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8 FOCUS - DECEMBER 2015 These pleasure trips were complimen- tary with the Port Perry BIA picking up the tab. Donna started out with her black Percheron Thor who has since passed away and then Newt took over. Neither of us are getting any younger Donna says of herself and Newt her beautiful big boy. He is 18 hands high and 15 years old. It has been a holiday tradition for local families and visitors to Port Perry to snuggle up under the cozy fur robes in the carriage decorated with tinkling sleigh bells to enjoy the old-fashioned experience of a horse drawn carriage ride. What a wonder- ful way to savour the sights of beauti- ful Queen St. resplendently decked out with coloured lights and natural greenery for the Christmas season. WellmissitsaysDonnabutits a lot of long cold hours on the pave- ment. Every year Newt and Donna were out on the town from 5 to 8 pm on Friday nights and from noon to 4 pm on Sunday afternoons. The twosome has long been a familiar favourite at- traction in the local Christmas parade as well. Newt is still going strong how- ever and Donnas Driving Service will continue to do private events such as weddings anniversaries birthday parties and prom nights. Donna her husband Ed and their four sons have always been an im- portant part of the Epsom-based busi- ness which she refers to as a family endeavour. They take turns help- ing Donna commented. I couldnt do it without them. The extra hands and eyes have en- sured an excellent safety record with no injuries to man or beast she added proudly. The traffic was always good giv- ing us lots of space she said. Donna has met generations of wonderful people during her horse and carriage days. People bring their kids and then their grandkids she recalled. Over the years some children who have come to know and love Newt like to bring him his favourite treat carrots. Once a little boy asked Donna if the horses hooves were made of wood and another little guy noticed Newts steamy breath in the cold win- ter air and remarked that he must be a dragon not a horse Its fun talking to people who have never met a horse before said Donna. She treasures many fond memo- ries such as happy families singing Christmas carols while enjoying their excursion. Its been an incredible ride commented Kenna Kozak of the Port Perry BIA. The horse and carriage rides definitely created a wonderful atmosphere in the downtown keep- ing our small town charm alive. She is hopeful that the BIAcan find someone to fill Newts horseshoes in the future. By Lynn Campbell Focus on Scugog Newt continued from page 7 OMESTEADHFURNITURE APPLIANCES HARDWOOD LAMINATE FLOORING WINDOW COVERINGS from all your friends at 1918 Scugog St. Port Perry across from Vos 905-985-2451 HomesteadFnA See us for handy and useful gifts for your Automobile Enthusiasts Port Perry Auto Supply 16050 Old Simcoe Rd. Unit 1 Port Perry 905-985-8481 Port Perry Auto Supply Merry Christmas Automobile Enthusiasts Maggie and the gang from