Photo Round Up - October 17

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!

Small Business Week: October 21-25

Small Business Week is back from October 21-25. In recognition of how vital small businesses are to Kawartha Lakes and our economy, there are a number of events happening over the week in our own communities. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn and to network with like-minded business owners. Check the schedule of events below, and to register or get more information, visit

Hosts: Strike Point Bowling Center, Optimize Wellness Solutions, & KLSBEC
Location: Strike Point Bowling Center - 46 William St S Lindsay
Time & Date: Monday, October 21, 2019 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Host: BDO Canada LLP
Location: Days Inn, Lindsay
Time & Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 8:30 am – 10:15 am

Host: Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce
Location: Fenelon Falls Curling Club - 41 Bond Street W, Fenelon Falls
Time & Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Host: Municipality of Kawartha Lakes and Fleming College
Location: Fleming College, Frost Campus, 200 Albert Street South, Lindsay ON
Time & Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Host: VCCS Employment Services
Location: VCCS Employment Services, 370 Kent Street West, Lindsay
Time & Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Host: Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce & BMO
Location: The Admiral Inn & Conference Centre
Time & Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:30 am – 10:00 am
Host: Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) & Kawartha Lakes Business and Community Development Corporation (KLBCDC)
Location: Lindsay Golf and Country Club 282 Lindsay St S, Lindsay
Time & Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Now Hiring? This Event is for You!

A Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) survey from 2018 found that 40% of small-medium sized businesses in Ontario have had difficulties in hiring over the past year. The sectors that are most affected are construction, manufacturing, and retail. Fenelon Falls has another unique challenge because the median age is 55 years old, 14 years older than the provincial average.

In support of local business and the larger community the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Learning & Cocktails Event on Tuesday, October 22nd at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club. This informal event will provide information from expert guest speakers about the local labour market and practical ideas to help with the labour force issues facing the area. There will also be a Q & A time for you to get answers to your specific concerns and an opportunity to network. 

Everyone is welcome to attend as we work together to support, develop and build a strong, vibrant community. See the event poster for more details.

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Maintain Healthy Habits through Autumn

Submitted by Marina Hodson

Autumn again already?

As the days shorten, you may begin to wonder how to continue the healthy habits you adopted over the summer and develop a few new ones as well.

Unfortunately with the beauty of the autumn leaves, and they certainly are stunning this year, also come some additional things to keep in mind. If you have to rake leaves this fall, remember to take it easy. Don’t overdo it, wear gloves to prevent blisters, and think about your posture to prevent injury – and if all else fails, ask for help. Wet leaves on sidewalks and decks can also be as slippery as ice and may cover trip hazards, so be mindful. 

If you walk during the warmer months, this may now become a challenge, but there are exercise alternatives. Take your walk indoors at the mall or community center or how about trying something new? Curling and bowling are both low impact indoor alternatives that will keep you fit without having to brave the colder weather.

Of course as we all know, flu season is upon us. Even without complications, if you catch the flu, all your other good intentions will become secondary. So get your flu shot this fall.

So take care of yourselves no matter the season!

 Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT       

Local Run for the Cure Team has Successful Year

Submitted by Patricia Goode

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, Patricia Goode (Zahorec), as the proud team captain of the Pink WR Crawlers. Our team is based in Kawartha Lakes and also has some members from the Durham Region.

This was our 15th year participating in the Run for the Cure, and we brought home the Women's Challenge Award for the 13th year.

This year our Team raised $12,179.54, bringing our 15 year total to $104,379.54.  Not a bad total for a Team that usually averages 10 women each year!

Many of the members have been with the Team since the beginning and we had 5 pink survivor members this year. We keep doing this in the hopes that a cure can be found and to support all the ladies and men out there who walk this path.

For our fundraising activities this year we hosted 2 pink lemonade stands, did some catering, hosted a pulled pork event, and roasted and sold my husband Steve's sweet nuts.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to some community members for their continued help and support: Meredith Montgomery of the Big Event, Phong from the Fenelon Falls Pharmasave, Highlands Propane, Ron & Judy Peel of Milt Peel & Sons, Gary Sedore, Gwen & David Forrester, The Kawartha Chapter of the Eastern Star, Mark from Sobeys, and many more - thank you so much.

We will be at the Run for the Cure again next year and if any ladies would like to join our crazy little group, we would welcome you!

Access to Permanent Housing: an Election Consideration

Submitted by Marina Hodson, on behalf of the KNFHT and the Access to Permanent Housing Committee

Housing is not an issue relegated to those who are living on the streets of Toronto or staying in the local shelter. Many residents face ongoing threats of eviction or homelessness due to unstable or poor employment, illness or mounting costs associated with utilities. In our riding, 50% of renters are spending more than the suggested 30% maximum of their income on housing compared to 46% Provincially.  Additionally, the median income is more than $8,000 below the Province.

According to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, approximately one in three Canadian households rent their home, however, between 2011-2016, the number of rental units with rent levels below $750/month declined by almost 400,000 (Pomeroy and Lampert, 2017) and the increase in home prices and rent in many communities has vastly outpaced income growth in the last decade. That means more Canadians face housing affordability pressures.  And whilst in Canada, the housing vacancy rate was 2.4%, 0.6% below what is considered balanced, in our riding it is less than 1% for 1 bedroom units.

Knowing all of these facts, ahead of the upcoming election we hope that you will be reviewing the parties’ housing platforms and speaking to the candidates to answer the following:

“If you are elected, how will you and your party support municipalities to:

  • construct and repair social/affordable housing,

  • replace rent subsidies for low-income households in social housing that were slated to expire, and

  • increase investments to address homelessness at the local level?”

Shop local this Thanksgiving

This weekend, many of our local shops and merchants are showing their thankfulness by offering special sales and events to help you celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends in beautiful Fenelon Falls. Here are just some of the sales and events you will find in town this weekend:

The Fenelon Lakes Club will be giving away biodegradable leaf collection bags (one package per family) at our Presentation Centre, 10 Colborne Street, on Saturday morning beginning at 10 am.

The folks at Curious Bear Marketplace on Hwy 35 will be holding a clearance sale on their summer stock, with 40-50% off giftware and water toys, as well as a Thanksgiving Wax Warmer sale: purchase a wax warmer and get 2 wax melts for free.

If you want to unwind by working on your golf game, Sturgeon Point Golf Club is offering $20 greens fees for walking (carts not included), as well as unlimited play. Tee times can be booked online at or by calling (705)887-3144.

The Butterfly Boutique is having a Give Thanks Sale this weekend... No tax, $15 Fashion Gloves, $15 Mini Blanket Scarves $25 Blanket Scarves a 50% Off Sale Room. To Give back to our community this holiday weekend, The Butterfly Boutique will have a Food Bank Drop Box and will be giving away a free gift with every donation of a non-perishable food item.

There is still room at Murphy’s Lockside Pub and Patio for their annual “Murphy’s Gives Thanks” FREE Thanksgiving meal this Sunday, October 13 from noon until 4:00 pm. If you know someone who would welcome a free meal this Thanksgiving, please spread the word!

The Barn & Bunkie is hosting Handmade Harvest on Saturday featuring the handmade goods from local vendors and artisans, including a marshmallow roast and Harvest Photo Opp.

Grab some long weekend reading material at The Book Lady where all books are “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” on Saturday and Sunday, and lots of hardcovers have been marked down to $2 for clearance.

Water Street Clothesline is hosting another Pop-Up Shop this weekend, featuring local vendors and as always you can grab a sweatshirt or hoodie to represent your favourite local spots.

This Saturday, Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum presents Harvest Happenings, an event for all ages featuring the piano music of Don Deathe, who will be joined by Anne Langton (portrayed by Barbara Dunn-Prosser) to celebrate a 19th-century pioneer Thanksgiving. Drop by the museum to check it out!

On The Locks Reopens in New Location

Breakfast-lovers rejoice! One of our fabulous local restaurants, On the Locks, is now open in their new location at 26 Colborne Street.

They will be serving up classic restaurant fare, starting bright and early at 6:30 am. If breakfast for dinner is more your speed, don’t worry because you will be able to go out for “Brinner” in style, right here in Fenelon Falls thanks to On the Locks and their ADB or All Day Breakfast menu!

Check them out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Today, Thursday, October 10th, is their grand opening celebration so drop in to say hi and grab a bite!