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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

A Capital Experience

Submitted by Marylee Boston

Fourteen students from area secondary schools joined MP Jamie Schmale as part of the third annual Capital Experience. Local Grade 12 Fenelon Falls Secondary School students Shaun Soutar and Charlotte Neumann were privileged to participate in this years event.

Shaun and Charlotte stopped by to share their stories and impressions after spending 3 days in Ottawa. Here’s a quick flyby of the itinerary during their whirlwind trip: meetings with Andrew Scheer the Leader of the Official Opposition, the Chief Herald of Canada, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as Katlyn Harrison (a graduate of I.E. Weldon) who works at a government relations firm.

The group also attended Question Period where MP Jamie Schmale introduced each student by name and they held a mock Question Period when Parliament was out of session. Next up was the Supreme Court of Canada where they not only toured the building but also held a mock trial and visited the Supreme Court Library. They were amazed how many books were housed in the library considering they were only books relating to law! During the mock trial Charlotte had the honour of sitting on the Supreme Court Justices bench while presiding over the trial. Then there was a trip to the CBC studios for a filming of Power & Politics which included a visit to the control room and a behind the scenes look at the complexities of live television.

Throughout the meetings and experiences both Charlotte and Shaun were overwhelmed with how willingly people gave of their time to meet with them, answer questions and share their life experience. They felt respected and treated as adults who will soon be entering life outside of high school.

The biggest take away from their trip was the continued reminder from those they met to go and experience life; try various jobs, build networks, collect experience and one day the road may lead them to a life in the politics. If not politics, then be an informed and engaged citizen looking to make the world a better place.

Photo Credit: The Office of MP Jamie Schmale

Photo Credit: The Office of MP Jamie Schmale

Featured Event — Season Premiere of Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit

Submitted by Colleen Jenkinson

Kawartha Lakes Film Circuit are pleased to announce the Season Premiere for their 5th season will be "Hearts Beat Loud", a story of a Brooklyn father and daughter, charged with the kind of music as free-spirited as the duo is. 

This Special Event will take place on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 at Fenelon Falls Secondary School - 66 Lindsay Street, Fenelon Falls, ON

Doors open at 6:30 pm  

There will be special announcement from Councillor Doug Elmslie.  He invites all of the community to the "Light It Up" ceremony for the newly restored Fenelon Theatre Marquee the following Saturday evening. 

The Fenelon Theatre Restoration Committee will be on hand to take donations, and will be selling keepsake Sweaters and Coffee Mugs, to help keep you warm now that we are shifting into Fall. 

The feature presentation will begin at 7:30pm 

Tickets are on sale for $10 each at the Box Office at FFSS on the evening of the screening.

If you have any questions, contact Colleen at or by telephone at 905-447-2235.