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Maintain Healthy Habits through Autumn

Submitted by Marina Hodson

Autumn again already?

As the days shorten, you may begin to wonder how to continue the healthy habits you adopted over the summer and develop a few new ones as well.

Unfortunately with the beauty of the autumn leaves, and they certainly are stunning this year, also come some additional things to keep in mind. If you have to rake leaves this fall, remember to take it easy. Don’t overdo it, wear gloves to prevent blisters, and think about your posture to prevent injury – and if all else fails, ask for help. Wet leaves on sidewalks and decks can also be as slippery as ice and may cover trip hazards, so be mindful. 

If you walk during the warmer months, this may now become a challenge, but there are exercise alternatives. Take your walk indoors at the mall or community center or how about trying something new? Curling and bowling are both low impact indoor alternatives that will keep you fit without having to brave the colder weather.

Of course as we all know, flu season is upon us. Even without complications, if you catch the flu, all your other good intentions will become secondary. So get your flu shot this fall.

So take care of yourselves no matter the season!

 Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT       

Have a Heart...

Submitted by Marina Hodson

Do you know the leading cause of premature death in women? You would be forgiven for thinking it may be cancer-related, but it is actually heart disease. In fact, women are five times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer.

Whilst long accepted as a largely male concern, one woman dies every 20 minutes in Canada according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and while men face a greater risk of heart disease at a younger age, women are more likely to die. This may come as a shock to anyone who assumes that Canada’s healthcare system is universal but in fact that is the issue. One size does NOT fit all when it comes to heart disease.

Issues start with diagnosis, continue through recognizing heart attacks and even in treatment modalities. Common diagnostics like the stress test for cardiac output, for example, have been shown to be far less sensitive for women than men and even more so in younger women. During a heart attack, women often experience symptoms differently than men and therefore ignore many of them. Common ones described by women and unrelated to chest pain include:

·        Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort

·        Shortness of breath

·        Pain in one or both arms

·        Nausea or vomiting

·        Sweating

·        Light-headedness or dizziness

·        Unusual fatigue

·        Indigestion

As many of these symptoms may be attributed to influenza or “general malaise” they are often ignored and women tend to show up in emergency rooms or doctors’ offices long after heart damage has occurred or seek no treatment at all. Even once diagnosed, many of the standard treatments have been found to be less beneficial for women and they are referred less often for cardiac rehabilitation than men and are less likely to complete rehab if they are referred.

So we must take matters into our own hands to protect ourselves and our loved ones through education on the risks and symptoms and not ignoring the early warning signs. For more information, visit

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

The Curling Club a Happening Place in Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Ian Hackett on behalf of the Curling Club Board

The Fenelon Falls Curling Club has had a very successful registration campaign for the 2019-2020 season. The two nights of open house and registration were packed with old and new friends sharing summer stories and making plans for this winter’s events at the Curling Club.

Our Youth League is headed up by the Peels, Katherine and Doug . If you have seen Doug with his construction equipment lay 1000 pound armour stone with precision, well just imagine what he does with a curling stone on a beautifully groomed sheet of ice. His enthusiasm to mentor young curlers can only help to grow our sport. Watch for the “Rocks and Rings” program in our local schools this fall.

The Board has worked through the summer to promote the club in our community. We are proud to display our logo and website. Our goal is to be the very best we can and our catch phrase “Curl Fenelon - it’s more than just the game “ was chosen to emphasize the club’s social and inclusive atmosphere.

We have set a registration fee that we feel is manageable for our players and enticing to new curlers young and not so young.

Youth League is Sunday afternoon from 1:00-3:00 pm, and fees are $99 (includes tax and OCA fees)

Learn to Curl is Sunday 3-5 pm, for a 6 week duration starting Nov 3rd for $99 (plus tax) and includes an opportunity to play and practice with one of our leagues for the 6 weeks.

Our new website “ “ is up and full of information about our leagues, events, and registration forms.

Give us a call, stop by the club when the lights are on, or ask anyone in town how to belong. We are well known around town and excited to include everyone.

Have you Had Your Bacteria Today?

