Featured Event - What is a Pollinator Garden?

The Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society invites you to their upcoming info session, What is a Pollinator Garden? with Susan Blayney on Monday, March 25th, at 6:30 pm. This is the first meeting of the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society’s 100th year -an amazing achievement- and they will be hosting a potluck dinner to start. You’re invited to bring a dish to share to help celebrate and feel free to bring a friend too. After dinner, Susan will host her talk, covering topics like what it means to be a Bee City. All are welcome.

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Upcoming HKPR Health Unit Community Events

Submitted by Bill Eekhof

LINDSAY: No-Family Doctor Immunization Clinic, Tuesday, April 2, Health Unit office (108 Angeline St. S.) in Lindsay. Free immunization clinics for families without a doctor. To book an appointment, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507.

LINDSAY: Sexual Health Clinic, Thursday, April 4, 4:30-6:30 pm. The clinic provides clients with confidential access to cervical screening, low-cost birth control, pregnancy testing and sexual health teaching. Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections are also provided. For more information, locations or to make an appointment, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2205.

LINDSAY: Sexual Health Clinic, Monday, April 8, 10 am to Noon. The clinic provides clients with confidential access to cervical screening, low-cost birth control, pregnancy testing and sexual health teaching. Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections are also provided. For more information, locations or to make an appointment, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2205.

LINDSAY: Sexual Health Clinic, Thursday, April 11, 1-3 pm. The clinic provides clients with confidential access to cervical screening, low-cost birth control, pregnancy testing and sexual health teaching. Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections are also provided. For more information, locations or to make an appointment, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2205.

LINDSAY: Men’s Sexual Health Clinic, Thursday, April 11, 5-7 pm, Health Unit office (108 Angeline St. S.) in Lindsay. This sexual health clinic provides men with testing/treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections and a chance to discuss their sexual health issues with a nurse. Appointments preferred, but walk-ins welcome. Call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2205, for more information.

LINDSAY: Food Handler Course, Tuesday, April 16, 9 am to 4 pm, Health Unit office (108 Angeline St. S.) in Lindsay. This course teaches participants how to handle and prepare food safely. Upon successful completion, participants receive a certificate (valid for a period of five years) indicating they are registered as a certified food handler. Cost is $40 per person. For more information and to confirm space availability, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006.

LINDSAY: Sexual Health Clinic, Thursday, April 18, 4:30-6:30 pm. The clinic provides clients with confidential access to cervical screening, low-cost birth control, pregnancy testing and sexual health teaching. Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections are also provided. For more information, locations or to make an appointment, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2205.

LINDSAY: Sexual Health Clinic, Thursday, April 25, 1-3 pm. The clinic provides clients with confidential access to cervical screening, low-cost birth control, pregnancy testing and sexual health teaching. Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections are also provided. For more information, locations or to make an appointment, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2205.

Mourning Winter...

Submitted by Marina Hodson

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As we approach the spring Equinox I enter stores to the Canadian salute of “I am so ready for this snow to be gone”.

I have to say, I probably am too. I have my first seeds sprouting in my living room and the snow is collected in ugly black piles in parking lots, but there is a part of me that mourns the departure of the season. I shall miss the sparkling “diamonds” of the early morning snow fall, the wonder of the snowmobile ride and the ability to assess my animal companions by the prints in the snow by my door each morning.

 So as one season departs, let us embrace the joy of spring! Put on your walking shoes and enjoy the feel of grass and pavement without the fear of falling as we await the first blooms. For me, it means a transition from my basement treadmill back to nature, and while I will miss the beauty of the sparkling snow banks, I will embrace the brown and grey surroundings as I transition. My heart beats in anticipation for gardening and healthy outdoor living as we move to the beauty of the greenery.

I know this is a difficult time in Central Ontario, but enjoy the anticipation and move back to the outdoors to stay active as we see the colours return. 

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Photo Round Up - March 15 to 21

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!


 
 

The following images were generously shared by Kathy Finlayson. Kathy shared, “My husband (Chad) and I love to spend time in Fenelon Falls in any season when we go up to the family cottage. We love to have dinner, go shopping, go sightseeing and walk around town and we also enjoy watching the boats go by.

I have submitted two recent photos of the historic movie marquee...that my brother actually had a hand in restoring and have also added a serene photo of the moon during twilight hour from our view from our patio at the cottage at Balsam Lake.” Thanks so much for sharing with us, Kathy!

