Posts Tagged ‘Kawartha Lakes’

Dreaming of a Downtown Business?

February 8, 2018

If you or someone you know has an entrepreneurial spirit, you may want to enter the Downtown Dreams contest that the City of Kawartha Lakes is running this spring. The contest is a result of funding committed to the City of Kawartha Lakes from the Rural Economic Development (RED) program and administered by OMAFRA, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs.

The purpose of this funding, and the Downtown Dreams contest, is to encourage growth and boost economic development in the four Downtown Revitalization communities of Fenelon Falls, Coboconk/Norland, Lindsay, and Omemee. Our local businesses help to drive tourism to our area, and are a huge part of what makes Fenelon Falls such a memorable place to visit.

The contest details will be announced soon. If you have an idea for a new business you’ve been dreaming about launching in Fenelon’s downtown, or you have an existing business you are ready to expand, contact Leisha Newman, Economic Development Officer -Downtown, 705-324-9411 ext. 1366 or by email lnewton@kawarthalakes.ca. Dream big, dream downtown Fenelon Falls!

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A Meditative Walk in the Park – Films by the Falls February Movie “Meditation Park”

February 8, 2018
Meditation-Park-bannerMina Shum directs an all-star cast — including Cheng Pei Pei, Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma, and Don McKellar — in her latest feature, about a devoted wife and mother (Pei Pei) who is forced to reassess her reverence for her husband after she finds another woman’s thong in his laundry. In Meditation Park, Mina Shum returns to the themes that propelled her early work. The film opens with Maria (Cheng Pei Pei) hosting a birthday celebration for her workaholic accountant husband, Bing, (Tzi Ma). Maria reveres Bing and remains in awe of the sacrifices he has made for the family, so much so that she even respects his insistence that she not speak to their son.

But when she finds evidence that Bing may not be the perfect person she believes him to be, she’s forced to consider her world in a radically different light. Maria embarks on a journey of self-discovery by engaging with the world around her, something Bing has always discouraged. She befriends a group of local eccentrics and a rather shady neighbour, Gabriel (Don McKellar). Maria soon realizes that people’s lives are much more complicated than Bing has led her to believe.

Shum exhibits genuine compassion with her insight into the experiences of first-generation immigrant women (including showing how men control their wives by discouraging them from social interaction and learning other languages).

Meditation Park is a charming and generous film, boasting fine performances by its leads and great support by McKellar, Liane Balaban (in an affecting and lovely cameo), and the star of Shum’s debut, Double Happiness, the phenomenal Sandra Oh, as Maria’s daughter.

The screening date is Tuesday, February 27th — Doors open at 6:30 pm and the Movie starts at 7:30 pm at FFSS. Tickets are available in advance at Grr8 Finds Market or at the Box Office on the night of event.
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Snowshoe Running Gaining Speed in Fenelon Falls

February 7, 2018

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Snowshoe Kawartha’s Winter Festival this year was a huge success, with a world record set for most kids participating in a snowshoe race and significant growth over last year’s event, which is great news for Fenelon; in fact, at the last Fenelon Forward meeting Wayne Jolly, the chair for Snowshoe Kawartha, announced that the Winter Festival will be hosting the provincial championships for snowshoe running in 2019.

With our close proximity to a frozen-solid Cameron Lake and all of the snow we have been getting this winter, snowshoe running is quickly becoming a hot new fitness trend for winter in our area. If you are a seasonal runner, consider snowshoe running as a winter alternative, and if you are more of a casual snowshoer then upping your intensity could burn calories faster than walking at the same pace.

Snowshoeing is also a super-effective exercise. According to this article, snowshoeing “provides a cardio workout while also building strength, agility, balance and endurance,” and you also get the benefits of being outdoors enjoying nature. What a great way to chase the winter blues away!

The Winter Festival on February 3rd brought snowshoe racers of all ages from near and far, with participants running either 5k or 10k routes on beginning on Cameron Lake, winding up to the quarry and back. The kids who set the world record ran a 500m route on the lake to set the record and help put Fenelon on the map for snowshoe racing.

