Upcoming Events: September Overview

There are lots of great events happening in Fenelon Falls over the next few weeks.

Here’s a helpful breakdown:

Fenelon Falls Farmers Market

The Fenelon Falls Farmers Market runs every Friday and Saturday until Thanksgiving weekend. Stop by Bond and John St between 11 am and 5 pm and support local farmers, artisans, and creatives.

Fenelon Falls Curling Club Member Registrations and Open House

Register for the 2019-2020 season on September 16th and 17th from 7-9 pm. The 16th is dedicated to current member registration, while the 17th is dedicated for new members. Share some time together, with a glass of wine and cheese, while you register for leagues and learn about our new interactive website.

The club is also offering a 25% discount for first time registratants - a great incentive to get started!

St. James Fall Fashion Show

St. James is hosting a Fall Fashion Show on September 19th, 2019 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and include lunch and dessert. Featuring fashions from Watson’s Village Shop, accessories for sale by The Corral, fall baskets, and music. Tickets can be purchased at Watson’s Village Shop and 10% of profits go towards breast cancer research.

Why Garden With Native Plants? with Paul Heydon

Join the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society for an informative discussion about native plants and they are so beneficial to our local gardens.

Bake Sale for Habitat for Humanity

Fenelon Court is hosting a bake sale and lemonade/coffee stand out front of the building on Wednesday Sept. 25th from 8 am-12 pm. Drop by and pick up some delicious home baked goods all for a good cause!

3rd Annual Fall VCCS Job Fair

Looking for a new job? You’re invited to the 3rd Annual Fall VCCS Job Fair, taking place on September 25th between 12:30 and 3:30 pm. For more information, contact Kate at kate@vccs.work or call 705-328-0180.

Seniors Bingo

The Senior Citizens Club of Fenelon Falls is hosting their regular Seniors Bingo night on September 26th. Doors open at 5 pm, bingo starts at 6:30 pm. Enjoy good prize money and player friendly games.

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

Fenelon Falls Salvation Army is hosting a Men’s Fellowship Breakfast on September 28th from 9 to 10:30 am. There is no charge for breakfast and a special guest will be attending.

Victoria County Studio Tour

The Victoria County Studio Tour returns! The studio tour occurs September 29-29th (and October 5-6th). Meet our local artists, ask questions about and browse their art, and enter into a draw to win a $200 gift certificate that can be used at any Victoria County Studio Tour venue. 10 am to 5 pm both days.

Community NewsMegan Barton
Photo Round Up - September 12

Every week, we share a photo round up of photos that were submitted to us.

We’ll select our favourite as that week’s feature photo.

Let us know which pictures you love and why in the comments!

Photo Round Up - September 5

Every week, we share a photo round up of photos that were submitted to us.

We’ll select our favourite as that week’s feature photo.

Let us know which pictures you love and why in the comments!

Now What?

Submitted by Marina Hodson

This is not the first time I have written about kids going back to school, but what if they are also leaving home?  It is one thing to have our children head off for the first day ever; it is another to end an average summer and return to grade 7 or 8… Then comes the day in September when going back to school means moving out!

How do you deal with that “empty nest syndrome”?  Missing your “little ones”; thinking you are” losing connection”?  Like most things in life, it is in the perspective.  It is very easy to look at the things we do not have, for me that would be the millions in the bank; but it is far more productive, and healthier, to look at what we have achieved.  Your children have left home – wow, you have done the most important part of parenting and prepared your child to be independent. Congratulations. 

I have been speaking to friends this week about their struggle with their children heading off to university and the emptiness this leaves in their lives and all I can say is “you must be so proud”.  As a parent, all I ever wanted was to impart in my son the feeling of independence and self-confidence to allow him to move on and become a man; so while I missed him, the day he left home, was the most successful day of my parenting career.  Don’t get me wrong, it leaves a terrible void, but find ways to address this.

