Posts tagged Marylee Boston
Mystery Adventure

Submitted by Marylee Boston

Have you heard? The Jewel of the Kawarthas has gone missing and we need your help to find it!. “The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas” is a Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce summer mystery adventure. Whether you are a local, a cottager, or a visitor, it is a great way to get out of the house and spend quality time with family and friends of all ages. Everyone will enjoy the chance to use their sleuthing skills to solve the puzzle and you just might learn something new about Fenelon Falls as the clues lead you around our beautiful village. 

The adventure starts at the Tourism Office on 15 Oak Street where you pick up your clue package. Then it’s up to you and your team to find the answers to the clues and return to the Tourism Office to unlock the treasure boxes. If you get stuck along the way look for one the Tourism Ambassadors in their blue uniforms to point you in the right direction. If you think they can be trusted! 

At the end of your journey there will be gasps, squeals of joy and delight when you use the clues to open the treasure chests and see what reward awaits you. More than 50 groups of adventurers have already solved the mystery but there’s still time for you to join in the fun. 

Have we piqued your interest? Challenge your friends to see who can solve the clues the fastest and share your Mystery Adventure photos on social media along with #FFMysteryAdventure. The Mystery Adventure runs all summer long until September 1st.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Happy reading!

Footnote: Some information in this story was shared from www.littlefreelibrary.org.

Mental Health in the Workplace

Submitted by Marylee Boston

As a small community it can be challenging to take on big ideas but that’s when you call in support from the “neighbours”. This is just what the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce did when the opportunity to apply for a Small Business Week Event sponsored by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and WSIB came up. There were only four spots so to increase the chance for success we invited our fellow Chambers from across the City of Kawartha Lakes to participate.  In the end Lindsay, Coboconk, Norland & Area, Haliburton Highlands, and Bancroft & District Chambers partnered with us. It was this partnership that helped secure the sponsorship to host a Mental Health in the Workplace event for business owners in the City of Kawartha Lakes as part of Small Business Week.

The Curling Club was nearly to capacity on Monday night for the Mental Health in the Workplace event which was the first one of the 2018 Small Business Week.  The expert panelists discussed mental health; the misconceptions, the stigmas, tips for employers, and an explanation of some of the available resources. The discussion was informative, practical and even provided a few laughs while tackling such a complex topic. The evening concluded with a time for networking with fellow business owners and the panelists. Door prizes donated by The City of Kawartha Lakes, Oak Street Pilates and the Bancroft & District Chamber were given out to three lucky winners but no one went home empty handed as each person received a “Stress Relief” gift bag.

Hosting this event was only possible because of a partnership with our local Chambers of Commerce. In this same way we can support each other to build strong and healthy workplaces. Whether you are self employed or own a large company the most important thing to know is that you are not alone. Find and build a network of people to help you manage the stressors that will come in life or business.

Mental health is a complicated and difficult topic but we can only make positive change if we start the conversation so thank you to all those who joined us Monday night. A special thanks to the panelists; Andrew Harkness – WSPS, Michelle Mraz- WSIB, Anna Froebe – HRAccess, and Dr. Alison Longhorn-Geddes, C. Psych for sharing their time and knowledge and to the sponsors Ontario Chamber of Commerce and WSIB. We look forward to continuing the conversation about mental health in the workplace.

Resources:

http://thinkmentalhealth.ca/

http://ontario.cmha.ca/

Pictures in the photo from L to R:

Trevor McPherson – OCC, Jennifer Wilson – Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber, Marylee Boston – Fenelon Falls & District Chamber, Jennifer Locke – Haliburton Highlands Chamber, Gregg Webb – Bancroft & District Chamber, Colleen Collins - Lindsay Chamber, Miranda Popovic - Lindsay Chamber, Christine Whelan – Bobcaygeon Chamber


Love of the Land

Written by Marylee Boston

(In honour of the generations of farmers in my family)

Fenelon Falls is known as the “Jewel of the Kawarthas” and for many the jewel is the beautiful lakes, cottage living, and life on the water. For others the land is the jewel and love for the land is their life blood. Generations of area families built a life from growing cash crops and raising animals of all shapes and sizes from this bountiful land. Farming is a business but even more so it’s family affair. Young farmers spend time working with parents and grandparents; learning how to drive the tractor, rake the hay and care for the herd. “Retired” farmers still participate by helping out and sharing advice, solicited or unsolicited!

In its simplicity, farming is the smell of freshly mown hay, the sound of the combine harvesting this year’s crop or the sight of a newborn calf taking its first few steps. These are the moments that make a farmer get out of bed every day no matter the weather; to do the chores, care for their herd, and fix the broken equipment.

A seasoned farmer will tell of the days when horses were the power house on the farm and families were large because the work was time consuming and physically demanding. Today’s farmer will tell you that keeping up with technology, marketing, and rising input costs are just some of their challenges. No matter the generation loving the land means surviving the drought, flood, disease and heart break while still having hope for the next year, the next generation and beyond.

As you travel the highways and byways this fall and you happen to get behind a farmer in their tractor slow down, enjoy the crops waiting for harvest, the hay fields, and animals grazing the fence lines. Next time you see a farmer stop and ask them why they love the land.

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Voter's Forum Recap

Submitted by Marylee Boston

It’s not often that backyard chicken coops, marijuana, and potholes are discussed in one evening but those topics and many more were addressed at the Candidates Forum co-sponsored by Fenelon Forward and Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce.

 

All four Mayoral candidates; Andy Letham, Gord James, Brian Junkin and Peter Weygang along with the Ward 3 Councillor candidates; Stephen Clarke, Doug Elmslie and Roger McInnis gave presentations on their platforms and answered questions from the audience.

Over 120 people were in attendance for the two hour event and attendees submitted written questions or addressed the candidates from the microphone. The questions covered areas mentioned above and others such as; the proposed Ross Memorial Hospital amalgamation, low income housing, roads, development, and issues relating to an aging population.

Pamela Vanmeer from Kawartha 411 moderated the event and kept it flowing smoothly so that each candidate had an equal opportunity to present and answer questions. Thank you to all those who submitted their questions via email and attended in person. The evening was informative and engaging.

For more information about the election and how to vote visit 2018 Municipal Election.

The new Ward 3

The new Ward 3