In addition to snowshoe racing, the Winter Festival offered other winter activities like ice fishing, fat tire biking, and crokicurl (a combination of curling and crokinole on the ice!) as well as a historic tour through the village hosted by Bev Jeeves of the Maryboro Lodge. Check out these great photos of the event to see people embracing winter and all it has to offer, and come out for next year’s snowshoe races and Winter Festival.

 

The Country Cupboard Goes Green with New Owner Julia Taylor

February 7, 2018
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Julia and Carson at the Country Cupboard

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Kennel opens its doors in Fenelon Falls

February 7, 2018

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Dionna and Patrick Wylde love dogs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“They really like the trails,” Wylde remarked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Level Up Summit

January 25, 2018

helping business owners evolve

 

Level Up Summit squareAfter the success of the Level Up Series offered by the Kawartha Lakes Chambers and Small Business Enterprise Centre, they will be returning with a Summit event to help business owners level-up and network with other local business owners.

The Level Up Summit will be held at the Admiral Inn in Lindsay on February 22, from 8am to 3pm – mark your calendars.

Previously called the Small Business Bridges Event, the Level Up Summit is focused on helping business owners build self-motivation, convert that motivation into sales, and learn how to leverage family assets into sales success for your business.

The Summit will draw a large number of local business owners from Kawartha Lakes and beyond, offering a networking opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect with one another and create a support network for business success.

Follow the KLSBEC Facebook page for more details or register for the event at https://levelupsummit.eventbrite.ca starting Jan 26th. The cost of the event is $45 and includes lunch. All area Chamber members will enjoy a discount through eventbrite.

Food, prizes, business success: the perfect recipe for Entrepreneurs!

If you are a local business that serves other businesses and you would like to participate, please reach out to Bob at bminhas@kawarthalakes.ca for more information about reserving a table at the event.

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2018 Country Living Show – Vendor Package Released

January 25, 2018

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What makes living in Kawartha Lakes so special? Country Living!

The Kawartha Country Living Show returns April 27-29 at the Community Centre, and the vendor package was released today – see below for links. Mark your calendars and start thinking about how to make your vendor booth stand out!

The venue for our show will continue to be the Fenelon Falls Arena & Community Centre, located at 27 Veteran’s Way in Fenelon Falls and the show times are as follows:

Friday, April 27              4 pm to 8 pm

Saturday, April 28          10 am to 6 pm

Sunday, April 29            10 am to 3 pm

With special thanks to our Sponsors, and based on the positive feedback and success of last year’s show, we are delighted to report FREE ADMISSION will be back this year! The Barn and Bunkie Spring Sale will be back in 2018, helping to make this year’s show a “can’t miss” event in the Kawartha Lakes this spring. Our attendance number in 2017 was over 2,500 – a 25% increase from the previous year; and we are working hard to continue to see this number increase.

 

Vendors are asked to remit their registration form, along with payment, by March 15th to guarantee a booth. We will do our best to accommodate booth requests, striving to make the show floor fresh and exciting for our dedicated, returning patrons. Final booth assignments will be forwarded to vendors by April 12th.

 

If you have any questions please contact Shannon Bain, Chamber Manager, at 705-887-3409 or by email at info@fenelonfallschamber.com.

 

We look forward to seeing you in April!

 

vendor package available at www.fenelonfallscountrylivingshow.com

Welcome Home, Anna Radey

January 25, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Snowshoe Kawartha’s Winter Festival

January 25, 2018

More than just Snowshoe Racing

While Snowshoe Kawartha’s Winter Festival on February 3rd hosts the races that open the Snowshoe Canada Ontario Cup Series this year, there is more winter fun to be had at the festival besides snowshoe racing.

sk rentalsBruce Earp, famous for his fancy fishing lures, will be offering ice fishing demonstrations on Cameron Lake. Bruce will be available to show festival-goers the basics for setting up an ice fishing hole, answer questions about ice fishing, help people get acquainted with the sport, and hopefully catch a fish or two to show us how its done.

The biggest bike shop in Cambray – Spokes for Folks – are bringing a number of Fat Tire bikes to the Winter Festival for you to try out. These specially-designed bikes with extra large tires are made for biking in snow and ice. If you’ve ever wished you could keep cycling through the winter time, Fat Tire biking may be perfect for you!

