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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:

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Fenelon Falls Downtown Revitalization Facade Award
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The Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce (FFDCC) is excited to announce the Fenelon Falls Downtown Revitalization Facade Award in recognition for updated building facades in Fenelon Falls.

In acknowledgement of our local small business owners’ time, effort, and expense in improving their building facades, the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce will formally present participants with a certificate of recognition.

In addition, one $1000 cash prize will be awarded to the eligible, downtown Chamber business whose facade update best aligns with the Downtown Revitalization plan as determined by a panel of 3 judges. The deadline to enter the contest is November 1, 2019.

We are excited to share that a number of local businesses have already participated, including The Book Lady, Butterfly Boutique, Stewart Morrison Insurance, and The Barn & Bunkie.

Want to find out more about your eligibility? For more information about the Fenelon Falls Downtown Revitilzation Facade Award please contact the FFDCC by emailing or by calling (705) 887-3409.

Thank you from The Salvation Army

Submitted by Kathy Switzer

Thanks to you, The Salvation Army is able to give hope today by providing life-changing programs to individuals and families who are experiencing the devastating effects of poverty in our community.

We would like to sincerely thank all donors and volunteers for their very generous gifts of money, food, toys, knitted articles, time, and venues to ensure that everyone had a Merry Christmas and can continue to receive assistance throughout the year.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude — our kettles received $37,746.82!

Special thank you to:

LCBO in Fenelon Falls, Coboconk & Bobcaygeon, Valu-Mart in Bobcaygeon, Food in Coboconk & Bobcaygeon, Sobeys in Fenelon Falls, Tim Hortons in Fenelon Falls & Bobcaygeon, and the Red Apple in Fenelon Falls for allowing us venues for the kettles.

Kawartha Lakes Civitan Club for tending the kettle at Foodland in Coboconk. Fenelon Falls & District Lions Club and Rotary Club of Fenelon Falls for each taking a day to tend the kettle at LCBO Fenelon Falls.

Bank of Montreal - coats, snowsuits and boots for kids

Firefighters and Sobeys for “Fill the Fire truck”

Sobeys, Red Apple, Pharmasave, and Langton Public School - food drives

The Salvation Army Thrift Store Fenelon Falls - food drive

Fenelon Falls Canada Post - toy drive

Fenelon Falls Home Hardware - toy drive

Fenelon Falls & District Lions Club - toy drive

Red Apple - food and toy drive

Canadian Tire - toy drive

And each of the individuals, community groups and businesses who sponsored families and made donations.

God bless you in 2019 and thank you for your continued support.

The Salvation Army Fenelon Falls

Community & Family Services & Food Bank

Signed, Major Roy Randell

The Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition

Submitted by Caryn Clancy


Last year I noticed an article in a local paper about a small group of people actively involved in our health concerns. I am trying to help out by spreading the word about their efforts.

The Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition will be posting meetings around the Kawartha Lakes in the coming months. They would definitely welcome any volunteering of your time, or donations. Please consider contacting them at: or on Facebook.

They requested help from our community to stop the possible amalgamation of Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Ross Memorial Hospital. One undertaking was arranging a bus to Toronto to join the Ontario protest. Thankfully, at the moment, that discussion has stopped. But many other health issues have not. Their work continues.

The group is called the Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition. It is a non profit group. These 3 local founding members are working on a volunteer basis. They rely on donations for funding.

Listed under the Ontario Health Coalition, their Mission and Mandate is:

“Our primary goal is to protect and improve our public health care system. We work to honour and strengthen the principles of the Canada Health Act. We are led by our shared commitment to core values of equality, democracy, social inclusion and social justice; and by the five principles of the Act: universality; comprehensiveness; portability; accessibility and public administration. We are a non-profit, non-partisan public interest activist coalition and network.”

Big Upgrades for Films by the Falls

Submitted by Dana Deathe

On Tuesday this week I attended the Films by the Falls screening of ‘Puzzle,’ which was the first film shown on the newly installed screen and speaker system.

I was always impressed with the efforts the Films by the Falls committee puts in to their monthly movies, and grateful to get the chance to see excellent films from the TIFF Film Circuit right here in our small town of Fenelon Falls. Each movie night I had attended previously was a great experience.

However, this past week on movie night Films by the Falls really upped their game, debuting a brand new screen and speakers! While the old screen worked with a projector, this new screen acts more like a computer monitor; directly broadcasting the film to the audience.

