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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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Celebrating Grr8 Finds: 10 Years in Business

Submitted by Anna Radey

Fenelon Falls has always been a unique destination for visitors. Tourists and locals alike are often enamoured with the variety of attractions within the boundaries of our small town. However, at its core, Fenelon is all about the people who make each and every visitor feel special and welcome.

One of the town’s greatest ambassadors is Randy at Grr8 Finds. His store is located in the heart of downtown and has been in operation since February 2009. Given his passion for antiques, it was only natural that he would eventually expand his business to include over 50 vendors and 1900 consignments. His venture has been so successful, that he was one of the first businesses in Fenelon Falls to start practicing standardized hours, (7 days a week, 364 days a year), which has proven to be quite effective. With many small businesses getting their start from being a vendor at Gr88 Finds, Tim Wisener of the Colborne Street Gallery notes that Randy “may be one of the most effective small business incubators within the City.”

Grr8 Finds offers up a visual wonder of unique items for all occasions and tastes. The vendor spaces are stocked with items of all sizes, with enough variety to fit any budget. Randy has a desire to ensure that everyone finds what they are looking for. His store even includes a candy counter for the local children, and those who are young at heart. Randy said his favourite thing about the store is “making memories. From the kids growing up as they come in to get candy, to the customers who purchase something and come back to tell me what they have done with it.”

Along with being a pillar of the business community, Randy is also a staunch ally of the LGBTQ community, and is often the provider of a safe space for teens to come and share their thoughts and perspectives, as well as perhaps gain a little wisdom along the way. Dakota Tilling, a student at Fenelon Falls Secondary School who stops in to see Randy nearly every day, notes that when Randy offers life advice or encouragement, “it’s always been very, very helpful. And he always seems to go out of his way to make sure that everyone else is happy. One thing he offers is a safe place for high school students to go if they’re having a rough time. You just go and sit on the bench at his candy store and you’re good.”

As we celebrate Randy’s 10th anniversary in Fenelon Falls, we wish him continued prosperity, both as an entrepreneur, as well as a supporter of the local community. If you find yourself downtown, be sure to stop in and congratulate Randy. You might even walk out with a little treasure of your own!


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.

[Sponsored] Highlands Propane at the 35th Annual Country Living Show

The 35th annual Kawartha Lakes Country Living Show is just around the corner. Hosted at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre, it features over 100 booths filled with products and services specifically targeted to the country home, farm and cottage owner. Long time supporter, Highlands Propane, is back at the show this year and invites you to visit them at their booth.

Founded in May 1991 by owner, Shawn Bellwood, Highlands Propane originally started as a small seasonal business serving local trailer parks. The following fall, they expanded to providing residential propane as well. Now, with the help of their team, Highlands Propane has grown to be the only independently-owned propane facility in the City of Kawartha Lakes and serves residents, tourists, and businesses alike.

Highlands Propane prides itself on its ability to provide their customers with professional, small-town service at economical prices. Whether you are searching for a new propane provider, better delivery or service, Highlands Propane is committed to making sure you receive the best possible experience.

Shared Workspace Anyone?

Submitted by Alan Engelstad

Are you operating a home business, freelancing or starting a new business or organization? Perhaps you travel or have a cottage in the area and you’d like a place to catch up on things back at the office. Shared workspaces (co-working) fill a need for freelancers and home businesses and startups to access inexpensive public space in which to do business, meet clients, find complementary talent, learn new strategies and collaborate on projects together. Participants share the operating costs and benefit from things they might not have at home: high-speed wifi, enterprise-level photocopying, a business address and a place to hold a meeting, workshop or create a podcast.

If you’ve not encountered these, here are some examples to whet your appetite and get you thinking about what might work best for you:

http://thinkproductive.ca/blog/2016/02/23/10-top-toronto-coworking-spots

The Fenelon Falls Downtown Revitalization team is looking into the feasibility of a shared office hub of some sort to help our home businesses and freelancers and startups thrive and to create a welcoming place for such businesses or organizations that wish to relocate here.

Interested? Please come to Sweet Bottoms Coffee (19 Colborne St. Fenelon Falls) this Sunday afternoon, 2 p.m. (7 April) or next Sunday afternoon (14 April) at the same time. Let’s discuss what we’d want and need from a shared work environment in town.

Can’t make either time? Please let us know your interest and requirements for a shared work space by sending an email to: fenelonthrives@gmail.com

White Lightning Shopping Bus Starts April 30th, FOR FREE, in rural Kawartha Lakes

Submitted by Michael Bryant

It is finally happening, neighbours and friends! Through the efforts of White Lightning Bus Tours and owners Pauline Kiely and Michael Bryant, with good friend, Mike Perry, we are realizing a dream to bring Rural Transit to Kawartha Lakes for the Community and Tourism.

Those without a vehicle needing to travel for Shopping, Medical Appointments, Family Visits or an Event will enjoy a wonderful day about town. The Service will travel between Oakwood, Little Britain, Lindsay, Cameron, Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon and Omemee. With plans to add Pontypool, Janetville, and Bethany shortly.

This Service is NOT Connected with any Municipal Transit or Agency and is being organized by Business, Advertising, Donations and Volunteer Ambassadors. Look for Bus Schedules in Towns and with local News Paper and Media. If you would like to be a Community Volunteer Ambassador to promote this in your community please pm us, or if you have any questions call 705-340-9880 www.whitelightningbus.tours

KLCFDC to Host Meet & Greet in Fenelon Falls

The Board of Directors of the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) will be having a Meet & Greet on April 17th at Home by Tim + Chris on Colborne Street.

Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce President Tim Wisener will co-host the event along with the KLCFDC’s Board Chair, Paul Reeds.

The CFDC has provided support to numerous Fenelon Falls and area projects over the years including dock extensions at the locks, the revitalization of the Fenelon Falls Marquee, updates to Garnet Graham Park, the Rotary Club Splashpad and the Fenelon Falls Chamber’s “More Ways to Have Fun” tourism campaign. They have also supported private businesses such as the Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. and the Peter Shennett Professional Corporation.

“This is an organization that has continuously seen its way to assist so many community-based and private ventures over many, many years,” President Wisener said. “It will be great to talk first-hand to these folks who have provided so much to our community and others across the Kawartha Lakes and let’s remember, they are all volunteers!,” he added.

The doors will open at 3:15 pm at 44 Colborne Street and there will be light refreshments served. Everyone is welcome but if you are interested please call Marylee at the Chamber, 705-887-3409 so that she can help track the numbers expected to attend.

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.

A Thank You from ABLE

Submitted by Heather Parks

A shout-out to Sobeys Fenelon Falls for generously underwriting refreshments at our recent "Building a Circle" workshops, held in collaboration with Community Living, March 19 and 20. The workshops were geared to those interested in enabling people living with a developmental disability to live their best life in our community. It's so encouraging to have the backing of our local businesses.

Heather Parks

ABLE (Access to Better Living Experiences)

Fenelon Falls