Submitted by Marina Hodson

Have you had your bacteria today?


I think it is generally safe to say that bacteria are something we choose to avoid, wash away or disinfect against, but bacteria does not have to be a dirty word.


Studies have shown that there are countless health benefits associated with consuming microorganisms such as probiotics, if you are not already familiar with these, they include….

  • Improved digestive health and maintained balance between good and bad gut bacteria and the prevention and treatment of diarrhea associated with antibiotic use and travelling.

  • One of the more surprising findings was that consuming Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus for 1-2 months was shown to improve anxiety, depression, OCD and even autism.

  • Improvement of allergies and skin conditions such as eczema.  These benefits even extended to children born to women who took probiotics during pregnancy.

  • Not surprisingly, probiotics improved digestive conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

  • By promoting the production of natural antibodies, probiotics were shown to improve immune system response and to reduce both the likelihood and severity of respiratory and urinary tract infections.

  • Additionally, the right probiotics were found to aid in weight loss and reduce belly fat.

As well as the above benefits, consumption has been linked to colon cancer prevention and reduction in yeast infections.  So if you have joined the ranks of the converted, how can you find your favorite good bacteria?  The most commonly known source of course is yoghurt, however if that doesn’t strike your fancy other fermented products high in probiotics or lactic acid bacteria include Kefir, Kombucha, Miso soup and even sauerkraut.  Of course, you can always choose a store bought supplement instead if these foods don’t appeal.


So embrace some bacteria in your diet and enjoy the many health benefits.


Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Now What?

Submitted by Marina Hodson

This is not the first time I have written about kids going back to school, but what if they are also leaving home?  It is one thing to have our children head off for the first day ever; it is another to end an average summer and return to grade 7 or 8… Then comes the day in September when going back to school means moving out!

How do you deal with that “empty nest syndrome”?  Missing your “little ones”; thinking you are” losing connection”?  Like most things in life, it is in the perspective.  It is very easy to look at the things we do not have, for me that would be the millions in the bank; but it is far more productive, and healthier, to look at what we have achieved.  Your children have left home – wow, you have done the most important part of parenting and prepared your child to be independent. Congratulations. 

I have been speaking to friends this week about their struggle with their children heading off to university and the emptiness this leaves in their lives and all I can say is “you must be so proud”.  As a parent, all I ever wanted was to impart in my son the feeling of independence and self-confidence to allow him to move on and become a man; so while I missed him, the day he left home, was the most successful day of my parenting career.  Don’t get me wrong, it leaves a terrible void, but find ways to address this.

Recognize the successes both you and your children have had and find ways to celebrate them rather than mourn.  Have you been able to enjoy the city they have chosen for this new adventure?  What will you learn about economics, politics, medicine…. by chatting about their chosen educational path – a free education by proxy.  And most importantly, at the end of the day, do not underestimate the importance of reconnecting with your spouse or yourself.  It may seem difficult at first, but like retirement, this new-found freedom is well deserved and much needed, so enjoy it.

So take pride in their accomplishment and acknowledge that you prepared them for this new adventure.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Registration Open for Annual Turkey Trot Run

Each Thanksgiving weekend, Fenelon Athletics and Nutrition organizes a fun run for the community: choose to walk or run a chip-timed 1 km, 5 km, or 10 km distance on Saturday, October 12th.

This is a family-friendly event, beginning at Garnet Graham Park. All proceeds raised from the event are donated to Santa Day - so if you enjoy Santa Day in November, this is an easy way you can support the event as an individual and contribute to its success again this year.

Time to lace up your runners and get training! You can register for the Turkey Trot at

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Kawartha Lakes Sports and Recreation Council to Host 5th Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner

Submitted by Dennis Geelen

Volunteers rarely seek recognition. But the Kawartha Lakes Sport and Recreation Council (KLSRC) knows how much they contribute to the sport and recreation community in Kawartha Lakes. Think of that favourite coach that helped build your confidence, or that always reliable volunteer willing to take on any task, or the behind the scenes board members who keep organizations viable and progressive. And then tell us about those individuals by nominating them for a Volunteer of the Year Award so they can be recognized on November 6th, at KLSRC’s 5th Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Lindsay Golf and Country Club. 