This new screen, along with the upgraded speakers, means that we are able to see and hear these films at their very best. Thanks so much to Films by the Falls for bringing these awesome monthly viewings to our community.

Keep an eye out for their next movie on the last Tuesday of February to experience the new screen and speakers for yourself - see you there!

Thank You from the Fenelon Theatre Marquee Committee

Submitted by Judi Adamson

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As we look back at 2018, we will reflect on the things most memorable. For the Fenelon Theatre Marquee committee, Saturday Sept. 29th is the day that will stay in our minds forever. After over 2 years of planning, meetings, fundraising, hard physical work, and so much more, we watched the Marquee lights go on (after a momentary delay).

It would never have been accomplished without all the wonderful enthusiasm from our community. We received so much support from so many people both in Fenelon Falls & areas beyond, businesses (small and large), Eastern Ontario Development Program, and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

It brought together a community through reminiscing about their trips to the theatre, about the friends they went with and the fun they had.

We were so glad to be able to keep a very significant piece of Fenelon Falls history for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you once again to everyone who contributed!

Little Free Library

Submitted by Marylee Boston

Reading offers a lifetime of learning, dreaming, and connecting with the world around us. The love of reading ignited the dream which eventually became the reality of Little Free Libraries. It started with one model schoolhouse library and the collaboration of two gentleman named Todd and Rick. To date their idea, now a non-profit organization has shared the joy of reading with people in 88 countries through the installation of over 75,000 libraries.

The beauty of the Little Free Library is its simplicity. Once you’ve decided to build a library you can purchase a library kit, or you can dream up your own design.

Upon installation you can celebrate with a grand opening to welcome your friends and neighbours to fill your library or take home a new treasure. Your library may become a gathering place, a must-see destination and quite possibly inspire a new generation of readers.

The Little Free Library phenomenon has made its way to Fenelon Falls. According to the Little Free Library map there are 5 chartered libraries in Fenelon Falls and area. Click here Little Free Library to find one in your neighborhood or plan a road trip to visit libraries across Canada.

Looking for great books? Don’t forget to check out our other great local literary resources in the community: the Fenelon Falls branch of the Kawartha Lakes Public Library, and The Book Lady for new and used books.


Happy reading!

Footnote: Some information in this story was shared from

Fenelon Falls Secondary School gets theatrical with an upgrade of new audio visual equipment from the Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit

Submitted by Colleen Jenkinson

The Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit is excited about their upcoming movie screening this month at "Films by the Falls.” The movie Puzzle will be the first screening on the new big screen at Fenelon Falls Secondary School.

As KLFC chair, I was delighted to announce recently that the Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit has made a generous donation of new audio visual equipment to the school. A new large format projection screen and wall-mounted speaker system will be installed in the FFSS gym at the end of this month, just a few days before the next Films by the Falls event being held on Tuesday January 29th.

"The KLFC committee is very excited to have been able to donate a "big screen" to the school. We are grateful that the faculty and students at Fenelon Falls Secondary School have partnered with us on our film series for the past five years and wanted to show our support back to them, at the same time giving a gift of a better theatrical experience to our Films by the Falls audience."

Since the inception of the film series “Films by the Falls” in 2014, the community of Fenelon Falls and area have generously supported the local film circuit allowing them to bring Canadian and International films to the City of Kawartha Lakes as a member of the Toronto International Film Circuit (TIFF Film Circuit). Each year local businesses have sponsored the film series and donations have been sent in from individual movie-lovers in the community to keep the movies coming to the Fenelon Falls area.

"We have spent our money wisely and are happy to be able to share back to the community to make the movie-going experience in Fenelon Falls even better. My hope is that with this new equipment being accessibly located in the school, it will encourage more community filmmakers of all ages to have a place where they can show off their art, film and music projects. Last year, we started a pre-show program, inviting local filmmakers to submit their “own movies” which are screened in advance of our feature
presentation.” Ms. Jenkinson explains. "The FFSS gym is a multi-use facility, and we felt the school and Fenelon Falls community would benefit from having this modern technology."

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The new projection screen will be mounted above the stage in the school gym and is remote-controlled so it will be much easier to hide away when it isn’t being used. New wall-mounted speakers will be installed, which will replace the large speaker stacks that the school has been using. Ms. Jenkinson explained that "Last year the film committee donated a new sound board to the school, the next logical component to add was a new speaker system to pump out the sound.”

