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A Call from The Fenelon Falls Farmers' Market

The Fenelon Falls Farmers' Market is calling upon you to join us for our AGM (Annual General Meeting) on Wed. March 6th 7:00pm at the Royal Canadian Legion (23 Veterans Way) in Fenelon Falls. 

We need community support in order for the farmers' market to succeed. Your input and views about the market is important to us. If you now of anyone else who might be interested in attending this meeting please let them know. We do hope you can attend.

Please remember: 

Every time someone shops at the farmers' market they are supporting the local economy and it's farmers.

For every dollar spent at the market, another ten is spent else where in town.

Thank you

Kathy - Vice President FFFM


The Fenelon Falls Farmers’ Market is accepting new vendors. To learn more or to get in touch visit:

www.fenelonfallsfarmersmarket.com


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At Any Age

Media Release Submitted by Bill Eekhof

While Valentine’s Day may come only once a year, the Health Unit is sending a message of love it hopes will resonate with people all the time.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit encourages local residents to look after their sexual health and well-being throughout their lives. That’s the theme of Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (www.srhweek.ca), which runs February 11-15 and focuses on the importance of ‘sexual health at all ages.’

“At any age or stage of life, we need to look after our sexual health since it is important for overall well-being,” says Jennifer Kurpjuweit, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Big or small, old or new and at every age in between, our sexual health matters.”

Promoting and supporting sexual health takes different forms at different ages:

  • For babies and children, it is important to teach – in an age-appropriate way – that sexuality is a natural, normal and healthy part of childhood, adolescence and adulthood. “We need to move away from a one-time, awkward conversation about the birds and the bees with children and instead normalize talking about gender and sexuality as they grow up,” Kurpjuweit says.

  • For teens, healthy sexual development includes talking about puberty and bodily changes, making safe and appropriate choices about sex, and providing the information they need to build healthy, lasting and respectful relationships.

  • As adults, sexual health involves more than just deciding whether to have children or not. “Sexual health also means taking care of our reproductive health, reducing our risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections, and addressing sexual dysfunction, pain and other concerns we may have about sex,” Kurpjuweit says. “Building and nurturing a healthy relationship can also increase sexual satisfaction and help support overall well-being.”

  • As people get older, nurturing their sexual selves and sexual health continues to be an important aspect of overall health. “But it’s not just about sex,” Kurpjuweit notes. “Sexuality can also involve intimacy, touch and love.”

The Health Unit provides many programs to support sexual and reproductive health in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. The Health Unit can help couples who are planning to start a family or who are preparing for a healthy pregnancy. Confidential sexual health information, counselling and clinical services are also offered at Sexual Health Clinics in the area. To learn more, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1205, visit www.hkpr.on.ca, email info@hkpr.on.ca or text (705) 878-2723.

Free Quit Smoking Program Can Help People Give Up Tobacco

Media Release submitted by Bill Eekhof

If your New Year’s Resolution to quit tobacco has already gone up in smoke, a free program could still help you butt out for good in 2019.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is promoting a series of free quit-smoking support programs this month in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County. The Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (S.T.O.P.) Program offers resources and five weeks of free nicotine patches to participants at no cost.

In partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Health Unit is running the following S.T.O.P. sessions:

• In City of Kawartha Lakes on Thursday, February 21, at 10 am.

• In Northumberland County on Tuesday, February 26, at 9:30 am

To see if you qualify for S.T.O.P., call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2202.

 “If your goal this year is to quit smoking, the S.T.O.P. Program is a great way to get back on track. Giving up tobacco will improve your own health, while helping protect loved ones from deadly second-hand smoke,” says Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit.

Research shows that patches and other nicotine replacement therapy can increase the odds of people becoming smoke-free. According to Taylor, the S.T.O.P. Program also has a proven track record in helping people quit tobacco for good.

Since its inception in 2005, the STOP Program has provided free smoking cessation medication and counselling support to over 100,000 Ontarians who wanted to quit smoking.

New Initiative Connecting Student Nutrition Programs in Kawartha Lakes to Locally-Grown Food

News Release Submitted by Bill Eekhof

An initiative is taking root in the City of Kawartha Lakes to help students who use nutrition programs at school reap the rewards of eating local foods.

For more than a year, Food For Kids City of Kawartha Lakes has been working to create a ‘Local Food Initiative’ to benefit Student Nutrition Programs (SNPs). The idea is to increase the amount of fresh, healthy food grown/raised within a 100-kilometre radius of Kawartha Lakes that is available to SNPs. Through funding for the initiative, local food items are being purchased at a lower cost, delivered to Kawartha Lakes Food Source, and then distributed to schools at no additional charge. In some cases, local growers have also donated food to increase the supply available to students.

Locally-grown apples are among the first items being distributed through the Local Food Initiative. The initiative is proving popular, with more than four out of five schools in Kawartha Lakes taking part in it.Food For Kids is also considering a fundraising campaign to expand the Local Food Initiative to include more foods and farmers.

“We’re really pleased at how CKL schools and local farmers/producers are embracing the Local Food Initiative and working together to achieve success,” says Jen Armitage, the Community Student Nutrition Coordinator with Food For Kids CKL. “Eating local benefits all of us, is good for our community and is great for the environment. That is why we would love to see the initiative expanded even further.”

In general, local food tends to be fresher, more flavourful and full of nutrients, and doesn’t need to travel great distances to get here, adds Aisha Malik, a Registered Dietitian with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “Eating local food also supports farmers in our community, while helping students make connections as to the origin of the food they eat,” notes Malik, who is Food For Kids chair.

“We’re pleased to be able to support Food For Kids in the delivery and distribution of local food to local students,” adds Heather Kirby, General Manager with Kawartha Lakes Food Source. “Many schools already use Food Source for their student nutrition programs, so being able to add in extra local food items into a school’s regular food order is great to do.”

Food for Kids CKL supports Student Nutrition Programs, which are provided at every school in Kawartha Lakes. SNPs consist of a full sit-down breakfast before school starts, a grab-and-go program, or ones where snack bins are delivered to each classroom. In whatever form they take, SNPs are free, voluntary, and provide food to thousands of students every day to ensure they have the fuel they need to learn in class.

Kawartha Lakes students come to school hungry for many reasons, not just poverty, Armitage notes. “Long bus rides to school, early morning practices and rehearsals, hurried morning routines in which students do not eat breakfast, and children not being hungry before school can all be factors,” she says.

To support or learn more about the Local Food Initiative, visit Food For Kids CKL (www.foodforkidsckl.ca) online.

Haliburton Food Forum Looks to Advance a Taste of Home

News Release submitted by Bill Eekhof

With Haliburton County’s local food system blossoming, an upcoming forum will look at ways to further nurture and enhance this growing sector.

Harvest Haliburton is hosting the Food and Agriculture Economic Development Forum on Tuesday, March 5, from 9 am to 3:30 pm, at the Minden Community Centre (55 Parkside Street). This free, interactive event, which includes lunch, is a chance for interested residents, food producers, farmers, retailers, restauranteurs, elected politicians, municipal staff and others to learn about the exciting food and agriculture-related projects underway in Haliburton County. Participants can also discover how they can support and shape the future of the local food sector.

People are encouraged to register for the food forum at www.harvesthaliburton.com by Feb. 20.

“We’re very fortunate in Haliburton County to have a vibrant and diverse local food system that allows us to enjoy a taste of home. But like anything, there are challenges to growing our local food economy,” says Rosie Kadwell, an event organizer and Registered Dietitian with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “This food forum will help identify real strategies and solutions that we can take back to our farm, restaurant, municipality or organization to ensure we are all working together to advance local food in 2019.”

There’s plenty of items on the agenda for the local food forum, including:

  • Bite-sized presentations on the many organizations, initiatives and enterprises that make up the local food system in Haliburton County.

  • A keynote address by Ontario agricultural ministry staff on the tools and strategies available to help the Highland’s local food sector thrive.

  • A free lunch showcasing ingredients from many of the area’s primary food producers.

  • ‘Time for action’ sessions that will look into specific priorities and challenges facing the local food system. Forum participants can take part in one of five discussion topics: selling and branding local food, culinary and food tourism, municipal food planning, agricultural economic development opportunities and needs of the community, or other ‘burning’ topics.

  • A wrap-up Action Plan session that will help develop and prioritize strategies to address the biggest food sector challenges.

“We encourage people to come out and participate in this important food forum,” Kadwell says. “From planting to policy, we are all players in promoting a sustainable local food system that benefits ourselves, our economy and the environment.”

Family Literacy Day

Media Release Submitted by Kendra Fleming

While Family Literacy Day is officially being marked this Sunday (January 27), local families are being encouraged to make literacy part of their regular routine every day of the year.

Family Literacy Day will mark its 20th year in 2019. As befits this milestone anniversary, the theme of this year’s Family Literacy Day is ‘Take 20’ – which encourages parents and caregivers to take 20 minutes daily to read, sing, listen or play with children to help them develop strong literacy skills for life.

“Practising literacy together every day has tremendous benefits for both children and parents,” says Shelley Shaughnessy, a Public Health Nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “When you ‘take 20,’ not only do you get to spend quality time together as a family, but you also help children develop strong literacy skills that are essential for them to reach their full potential in a changing and dynamic world.”

There are many fun ways that families can encourage literacy skills, without children even realizing they are learning. Reading a book at bedtime, visiting the library, playing a board game together, or telling knock-knock jokes while doing the dishes can all be options, Shaughnessy notes. Other activities to do together as a family include:

Organizing a ‘grocery hunt’ in which children search the store for all food items on the family grocery list.

Playing ‘home restaurant’ by getting children to create a menu for a meal by drawing food items or using grocery store flyers. To spice up mealtime, children can even take food orders too.

Taking part in an ‘animal dance’ by having family members stand in a circle and have each take a turn moving like an animal and say what they’re doing (e.g. ‘I hop like a bunny,’ ‘I stomp like a dinosaur’).

Local families can also check with their local library or EarlyON Child and Family Centre to see if there are special events planned in their community as part of Family Literacy Day.

Two organizations that can offer additional ideas and information for families are:

ABC Life Literacy Canada (www.familyliteracyday.ca) offers family literacy tips, activities and resources.

KidTalk (www.kidtalk.on.ca) is part of the Preschool Speech and Language Services program that covers Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. The KidTalk website offers resources to promote speech skills, as well as information on speech and language milestones.

HKPR District Health Unit February Events

Submitted by Bill Eekhof

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has the following community events taking place in the City of Kawartha Lakes next month.


CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES: S.T.O.P. (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) Program, Tuesday, January 29, 1:30 pm. STOP Program supports smokers trying to quit by providing them with five weeks of nicotine patches at no cost. Smokers will also get educational material and other resources to help them in the quitting process. To see if you are eligible, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2202.

LINDSAY: No-Family Doctor Immunization Clinic, Tuesday, February 5, 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, February 7, 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, February 11, 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.

PORT HOPE: HKPR Board of Health Meeting, Thursday, February 14, 9:30 am, Health Unit office (200 Rose Glen Rd.) in Port Hope. Regular monthly meeting of the Board of Health which oversees public health programs and services in the area. For more information, call: 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1466.

LINDSAY: Sexual Health Clinic, Thursday, February 14, 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, February 14, 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, Wednesday, February 20, 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.

CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES: S.T.O.P. (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) Program, Thursday, February 21, 10 am. STOP Program supports smokers trying to quit by providing them with five weeks of nicotine patches at no cost. Smokers will also get educational material and other resources to help them in the quitting process. To see if you are eligible, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2202.

LINDSAY: Sexual Health Clinic, Thursday, February 21, 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, February 25, 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, February 28, 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.

New Programs at the Library

The Fenelon Falls Public Library has launched two new programs to serve our community: introducing Craft 'n Chat and Cooking the Books!

Bring your own craft project to the library on Mondays at 2:00 pm for the Craft 'n Chat to meet with other crafters and maybe even pick up a new skill or hobby. Refreshments will be provided by the library.

If you love cooking, discussing recipes, and reading cookbooks, join in Cooking the Books, the library's "un”-book club! Take home a different cookbook each month, and then meet with the group to discuss recipe successes or failures. Meetings are the last Thursday of every month from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

Hope to see you at the library!

Passport to Christmas Winners

The Passport to Christmas contest recently concluded and we are excited to reveal the winners:

first prize - Carol Halton

 
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second prize - Barb Duff

third prize - Heather LeCraw

Congratulations to each of the winners and a huge thank you to every business and shopper who participated in our 2018 Passport to Christmas contest. Fenelon Falls is lucky to have you ❤️

Featured Event - Ladies Bonspiel

The Fenelon Falls Curling Club is hosting a Ladies New Year Bonspiel on Saturday, January 5th with the theme Flower Power. Participating teams are invited to outfit their team accordingly. The bonspiel includes great meals, prizes, and lots of fun. There will be 2 draws, starting at 8:45 am on second draw should start around 11 am. Lunch will be served between games and things should wrap up about 6 pm.