Physical Literacy of CKL Children to be Addressed in EarlyON, KLSRC Partnership

Press release submitted by Dennis Geelen, KLSRC Coordinator

On May 29-30th, over 25 early childcare providers and TLDSB employees participated in a workshop facilitated by Dr. Dawne Clark of Sport for Life, who demonstrated that physical activity is a vital building block of healthy child brain development.  

The workshop was the first step towards achieving a goal shared by the Lindsay EarlyON center and the Kawartha Lakes Sport and Recreation Council (KLSRC) – to increase physical activity among children 0-6 years in the City of Kawartha Lakes.  But the participants learned that a critical factor in their success will be to first help children develop physical literacy.

Physical literacy (defined by The International Physical Literacy Association) is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activity for life. 

“In simpler terms, children need to learn and practice fundamental movement skills like hopping, throwing and catching in a fun and supportive environment to gain the confidence and competence to use these skills to participate in physical activity”, notes Dennis Geelen, KLSRC Coordinator.  “Similar to learning to read and write, confidence and competence comes from learning the fundamentals, practicing, and receiving positive reinforcement.” 

An Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant awarded to EarlyON in 2018 led to a partnership with KLSRC and Sport for Life. Sport for Life is a Canadian organization that is helping to educate communities across the country about physical literacy and its importance.  The partners are now working together to equip CKL early childcare providers and kindergarten school teachers with increased knowledge about physical literacy and how to embed the concepts into their daily programs. 

“It is our goal to see an improvement in the physical, mental, and social health of every child in the City of Kawartha Lakes through increasing understanding of the importance of quality, early physical literacy experiences”, says Pippa Stevenson, EarlyON Executive Director.

The workshop brought together people from a diverse group of organizations and sectors within the City of Kawartha Lakes including the local Health Unit, the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes, Community Living Trent Highlands, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, and several licensed childcare centers like EarlyON, Point in Time, Compass, and Tot Spot.  

“It was a wonderful opportunity to network with like-minded thinkers to plan the necessary steps to make physical literacy an important national movement”, stated Kirsty Mason from Compass.

The participants discussed factors contributing to the decrease of physical activity levels and adventurous play in our children over the past 20-30 years.  One factor is the development of a culture of anxiety and fear around potential for injury, but as Dr. Clark demonstrated, the increased time children are spending sitting in front of screens, is also further stunting the healthy development of their brains.  

Throughout the rest of 2019, childcare centers and some TLDSB classrooms will be provided with equipment bags (funded through the OTF grant) and activity suggestions, as well as implementation support through subsequent workshops to help link physical literacy into their curriculums.

Leslie LeClair is the Early Learning Coordinator for Community Living Trent Highlands and worked with EarlyON and KLSRC to help organize the workshop. “Educators inherently understand that engaging in professional learning will make a difference to the lives of children. We as a profession are compelled to consider new research and the implications of that research on our daily practice. Having the opportunity to participate in valuable professional learning is a key to ensuring on-going quality within our programs”, noted LeClair. 

The hope is to build a network of physical literacy champions within CKL and further expand the awareness and understanding to more centers, organizations, and families around the importance of developing physical literacy in our children.  Similar partnerships are underway in other communities around the province of Ontario with Sport for Life helping to provide the education and materials needed.

To find out more about the project, contact KLSRC Coordinator Dennis Geelen at or Executive Director of EarlyON Pippa Stephenson at

New Signage in Rosedale

Submitted by Barb Young for Residents of Rosedale (ROR)

The Residents of Rosedale (ROR) are very pleased to announce that we have finally received our new boundary signs which were installed on Highway 35 at the north and south ends of town earlier this month. Obtaining the signs involved lengthy negotiations between the Community, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and the MTO.

We were able to get signs from MTO from a limited number of formats, so we came up with a number of ideas and surveyed the community to get the most popular opinion of what would be best. This was submitted to the City of Kawartha Lakes and MTO and after some minor alterations, the City of Kawartha Lakes approved our design and sent it to MTO in the spring of this year with the go-ahead for it to be installed.

We think they're quite attractive and hope you'll come out to Rosedale to admire them and enjoy our parkette.

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. releases East Coast IPA and Kawartha Sparkling Ale

(Fenelon Falls, Ontario - July 16, 2019) Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. releases East Coast IPA and Kawartha Sparkling Ale at the 2019 Fenelon Fair Beer Garden.

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. announced the release of two new beers: East Coast IPA and Kawartha Sparkling Ale. The inaugural release will be at the Beer Garden at the Fenelon Fair, July 19 to 21, 2019.

These are two new additions to their established flagships, Fenelon’s Vienna Lager and Red Ale, currently found in select licensees, Grocery Stores, and LCBO locations in Ontario. General Manager, Mathew Renda said: “We’re excited about the release of these new beers as they compliment our existing lineup nicely. As we move closer to brewery completion, and have our doors open to the public, we aim to build momentum with addition of new beer types and styles to create a truly exciting tap room representative of our brewing philosophy. This will give our community, and our supporters, another reason to visit Fenelon’s brewery.”

Fenelon East Coast IPA is 5.0% ABV, 22 IBUs, with bursts of zest and tropical fruit flavours, and a clean, smooth finish. Head brewer Russell Gibson, said this recipe was “aimed at creating a truly unique flavour profile, without adding an overabundance of hops, to make this another signature brand in our product portfolio”. “Our brewing vision is to make beer styles very clean and approachable, catering to the laid back style found in the Kawarthas, but very distinct as well” he added.

Kawartha Sparkling Ale has a sharp, bubbly bite and crisp finish. It’s a Canadian twist on an Australian classic. “The beer style is very approachable, the lighter body is carbonated to a higher degree than most other beers, which makes the perfect drink for the dock on a hot day,” said Gibson.

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. beer is available at the Beer Garden, for a limited time, at the Fenelon Fair, July 19th to 21st:

Beer Garden Hours

July 19th: 4pm to 10pm

July 20th: 11am to 10pm

July 21st: 11am to 4pm

About Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. is Kawartha’s newest craft brewery with an established track record of delivering quality premium beer. The brewery’s goal is to make Fenelon Falls a premier destination by providing another anchor in the community for visitors to experience all Fenelon has to offer.

The Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. offers hand-crafted premium beer made in small batches. Sourced from natural ingredients by quality-minded people, their brewing philosophy is to keep ingredients simple and our processes to a minimum to make beer that allows the flavours and aromas to shine through. 

Fenelon beer is available in select LCBO and Grocery locations, and strategic licensees in major markets (Kawartha, Peterbourough, Durham, Toronto, Southern and select Northern Ontario).

Visit for more information.

For information, images and interviews please contact:

Name:  Mathew Renda

Title:  General Manager


Tel: (705) 215-9898

Beat The Heat and Prostate Cancer at the 2019 Telus Watercraft Ride for Dad

Submitted by Michael Robson

Summer is in full swing and it has been hot here in Fenelon Falls. The sun and humidity have been perfect weather for water fun and this weekend, there is an event that helps you cool off and contribute to a good cause. 

This Saturday, the Fenelon Falls Marina will be hosting the 2019 Telus Watercraft Ride for Dad. The event will start at 1 pm at Fenelon Falls Marina and will take participants on a scavenger hunt on Cameron and Sturgeon Lakes. All pleasure craft are welcome and encouraged to join in the hunt. Upon completing the hunt, families may return to the Marina by 4 pm for a chance to win great prizes and enjoy dinner together at 5 pm.

Ride for Dad is a national mission to help end prostate cancer by supporting research and raising awareness. All across Canada, people are fundraising and participating in rides on ATVs, Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, and Watercraft. The proceeds of each ride are donated to the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation.

One in seven men in Canada will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Cancer does not just affect those individuals but also the people they love and those around them. The Watercraft Ride for Sight provides a way to help fight for a cure for prostate cancer to help those who are diagnosed and their friends and families while enjoying time together and having fun on the water. 

Come on out on Saturday to cool off and support a great cause. To pre-register, visit or email

Featured Event - Fenelon Fair Returns This Weekend

This weekend, from July 19-21 enjoy the annual Fenelon Fair at the fairgrounds, brought to you by the Fenelon Agricultural Society.

This year’s fair is jam-packed with fun and features, including livestock shows, a truck and tractor pull, artist exhibits, midway exhibits, demolition derby, and more.

The fair promises fun for the whole family, so bring the kids to check out the petting zoo and the children’s pedal tractor pull.

Catch the Harry Peterson Band performing live on Saturday night and grab a refreshment from the Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.’s pop-up beer garden.

Check this week’s event flyer pack to see the full schedule of the fair and its features this weekend!

An English Girl's Journey to Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Andrea Strachan

I immigrated from England to Canada as a young girl with my family in 1957. We lived in the Toronto area and in the mid-60s my parents bought a cottage in Gooderham. My journey to Fenelon Falls had begun!

We would shop in Fenelon on our way to the cottage and I got to enjoy many of the town's offerings and of course, the people. My parents eventually retired to Kinmount in the early 80s after buying a house owned by a Kinmount celebrity (he owns the Highland Cinemas!).

In 2000 my partner and I made the big decision to return to Ontario from Victoria, B.C. after living out west for just 3 years. The housing market had started to go crazy out there and every house purchase became a bidding war. We found the perfect house back east and moved to Fenelon Falls where we opened Pandy Bear's Bed & Breakfast on the Burnt River. I had been a legal assistant in downtown Toronto and out in Victoria and gave it all up to start my new career as a B&B owner, something I had wanted to do since the mid 90s. We received a warm welcome by the community, the business network here, and of course our wonderful neighbours.

We advertised the B&B as a "stay and play" accommodation. We offered the entire first floor to our guests - 3 bedrooms, a full kitchen, a bathroom, living room and dining room plus sauna with a bathroom and an enclosed sun room. People enjoyed swimming and boating, hammocks and lounge chairs, a deck with barbecue and of course a full breakfast with fresh produce from our garden, all homemade items, including jams and breads. They could rent canoes and kayaks and would arrange a boat ride along the river into town for lunch or dinner.

We arranged tours for our guests to discover Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon, Kawartha Country Wines, Whetung Ojibwa Centre, Gallery on the Lake and the many hiking and biking trails that surround the area. We also had guests arrive by boat through the Trent Severn Waterway and would drive them to town to enjoy many dinners with them at the wonderful restaurants. We had a lot of return guests and met people from all over the world.

We did not do a lot of business in the wintertime, so I worked part time at Sobeys in their old location as a fish monger, sample lady, and cashier, offering more opportunities to make lasting friendships in Fenelon. Sobeys was where The Red Apple is now when we first moved to Fenelon.

In 2013 I retired and closed the doors to the B&B. It was bittersweet but the memories are lovely to look back on. In 2015 I moved to my own beautiful apartment in the seniors building on Murray Street where I am happily making more friends, and enjoy volunteering, and still bake for anyone who will let me! I have slowed down and am so happy it is in Fenelon Falls.

I hope you enjoyed this condensed version of an English girl's journey to Fenelon Falls.

Photo Round Up - July 18

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!

Welcome to Fenelon Falls!

Submitted by Marylee Boston

Fenelon Falls is a destination for day trippers, cottagers and local tourists alike and sometimes they need a little help making the most of their visit. The goal of the summer Tourism Ambassador program is to welcome, inform, direct and have fun with visitors so their time here is memorable and those great memories that will bring them back time and again. 


The Tourism Ambassador program launched in the summer of 2018 with only two Ambassadors. Last summer was a success and showed that there was opportunity to expand and grow the concept so this summer there are 5 Tourism Ambassadors! The TA’s are local students who bring their own experience, enthusiasm, tech smarts and hometown knowledge to the job. You will see them all around downtown Fenelon Falls, at the museum, the beach park, and the locks in their bright blue uniforms. They are also helping the Horticulture Society volunteers take care of the many beautiful gardens in the village. 

Whether you have family coming to visit, you’re a long time cottager, or a local; the Tourism Ambassadors can help you find restaurants, accommodations, attractions and event information. They can also be convinced to give clues to help you solve our summer Mystery Adventure - The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas. Their home base is the Tourist Info Centre on Oak Street in Fenelon Falls. The Chamber of Commerce is excited to promote Fenelon Falls and area with the help of our Tourism Ambassadors. Please say hello when you see them around town.

Sing Like No One is Listening

Submitted by Marina Hodson

If you are one of the millions of Canadians who enjoy singing in the shower, keep it up!

While you may have heard of some of the benefits associated with singing such as its mental health impacts which have been linked to reducing depression and lowering stress levels, other benefits might surprise you.

One little known finding may not only benefit you, but also your partner. According to one recent article, experts believe that singing works to strengthen throat and palate muscles which can reduce snoring and sleep apnea, improving both of your sleep. Aside from the throat, singing can also strengthen the diaphragm and stimulates overall circulation as you pull in more oxygen while singing than during many forms of exercise. Studies at the University of Frankfurt even showed that singing boosted the immune system and if you practice correct singing techniques you will be forced to stand up straighter to allow your chest cavity to expand which will serve to improve your posture.

Of course if you take it one step further and opt to sing with others, it can also serve to let you meet new people and boost your confidence. But if all of the health benefits are not enough for you, why not simply sing because it makes us happy? There is a reason it has been an age old tradition during times of trouble to carry us through and during happy times as part of celebration. 

So take a deep breath and sing!

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT