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Mobile Shredding Event

Calling all community groups, businesses and paper collectors! Spring is here so there’s no better time to collect your boxes of personal and business documents and bring them to the community mobile shredding event. Drive up with your boxes and watch as they are professionally and securely destroyed in the Iron Mountain shredding truck while you wait. This community event is brought to you by Handley’s Lumber and the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce. For more information please contact Marylee at 705-887-3409 or hello@explorefenelonfalls.com.

Here’s what you need to know to participate:

Date:  Saturday, May 11th

When:  11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where:  Old arena lot located at the corner of John and Bond Street, Fenelon Falls

Cost:  $5.00/box (cash only please)

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Volunteer Week 2019 - Let's clean the park!

This week, April 7-13, is National Volunteer Week!

Fenelon is such an amazing community - we are full of people who volunteer their time and efforts with different groups and events that make our community special. From Canada Day to Santa Day, the shopping district merchant events like Midnight Madness and Diva Night, Films by the Falls, the Horticultural Society, the Downtown Revitalization Committee, Lion’s Club fundraisers - and so many others! Volunteerism and community spirit is alive and well here in Fenelon Falls.

For the last several years, the Take Back the Beach committee has worked hard to clean the Garnet Graham park and beach area of goose poop. This effort has made a huge impact; each year, “geese leavings” create unsanitary conditions for public beaches and swimming areas, and they are often closed as a result.

Keeping the area clean allows for everyone who visits the park, beach, and splashpad to enjoy the sunny summer days in town.

The Take Back the Beach committee is in danger of shutting down, and needs more volunteers this year if they are going to be able to continue this valiant effort of cleaning our beaches! It’s easier than it sounds, and it just might be the most noble volunteer opportunity in town. Helping out to take back the beach is a good excuse to get out for a walk, and this is also a perfect opportunity for high school students to complete their mandatory community service hours.

If you are interested or able to help out at all, please email takebackthebeachff@gmail.com. Let’s try to keep our beaches and public swimming areas open again this season!

Call for Volunteers - Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show

Submitted by Marylee Boston

Spring is here and there's no better way to get out and connect with friends and neighbours than volunteering at the 35th Annual Country Living Show. Bring your smile, your enthusiasm and your love for Fenelon Falls to help us make this another great showcase for our local businesses, artisans and community groups. See you at the show!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/VXMkZDh

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Call Marylee at the Chamber Office for more information 705-887-3409.

An Overview of the Fenelon Falls Job Fair

Submitted by Marylee Boston

Job seekers and employers looking to hire were brought together at the Fenelon Falls Job Fair hosted by VCCS Employment Services and the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce on March 27th. Fourteen local employers had a variety of part time, full time and seasonal positions available for the crowd of nearly 70 attendees seeking employment. VCCS also had over 70 job postings for positions in Lindsay and surrounding area that needed to be filled, and 100 jobs on their job board total.

A highlight of the job fair was the fact that it was held right here in Fenelon Falls and therefore significantly reduced the transportation barrier. Local students walked to the Community Centre after school and for those with a vehicle there was ample parking and accessible facilities.

Thank you to all the employers, VCCS staff and the public who made this inaugural event such a success. Due to the positive feedback the Chamber of Commerce will look for future opportunities to partner with VCCS to support local employers and job seekers to help build a strong, thriving community right here in Fenelon Falls.

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.

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.

Say Yes...To the Kawartha Lakes Rural Shopping Bus

Submitted by Michael Bryant

In the City of Kawartha Lakes, we have only Lindsay Transit Bus Service and it is the only Public Transit and just in Lindsay. The City of Kawartha Lakes has decided that there will be no expansion for Rural Transit in their Plan until possibly 2023. This is a terrible isolation for all individuals not affording cars.

Our Independent Rural Transportation Advocates developed the White Lightning Shopping Bus that includes advertising and support of local businesses in Kawartha Lakes. It will connect the communities of Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon, Little Britain, Cameron, Omemee, Bethany and Pontypool for Adults, Seniors, Teens, Families and Handicapped Residents to have an enjoyable day throughout our city.

This is a FREE SERVICE each Tuesday starting in April 2019, it will have pick-up points and loop around communities for shopping, tourism, medical stops and family visits. It is designed to add to Economic Development to small communities as well.

The White Lightning Shopping Bus is supported by Chambers of Commerce in Lindsay, Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls and operated by private company White Lightning Bus Tours, in Little Britain.

www.whitelightningbus.tours

We urge you to sign our Petition and SAY YES..Join our Cause, Support our Advertisers and Share the News.  Call 1-800-979-2913 for questions, ideas , advertising or support.

[Sponsored] Enbridge Gas Construction Update

Sponsored by Enbridge Gas

Enbridge Gas construction update: what’s new on the construction front this winter?

With a true Canadian winter in full swing, the very first Enbridge customers in Fenelon Falls have had a couple of months to put their new natural gas furnaces to the test and are beginning to see the savings. Work is also wrapping up on Bond St W., and then construction will take a short break until April.

The Enbridge office will remain open for customers to come in and ask questions about the project and to sign up for a natural gas service. The other option is to make an appointment with an Enbridge advisor who can meet you at your home or at the store, the number to call is 1-888-427-8888.

By the end of the month, Enbridge will have installed over 31 km of pipeline (starting at Taylors Road,) as well as close to half a kilometer of pipeline beneath the Fenelon River.

When work resumes, Enbridge will focus on completing the distribution system on both the south and north sides of the river, along with the installation of the service lines to the customers that have completed a gas application. It is anticipated that the entire expansion project will be complete by the end of the year.

New customers and what they’re asking

The first natural gas customers have started receiving their bills and there has been much talk in the community and in social media recently regarding the System Expansion Surcharge (SES). It is being applied to customers connected in system expansion areas, such as Fenelon Falls, Cambray and Cameron SES of $0.23 per cubic meter is applied and listed as a separate charge on the bill.

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Any new community expansion project must go through a review process with the Ontario Energy Board, and it determines whether or not the project can proceed based on projected costs and projected revenues. The Fenelon Falls project was approved because the SES provides the additional revenue required over time to make the project economically possible – without it, natural gas expansion to Fenelon Falls, Cambray and Cameron would not have been possible.

It is estimated that the SES will amount to $550 a year for a typical customer, but will vary based on natural gas use. This means that it will increase and decrease based on your volume, and will be higher during the winter months. Residential customers can also choose the Budget Billing Plan where the estimated annual cost can be spread out over the year and adjusted once a year based on actual use.

As with any project, there will be instances where it will not make sense to convert. For example, conversion costs can exceed expected savings or the seasonal nature of a property would keep natural gas use so low that it won’t generate lower energy bills. However, most new natural gas customers can expect to see savings in the range of $500 to $1400 annually, even with the surcharge.

Pop in to the store or call with your questions to see if, and how, you can lower your energy bills with natural gas.