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FOCUSon Scugog FEBRUARY 2016 Dr. J. Cottrell Dr. J. Hardy Dr. C. Baneld Dr. J. Isenberg Dr. E. King Orthodontist Dr. M. Dhillon Periodontist New Patients Always Welcome port perry dental centre 238 Queen St. - Port Perry - 905-985-8451 Your Hometown Dental Professionals Nothing says I LOVE YOU more than a condent radiant SMILE 2015 Readers Choice Awards PORTPERRYSTAR BEST DENTIST 2015 Readers Choice Awards PORTPERRYSTAR BEST DENTAL OFFICE EYEWEAR INSURANCE PLANS ACCEPTED KIDS MULTI PAIR BUNDLES SUNGLASS STUDIO OPTICIANS 905 985 9388 OPTOMETRISTS est 1982 THE VISION CLINIC 305 Queen St Port Perry e y e w e a r Publisher Editor ................. MaryAnn Fleming Advertising ...................................... Tracy Souch Production.....................................Arlene Walker Freelance Writers ..................... Lynn Campbell Paul Arculus Karen Stiller Marjorie Fleming Jonathan van Bilsen Peter Hvidsten Website................................................Bill Walker Accounting........................................ Judy Ashby FOCUSon Scugog FEBRUARY 2016 Volume 10 - Number 11 Published by Focus on Scugog Inc. 188 Mary Street Unit 201 Port Perry L9L 1A2 905-985-8585 email website Focus on Scugog is published 12 times a year from Port Perry and is distributed to all homes and businesses in Scugog Township by Canada Post. Delivery the rst Tuesday of each month although this date does vary depending on the number of weeks in a month. Opinions expressed by columnists contributors and letter writers must be signed including address and phone number. Letters must be signed. Requests that a name be withheld will be honoured only if there is a compelling reason to do so. Eight-year-old twins Annalise and Allyssa Soomre had lots of fun during the free family skate compliments of the Township of Scugog at the Scugog arena on Sunday January 10 from 1230 - 2 p.m. Photo by MaryAnn Fleming our cover features 3 7 17 21 regulars 5 16 36 39 Changing Faces Local businesses on the move. Thumbs Rating local events and decisions. Whats Up Scugog Local entertainment you dont want to miss. PhotosNtravel Adventures with Jonathan van Bilsen. Meet the Maker of Flutes Stephen Rensink. Over the Top Lets help Lion Larry. Freezin for a Reason Sponsor and watch these brave souls. Ben Snider-McGrath Wits and common sense used Down Under. FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 1 CHANGE OF VENUE Soup for Thought February 6th 1130 a.m. - 130 p.m. will now be held at PORT PERRY UNITED CHURCH 294 Queen St. Port Perry 10 24 At Focus on Scugog we value reader input. Please submit ideas to GOT IDEAS LETS HEAR THEM health wellness 2 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 Thank You from Operation Scugog Dear Editor A huge applause to our friends and neighbours who live work play go to school and worship in Scugog Township for generously supporting Operation Scugog Food Bank throughout the year. Because of this support the Food Bank is able to provide an outstanding service in the community. Without judgment donations are given and without judgment the volunteers distribute on behalf of the community. A huge thank you as well to the dedicated volunteers who give so generously of their time and caring. Chris Cook on behalf of the Trustees of Operation Scugog Food Bank Bakersville - 20th Successful Year Dear Editor Wow What a great spread on the gingerbread village in your New Year edition of the Focus. Thank you so much for blowing our horn and showcasing what a great community project this is It certainly was a fantastic display from an awesome community making the 20th anniversary very memorable. Thanks again to you for your continued support and to everyone who participated in the village. Tracy Pastic one of The Bakersville Village People Kudos to a Courteous Bus Driver Dear Editor I wanted to give a Thumbs Up - to the school bus driver Stock bus 4529. This driver runs a route from View Lake to I believe Blackstock and is incredibly courteous to all the drivers behind him or her. The bus always pulls to the side of the road after picking up students in order to allow the trac backed up behind to go by. This certainly expedites my morning commute into Port Perry and eliminates all need for cars to pull out and pass the bus. It may add a few moments to the ride to school each day but it is safer and very much appreciated by all of us trying to get to work on time. Larry Adams View Lake HONOUR ROLL CORRECTION In the Honour Roll story in our January 2016 issue on page 7 under Dennis Bayley bio the sentence should have read He is presently literary Chair for the Rotary District 7070. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Lynn McDonald Presents ........... SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27 800pm to Late WINTER BLAHS PARTY With dynamic stage presence LESTER MCLEAN BAND Lester McLean - vocals sax guitar and congas Michael Occhipinti - guitar Nikku Nayar - bass Ben Riley - drums From Stevie Wonder Neil Young Michael Jackson to todays dance hits Happy Up All Night Lester will put a smile on your face. Royal Canadian Legion 484 Bay Street at Old Simcoe Port Perry Tickets Lynn McDonald 289-354-1140 or Eco Port 180 Queen Street Port Perry 25 per person Bring your own snack basket Cash bar SitbackordanceallnightShakeitbaby Part-time Sales Representative We are looking to expand our sales team for this local monthly publication. Strong people skills are needed to interact with our advertising clientele. Our ideal candidate would be a mature adult with an outgoing personality and possesses a great sense of humour. Wonderful opportunity for a local Scugog resident. Must have reliable vehicle. Sales background preferred but not necessary. Please send resume to or mail to 188 Mary Street Port Perry L9L 1A2 Attention MaryAnn Fleming on Scugog FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 3 For Stephen Rensink the ute has a deeply spiritual significance. Flutes are among the earliest instruments known to man and appear in virtually all civilizations and cultures he says There is something quite mystical in the sound of this ancient instrument. Stephen now makes utes under the name Makwa and his instruments are well known and in demand across the entire continent. Stephen was born and raised in Scugog. In 1977 he graduated from Port Perry High School and went on to Queens University and began his career as a teacher in Alberta before returning to Ontario to take a position with the York Region District School Board. After completing a Masters degree in Curriculum Design he was seconded to take part in the boards Character Matters a development initiative that provides support for students and sta in several aspects of character development and related curriculum design. In this role he travelled North America Europe and Africa presenting workshops and aiding in program design. Several years ago during a Symposium on First Nations and Indigenous Peoples organized by the YRDSB he met David Bouchard an internationally acclaimed best selling Aboriginal author motivational speaker and member of the Metis community. Davidsuseofauteduringhispresentation mesmerized Stephen. After meeting Bouchard magic flutes Stephen Rensink maker of ...................... Please turn to page 4 4 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 Stephen went home and researched the topic and produced two utes. He was aided and encouraged by his sister Vicki who teaches music and is head of the Arts program at Port Perry High School. Stephen was also encouraged by his wife Nancy who teaches kindergarten in Oshawa. Several months later he met Bouchard again and presented him with one of his utes. Bouchard was impressed with the quality of the workmanship and the outstanding tone of the instrument and encour- aged Stephen to make more. As a result ute making has evolved into an all-consuming pas- sion for Stephen. He even has a cozy purpose-built workshop in the back garden of his Greenbank home. The time required to make a ute is anywhere from five hours to more than twenty depending on the type and size of the instrument and whether it is from a lathe-turned piece of wood or made from a branch or other irregular material such as an elk or deer antler. Flute making gives me time to think. During that time my thoughts are frequently of my parents and my friends he says. His father Nicolaas was well known locally as a builder. He died in 2011. Flutemakingbroughtmusicmore deeply into my life and it has enabled me to meet many new friends. In discussing the creation of a ute Stephen states Each ute has its own fingerprint its sound its tone its pitch and timbre. I work in a variety of woods such as sumac birch pine cedar and some of the more exotic woods such as Korean Lilac and burled walnut. Cedar is a traditional wood that has some aspects of spirituality at- tached to it. Elderberry stalk produces a high- pitched tone and Sunower stalk has a distinctly mellow sound. Hard woods are generally harsh- er in tone and soft woods tend to be more mellow. Every single piece of wood has its own dierent potential and each ute is tuned dierently according to its nature. Each ute is unique. Originally utes had 4 or 5 finger holes whereas todays utes tend to have 6 or more holes giving the instrument a broader range of notes. One aspect of the ute which can- not be overlooked is the therapeutic value of its music. Stephen said qui- etly I would never be so foolish as to claim that the sound of the ute can cure illness however several people who have traumatic health experi- ences have found that the music of the ute has better enabled them to cope with their suering. As his success in ute making be- came obvious he began to look for a name for his ute creations. Stephen is a big tall man and at one of his meetings with Bouchard he called