Ray Este, Principal at FFSS says “The schools’ partnership with Films By The Falls has been beneficial for the school and the community. This latest equipment donation will enhance experiences for our students, staff, and caregivers for many years to come taking place in the hub of the school; Graduation ceremonies, theatrical and musical productions, dances, assemblies, guest speakers - the list could go on and on.”

The Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit committee invites the entire community to come out and enjoy the new theatre-style experience at Films by the Falls on Tuesday January 29th for the official donation ceremony, some popcorn and to watch a great film, Puzzle. For more information about the feature presentation and Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit, please visit, or the Films by the Falls Facebook site.

Tickets are available at the FFSS box-office (gym door) at a cost of $10 each on the evening of the
screening, Tuesday, January 29th. Doors open for our event at 6:30 PM with the Official donation presentation beginning at 7:30 PM, followed by our feature film screening of Puzzle. Fenelon Falls Secondary School is located at 66 Lindsay St. in Fenelon Falls, Ontario.

Fenelon Falls Secondary School was founded in 1827. As of 2008, it has about 1,000 students and 90 teachers and support staff. It is a member of the Trillium Lakelands District School Board. Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit was formed in 2013 by a group of volunteers who share their passion for movies by bringing local residents the opportunity to enjoy films in their hometown. They are the curating team behind Films by the Falls, a film series that is a member of the TIFF Film Circuit. Toronto International Film Festival Film Circuit is a successful outreach program with over 170 locations in over 150 communities including the Kawartha Lakes, Film Circuit provides film-goers an opportunity to see films that may not otherwise be available in their region.

Thanks for the Meal

Submitted by Judy Kennedy

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Over the past summer, several groups in our community grew and donated fresh produce to the Salvation Army’s local food bank. We would like to acknowledge and thank the following groups: the Maryboro Lodge museum’s “Victory Garden” which was created and managed by members of the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society, students from Langton Public School’s “Green Team,” and students from Fenelon Falls Secondary School led by teacher Colleen Carew, as well as many individual members of our community contributed to this bounty of fresh produce for our food bank.

We asked the recipients of the fresh produce from the food bank to jot down their comments about how much they enjoyed the fresh veggies, and here’s what some of them wrote: 

So, to all of you who helped with donations of funding for building supplies to build the gardens, seeds and plants, and your labour to harvest the produce that helped put food on the tables of those who needed a helping hand to feed their families, a huge “Thank You.” Your work and your donations were gratefully received and appreciated by those less fortunate, who enjoyed the fruits of your labour. 

For some, hunger is a constant problem and there are some simple ways that you can help. Then next time you go to the grocery store, buy a few extra items and either drop them into the food bank barrel as you leave the store, or take them to your local food bank. 

When you are planting your veggie garden next spring, why not plant and grow an extra row of veggies to give to the food bank. I know that on many occasions, I tend to plant more than I need and it all seems to mature at the same time, which allows me to share some of my garden abundance with those who need and will enjoy it. 

You, or someone you know, may also have one or more fruit trees, or a big patch of rhubarb that produces far more than you or they can possibly eat or freeze. Please don’t let it go to waste. Our local food bank would be a great place to share it with.

Merry Christmas to all of you and a prosperous, caring and sharing New Year. Be kind to one another.


Judy Kennedy 

On behalf of the Salvation Army Food Bank, Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society and Maryboro Lodge, Fenelon Falls Museum

CIP Office Hours

Carlie Arbour will be at the Fenelon Falls library on December 6 and 13, from 12:30 pm to 4 pm for office hours and walk ins to discuss the Community Improvement Plan.


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There is over $1 million dollars in financial incentives available through loan and grant programs. Successful applicants will be able to use the funds to improve their commercial, mixed-use, or heritage designated residential buildings.

Funding is available to support eight types of improvement projects:

  1. improving signage

  2. improving façades

  3. building repairs and renovations

  4. accessibility improvements

  5. heritage conservation

  6. outdoor art

  7. outdoor patios

  8. design studies

One million dollars is available in loans to property and business owners across the City of Kawartha Lakes. Loans will be a low interest rate over a five year term. The loan program is especially attractive to land owners who are looking to make significant improvements on one or more story of their building.

Matching fund grants (50% of eligible costs) are available to properties within the downtown areas that completed a Downtown Revitalization project: Coboconk, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Norland and Omemee. Grants are available for the signage, façade and building repair and renovation improvement projects.

The Million Dollar Makeover is now open! Applications will be accepted until 4:30pm on Thursday January 17, 2019.