The Snowshoe Kawartha committee has all of their fingers crossed that the weather co-operates enough for them to create two crokicurl rinks on Cameron Lake and bring the new mash-up sport to Kawartha Lakes for the first time. Crokicurl is a combination of curling and crokinole that is taking winter-loving Canadians by storm; hopefully we can all try it out on February 3rd.

Ms. Bev Jeeves, curator of the Maryboro Lodge, will be hosting a guided Historic Tour of the village of Fenelon Falls. The tour begins at 11:30 am and people interested in this tour will be kept warm on the trek through the village thanks to the use of the fantastic Dromoland Trolley.

There is also the Kids World Record Attempt for the most participants aged 15 and under in a snowshoe race. A number of kids snowshoes are available for this event. If you are interested in joining the 5k or 10k races but don’t own your own snowshoes, Wild Rock will be on site with snowshoe rentals in kids and adult sizes, as well as snowshoes for sale. Get all of the details at www.snowshoekawartha.com. See you on the ice on February 3rd!

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Curling Club Raises Awareness for Alzheimer’s

January 24, 2018

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

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Salvation Army Overwhelmed with Gratitude

January 24, 2018

UntitledAs another Christmas has come and gone, we want you to know that you have helped to make a difference in the lives of others in this community and surrounding area, leaving them with happy memories.

We would like to sincerely thank all donors and volunteers for their very generous gifts of money, food, toys, knitted articles, time and venues to ensure that everyone had a Merry Christmas and can continue to receive assistance throughout the year.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude — our kettles received $37,922.01, a record amount for us!!

Special thank you to: LCBO in Fenelon Falls, Coboconk & Bobcaygeon, Valu-Mart in Bobcaygeon, Foodland in Coboconk & Bobcaygeon, Sobeys in Fenelon Falls, Tim Hortons in Fenelon Falls & Bobcaygeon, Canadian Tire in Fenelon Falls and the Red Apple in Fenelon Falls for allowing us venues for the kettles.

Kawartha Lakes Civitan Club for looking after the kettle at Foodland in Coboconk. Fenelon Falls & District Lions Club and Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls for each taking a day to look after the kettle at LCBO Fenelon Falls.

Bank of Montreal – coats, snowsuits and boots for kids

OPP & Sobeys for Cram the Cruiser

Sobeys, Sharneys, Red Apple, Pharmasave & Langton Public School – food drives

The Salvation Army Thrift Store Fenelon Falls – food drive

Fenelon Falls Canada Post – toy drive

Fenelon Falls Home Hardware – toy drive

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Those individuals, community groups and businesses who sponsored families and made donations.

God bless you in 2018 and thank you for your continued support.

 

 

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Help Yourself Quit Smoking This Year

January 24, 2018

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED…

- Many Quit-Smoking Supports and Resources Available to Help People Trying To Break Free From Tobacco Use -

“Quitting smoking is easy; I’ve done it thousands of times.”

This quote, attributed to famous American author Mark Twain, isn’t far off the mark, according to the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. It can take many quit attempts to finally stop smoking for good, which is why National Non-Smoking Week (January 21-27) and Weedless Wednesday (January 24) are excellent times to try, try again.

“While the first quit attempt may not always work out, every additional time you try can bring you closer to smoke-free success,” says Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Going tobacco-free is a great way to improve your health, and reduce second-hand or third-hand smoke into the environment.”

There are many free quit-smoking resources, programs and contests to help people in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes go tobacco-free. These include:

  • The S.T.O.P. (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) Program offered by the Health Unit in Lindsay (January 23 and March 8), Port Hope (January 25), Haliburton (February 6) and Cobourg (February 27). The no-cost program provides quit-smoking resources and five weeks of free nicotine patches for participants. To see if they qualify for the program, smokers can call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2240.

  • The First Week Challenge Contest (www.firstweekchallengecontest.ca) encourages Ontario smokers to give up tobacco for one week for a chance to win $500. Entrants must sign up by the last day of the month and stay tobacco-free for the first week of the next month. Every month through 2018, a new winner will be randomly chosen. The First Week Challenge Contest is organized by the Canadian Cancer Society.

