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2 FOCUS - DECEMBER 2015 Making Christmas merry Dear Editor Once again Joan Elliott and myself who are Independent Sales Consultants with Mary Kay Cosmetics are participating in the Community Gift Giving program in partnership with the Port Perry Place LTC Home. We have adopted the Port Perry Place LTC Home and along with your support will provide each resident with a Christmas Gift. Please join us in this wonderful program to aid in ensuring that each resident at the Port Perry Place LTC Home will have a gift to open this Festive Season. Each gift will be a memorable gift that will be wrapped in a beautiful Christmas bag with a card attached from you. The cost of each gift is 20.00. Cheques can be made out to us or Community Gift Giving Program. We will issue a receipt that can be used for advertising and promotion. All gifts will be delivered prior to Christmas. Thank you for helping to make this a bright Merry Christmas for the residents of the Port Perry Place LTC Home. Thank you Jillian Howsam and Joan Elliott Focus article evokes memories Dear Editor I have just finished reading the Focus on Scugog November issue. Reading the article about Mr. Jack Craighead I was surprised to see a mention of a ship sunk in the St. Lawrence. The ship was a converted yacht bought by the government from a wealthy jeweller in New York. One of my brothers was a signalman on board at age 20. Thirty officers and men were all lost at sea. It was H.M.C.S. Raccoon. I was quite surprised to read this article and see the Raccoon mentioned. All these years later it is the first time I have read anything about her. I still have letters and telegrams from the government and personal letters to my mother father and his 12 year-old sister. E. Louise Penstone Port Perry Congratulations with a capital C Volunteer with a capital V Dear Editor I would like to send out a huge congratulations to Helen Whiteway for receiving her Provincial Lifetime Membership pin. Helen is one of many auxiliary volunteers who put in numerous hours working at Camilles Closet. These ladies work throughout the year planning and participating in fundraising drives such as the Tag Day the delicious Fish Dinner and the ever-popular Polar Bear Plunge. All the money raised at these events goes directly to Port Perry Hospital. Among other things they have purchased hospital beds incubators bed lifts and have made a huge commitment and cash donation towards the hospital renovations that are now taking place. The next time you happen to pass one of these Coral Coat Ladies whether they are holding a donation box or refilling your bedside water at the hospital please take a minute to thank them for all the work they do for our community. I for one want them to know it does not go unnoticed Congratulations again Helen on your PLM award and to all the other ladies who have received it in the past. Cheers Bonnie DeCosta Port Perry Thanks and Thumbs Up Dear Editor To Heather and Andrew owneroperators of Port Perry Moving and Storage and their staff Sean and Kyle. This autumn due to a nasty fall and serious injury my mother had to leave her condo in Etobicoke and move to a retirement residence in Port Perry. After raising a family and living in Etobicoke for over 60 years Mom had a huge amount of memories memorabilia and material things that needed to be packed and moved. Heather and Andrew handled all of her items as if they were as precious to them as they are to my Mom. I want to thank them for being so kind calm and compassionate they made an emotional day so much easier. Thank you Port Perry Moving and Storage Bette Hodgins Port Perry ...................... Please turn to page 58 presents the 2015 Santa Claus Parade Saturday December 5th 5pm This years theme Info Scugog Visitor Business Centre 237 Queen St. 905-985-4971 Reach Queen Water Simcoe Fair Grounds Parade Route Starts at the Fair Grounds