Whooping Cough Cases Prompt Reminder from Health Unit

Press Release submitted by Kendra Fleming

The local health unit is urging parents to make sure their children’s immunizations are up-to-date after being notified of one laboratory confirmed case and three linked cases of pertussis in a Northumberland County family.

Pertussis, also called whooping cough, is a serious bacterial infection of the respiratory system. It is easily spread through droplets in the air from the coughing or sneezing of an infected person. While anyone can get whooping cough, it is most dangerous for children under the age of one year, and pregnant women.

Whooping cough typically starts with a runny nose and an irritating cough that becomes more frequent or severe, often followed by vomiting, says Marianne Rock, Manager of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “Once a person is infected, it can take up to 20 days for them to develop symptoms,” she says.

The Health Unit was notified this week that one case of whooping cough had been confirmed with laboratory testing, and that three other family members in the same household are ill with symptoms. Those ill were either not vaccinated or partially vaccinated against the virus.

Whooping cough is preventable through immunization, and Rock says the reminder to parents about their children’s vaccinations comes at a time when the Health Unit has been busy sending notices to area students whose vaccination records are not up-to-date. These notices tell families that if vaccination records are not updated, or a valid exemption for medical, conscience or religious reasons is not submitted to the Health Unit, students will be suspended from school starting in April.

“While it is not the Health Unit’s intent to suspend students, there is a requirement for all students to be vaccinated,” Rock notes. “Vaccines are free, safe and effective, and help protect young people against very serious diseases.”

The current cases of whooping cough are recovering at home, Rock says, and the Health Unit has been following up with anyone who may have been in contact with the family. At this time, there does not appear to be any additional cases, but she encourages anyone who develops symptoms to contact their health care provider or emergency room to arrange for testing.

The Health Unit is also holding immunization clinics for students or people who do not have a health care provider. To learn more, or to book an appointment, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507.


For media inquiries, contact: Marianne Rock, Manager, Communicable Disease Prevention and Control, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1486

CKL Approved as UofT Family Medicine Clerkship Training Site

Press Release submitted by Cindy Snider

City of Kawartha Lakes, March 15, 2019: Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) is very pleased to announce that, in conjunction with Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH), City of Kawartha Lakes family doctors and the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP), the City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL) has been approved as a University of Toronto (UofT) Family Medicine Clerkship training site.

Training to become a doctor includes four years of medical school, prior to completing a specialty residency. The third and fourth years of medical school are known as ‘clerkship’. During these years, 5 to 6 weeks of training in many specialties, including family medicine, are completed by the students. In October 2019, KLHCI is slated to welcome the first two UofT medical students into CKL’s Family Medicine Clerkship training program.

“This initiative would not be possible without our local family physicians taking on the role of preceptors (trainers). Their experience and enthusiasm to teach is integral to the clerks’ knowledge base, on which all further learning is founded. The continuing support from the City of Kawartha Lakes and Ross Memorial Hospital is also a shining example of our forward-thinking community as KLHCI continues its efforts to become a full-time Family Medicine Residency training site,” states Barbara van der Veen, KLHCI President.

“The more opportunities we can provide medical students to experience life in the City of Kawartha Lakes, the more young doctors will be encouraged to practice here,” said Dr. Bharat Chawla, RMH Chief of Medical Staff. “We’re proud to support efforts to mentor these talented young people, and to showcase this community and this hospital as welcoming places to build a career and a home.”

“We’re pleased to now include the community of Kawartha Lakes as one of our clerkship locations,” says Dr. Azadeh Moaveni, Undergraduate Program Director at the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine. “Our students will learn from the talented doctors and health professionals in Kawartha Lakes while gaining experience in practicing family medicine in a small community. Kawartha Lakes will benefit from gaining trainees who are eager to learn about their community and patients and who will hopefully consider coming back to practice there one day.”

“The Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) has been developing experiences for medical students and residents in rural and regional communities in partnership with the Ontario medical schools. We are pleased to announce, and financially support, a site expansion with the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative,” states Dr. Peter Wells,

Executive Director, Rural Ontario Medical Program. “The University of Toronto and ROMP have enabled a mandatory family medicine experience for medical students. For many learners participating, this will be their first experience in a community with a family physician. As our program statistics show, rural medical education in a community is a key factor in choice for location to practice. We look forward to welcoming the students to Kawartha Lakes.” The KLHCI Board of Directors has representation from throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The board is interested in adding new members. Being a member of KLHCI’s Board of Directors is an excellent opportunity to volunteer and be part of this vital component of our community health care, the recruitment and retention of family doctors. Anyone wishing to be part of this community effort by either volunteering or donating financially to support the ongoing family doctor recruitment and retention programs should contact Cindy Snider,

Recruitment & Retention Coordinator at 705-328-6098 or visit the KLHCI website at www.KawarthaLakesDoctors.org.