  • Cash prizes can be the motivation for young adults to quit smoking. People aged 18-29 years are encouraged to enter the Wouldurather(www.wouldurather.ca) quit-smoking contest by January 28, 2018. By becoming smoke-free, contest entrants can win cash prizes up to $2,500. Wouldurather is organized by Leave the Pack Behind.
  • Many health care professionals in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes can provide advice, support and resources to help smokers trying to quit. To find out what is available in their community, local residents can visit the Health Unit website (www.hkpr.on.ca) for a complete list of services.

  • Smokers’ Helpline (www.smokershelpline.ca or toll-free 1-877-513-5333) is a free, confidential service operated by the Canadian Cancer Society that offers support and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use.

For media inquiries, contact:

Karen Taylor, Public Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-477, ext. 2240.

Greetings from Dana, New Editor of the Town Crier

January 10, 2018

Meet your new editor, Dana Deathe

Greetings and Salutations!

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

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

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

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

 

Until next time!

Dana Deathe

Editor-in-Chief

Snowshoe Kawartha Event in Fenelon Sat. Feb. 3rd

January 10, 2018

This year on February 3rd Snowshoe Kawartha returns to bring fun cold-weather events to the 2nd annual Winter Festival. The 5k and 10k snowshoe races open the Snowshoe Canada Ontario Cup Series for this season, and Fenelon is proud to host this event that brings in winter visitors. This year there will be a world record attempt for the most kids in a 500-metre snowshoe race, so tell all kids 15 and under to grab a pair of snowshoes and join us in making history!

In addition to the snowshoe races, the Winter Festival will again be hosting ice fishing demonstrations, a historic tour through the village, and this year will introduce two new events with Fat Tire Biking and the hot new winter sport trend, Crokicurl: a combination of crokinole and curling.

Beat the winter blues with Snowshoe Kawartha’s 2nd annual Winter Festival! To learn more about these events and to register for the snowshoe races, visit www.snowshoekawartha.com.

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Local Market News by Brian Rump – Fenelon’s Trade Area

January 10, 2018

Brought to you by the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce 

FFDCC Logo JPEG copyOver the past several years, members of the Fenelon Falls community have been involved in multiple economic development initiatives working to strengthen businesses, and the whole community as an excellent place to live. Initiatives have included the creation and development of Fenelon Forward, a Business Retention and Expansion Project, and most recently, the Downtown Revitalization program. Community members have partnered with City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development, and have benefited from provincial funding through Rural Economic Development and Federal funding through the Eastern Ontario Development Program. These initiatives have engaged dozens of volunteers, and resulted in several successful projects (The Town Crier being but one example).

As part of the Downtown Revitalization project, a Market Analysis of Fenelon Falls was conducted. The full report is available through City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development (you can find it here), and contains 55 pages of detailed information about Fenelon Falls.

This year, we would like to bring to you some of the highlights of this report, especially those that pertain to business. If you already have a business in Fenelon Falls, how can you use this information to grow? If you’d like to have a business in Fenelon Falls, how can this information help you with your business plan?

We will cover topics such as our trade area, the daytime population, income distribution, consumer habits, business mix and identified gaps. We will provide some perspective of the data, maybe challenge it, and hopefully spark some discussion about how it can be used to grow and strengthen the community. We would love you hear your feedback, get questions, or ideas for future topics of discussion (see below for contact information).

So without further ado, here is our first of the series…

 

Fenelon Falls’ Trade Area

Who shops in Fenelon Falls?

Fenelon Trade AreaAs part of the Fenelon Falls market analysis, a survey was conducted to define the trade area for the downtown retail and services businesses. A trade area is defined as the geographic area in which the majority (in this case 75%) of existing and potential customers reside. The survey results were analyzed using Geographic Information Systems.

The trade area includes Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon, the entire north shore of Sturgeon Lake, all of Cameron Lake, the whole east side of Balsam Lake, over to Glenarm, and down to the north of Lindsay. This is a wide area that includes much more than Fenelon Falls. The area is 461 square kilometers, with a population of approximately 14,500

So why does this matter?