Recognize the successes both you and your children have had and find ways to celebrate them rather than mourn.  Have you been able to enjoy the city they have chosen for this new adventure?  What will you learn about economics, politics, medicine…. by chatting about their chosen educational path – a free education by proxy.  And most importantly, at the end of the day, do not underestimate the importance of reconnecting with your spouse or yourself.  It may seem difficult at first, but like retirement, this new-found freedom is well deserved and much needed, so enjoy it.

So take pride in their accomplishment and acknowledge that you prepared them for this new adventure.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Cameron Steel Tour

Submitted by Marylee Boston

Are you  looking for a skilled tradesperson for a job at your home or cottage? There a number of talented professionals in many of the trades working right here in Fenelon Falls and some may have garnered their interest in the skilled trades locally at Fenelon Falls Secondary School (FFSS). 

Before school closed in June I stopped by FFSS to see for myself what the school has to offer and what that means for local students and businesses alike. Just prior to my visit 13 students from the Skilled Trades classes toured Cameron Steel, a local manufacturing company. Students, Isaac G. and Ryan P. took some time to tell me about the tour and their plans for the future. The tour of Cameron Steel was fresh in their minds so Isaac and Ryan could hardly contain their excitement when describing what is like to see large scale versions of many of the machines they work on in the shop at FFSS. From lathes, CNC machines, heavy equipment, to welding and so much more. They were surprised to learn that Cameron Steel sells their product to countries all over the world from right here in Kawartha Lakes. 

Starting in Grade 9 students at FFSS can take classes in; Automotive Service, Small Engines, Construction, Hospitality and Tourism, Green Industries, Manufacturing and Robotics is a new addition for the 2019/2020 school year. These classes offer students early exposure to very practical, real life skills that they can use in their hobbies or careers. The dual credit option with Fleming College gives students a head start on their post secondary learning and budget. There are also opportunities for students to compete and showcase their skills at the annual Ontario Skills Competition. FFSS students have placed very well at this competition over the years, including an 8th place finish in 2019. 

No matter what Isaac and Ryan decide to do in the future, they will finish high school with a toolbelt full of skills that will make them sought after for many a renovation, auto repair or welding project.  

Many thanks to Isaac, Ryan and Manufacturing Tech. Teacher, Ryan Rawlins for sharing their enthusiasm for the trades and showing me around the many trades classrooms. Isaac and Ryan also showed off their class projects in the photos below.

Explore the history of communications with Doors Open Kawartha Lakes on September 8

Kawartha Lakes - On September 8 2019, Doors Open Kawartha Lakes returns with ten brand new sites along with returning favourites to celebrate the importance of communications in our lives. 

From 10am to 4pm, you can visit 14 sites across the municipality and explore the history and current tools businesses across Kawartha Lakes use to communicate.

Participating locations include:

91.9 BOB FM

Alex Paton’s Telegraphy School

Blewett Printing

Fenelon Falls Generating Station

Fenelon Station Gallery

Kinmount Railway Station and Museum

Lindsay Daily Post

Lock 32

Lock 34

Manila Church Guest House and B&B

Manila Library

Maryboro Lodge – The Fenelon Museum

North Valentia Schoolhouse

Rotary Trail Telegraph Poles

Communications has evolved over the years and this event allows residents and visitors to witness the history of its development. From reading and writing in a one-room schoolhouse, to sending telegrams over the wire, to looking at the printed word that travelled over rail and water, our forebears laid a path for communication that we still use today.

The event is free and open to all. For more information, visit their website or contact the Doors Open Ontario Committee at 705-324-3404.

Fenelon Falls Curling Club Registration

Submitted by Darlene Young

Save the Date! The Fenelon Falls Curling Club is excited to invite you to the 2019-2020 Curling Registration September 16th 7 - 9 pm Member Registration and Open House and September 17th New Member Registration and Open House.

Share some time together, with a glass of wine and cheese while you register for leagues and learn about our new interactive website. The club is offering a 25% discount for first time registrants. A great incentive to get started with our club.

It's more than just a game!