Nomination categories include coach/trainer, board/organizational volunteer, and active recreation/community volunteer. There will also be a Volunteer Organization of the Year category.  

Previous award winners include:


Volunteer - Ivan Goodhand, Allyssa Adams, and Stephen Hayma

Organization – Optimist Club of Lindsay


Volunteer - Pat Staneland, Patty Tomlinson, and Darryl Buttar

Organization – OPS Minor Baseball


Volunteer – Kevin Tysiak, Lori Grills, and Bernice Mitchell

Organization – Lindsay Wildcats Basketball


Volunteer – Tom Jeffrey, Chris O’Neill, and Steve Blodgett

Organization – Lindsay Unites

While the event serves to bring awareness to and provide recognition of the hard work, time, and energy that volunteers contribute, it also provides an opportunity to focus on a particular benefit of sport and recreation within the community. This year, the theme of the evening is Sport and Recreation Across the Lifespan – to reflect the importance of staying active at all ages, and to highlight the KLSRC partners who support CKL residents to do so. KLSRC members will provide updates of key projects from this past year, communicate their direction for the next twelve months, and highlight the KLSRC Supporter and Membership programs that offer options to join in with KLSRC to help create a community that is active for life.

To nominate an individual for Volunteer of the Year or a sport and recreation provider for Volunteer Organization of the Year, or to learn more about the KLSRC, please contact Coordinator Dennis Geelen at Deadline for nominations is September 30, 2019.

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!

[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.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for a Seniors’ Play Park in Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Mike Perry

Fenelon Falls – On Thursday morning, the Hon. Laurie Scott, MPP participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Ontario’s first Seniors’ Play Park, which is about to be built in Fenelon Falls. Thanks to the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team receiving a $121,600 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation earlier this year, the park is on its way to becoming a reality.

“I am pleased that the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team has been awarded a $121,600 grant to build the first Play Park in Fenelon Falls,” said MPP Scott. “By providing a free and accessible recreational space for seniors, this is an investment in the promotion of social and active lifestyles.” – Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

The creation of a Seniors' Play Park for Fenelon Falls is the initiative of local resident Penni Holdham. The basic idea behind designing outdoor gyms and play areas for older adults or those with mobility challenges is to help improve people’s overall health and fitness and reduce isolation. The park, located at the Lloyd Kelly Parkette behind the Red Apple, will provide 24/7 outdoor space with activity stations that have no barriers to access. 

"We are very proud to deliver the first Seniors' Play Park in our area, generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Penni Holdham.  

The most recent population data available indicates that 50 per cent of people living in Fenelon Falls are over 55 years of age. Seniors Play Parks are designed for older adults looking to safely maintain their flexibility, agility and mobility through use of low-impact equipment geared for gentle exercise while enjoying time with friends. It’s expected that the park will be an outdoor recreational space where seniors can engage in a range of stretching and balancing activities using the onsite, fun and easy-to-use activity stations. There will be no fees or set hours to use the park and all activities are self-guided.

“We are pleased to help provide opportunities for local seniors to stay active and socialize,” said Mike Perry, Executive Director of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team. “There are great health – and health care cost savings – benefits to keeping active and this kind of park really has great potential.”

The City of Kawartha Lakes municipality approved the park to be used for this purpose and will be taking care of its maintenance for the coming years. The park is scheduled to open this fall.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $108 million to some 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.  For more information, please visit:

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Photo 1: (L-R) Construction Team Liam Brierley & Kevin Strybosch; Mike Perry, Executive Director, City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team; Penni Holdham, Fenelon Resident/Project Manager; Mike Barkwell, Vice-President, Fenelon Seniors’ Club; The Hon. Laurie Scott, MPP; Deputy-Mayor Doug Elmslie (Councillor Ward 3).

Media Contact:                       

Mike Perry, Executive Director      

City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team

55 Angeline St. North, Lindsay, ON, K9V 5B7

Ph: 705-328-9853