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Physical Literacy of CKL Children to be Addressed in EarlyON, KLSRC Partnership

Press release submitted by Dennis Geelen, KLSRC Coordinator

On May 29-30th, over 25 early childcare providers and TLDSB employees participated in a workshop facilitated by Dr. Dawne Clark of Sport for Life, who demonstrated that physical activity is a vital building block of healthy child brain development.  

The workshop was the first step towards achieving a goal shared by the Lindsay EarlyON center and the Kawartha Lakes Sport and Recreation Council (KLSRC) – to increase physical activity among children 0-6 years in the City of Kawartha Lakes.  But the participants learned that a critical factor in their success will be to first help children develop physical literacy.

Physical literacy (defined by The International Physical Literacy Association) is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activity for life. 

“In simpler terms, children need to learn and practice fundamental movement skills like hopping, throwing and catching in a fun and supportive environment to gain the confidence and competence to use these skills to participate in physical activity”, notes Dennis Geelen, KLSRC Coordinator.  “Similar to learning to read and write, confidence and competence comes from learning the fundamentals, practicing, and receiving positive reinforcement.” 

An Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant awarded to EarlyON in 2018 led to a partnership with KLSRC and Sport for Life. Sport for Life is a Canadian organization that is helping to educate communities across the country about physical literacy and its importance.  The partners are now working together to equip CKL early childcare providers and kindergarten school teachers with increased knowledge about physical literacy and how to embed the concepts into their daily programs. 

“It is our goal to see an improvement in the physical, mental, and social health of every child in the City of Kawartha Lakes through increasing understanding of the importance of quality, early physical literacy experiences”, says Pippa Stevenson, EarlyON Executive Director.

The workshop brought together people from a diverse group of organizations and sectors within the City of Kawartha Lakes including the local Health Unit, the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes, Community Living Trent Highlands, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, and several licensed childcare centers like EarlyON, Point in Time, Compass, and Tot Spot.  

“It was a wonderful opportunity to network with like-minded thinkers to plan the necessary steps to make physical literacy an important national movement”, stated Kirsty Mason from Compass.

The participants discussed factors contributing to the decrease of physical activity levels and adventurous play in our children over the past 20-30 years.  One factor is the development of a culture of anxiety and fear around potential for injury, but as Dr. Clark demonstrated, the increased time children are spending sitting in front of screens, is also further stunting the healthy development of their brains.  

Throughout the rest of 2019, childcare centers and some TLDSB classrooms will be provided with equipment bags (funded through the OTF grant) and activity suggestions, as well as implementation support through subsequent workshops to help link physical literacy into their curriculums.

Leslie LeClair is the Early Learning Coordinator for Community Living Trent Highlands and worked with EarlyON and KLSRC to help organize the workshop. “Educators inherently understand that engaging in professional learning will make a difference to the lives of children. We as a profession are compelled to consider new research and the implications of that research on our daily practice. Having the opportunity to participate in valuable professional learning is a key to ensuring on-going quality within our programs”, noted LeClair. 

The hope is to build a network of physical literacy champions within CKL and further expand the awareness and understanding to more centers, organizations, and families around the importance of developing physical literacy in our children.  Similar partnerships are underway in other communities around the province of Ontario with Sport for Life helping to provide the education and materials needed.

To find out more about the project, contact KLSRC Coordinator Dennis Geelen at dgeelen@klsrc.ca or Executive Director of EarlyON Pippa Stephenson at exec.director@oeyc.ca

New Signage in Rosedale

Submitted by Barb Young for Residents of Rosedale (ROR)

The Residents of Rosedale (ROR) are very pleased to announce that we have finally received our new boundary signs which were installed on Highway 35 at the north and south ends of town earlier this month. Obtaining the signs involved lengthy negotiations between the Community, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and the MTO.

We were able to get signs from MTO from a limited number of formats, so we came up with a number of ideas and surveyed the community to get the most popular opinion of what would be best. This was submitted to the City of Kawartha Lakes and MTO and after some minor alterations, the City of Kawartha Lakes approved our design and sent it to MTO in the spring of this year with the go-ahead for it to be installed.

We think they're quite attractive and hope you'll come out to Rosedale to admire them and enjoy our parkette.

Beat The Heat and Prostate Cancer at the 2019 Telus Watercraft Ride for Dad

Submitted by Michael Robson

Summer is in full swing and it has been hot here in Fenelon Falls. The sun and humidity have been perfect weather for water fun and this weekend, there is an event that helps you cool off and contribute to a good cause. 

This Saturday, the Fenelon Falls Marina will be hosting the 2019 Telus Watercraft Ride for Dad. The event will start at 1 pm at Fenelon Falls Marina and will take participants on a scavenger hunt on Cameron and Sturgeon Lakes. All pleasure craft are welcome and encouraged to join in the hunt. Upon completing the hunt, families may return to the Marina by 4 pm for a chance to win great prizes and enjoy dinner together at 5 pm.

Ride for Dad is a national mission to help end prostate cancer by supporting research and raising awareness. All across Canada, people are fundraising and participating in rides on ATVs, Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, and Watercraft. The proceeds of each ride are donated to the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation.

One in seven men in Canada will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Cancer does not just affect those individuals but also the people they love and those around them. The Watercraft Ride for Sight provides a way to help fight for a cure for prostate cancer to help those who are diagnosed and their friends and families while enjoying time together and having fun on the water. 

Come on out on Saturday to cool off and support a great cause. To pre-register, visit RideForDad.ca or email heather.ffmarina@yahoo.ca.


Featured Event - Fenelon Fair Returns This Weekend

This weekend, from July 19-21 enjoy the annual Fenelon Fair at the fairgrounds, brought to you by the Fenelon Agricultural Society.

This year’s fair is jam-packed with fun and features, including livestock shows, a truck and tractor pull, artist exhibits, midway exhibits, demolition derby, and more.

The fair promises fun for the whole family, so bring the kids to check out the petting zoo and the children’s pedal tractor pull.

Catch the Harry Peterson Band performing live on Saturday night and grab a refreshment from the Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.’s pop-up beer garden.

Check this week’s event flyer pack to see the full schedule of the fair and its features this weekend!

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.

Community Volunteers for a Community Event

Submitted by Beverly Jeeves

The long weekend and Simcoe Day are fast approaching in Fenelon Falls. Last year over 4,000 people attended events on Trent Severn Island, Water Street, the Fenelon Museum and the Fenelon Falls & District Lions Club’s Car & Truck Show.

Fenelon Live is looking for volunteers for Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd for FOUR-HOUR shifts. This is a great opportunity for families, youth groups, soccer teams, hockey teams, individuals and organizations to support community projects and build community spirit!

This year the Simcoe Day Steering Committee has planned in honour of the U.N. Year of Indigenous Languages three exhibits representing the Anishnaabeg nation. The Fleming College Varsity Lumberjack team will have various displays in woodcarving, axe throwing, and pole rolling. The “Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada” will again have an 1812 encampment that will operate and be set up at Lock 34 TSW Island. 1812 Overture.”  This year we have interactive activities along Water Street and our local library sharing Fenelon Falls history through storytelling, song and interactive displays.

Feel free to contact me at 905-431-5394 or at GBJeeves@bell.net for more information.

Beverly Jeeves, Chair

Simcoe Days 2019


Schmale Pleased with Decision to Help Close Gaps in Rural Internet

Submitted by Dylan Robichaud on behalf of the Office of Jamie Schmale, MP

OTTAWA, ON – Local MP Jamie Schmale welcomes today’s announcement by the Government of Canada to contribute $71 million in funding to develop the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) mobile broadband project.

“I have been talking about the need to fill the gaps in internet and cellular coverage since being first elected in 2015 as people and businesses in rural communities struggle with reduced access to vital connectivity,” said Schmale. “While today’s announcement is a positive step forward, it also is met with frustration, as the government has had the EORN project application on their desk for over two years with little-to-no movement.”

“Despite what seemed like endless amounts of meetings to talk about this much needed investment, it appears that on the eve of an election, with sagging poll numbers and seats in Eastern Ontario in jeopardy, the government has finally decided to take action.”

Today’s announcement will support a Dual-Phase Project, which is mandated to first build 317 new telecommunications towers and an additional 32 local Internet access points to improve overall mobile coverage for residents of Eastern Ontario. The second phase will identify the capacity gaps that result from heavy user-traffic, upgrade equipment to reduce network overloads, and improve service quality in rural communities.

In addition to federal dollars, the Province of Ontario committed months ago $71 million and two years ago, the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus earmarked $10 million towards the initiative, with private partners providing the rest of the funding.

“Residents and businesses in Eastern Ontario would benefit from improved access to online services which allow people to connect with friends, family, business, and community organizations. Most importantly, this proposal will save lives by ensuring cellular access to emergency services in remote areas and improving public safety by connecting all first responders on a dedicated network,” said Schmale.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Jamie Schmale, MP,

Haliburton–Kawartha Lakes–Brock

(705) 324-2400 or (866) 688-9881

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: www.otf.ca

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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 

Say Hello to the New Owners of The Cow and Sow

The Cow and Sow is one of Fenelon’s longest-running businesses, and as of this season it is under new ownership. Here is a brief Q&A to introduce you to the new owners, mother and daughter Lorraine and Emily Forbes, and give you a sneak peek at what you can expect from the famous local restaurant this season.

Town Crier: Tell us a little about you guys and why you chose to buy the Cow and Sow?

Cow and Sow: It was always my mom's dream to own her own restaurant. She worked in the hospitality industry her entire life prior to having my sister and I. Timing sort of worked in our favour because I was just finishing up university and didn't have a plan for what was next and my mom asked me if I wanted to go in on purchasing the restaurant with her. I said yes and that was it! She and I are best friends so it is a dream for both of us to get to work together and build a business together. The Cow has always been our family's favourite restaurant as well so it really worked out perfectly.

TC: Are there any new changes to the menu you’d like to announce? Or are you sticking with much of the same classic pub food people have come to expect from the Cow and Sow?

C&S: The menu is pretty much the same! We condensed it a little bit, and will probably add the warmer items like soup and shepherd’s pie back during the winter time. We did add chicken souvlaki back on to the menu and called it "Dickon's Chicken" to honour the previous owner Dickon Robinson, as it was his favourite item on the menu.

TC: Any special events or weekly specials going on this summer at the Cow and Sow?

C&S: We will be having live music every weekend. Every Friday or Saturday or both! We also have some special events with live music throughout the week later in July. There will be lots of promotions through our beer reps and chances to win cool prizes. We will soon be doing a promotion through Sapporo which will give our guests a chance to win a Sapporo mini fridge. In addition to these we also have daily drink and food specials!

TC: Fantastic! Thanks for sharing

Everyone be sure to drop by the Cow and Sow this summer to check out their live music, specials, and events - and say hi to Lorraine and Emily!

Featured Event - The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas

The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas, an immersive mystery adventure, launches this weekend on July 6th at 10 am and is available until September 1st, 2019.

This unique event is completely free to participate in and promises fun for families and participants of all age groups. The adventure begins at the Tourist Information Centre located at 15 Oak Street in Fenelon Falls, where participants can obtain their adventurer’s kit and their first clue. The mystery will lead adventurers to discover and learn more about our history, notable landmarks, and local businesses.

Marylee Boston, the Manager for the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce, shares, “The Mystery Adventure is a great way to learn about the history of Fenelon Falls while enjoying time with family and friends of all ages. Visitors and locals are bound to learn something new about our little village.”

A prize will be given to those that solve the mystery, and adventurers are encouraged to use #FFMysteryAdventure on social media to share pictures and highlights from their adventures across town.

For more information about The Hunt for the Jewel of the Kawarthas, please contact the FFDCC by emailing hello@explorefenelonfalls.com or by calling (705) 887-3409.