When thinking of the Village of Fenelon Falls, the population is often quoted as 1,800 permanent residents. We know this swells during the summer months, and we know that there is some impact from the surrounding area, but this analysis uses data from 75% of customers of existing businesses to show that Fenelon Falls draws customers from a wider area, with a population of about 14,500.

As you build your business plan, there are implications to structuring your business to serve 1800 residents, with a seasonal swell versus 14,500 residents with a seasonal swell.

Another implication is marketing and advertising. Do you only target the Village of Fenelon Falls? Or do you include the residents of the wider area? Bobcaygeon is clearly within the trade area, so how do you engage them?

What about Lindsay? Residents there are just outside of the trade area, but includes a larger population density that could be targeted more easily than, for example, the GTA.

What about tourism? We often tout City of Kawartha Lakes as a tourism destination, but if 75% of customers come from the Fenelon Falls Trade area, how many of the other 25% come from further afield? Does your marketing budget reflect this?

If your business was faced with a choice between increasing your sales 10% from customers within the trade area, or increasing your sales 10% from customers outside your trade area, which would you choose?

So now that we understand where 75% of Fenelon Falls customers reside, the next step will be learning more about them, and their behaviours, so we can better adapt our business plans to reflect the market. Watch for this in future editions of the Town Crier.

About the Author

Brian Rump is a Director on the Board of Fenelon Falls and District Chamber of Commerce, and has been involved with several community groups and initiatives focusing on economic development in Fenelon Falls. Professionally, Brian has worked with several local businesses, primarily in obtaining funding through bank loans and government grants. Brian can be reached via email at brian@yougroup.ca.

 

Dance with the Fenelon Falls Skating Club this Winter

January 10, 2018
What is there to do for the Youth of Fenelon Falls if they don’t play hockey, figure skate, ski or snowboard? Not much. But the Fenelon Falls Skating Club wants to change that.
The Fenelon Falls Skating Club will be hosting youth Dances at the Fenelon Falls Legion once a month for children in Fenelon Falls and surrounding area in Grades 4-8.
The price of admission is $10.00
From 7-10pm
These event will take place on the last Friday of  the month with January being an exception due to a scheduling conflict and will take place on Jan 19th.
This is a chaperoned event and our local radio personality, Paul Wilson  from CKL Radio, has agreed to DJ these events to help out the Fenelon Falls Skating Club. This is a great way for our Youth to get out of the house, put their electronics away and have a good time.
These dances will also help the Fenelon Falls Skating Club cover increasing ice fees.
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Fenelon Forward Meeting – January 24th Community Consultation

January 10, 2018

Community Consultation on Fenelon Improvement Activities 2018

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So many improvements and activities proposed for Fenelon in 2018!

Fenelon Forward is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, January 24 at 7pm at the Seniors Centre, 58 Murray Street.

Next steps for downtown revitalization will be presented by Lynne Manning and Brent Simpson. They will open discussion of several activities needing community participation. If you want to see a more vibrant downtown, please consider volunteering for this initiative.

Chris Appleton, Chair of the Fenelon group working with Trent-Severn Waterway will report on the current status of their developing relationship with Parks Canada. This working group is a collaboration between Friends of Lock 34, The Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce, the Horticultural Society, Powerlinks and Fenelon Forward. They are working with Parks Canada to enhance the community’s use and enjoyment, and economic opportunities of the federal lands at the centre of our village.

 

Other topics will include:

  • Timing of natural gas coming to Fenelon Falls
  • City of Kawartha Lakes work plans for upgrades, maintenance and improvements
  • Next steps in the planning for a second crossing or a by-pass for Fenelon
  • The upcoming Snowshoe Competition
  • Secondary Plans and the up-coming OMB hearings

Fenelon Forward is where the Fenelon area community gathers to raise and discuss local issues and discover together what can be done about them, primarily through persistent attention, volunteer action and coordination with the City of Kawartha Lakes and other authorities operating in our village.

Fenelon Falls has a lot going for it in 2018. Find out more. The 24th is a time to learn and to share. We are working together to make Fenelon even better. See you there!

Films by the Falls – January Movie

January 10, 2018

FENELON FALLS, ON – On July 27, 1890, a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot. LOVING VINCENT tells that story. Films by the Falls and the Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit are very pleased to feature this film on Tuesday January 30th, 2018 at our monthly screening held at Fenelon Falls Secondary School.

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Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully oil painted feature film. Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, produced by BreakThru Films and Trademark Films.

The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill- fated life, and mysterious death.

No other artist has attracted more legends than Vincent van Gogh. Variously labelled a martyr, a lustful satyr, a madman, a genius and a layabout, the real Vincent is at once revealed in his letters, and obscured by myth and time. Vincent himself said in his last letter: ‘We cannot speak other than by our paintings’. We take him at his word and let the paintings tell the real story of Vincent van Gogh.

Loving Vincent was first shot as a live action film with actors, and then hand-painted over frame- by-frame in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent’s famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint. Loving Vincent stars famous faces to match the famous paintings they portray: Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jerome Flynn, Saorise Ronan, Chris O’Dowd, John Sessions, Aidan Turner, Helen McCrory, and introducing theatre actor Robert Gulaczyk in his first film role as Vincent van Gogh.

Tickets for ‘Loving Vincent” will be available at the door or in advance at Sweet Bottoms Coffee House (starting January 23rd) 19 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls at $10 per ticket. Doors open at 6:45 PM with the feature presentation beginning at 7:30 PM. Fenelon Falls Secondary School is located at 66 Lindsay St. Fenelon Falls, Ontario.

About Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit & TIFF Film Circuit:
Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit was formed in 2013 by a group of volunteers living in the Fenelon Falls area who want to share their passion for movies by bringing local residents the opportunity to experience the world through film. Films by the Falls, a KLFC film series located in Fenelon Falls, Ontario screens movies on the last Tuesday of each month from September to May (excluding December).
Founded in 1989, TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Film Circuit is a successful outreach programme, bringing the best of Canadian and international films and artists to communities across the country.

A Christmas Coffee House, with Carried Away – St. James Church

December 14, 2017
Celebrate Christmas in Song at St. James Anglican Church. A Christmas Coffee House with Carried Away. Spirited celtic, jazz and folk songs of the season. Dec. 14th, 7:30 pm. Freewill offering at the door. A portion of the proceeds of this event will go to support The Primates World Relief and Development fund in youth suicide prevention among first nations communities. Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt. Fragrance free/wheel chair accessible.
When:Dec. 14th, 7:30 pm.
Where: St. James Anglican Church, Bond St. E. Fenelon Falls.
Organizers:St. James Anglican Church

ORANGE the World: Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women and Girls – Candlelight Vigil

December 8, 2017
ORANGE the World: Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women and Girls
 
 Friday December 8, 6-7 pm
Candlelight Vigil: on the steps of City Hall, 26 Francis St., Lindsay.
Sponsor: GRAN Brock-Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes
For information:Dana Bachman 705-887-3232

 

Welcome Yule, with the Kawartha Lake Singers – St. James Church

December 5, 2017
Celebrate Christmas in Song at St. James Anglican Church. Welcome Yule with the Kawartha Lake Singers. A choral delight featuring Christmas favourites both old and new.Dec.5th, 7:30 pm.  Tickets:$20 adult, $5 children under 12. For tickets call: (705) 887-2537 or (705) 887-3512 or e mail fenelonanglican@i-zoom.net and…at the door. Fragrance free/ wheel chair accessible.
When:Dec. 5th, 7:30pm
Where: St. James Anglican Church, Bond St. E., Fenelon Falls
Organizers:The Kawartha Lake Singers

An Artfully New Concept at curious?

November 30, 2017

Aug 2017 006Things are happening at “curious?” once again.  After being named one of the top ten things to do in Fenelon Falls by Kawartha Northumberland, “curious?” has jumped in with a new concept.  “Co-Creative” is a community creative initiative which showcases and promotes local artists and artisans. A bit like a “pop up shop” with a unique and creative twist. Artists will be on site to meet and greet the public, discuss & sell their art and generally show off the amazing talent in our community.

Since its inception “curious?” has featured local art and artisan’s work along with locally made products. Some offerings such as Wool paintings, jewellery and Kulmala Furs are created by owners Anne Kulmala and Tayla Hughes.  Others have included award winning watercolourists, local Pencil artists, Photographers, Stained Glass artists,  Potters, Fibre artists, Oil painters and more.  Combine these with  quality quilts & bedding, home decor & accents, bath & body products, unique toys & games and you have a distinctive combination you won’t find anywhere else.

The first Arts event happens on December 9th at “curious?” 10-B Water St in Fenelon Falls.  Doors will open at 10am and the event will continue until 8pm.  Refreshments will be provided in the form of teas, coffee, punch and some delectable goodies to munch on.

We encourage everyone to come out and show your support for our local artists.  Whether you are looking to purchase art, meet the artist or just want to experience a unique outing surrounded by beautiful things “curious?’ is the place to be on December 9th.

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Anne Kulmala & Tayla Hughes

10-B Water Street,

P.O. Box 967

Fenelon Falls, ON

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Make Sure Making a Will is on Your List

November 30, 2017

Another thing to add to the list.

Do you ever turn on the radio and hear that it is “National __________ Day” and think to yourself – do we have a day / week / month for everything? If you said yes, you are not alone and like myself, you have likely also thought – WHY do we have a day for that?

Well as I listened to CBC the other day, it was brought to my attention that November was “Make a Will month” and I had those very thoughts. Later on, I reflected on the fact that I was thinking about my will, something that like many Canadians, I try to avoid considering for obvious reasons and it dawned on me that without that notice I would likely not be pondering this necessity.

So, I use this opportunity to spark a difficult conversation. I hope that you have heeded our advice over the years and consequently are living a healthy and long life, but some things remain inevitable despite our best efforts. I trust we all know the reason to have a will so I would like to take this one step further and say – do you also have a Power of Attorney for your Personal Care? If, heaven forbid, you become unable to make decisions about your health or your housing, is someone in a position to do so on your behalf? If you have answered yes, you are already ahead of many Canadians. If you have discussed your wishes with your Power of Attorney to ensure that they will be able to speak effectively on your behalf and have advised your Health Care Provider who this person will be, you have tackled one of the most difficult subjects and we commend you. If not, why not take this notice as an opportunity to start a difficult conversation?

So be healthy, but also be prepared.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Santa Day & Nighttime Parade & Fireworks!

November 25, 2017

for all the details, visit www.santaday.ca!

Helpful Tips from Santa’s Elves!

November 22, 2017

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how best to enjoy your Santa Day

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

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

Cartoon by Laurie Rockman, Kawartha Lakes; www.mugshotscards.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Santa Day to one and all!!
 


Amazing Photo Credit: Karen Suggitt of Baddow Road Photography

 

 

ONE DAY, ONE FOCUS – ENDING POLIO

November 8, 2017

The Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world, while urging community support to end the paralyzing disease 

Event among thousands to be held by Rotary across the globe on World Polio Day – 24 Oct.

 

Fenelon Falls Ontario Canada – Rotary members in Fenelon Falls are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

 

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million per year over the next three years in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1 along with the Government of Canada.  Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.

 

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.

 

The Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls and its partner clubs in District #7010 are holding End Polio Now walks in their communities.  Did you see the red ponchos?

 

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Quarterly Update from the Chamber (Nov. 2017)

October 26, 2017

Fall Season in Full Swing, AGM, Why not join the Chamber?

We’ve had a busy summer and fall at the Tourism Centre & Chamber Office. Thank you to all the local residents and businesses who welcome our visitors to Fenelon Falls. We receive a lot of very positive feedback on our Jewel of the Kawarthas! It is a community effort to keep the jewel sparkling and every effort counts immensely.

A few points to consider as we all gear up for a busy Santa Day season:

– Many Thanks to Rylea, our incredible Administrative Assistant for a great job.
– The Chamber is excited to see the Downtown Revitalization plan in action. Watch for updates on our activities and those of the other committees involved in making Downtown Revitalization a reality.
FFDCC Open House 2017 - SBW- The Chamber is working with the City of Kawartha Lakes on a series of Digital Marketing Training Programs which will run Monday evenings for 5 weeks starting November 6th. Email Shannon at the office for more information (info@fenelonfallschamber.com) or if you are a Chamber member – watch your email inbox for further updates.
– We are excited to work on a Tool kit for new business in conjunction with Economic Development. Stay tuned for more…
– Special Events did a GREAT job with their events this year. Thank You to our amazing committee of volunteers!
– Santa Day planning is coming together for a terrific FREE day in Fenelon Falls. Join us on this very special day; November 25, 2017.
– Shop local – small business is big business! We had a wonderful Small Business Week (Oct 16-21). Thanks to everyone who came out and attended our Open House on October 18th.
– We continue to focus on our relationship with the Trent Severn Waterway, along with other community groups, to help focus on our community needs at the locks.

– 2018 Membership drive time! Are you ready to join the Chamber? We’d love the opportunity to help you grow your business. Contact Shannon at the office (info@fenelonfallschamber.com) or our Membership Director, Shawn Wray (shawn.wray@affinitygroup.ca) or click here for the application or click here for Reasons Why to Join the Chamber! As always, thank you to our existing membership – we look forward to renewing our relationship and seeing you at the AGM coming up in November…

All members are welcome to attend our Annual General Meeting, to be held on November 29th at That Place On Cameron.

Many thanks to all for making Fenelon Falls such a GREAT place to live, work and play!

All the best,

Brent Simpson, Chamber President

Brent.Simpson@bell.bet

FFDCC AGM Invitation 2017

Remembrance Activities in Fenelon Falls (Nov. 2017)

October 25, 2017

Soon poppies will blossom on the chests of the residents of Fenelon Falls as they honour and remember Veterans who served and are serving Canada, the true north strong and free.

The annual poppy campaign will be held October 27th and 28th. Legion members will be visible throughout the village collecting donations and distributing poppies.

The 17th annual Candlelight Tribute takes place Friday November 10. We meet at the locks at 7:00 pm and march off at 7:30pm. Our goal is to have 1,000 candles flickering in silent tribute to veterans. In this year of celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, we also marked the 100th anniversary of the Battles of Passchendale, The Somme, Beaumont Hamel and Vimy Ridge and the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. Thousands of Canadians were killed or wounded in these battles and their service and sacrifice deserves our respect, honour and remembrance.

We are determined to meet our goal in this special year and ask for your help by sponsoring candles in the name of a veteran, the unknown soldier or with a personal message of remembrance.. Candles are $6.00 each and may be obtained at the Legion, at Sobeys October 27th and 28th and November 2nd and 3rd or by contacting Arlene Colman at 705-454-1849.

Proceeds from these two events are placed in trust to be used for the care and benevolent support of Veterans and their dependents.  We assist by providing quality of life accessories such as mobility devices, dentures, eye glasses, hearing aids, etc.

The Remembrance Day Parade and Service takes place Saturday, November 11th at 11:00am at the Cenotaph.

We thank you for your past generosity and current support.

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Council directs $10,000 donation to Fenelon Falls splash pad (Nov. 2017)

October 25, 2017

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KAWARTHA LAKES – Council has directed  the voluntary $10,000 donation to the City of Kawartha Lakes from Evergreen Power Limited to the community funding component of the Fenelon Falls splash pad project.

In June 2017, Evergreen Power Limited made a deputation to Council to request a resolution of support for the proposed Small FIT Solar Project at 390 Northline Road. At the same time, the company noted a voluntary $10,000 donation to Council to use at its discretion.

The Fenelon Falls splash pad project is being constructed as a community led project. The Fenelon Falls Rotary Club is managing the project, which includes a total cost of $236,000. The City contributed $7500 to the project through tax support from the 50/50 Capital Partnership Fund. Allocating this voluntary donation will help to meet the projects’s funding requirements without possible reliance on additional tax-support funding if fundraising targets are not reached.

“This is a worthy community project that is accessible to all residents of Kawartha Lakes. I’m pleased that we can supplement the community fundraising efforts by allocating the donation from Evergreen Power Limited,” commented Mayor Letham.

 

High School Drama at Fenelon Museum (Nov. 2017)

October 25, 2017

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

www.maryboro.ca