+ year old mother-in-law in the UK, but I also don’t want to be on an electronic device constantly.  Ever go out to a restaurant and see a table of people all on their phones rather than actually talking to the people they are with? What a wasted opportunity.

So enjoy the benefits life has to offer; be it the healing effects of a walk or using technology to cross the miles, or maybe even that piece of chocolate or glass of wine.  But remember – everything in moderation!

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT