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Seniors Play Park - Pilot Project

Submitted by Penni Holdham

On Monday August 26 at 6:30 pm, the brand new Seniors Play Park at Lloyd Kelly Parkette, 16 Francis St E in Fenelon Falls will be opening!

We would love you to join us at this event celebrating one of the first Senior’s Play Parks in Canada.

Our ground-breaking ceremony was held in early July and we have really knuckled down to get this install completed along with restoration work of the grass in the general Park setting.

There are so many people who came together to help bring this to reality!

Special nod out to Ormels – for providing tons of A-Grade Gravel and to Young’s Construction for the 5 Yards of Top Soil used to restore the grassy areas!

Many made light of the earth-work as Kathy Armstrong came out with her Horticultural Friends who knew exactly what to do!

Shout out to Laurie, Dale, Peter, Linda and Cindy who all helped at various points in our landscape restoration and construction!

Our Deputy Mayor Doug Elmslie worked with me from the beginning to seek the perfect ‘space’ for this unique installation. He has been a great supporter through-out the development of this project and made the motion at council to support this initiative over a year ago! Our staff at City Hall have been instrumental in supporting and providing contacts for different aspects of construction and manufacture.

Special Thanks to Sandra Barrett who hosted our Community Meeting about this idea back in August of 2018 where 18 people representing various Seniors interests in the community joined in support. This group collectively reviewed five Site options and selected Lloyd Kelly Parkette as the optimum location for this activity! In working at the site over the past month, I have enjoyed to feel the breezes and hear the sounds of the waterfalls under a wonderful blend of sun and shade through-out the day!

Kevin Stybosch of Hoek Van Holland has been the best to work with as he handled the overall excavation and construction of the foundation and ground prep for the Rubber surfacing! Kevin has also provided wise advice and gone above and beyond to help me make this park a lovely space for Seniors to simply hang out in!

Another shout out to amazingly active seniors Mike and Ed who helped with the cement pour for the concrete pad spreading cement and levelling off this large pad!

Gary Sedore provided much needed water for the rubber surface install and to aid in settling of the sand in the Walking Path.

Thanks to Dan at Home Hardware for lending us his personal Generator as we needed it over a few weekends and this generosity saved us lots of dollars in rentals- not to mention that his wee machine was much lighter to handle for us ‘getting there’ in age folks!

Please share this out to your friends and come on down on Monday August 26 at 6:30 pm to check out our achievement and to try it out at our grand opening!

On a personal note, thanks for your support over these past two years as I have been working on bringing this kind of installation to Fenelon Falls. I sincerely hope this will be of interest to many other communities now that we can show what this kind of space for seniors can be like! and... most importantly, your comments, thoughts, and suggestions will help make spaces for seniors viable and available in every community in our region and beyond.

Besides creating a great space for our Seniors here in Fenelon Falls, a point of interest.... Over 2000 Car Tires were recycled to create the Rubber Ground surface seen at our site!

Please call me if you have any Questions or want to realize this kind of thing in your own immediate community! This first Pilot was funded completely by the Ontario Trillium Foundation!

I look forward to seeing you at our Celebration next Monday!

Public Art Opportunity: Rain Garden, Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Darcie Kennedy

The Fenelon Arts Committee (FAC) invites expressions of interest from artists or teams of artists to design and install two sculptures to be mounted on large limestone bases at the Rain Garden, south of Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum. This opportunity is open to artists and artist teams with a connection to the Kawarthas.

The works should provide an engaging visual art aesthetic that is visible from all perspectives. The works should consider the context and character of the area: as the Oak Street Conservation District, the Indigenous use of the location as a portage and gathering place, the historical development of Fenelon Falls, or the natural heritage of the region and waterway. The budget for each sculpture is up to $25,000. All proposals must be inclusive of total costs.

Initial Submissions to be received by September 30, 2019. For further information and call for submission details, please visit

Established in 2018, the Fenelon Arts Committee identifies opportunities for artists, strategizes on arts initiatives, and works to increase public access and engagement with art in the village of Fenelon Falls. The committee is made up of dedicated residents who share a common vision and passion for art and their community.

All inquiries should be directed to:
Fenelon Arts Committee
Attention: Darcie Kennedy

The Corral Prepares to Move to May Street

Your friends at The Corral have some big news: they are preparing for a short move down the way to a new location on May Street!

