Featured Event - Candelight Tribute

Join the Royal Canadian Legion of Fenelon Falls in their annual Candlelight Tribute at the Fenelon Falls Cenotaph on Saturday, November 10th. They are asking that attendees meet at the corner of Colborne and Water streets at 7:00 pm.

2018 marks the 18th anniversary of the candlelight tribute and in order to achieve their goal of placing 1000 candles on the cenotaph, the Legion needs your help. Candles can be sponsored for a minimum donation of $6 each. Candles are available at the Legion Branch at 23 Veterans Way or by email at office@fenelonfallslegion.ca

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Free Small Business Workshop/Seminar Series

Submitted by the KLSBEC


The team over at the Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre are excited to offer a new FREE Small Business Workshop/Seminar Series. To get more detailed information and to reserve your seat visit: https://klsbec.eventbrite.ca

This series includes the following seminars:

Creating an Online Store - If you are thinking about selling online or creating an E-Commerce website, this workshop will help you navigate the world of E-Commerce as well as give you tips you need to succeed.

Date: Tues. Nov. 13th

Building a Website using a Free Online Template - This 2 part series will take you through the process of building a website from a template with the option of creating your own basic website.

Date: Thur. Nov. 22nd and 29th

Creating a Positive Customer Experience - Having a strategy to create a positive experience for your customers should be your number 1 priority.

Date: Tues. Dec. 4th

Building Your Business Community and Networking - Discover the importance of working with your local small business community. There is a wealth of information and knowledge out there.

Date: Wed. Dec. 12th

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Steven with KLSBEC: dsteven@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca. Hope you to see you there!

Kawartha Lakes Wants to Hear from Local Youth

Press Release submitted by Kendra Fleming

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – A new online survey is asking Kawartha Lakes youth their input on the type of activities that they want to see offered in their community. 

The confidential and anonymous survey is being launched by the Kawartha Lakes Youth Engagement subcommittee and is designed to gather the interests and opinions of youth aged 14 to 21 years living in City of Kawartha Lakes.

“We need to learn what is important to local youth, so we can offer activities and opportunities they will find interesting and engaging,” says Jennifer Robertson, a member of the Kawartha Lakes Youth Engagement sub-committee and a Public Health Nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. 

The Kawartha Lakes Youth Engagement subcommittee is part of the Community Planning Table, which includes representatives from local agencies, services, programs, school boards and organizations that provide direct service to children and youth in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County. The Community Planning Table’s vision is creating ‘a community of happy, healthy children, youth and families.’

The deadline to participate in the survey is Wednesday, December 5. The link to the survey is: https://questionnaire.simplesurvey.com/f/l/2018cklyouthsurvey.

The short survey consists of 10 questions that ask about the types of activities in which youth currently participate, the barriers or challenges that prevent them from participating, the types of new activities youth would like to see offered, and how they would like to learn more about future activities.

Our Home Away From Home

Submitted by Stacey Leger

We have owned cottages in the Kawarthas for the last 6 years but the property we own on Cameron Lake is our “Home away from Home”. We love it there... our kids love it there... in fact we’ve never had a guest come who hasn’t fallen in love with the lake, the town, the people — all of it. 

Fenelon Falls is the only place we have ever been where the town goes above and beyond our every expectation. The tourism in the town is impeccable, and the local people are by far the kindest and most humbling I’ve met. 

This picture was took sitting at the waters edge is summer after a family BBQ and enjoying all the peace and tranquillity the lake has to offer. I have thousands of pictures take at the lake and cottage but this one always stands out as a favourite.

Art in the Off Season

Submitted by Chris Van Lierop

After a summer of art, art in the Kawarthas continues! This month at the Colborne Street Gallery we have the privilege of hosting a speaker event featuring Will Huffman: marketing manager of Dorset Fine Arts, executive director of the Inuit Art Foundation, coordinator of the audience and market development office at Canada Council for the Arts, and associate director with the Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation. The event is taking place on November 17th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, and all are welcome! Huffman will share his knowledge and experience working with Inuit artists, traveling to the far North, and the newly opened Kenjuak Cultural Centre in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. The Colborne Street Gallery is and will continue to be showcasing specially selected Inuit prints and sculptures.


Also at the gallery, we will be hosting a Holiday Art Market from November 17 - January 6. The market will feature a wide selection of works from local artists as well as artists outside of our community. It will champion original and affordable fine art. You will find a large selection of works $400 and under. On Saturday, December 1st we will be hosting an opening reception for the holiday market. You’ll also be able to find a holiday market the weekend of November 17th - 18th at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre; The Kawartha Lakes Arts Council will be hosting a Made in Kawartha Lakes 2nd annual Showcase & Sale of Artists and Artisans. Head over to the community centre and check it out, you’ll find lots of options for your home or for wrapping up and leaving under the tree!

The Colborne Street Gallery and Home by Tim + Chris are gearing up for Santa Day and the holiday season, so come check out our window display which you will see installed shortly! For all the gallery’s programming please see our website at www.colbornegallery.ca. As always the gallery is free and open to come visit, we look forward to seeing everyone come through the doors.

1000 Candles Required to Light the Fenelon Falls Cenotaph

Press release submitted by Arlene Coleman

Once again the main street of Fenelon Falls will be lit with hundreds upon hundreds of candles carried by the community in silent tribute to Veterans both past and present. The Fenelon Falls Legion’s 18th annual Candlelight Tribute makes its way from the lock area (Water and Colborne Streets) to the Cenotaph the evening of November 10th. The candles are placed by family and friends in remembrance of loved ones who served or are serving in Canada’s military. Those who have no military connection can place their candle in tribute to The Unknown Soldier; those lost in Afghanistan, or bear a suitable tribute message.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI we will be placing candles in memory and honour of those 57 men from Fenelon Falls community who gave their lives in the Great War.

When the procession arrives at the Cenotaph, the candles are placed around the base of the monument and a brief ceremony of remembrance marks the occasion. Organizer Carol Roy, the Branch Poppy Chairman, hopes 1,000 candles will flicker in silent tribute to our Veterans who served and continue to serve in the cause of peace and freedom.

To add to the dignity and solemnity of the occasion, the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Cadets, will, again, stand guard in silent vigil. The vigil resumes for the Remembrance Day Service on November 11th . Nothing is as poignant and moving as a midnight visit to the Cenotaph with the light of all those candles shining through the frosty and chilly November night.

Our goal is to have 1,000 candles illuminating the Cenotaph. She invites everyone, young and old and all those in between to support this significant Act of Remembrance. Participants meet on Water Street in front of Slices & Scoops at 7:00 pm and the parade moves off at 7:30 pm.

Candles are available for sponsorship for a minimum donation of $6.00 and may be obtained at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch, 23 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls, (887-3041), at Sobeys in Fenelon Falls, November 2nd and 3rd or by calling Carol Roy at 1-705-927-7659. For those who wish to sponsor a candle but are unable to attend the ceremony, the Legion will be pleased to place it on your behalf. All funds raised go to the Poppy Trust Fund for the benefit of Veterans and their dependants, low rental housing and care facilities for elderly/disabled and community medical appliances and medical research.

In order to reach our goal of 1,000 candles, the organizers need you to sponsor one or more candles. The Legion encourages retail, corporate, service organizations, clubs, schools and churches to sponsor candles to be carried by the children of the community.

We invite you to attend with your children as there is a need to ensure that children develop a real appreciation for Remembrance and have an understanding of the sacrifices made by Canadians both past and present. We, the succeeding generations, must ensure that Remembrance Day is afforded the respect and dignity it so rightly deserves and maintains its place among the great traditions of our country.

We remind you that the Remembrance Day Service in Fenelon Falls will be at 11:00 am at the cenotaph.

On November 11, at the going down of the sun, communities across Canada will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with the ringing of 100 bells. The ringing of bells emulates the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end. In Fenelon Falls the bells will ring from the Anglican, Presbyterian, and United churches at approximately 4:51 pm. There will be a Piper on the downtown street of Fenelon Falls.

Bells for Peace is a national event. At sunset on November 11, the bells will ring at Parliament Hill, city halls, places of worship, military bases, Naval vessels and at ceremonies across the country to honour Canada’s Veterans and commemorate the end of the First World War.

Help us reach our goal - Do your part - Light a Candle for a Vet.

For further information, please contact Carol Roy 7-705-927-7659

Fenelon GRAN Members Advocate to Orange the World

Submitted by Dana Bachman

On Saturday December 1st, shoppers at Sobeys in Fenelon Falls will be rubbing their eyes in disbelief. What is going on? There are grey haired ladies wearing orange t-shirts and a little dog pulling a wagon, standing outside the Sobeys entrance and exit doors. Too late for Hallowe’en and orange is definitely not a Christmas colour. Did these pumpkin ladies push out the Salvation Army bell ringers who usually stand at by Sobeys doors during the Christmas season?

These aren’t ”pumpkin ladies,” and they aren’t little weak grey haired grandmothers. These are strong women, political advocates, and members of GRAN (Grandmothers’ Advocacy Network) fighting to raise public awareness to end violence against women and girls.

From 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day, the United Nations is running the UNiTE Campaign: 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-based Violence. This a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls everywhere. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange has been chosen by the United Nations as the colour to represent the Campaign’s goal of a future free from violence.

The theme and activities of the UNiTE Campaign in 2018 under the global banner Orange the World, will mobilize all UNiTE networks, including the UN system, government partners, civil society, schools and universities, private sector, sports associations and individuals to stand in solidarity with women’s human rights organizations and defenders who are working to end violence against women and girls. The city of Kawartha Lakes is one of those “government partners.” For the third year in a row, our City Hall in Lindsay will be lit up in orange during those 16 days of activism. You can see our mayor Andy Letham proudly sporting an orange tie on the city website along with an expression of support for the 16 days of activism.

Last year a symbolic candle light vigil was held on the steps of City Hall, attended by MP Jamie Schmale, and by Fenelon Falls councillors Doug Elmslie and Stephen Strangway.


Symbolism is important and it was a good photo op with the grey haired ladies bundled up against the cold and holding little candles. More important than symbolism was the action taken individually by municipal employees. Inspired by the mayor and council, many of them personally donated to local women’s shelters such as Amy’s Place and Women’s Resources.

Jamie Schmale last year gave a moving speech on the steps of City Hall. He spoke of his young son and how he wanted to raise him to be sensitive towards women. This year, at the Senior’s Centre, on Thursday November 15 at 8:00 pm, Jamie has invited GRAN to present him with an orange ribbon which he will wear proudly in parliament during the 16 days of activism.

GRAN advocates are proud to live in the City of Kawartha Lakes, which has taken our place alongside other cities worldwide to “Orange the World” and throw an orange spotlight on sexual and gender based violence both in third world countries and here in Canada, even in our own local community.