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Photo Round Up - February 8 to 14

Every week, we share a photo round up of photos that were submitted to us.

We’ll select our favourite as that week’s feature photo.

Let us know which pictures you love and why in the comments!


 
 
Photo Round Up - February 1 to 7

Every week, we share a photo round up of photos that were submitted to us.

We’ll select our favourite as that week’s feature photo.

Let us know which pictures you love and why in the comments!


 
 
Thank You from the Fenelon Theatre Marquee Committee

Submitted by Judi Adamson

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As we look back at 2018, we will reflect on the things most memorable. For the Fenelon Theatre Marquee committee, Saturday Sept. 29th is the day that will stay in our minds forever. After over 2 years of planning, meetings, fundraising, hard physical work, and so much more, we watched the Marquee lights go on (after a momentary delay).

It would never have been accomplished without all the wonderful enthusiasm from our community. We received so much support from so many people both in Fenelon Falls & areas beyond, businesses (small and large), Eastern Ontario Development Program, and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

It brought together a community through reminiscing about their trips to the theatre, about the friends they went with and the fun they had.

We were so glad to be able to keep a very significant piece of Fenelon Falls history for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you once again to everyone who contributed!

Photo Round Up - January 25 to 31

Every week, we share a photo round up of photos that were submitted to us.

We’ll select our favourite as that week’s feature photo.

Let us know which pictures you love and why in the comments!


Thanks to Susan Blayney for submitting this cute trio of images. Susan wrote, “We feed Snow Buntings at our place on Bulmer’s Road.”

 
 
Photo Round Up - January 11 to 17

Every week, we share a photo round up of photos that were submitted to us.

We’ll select our favourite as that week’s feature photo.

Let us know which pictures you love and why in the comments!


 
 
Photo Round Up - January 3 to 10

Every week, we share a photo round up of photos that were submitted to us.

We’ll select our favourite as that week’s feature photo.

Let us know which pictures you love and why in the comments!


In Memory of Liz Barnes

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This stunning photograph was submitted by Libby Brett. It features the sun setting over 4 Mile Lake.

Libby’s mum, Liz Barnes, was an avid photographer up until a couple months prior to her passing. She was a resident of Fenelon Court and loved coming out to spend weekends at the lake. Libby took this picture to show her just 3 days prior to her death. We are honoured to feature it in this week’s photo round up in honour of Libby and her mum, Liz Barnes.


 
 
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

ABLE: Families Helping Each Other

Submitted by Diane Engelstad

You may not know me but I’m famous in town: I’m Jeremy’s Mom.

Anywhere I go with Jeremy within a surprisingly wide radius of Fenelon Falls, I’m struck by all the people who greet him or ask him how things are going. I think Jeremy has a way of bringing out the best in people, and a knack for facilitating a good moment in their day. But I also know how lucky we are to be residents in a welcoming and inclusive corner of the world. I tell people all the time that our move to Fenelon Falls ten years ago has been great for Jeremy and our family, because of the way Jeremy is respected for who he is, and included in all Fenelon has to offer him.

Which is why it became important, as Jeremy left high school and joined the adult world, to find others in the area who are also grappling with what full citizenship looks like for their family members with intellectual disabilities.

Families tend to bear the lion’s share of support, and with this in mind, a few of us formed a new local group. ABLE, which stands for “Access to Better Living Experiences,” brings families and community allies together to consider what needs to be done to assist each person with intellectual disabilities in our area to live their best life.

Most adults would not be happy with a life organized for them strictly around supervision. As adults, we expect to take care of our needs, follow our interests, hone our abilities, participate in community life, and develop friendships on our own terms. I know that’s what Jeremy would like too, but he will need the right support in order to achieve his own level of independence and satisfaction. There is no cookie-cutter solution or government “program” that can make this happen. Everyone is unique.

It turns out that “Family Support Networks” are springing up elsewhere in the province too for similar reasons, and ABLE was able to access a little funding to help our group get off the ground. (We hope to have a website soon.) ABLE, still a small group, meets once a month in the parish hall of St. James Anglican Church to talk about employment or volunteer opportunities, resources, and strategies around specific, individual needs. It sure is nice to connect with others familiar with the challenges of everyday life.

If you are supporting a family member or friend and would like to join us, we would be delighted! For information about upcoming meetings, please call me at 705-887-7169, or Jim Armstrong at 705-887-9755, or send us an email at ablefenelon@gmail.com.

An Early Retirement

Submitted by Loretta Dury

Just read through your Town Crier, which I enjoy. We as well have a home away from home, however, Fenelon will be our permanent home within a year. My husband and I are planning to take an early retirement. We have loved coming up to this jewel for the past 2 years on weekends and holidays. The people we meet are so friendly and kind. There are always events happening. Our friends that visit us are amazed by the beauty and how much there is to do in Fenelon. We can’t wait to bring them to the newest addition - the new [Marquee] sign by the locks.  I couldn’t wait to get a picture of my daughter and her dog there. 

Here are a couple pics I love: 

Our Home Away From Home

Submitted by Stacey Leger

We have owned cottages in the Kawarthas for the last 6 years but the property we own on Cameron Lake is our “Home away from Home”. We love it there... our kids love it there... in fact we’ve never had a guest come who hasn’t fallen in love with the lake, the town, the people — all of it. 

Fenelon Falls is the only place we have ever been where the town goes above and beyond our every expectation. The tourism in the town is impeccable, and the local people are by far the kindest and most humbling I’ve met. 

This picture was took sitting at the waters edge is summer after a family BBQ and enjoying all the peace and tranquillity the lake has to offer. I have thousands of pictures take at the lake and cottage but this one always stands out as a favourite.

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