To prepare for the move they are having a storewide sale in their current location on Francis Street: 25% off all merchandise, excluding swimwear and embroidery work.

Their Francis Street location is currently for sale and provides lots of opportunity for a local business, with 5500 square feet of space and a commercial kitchen.

Drop by The Corral to take advantage of their 25% off sales and take a look at the building that is available in the heart of Fenelon Falls.

Pop-Up Fun at the Barn and Bunkie

On Saturday this weekend be sure to drop by the Barn and Bunkie to check out the two fun pop-up shops being hosted there:

Pink Lemon Decor will be setting up shop and bringing a pink trailer full of goodies. Known as “Durham region’s first mobile boutique,” Amber and her trailer will be setting up shop in Fenelon at the Barn and Bunkie on Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00.

A best-selling supplier for the Barn and Bunkie, Stoney Lake Textiles will also be joining the pop-up madness on Saturday with hand sewn goodies and bags to match all designs and colour palettes.

This Saturday, shop local in Fenelon Falls and be sure to make your way to 7 May to check out the two great pop-up shops happening at the Barn and Bunkie.

[Media Feature] Simcoe Days in Fenelon Falls are back

Written by Niki Anastasakis for Global News

There was no shortage of things to see and do at the second annual Simcoe Days celebrations in Fenelon Falls this weekend.

The mid-summer event was created by long-time community member Bob Pennock. The idea is to educate people about how Fenelon Falls was settled and about the important influence of John Graves Simcoe on Canada’s history. Simcoe was a British army general and was named first lieutenant-governor of Ontario in 1791.

“We wanted to be able to give Water Street and the town an area where community groups could come and have a platform and they come and sell their wares, and tell their stories, and it would be free,” said Beverly Jeeves, chair of Simcoe Days.

This year’s celebration is being held in honour of Pennock. He passed away in April at age 83.

Animal Appeal

Submitted by HKPR District Health Unit

Health Unit Encourages Area Residents to Reduce Exposure to Wild Animals and Pets that Can Spread Rabies

Temperatures are not the only thing on the rise these days. So too is the frequency of local residents being bitten or scratched by animals, putting them at risk of rabies or other serious injuries.

Year-to-date in 2019, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health has investigated approximately 300 incidents locally in which people were bitten or scratched by an animal, potentially exposing them to rabies. Just under two-thirds of these cases in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes have occurred since April 1st.

“During the warmer weather months, we typically see an increase in the number of incidents in which people are bitten or scratched by animals,” notes Richard Ovcharovich, Manager of Environment Health with the HKPR District Health Unit. “But what’s concerning to us is the significant jump in cases so far this spring and summer.”

The Health Unit encourages people to be careful around wild animals and pets, especially as a bite or scratch can put them at risk of serious injury and potential exposure to rabies. When seeing any wild animal, Ovcharovich recommends not to pet or approach it. “It’s best to enjoy animals from a distance,” he says. “If a wild animal is growling or showing aggressive behavior, back away slowly to gain distance from it. Never turn around and run. Avoid direct eye contact with the animal, as it is a sign of dominance that may provoke some animals to attack.”

Domestic pets like dogs should also be approached with caution, as they’re often involved in animal bite cases investigated by the Health Unit. “Ensure you have permission and full attention of the owner before approaching a pet,” Ovcharovich advises. “Even if you are just being kind or well-meaning by petting or touching an animal, your actions can be misinterpreted by a dog or cat, which could scratch, nip or bite you.”

Pet owners should also be responsible by making sure their animals are leashed, under control, and discouraged from running free unless they are in a designated dog park. This can also be good for pets, as it may reduce their exposure to wild animals that may have rabies. Regular rabies vaccination of pets is also essential, Ovcharovich adds.

Rabies is a serious disease caused by a virus. It is fatal if left untreated. The Health Unit must be notified any time an animal bites or scratches a person. Public Health Inspectors investigate each incident to determine if there is a risk of rabies to the person. If a domestic animal is involved, it is quarantined for a 10-day period to confirm that it was not sick with rabies when it bit or scratched the victim. The Health Unit provides rabies vaccine for a person, if deemed necessary by a health care provider. To learn more, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006, or visit

In 2018, the Health Unit investigated 674 cases locally in which people were bitten or scratched by an animal.

For media inquiries, contact:

Richard Ovcharovich, Manager, Environmental Health, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2222.

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.

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