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Thank You Tourism Ambassadors!

This week our intrepid Tourism Ambassadors are wrapping up their tenure in town.

You’ve probably seen them around in their bright blue shirts giving people directions, promoting local businesses, spreading the word about local attractions and events, and helping the Horticultural Society with public garden maintenance. A few times I even saw them collecting litter in Garnet Graham Park!

The Tourism Ambassadors are leaving us with a few more goodies - stay tuned for the “TA Takeover” of the Town Crier newsletter next week, and keep playing along with the Puzzlers at the end of the Town Crier.

But for now, we’d like to say a special Thank You to the Tourism Ambassadors for their efforts around Fenelon Falls this summer. If you see one of them in their bright blue shirts tomorrow, feel free to say thanks and best wishes!

KidsFest at Maryboro Lodge

Submitted by Glenn Walker

KidsFest celebrates the many ways the Kawarthas have been wonderful for families. Producing Tinkertoys, Crayola, Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream, and the great variety of classic wooden toys that enlivened childhoods of the 1950s and 1960s, the region is unusual for how much it has done for kids. It is the 125th anniversary of the first steamer ascending the Fenelon Lock, an important connection in making the lakes a tourist destination and home to the joys of cottage life.  

KidsFest brings to life the unique heritage of the Kawarthas in a free family event at Maryboro Lodge: the Fenelon Museum. Garnet Graham Park in Fenelon Falls will be rocking on Labour Day weekend with nine concerts, featuring Juno-nominated performers Chris McKhool and Sonshine & Broccoli. Children will enjoy larger-than-life creations of local toys, crafts, hands-on activities and a splash pad. There will be a community campfire, magic, a petting zoo, pony rides, a real mermaid, and of course, free Kawartha Dairy ice cream.  The Cameron Lake Monster might appear (it was printed in the Fenelon Falls Gazette, so it must be real!) "KidsFest is going to be a wonderful end of summer party," observes councillor Doug Elmslie.

To celebrate the anniversary of the Fenelon Falls lock, KidsFest has a maritime theme. Once steamships could navigate around the waterfall, they could carry passengers from Coboconk to Port Perry to Bridgenorth. The Kawarthas were born as a tourist destination, as visitors could take the train from distant cities to connect with the paddle wheelers carrying passengers to summer destinations and cottages throughout the lakes. Sunday schools and charitable organizations organized steamship excursions and picnics throughout the lakes, with 25 cent fares. At KidsFest, participants can build a boat, float it down a stream and learn how locks work at a water table. 

"We wanted to host a family event that brings together the feeling of a summer folk festival with a fun fair," explains organizer Sharon Walker. "There will be over 30 hands-on activities, everything from Magic to a Rocket Launcher. There will be so much to do, and it's all free!"

Schedule

Saturday:

10AM: Fun Zone Opens

10AM: Water Blessing

10AM-1PM: Wagon Rides

10AM-2PM: Magic!

11AM to 2PM: Corn Roast & Barbeque

12:30 Free Ice Cream

1PM: Chris McKhool: Earth, Seas & Air 

2PM: Paddling Puppeters: Plugging Into Nature

3PM: Chris McKhool: Fiddlefire

4PM: Paddling Puppeteers: Honest Frankie's Shoreline Review


Sunday:

10AM-1PM: Pony Rides 

10AM-2PM: Petting Zoo

12:30PM: Free Ice Cream

1PM: Andrew Queen 

2PM: Sonshine & Broccoli 

3PM: Andrew Queen

4PM: Sonshine & Broccoli 

5:30 PM: The Rocket Launch

6PM: Community Campfire


Also See: http://www.maryboro.ca/KidsFest.html

Photo Round Up - August 15

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[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.

Fresh Ingredients for Fenelon Food Bank - The History and Accomplishments of Fenelon's Victory Garden

Submitted by Alex Tan

After last years successful harvest consisting of hundreds of pounds of fresh produce donated to the Salvation Army’s food bank the Fenelon Falls Horticulture Society are gearing up for round two. The Victory Garden is located at 50 Oak Street in Fenelon Falls, right on the north side of the historic Maryboro Lodge - Fenelon Museum. The garden consists of ten elevated planters that grow a plethora of herbs, fruits and vegetables. From butternut squash to dill, the garden grows over 20 edible species of plant. 

Below is the Victory Garden at the beginning of summer followed by a picture just a month later. 

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As I talked to the organizers and community leaders working on this amazing project I learned a little bit about the history of Victory Gardens and how that vision has been scoped to tackle modern issues. 

First a bit of context. The term victory garden was first used to describe the mobilization of Canadians as they used rooftop gardens, planter boxes and a converted flower gardens to grow food to feed the brave Canadians and their allies fighting in WWI. It was seen as a leisurely way to be patriotic on the home front. This grassroots movement supplied food for the war effort while boosting moral across the country. This practice continued through the Great Depression and found a resurgence in WWII.

The spirit of victory gardens pushed everyday Canadians to turn their rooftops, vacant lots and balconies into a force for positive change. Today, Fenelon’s Victory Garden is taking on another war. The fight against hunger is being attacked head on as members of the Horticulture Society harvest pounds of fresh produce for the food bank. The Salvation Army receives 3 to 4 kgs of food each week and that number grows every week. If you wish to get involved with this amazing project, you can visit the Fenelon Falls Horticulture Society on Facebook or visit their website backyardbuzz.ca

The food bank would also like to thank the many individuals, other community gardens and local businesses that are so generous in donating fresh produce.

Photo Round Up - August 8

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.

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Photo Round Up - August 1

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.

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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 www.hkpr.on.ca.

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.

Photo Round Up - July 25

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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 www.fenelonfallsbrewing.com for more information.


For information, images and interviews please contact:

Name:  Mathew Renda

Title:  General Manager

Email: mathew@fenelonfallsbrewing.com

Tel: (705) 215-9898