For further information please contact: Cindy Snider at csnider@rmh.org or 705-328-6098.

Edward Deanes Hand - Pioneer Publisher, Printer, & Founder of the Fenelon Falls Gazette

Submitted by Randall Speller

Edward Deanes Hand (1831-1919) was a pioneering newspaper publisher and printer who worked in Victoria County for 60 years, from 1855 to 1915.

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E. D. Hand was born in London, England on May 11th , 1831 (1 ) to John Richard Hand and Elizabeth Hester, their second son, and third child. Listed as “Boot Makers and Hat Makers”, their business was apparently successful as they were said to have 21 employees by 1851 [Magahay; 72]. To date little is known of his life in England, or his reasons for emigrating for Canada. As a second son, he perhaps saw few prospects in the family firm.

Hand arrived in Canada in 1850 at the age of nineteen. He found general work in Port Hope before taking employment with the Port Hope Guide. He stayed in Port Hope and here he learned the printing and newspaper business. On the lookout for new opportunities he moved to Lindsay in 1854, a village that was not only growing rapidly but also had no local press. He founded the Lindsay Advocate in 1855, the first newspaper in the region. The paper lasted 11 years until 1866, by which time, facing growing competition from the Canadian Post, Hand sold the Advocate to the Post along with his printing press [Capon; 55-56].

Hand moved to Fenelon Falls in 1868 where he was listed as a grocer and seller of shoes in the Dun & Bradstreet business directories for the autumn and early winter of 1868-1869. He had no doubt fallen back on his old London family trade. This mercantile career was short-lived as he moved his family to Bobcaygeon sometime in 1869 to found the Bobcaygeon Independent; it began publication in March 1870. While there were no publishing rivals in Bobcaygeon, Hand’s politics got him into trouble with the mill owners and other business men. For a number of reasons Hand was encouraged to sell the paper to Charles Stewart in 1872, and he returned to Fenelon Falls, again with publishing in mind. He published the first issue of the Fenelon Falls Gazette in February of 1873.

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From 1873 to his retirement and sale of the paper in August 1915, E.D. Hand reported on the village and community as it was, from its lumbering days to its development as a tourist hub for the growing populations of southern Ontario. A history of this place emerges from the Gazette’s pages and brings the past to life. It is a remarkable record; all the more so as it was the production of one man. Hand remains a fascinating character whose life and work typifies small town publishing in 19th century Ontario. The Gazette also retains its record as the longest surviving business in Fenelon Falls, dating from 1873 to the last issue published under that title in September 2004. (2)

Hand died on March 17th , 1919, and was buried in the Fenelon Falls Cemetery. As we mark the 100th anniversary of his death, we have an opportunity to remember a newspaper pioneer in Victoria County and his contribution to Fenelon Falls.

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(1) Sources vary as to the correct birth date; some claim it was 1832. The same variances occur for the date of Hand’s arrival in Canada. Some sources say 1851; Magahay states 1850. In 1880 Hand mentions “our thirty year residence in Canada” [FFG 10 July 1880; 2].

(2) Fenelon Falls Gazette. — Vol. 1, no. 1 ([February], - Vol. 133, no 36. (7 September 2004).

Featured Photo - Pie Shack for Pi Day
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Submitted by Anna Johnston

This super cute picture was shared by Anna Johnston who wrote, “Sloane and Liam enjoying a hot sunny summer day in Fenelon Falls.  We live in the area and I take the kids to the playground, splash pad, and finish off with ice cream from the Little Pie Shack.  Will be continuing this weekend tradition for years to come.” We are so happy to hear that and what a perfect fit for Pi Day.

Send your photos of Fenelon Falls and the surrounding area to the Town Crier email. The best photos could be featured in an upcoming edition.

Featured Event - St. Patrick's Day at the Legion

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and we are excited to share this invitation from the Fenelon Falls Legion for St. Patrick’s Day festivities on Sunday, March 17th from 1 to 5 pm.

Enjoy live entertainment by North Country Express, Irish inspired eats such as $10 corned beef and cabbage, Super Sunday bar pricing, and lots of prizes! Don’t miss out on all the fun 🍀