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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!

Photo Round Up - August 15

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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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.

Let us know which pictures you love and why in the comments!


 
 
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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Photo Round Up - July 25

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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An English Girl's Journey to Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Andrea Strachan

I immigrated from England to Canada as a young girl with my family in 1957. We lived in the Toronto area and in the mid-60s my parents bought a cottage in Gooderham. My journey to Fenelon Falls had begun!

We would shop in Fenelon on our way to the cottage and I got to enjoy many of the town's offerings and of course, the people. My parents eventually retired to Kinmount in the early 80s after buying a house owned by a Kinmount celebrity (he owns the Highland Cinemas!).

In 2000 my partner and I made the big decision to return to Ontario from Victoria, B.C. after living out west for just 3 years. The housing market had started to go crazy out there and every house purchase became a bidding war. We found the perfect house back east and moved to Fenelon Falls where we opened Pandy Bear's Bed & Breakfast on the Burnt River. I had been a legal assistant in downtown Toronto and out in Victoria and gave it all up to start my new career as a B&B owner, something I had wanted to do since the mid 90s. We received a warm welcome by the community, the business network here, and of course our wonderful neighbours.

We advertised the B&B as a "stay and play" accommodation. We offered the entire first floor to our guests - 3 bedrooms, a full kitchen, a bathroom, living room and dining room plus sauna with a bathroom and an enclosed sun room. People enjoyed swimming and boating, hammocks and lounge chairs, a deck with barbecue and of course a full breakfast with fresh produce from our garden, all homemade items, including jams and breads. They could rent canoes and kayaks and would arrange a boat ride along the river into town for lunch or dinner.

We arranged tours for our guests to discover Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon, Kawartha Country Wines, Whetung Ojibwa Centre, Gallery on the Lake and the many hiking and biking trails that surround the area. We also had guests arrive by boat through the Trent Severn Waterway and would drive them to town to enjoy many dinners with them at the wonderful restaurants. We had a lot of return guests and met people from all over the world.

We did not do a lot of business in the wintertime, so I worked part time at Sobeys in their old location as a fish monger, sample lady, and cashier, offering more opportunities to make lasting friendships in Fenelon. Sobeys was where The Red Apple is now when we first moved to Fenelon.

In 2013 I retired and closed the doors to the B&B. It was bittersweet but the memories are lovely to look back on. In 2015 I moved to my own beautiful apartment in the seniors building on Murray Street where I am happily making more friends, and enjoy volunteering, and still bake for anyone who will let me! I have slowed down and am so happy it is in Fenelon Falls.

I hope you enjoyed this condensed version of an English girl's journey to Fenelon Falls.

Photo Round Up - July 18

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.

Let us know which pictures you love and why in the comments!


 
 
Welcome to Fenelon Falls!

Submitted by Marylee Boston

Fenelon Falls is a destination for day trippers, cottagers and local tourists alike and sometimes they need a little help making the most of their visit. The goal of the summer Tourism Ambassador program is to welcome, inform, direct and have fun with visitors so their time here is memorable and those great memories that will bring them back time and again. 

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The Tourism Ambassador program launched in the summer of 2018 with only two Ambassadors. Last summer was a success and showed that there was opportunity to expand and grow the concept so this summer there are 5 Tourism Ambassadors! The TA’s are local students who bring their own experience, enthusiasm, tech smarts and hometown knowledge to the job. You will see them all around downtown Fenelon Falls, at the museum, the beach park, and the locks in their bright blue uniforms. They are also helping the Horticulture Society volunteers take care of the many beautiful gardens in the village. 

Whether you have family coming to visit, you’re a long time cottager, or a local; the Tourism Ambassadors can help you find restaurants, accommodations, attractions and event information. They can also be convinced to give clues to help you solve our summer Mystery Adventure - The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas. Their home base is the Tourist Info Centre on Oak Street in Fenelon Falls. The Chamber of Commerce is excited to promote Fenelon Falls and area with the help of our Tourism Ambassadors. Please say hello when you see them around town.

Introducing the Winners of the Legion's first Literary Contest for Seniors

Submitted by Arlene Colman

Heather Roxborough, Paul Leduc, Nancy Louiseize

Heather Roxborough, Paul Leduc, Nancy Louiseize

Arlene Colman, Seniors Chairman for the Fenelon Falls announced the winners of its first Literary Contest for Seniors as follows:

Placement Name Category

First Place Nancy Louiseize Poem

First Place Paul Leduc Short story

First Place Mary Greaves Memoir

Second Place Heather Roxborough Short story

These talented and creative people are pictured above, with the exception of Mary Greaves who was in France for the D-Day Commemorations. Mary received her flowers and certificate upon her return.

We hope to run the contest again next year so put your thinking caps on and get started on your entry in 2020. There’s something for everyone: poetry, short stories, memoirs and essay. What a great project to fill those long winter months!