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Fenelon Falls Tennis Club a pandemic-friendly sports option  

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With a new rink, a curling club, nearby golf courses, a popular multi-use trail and every kind of aquatic-based recreation known to humans at their doorstep, Fenelon Falls residents have many ways to spend their leisure time. That might explain why, through no fault of its own, the Fenelon Falls Tennis Club flies under the recreational radar.

Ham Keillor-Faulkner says when he tells locals he is president of the club they are often surprised — as in surprised there is a tennis club in town. Keillor-Faulkner says with their newly resurfaced courts, and a reasonable membership price, the club offers excellent value for anyone looking for COVID-compliant exercise.

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City adopts five-year tourism strategy and focus on outdoor experiences

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The dry stone wall experience near Balsam Lake is the kind of 'experiential tourism' the city will focus on. Photo: Jamie Morris.

Council unanimously adopted a five-year tourism strategy that aims to make Kawartha Lakes a destination for tourists outside the busy summer season.

The strategy also focuses on how tourism operators might attract visitors for longer periods of time and package events where individuals might spend more money than they currently do in Kawartha Lakes.

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Fenelon stores try to hang on as construction to go past mid-June

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Construction has already created lineups to The Beer Store. Photo: Geoff Coleman.

Downtown Fenelon Falls can anticipate traffic interruptions right to the beginning of summer as the village accepts short-term pain for long term gain.

The major construction project on Colborne Street will go beyond the original deadline of the Victoria Day long weekend in May. The sewer improvement, traffic calming, and beautification project was originally scheduled to suspend operations then and resume after Labour Day.

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Affordable housing in Fenelon a priority but compromise is possible

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Imagine that you live in Fenelon Falls and have a child with an intellectual disability. As your child becomes an adult you begin to think about where he will live as he gets older. And then it hits you—the only way he will be able to move into some sort of supportive housing if is he leaves Fenelon, the community that he knows and where he is known.

This was the dilemma that faced a community group that began to imagine what supportive housing might look like in Fenelon. Over time their vision grew to include rental units that would cater to others in the community who were unable to find rental housing, such as seniors who often had to leave Fenelon when they sold their homes.

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Library board asks for bump in budget to move forward with new and ongoing projects

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Projects for 2021 include renovation and expansion of the Bobcaygeon library, expected to be complete by early 2022, and the ongoing expansion of Fenelon Falls' library.

While 2020 has been a very challenging year for the Kawartha Lakes Public Library system, there are important changes on the horizon for 2021, says Jamie Anderson, CEO and library director. Anderson presented to council a budget request for an additional 5.35 per cent.

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Women’s Resources to sell Amy’s Next Step Housing building in Fenelon Falls

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City of Kawartha Lakes/Haliburton more than double homelessness housing goal
KLH Housing Corporation's offer is conditional on financing being approved by Feb 11.

The Board of Directors of Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes and the Kawartha LakesHaliburton (KLH) Housing Corporation are excited to announce their agreement for KLH Housing Corporation to acquire Amy’s Next Step Housing at 11 West Street South, Fenelon Falls. Keep Reading

Housing Hardship: Difficult to move forward in Fenelon Falls with housing supply so tight

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Jeremy Englestad is one of many Fenelon Falls residents who would benefit from a larger housing supply.

Jeremy Engelstad, 24, is a Fenelon Falls resident who has done several jobs while growing up in the village, including farm work, stacking wood, collecting garbage, and shelf stocking and cart gathering at Sobeys.

Lately, he’s been thinking that a job in construction or waste management is something he might like to try.

When it comes to taking all the steps of adulthood, however, his biggest dream is renting his own apartment – and that’s also his biggest challenge in a village where housing needs easily outstrip supply.

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Downtown Fenelon Falls to get major face lift

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“The design is done,” Letham said, “and the refresh is long overdue.” Photo: Geoff Coleman.

Downtown Fenelon Falls was the main beneficiary in the decision by council not to refund to taxpayers the 2019 budget surplus of nearly $3 million. The money was instead put in capital reserves to be spent on pandemic recovery, and spent on a major structural and cosmetic facelift of downtown Fenelon Falls.

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We need to know where and how COVID-19 is spreading

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Asymptomatic testing coming to area schools

An open letter to Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, medical officer of health for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

Dear Dr. Noseworthy:

Now that the cases in HKPR regions are starting to climb, it would be helpful if you would have a stronger presence locally, so that we will not lose our flat COVID curve.

We, the public, need more information. For example, we need to know where in this huge geographic region the new cases are happening. We need to know the context: PSWs on the front line of care? Grocery stores? Workplace? Home gatherings?

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Podcast Teaser: Kyte and Dwayne offer fresh take on others’ music

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Dwayne Gretzky is not your typical tribute or cover band. Photo: Arden Wray.

In that tables turned episode of The Advocate Podcast, Cambray-based musician Marc Novoselec asked me who my favourite classic rock band was. With little hesitation, I offered British progressive rock group, Yes.

It was the rapid-fire portion of the interview, so there was no need – or time – for me to elaborate on what initially drew me to Yes. Next question, please.

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