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Fenelon Falls’ Santa Day, night parade, a hit for 20 straight years

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Fenelon Falls' Santa Day, night parade, a hit for 20 straight years
Fenelon Falls Live's Mike McConnell and Deputy Mayor Doug Elmslie. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

It has become such an institution that a generation of Fenelon Falls and district residents may not believe it, but there was a time when the Fenelon Falls Santa Claus parade was held in the afternoon. It became a night time affair in 1999 and has never looked back, growing into an all-day event. This year, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the evening parade, events are scheduled on the Friday and Sunday bookending Santa Day, always held on the last Saturday of November.

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Valerie’s Blessing will honour late woman and feed hundreds at Christmas

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Valerie’s Blessing will honour late woman and feed hundreds at Christmas
Pastor Joel Holtz with Giant Tiger Manager Judy Sorenson. Photo: Sienna Frost.

Valerie Brunst may have passed away last year at the age of 77, but her gift to her church is ensuring her legacy will go on this Christmas — through Valerie’s Blessing.

Pastor Joel Holtz of Calvary Pentecostal Church in Lindsay says Brunst left her entire estate to the church — and now the church wants to find a way to “share some of this blessing with the community at large,” he says.

Brunst cut an eccentric figure, often seen on Hwy 36 about seven kilometres north of Lindsay in front of her house, hitchhiking for a ride into town.

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Cassie Noble releases new album, supported by southern Ontario and Quebec tour

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Cassie Noble releases new album, supported by southern Ontario and Quebec tour

It’s in between bursts of rain and sunshine when I meet with local tattoo-artist-by-day-musician-by night Cassie Noble at Lindsay’s Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault, a place familiar to the 28-year-old singer-songwriter.

Noble, who has toured with her band, The Do Good Badlies all across the country, is now putting considerable time and energy into the pursuit of a solo career. She was quick to express her gratitude for Boiling Over’s impact on local music, having played there herself with her band on numerous occasions, and noting the welcoming, all-ages feel of the coffee-shop. It’s a spot which serves as a starting point for many up-and coming local musical talents.

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Free event: Advocate hosts Art Eggleton to speak about need for national basic income

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Advocate hosts Art Eggleton to speak about need for national basic income
Art Eggleton.

The Lindsay Advocate will be hosting a free event on Oct. 5 in Lindsay, featuring retired Senator Art Eggleton who will speak on why Canada needs a basic income — and how to get there.

There are still 14 free tickets remaining out 110. The event will be held at the Pie Eyed Monk in Lindsay and is accessibility-friendly. To register, go here.

Eggleton has been one of the basic income movement’s greatest Canadian champions. He remains Toronto’s longest serving mayor in history and was well-known for his progressive approach to social issues in the city.

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A Taste of India in Lindsay

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A Taste of India in Lindsay
Lindsay has a growing Indian community. Photo: Jamie Morris.

Resisting the allure of Lindsay Ex candy floss and corn dogs, no fewer than 120 gathered in the St. Paul’s Anglican Church hall for “A Taste of India,” an opportunity for East and West to come together and break bread — well, chapati (a flatbread).

For many of those attending, it was a taste of the homes they’d left behind less than a month earlier for studies at Fleming College’s Frost Campus.

The event was organized by the church’s Youth Leader, Dan Farmer, and his mother, Pam and the purpose, as Farmer explained, was to welcome newcomers to their new community.

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The Lindsay Canadian Club: An invitation to the community

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Life and death of Munroe Scott

Imagine a community-based organization that invites people from all walks of life – millennials, seniors, students, retirees, people working full-time – to gather in an inclusive setting and hear dynamic voices from across Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, and Canada speak about some of the most important topics and issues affecting our community, province, country, and planet. Imagine spending an evening over drinks and eats with like-minded individuals who have gathered to hear guest speakers, chat with these change-makers, and engage with panelists.

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Going, going, gone: Death of a species as Kawartha Lakes set to lose 24,000 trees

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City Parks workers taking down the Peace Park trees. Photo: Jamie Morris.

Peace Park sits on a small, irregular plot of land just north of Central Senior Public School. It’s bordered by Albert Street., Peel Street W., a parking lot used by LCVI students, and a home. You might not have been aware it’s a park: there are no benches or play equipment. Until very recently what it consisted of was a stand of trees. There were thirteen of them, all planted in 1992, which is the year the park was dedicated.

The number 13 was significant, as a plaque explains: “The trees are symbolic of Canada’s Provinces and Territories and represent a link with one another, with nature, and as a symbol of hope for the future.”

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Seniors test out cutting edge Seniors Play Park in Fenelon Falls

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Seniors test out the cutting edge Seniors Play Park in Fenelon Falls
Penni Holdham, left, Doug Elmslie, top rt, Khosrow Yazdani. Photos: Jamie Morris.

A politician, a physiotherapist, and an artist walk to a barre. That’s not the set-up for a joke. The ballet barre is one of 13 components in the recently-opened Seniors Play Park in Fenelon Falls, one of the first such parks in Canada, and I’ve asked the three — all seniors themselves — to spend some time exploring the very compact apparatus and then to share their thoughts.

The politician is Doug Elmslie, currently Deputy Mayor and for the past 13 years councillor for the ward that includes Fenelon Falls. He’s also Chair of the Board of Management for Victoria Manor, and so knows something of aging seniors’ needs. Doug is mid-70s, rates his fitness level as 5 on a 1 to 10 scale. He’s on the go most days and he golfs, but not as often as he’d like.

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Grand opening of Seniors Play Park in Fenelon Falls

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Grand opening of Seniors Play Park in Fenelon Falls
Mike Perry, ED of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Care Team, with MPP Laurie Scott.

Local MPP Laurie Scott recently met with representatives from the municipality of Kawartha Lakes and Joan Young, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer, in Fenelon Falls to celebrate the opening of the Seniors Play Park at the Lloyd Kelly Parkette.

Scott and Young congratulated the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team on the work done with thanks to a $121,600 OTF Capital grant, along with other local donations, to create one of the first Seniors Play Parks in Canada. The free park is an accessible recreation space that promotes exercise and an active lifestyle for older residents.

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Active Again continues in Fenelon Falls; Bobcaygeon program to start in fall

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Active Again continues in Fenelon Falls; Bobcaygeon program to start in fall

Active Again — a program that encourages older adults to try various recreational activities in a comfortable environment with other participants who may require an ‘adaptive’ or modified approach to participating — was launched as a pilot project for 2019 in Fenelon Falls.

The Active Again pilot program was born when the Kawartha Cycling Club received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2018 to fund the initiative. KLSRC has worked closely with six different sport and rec providers in the area to put together and facilitate the program.

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