him Makwa which means Bear. An appropriate name dont you think Stephen smiled. In 2013 the Durham District School Board was looking for a name for a new school to be opened in South Oshawa. The name of David Bouchard was put forward. Because of his visits and inspirational talks to the students of Oshawa schools and across North America his emphasis on reading storytelling and writing and his nu- merous best selling books mainly for children and the fact that he had become a Member of the Order of Canada in 2009 David Bouchard Public School became a reality. In the foyer of the school is a totem that was carved by Stephen. He is presently carving another totem to be added to the schools cultural collection. By coincidence Stephens wife Nancy is a kindergarten teacher at the school. Today David Bouchard takes a number of Makwa utes with him to demonstrate and to sell as he travels North America giving talks and workshops. Even though David lives in Victoria B.C. Stephen takes time to communicate each day with him either by phone text or e-mail. As a result of David Bouchards promotions and Stephens own ef- forts particularly through his web- site Makwa utes have a huge and ever-increasing fan base that covers North America and is spreading to Europe Africa and Asia. All of this is a result of a chance meeting of two men from dier- ent cultures and heritages one raised in Scugog and one raised in Saskatchewan and now living in Victoria and the mesmerizing sound of an ancient instrument. By Paul Arculus Focus on Scugog Far left Flute carved from the antler of a young elk. Middle Flute carved from cedar. Far Right Flute carved out of sumac. Opening Page 3 Stephen tests the tone and tuning of a lathe-turned pine ute. The unnished cedar totem pole which he is carving for David Bouchard Public School stands in the background. Magic Flutes continued from page 3 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 5 MOVING Ken and Valerie Wright of Port Perry Medical Supplies 1894 Scugog St. are thrilled to announce their move to Medical Associates of Port Perry 462 Paxton St. on March 1. But wait theres more .. NEW Donna Smith of Durham Home Respiratory Services - Oshawa is opening a satellite location within this space as well. This will be a first for Scugog as DHRS oers state of the art CPAP systems supplies education and support for those dealing with Sleep Apnea. Two distinct businesses aligning together will make it more convenient for all residents of Scugog. CLOSING After ten years Forever Friends Bridal Boutique at 5 High St. Port Perry are closing their doors the end of this month. Wishing Colleen Ferguson and sta all the best in their new endeavours. Please make us aware of who is opening moving or closing in Scugog by submitting the information to us at 68 Water St. Port Perry 905-985-8807 February 2 Bridge of Spies February 9 Spectre February 16 Black Mass Steve Jobs February 23 The Good Dinosaur Spotlight Dont settle for anything but the best. Dont put it off any longer. The solution is just a phone call away. What do I do with my outdated kitchen Ideal Home Storage has several simple solutions to your question. If you are satisfied with your current kitchen layout you may choose to replace the old worn out look with the latest door styles colours hardware and new countertops. Existing cabinets may be altered and some new matching cabinets may be added. If you are not satisfied with your existing cabinet layout you may choose to have a completely redesigned kitchen. Either way you will be assured of quality craftsmanship attention to detail and competitive pricing. Do you need to increase accessibility Rollout drawers may be installed in your existing or new cabinet. Solid maple dovetail drawers on full extension slides maximize your space. No more getting down on your hands and knees to reach items in the back of your cabinets. We have systems for that wasted corner cabinet and custom pullouts for just about any space. Port Perry 905-904-2050 Alec Cook NEW ROLLOUT DRAWERS Do you need a brand new kitchen or just a new look REFACED complete auto repair 1511 Reach St. Port Perry 905-985-1999 Mon-Fri8am - 6pm Sat8am - 2pm Alignments BrAkes tune ups Oil Changes Start at 29.95 Plus tax Up to 5 litres Most vehicles Warranty Approved Winter Tire Specials 12 Price Alignments with purchase of 4 new tires Vehicle Certifications 6 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 Once again Port Perry will have the exceptional opportunity to ex- perience the world-class Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra with an all new Bach programme Bach and His World. The concert is a guide to the craft of baroque performance and a celebration of all those who helped J. S. Bach realize his genius and create the musical legacy which still reverberates in our world today. The performance includes familiar and less-known works by Bach narrations and projected images of Bachs life and work. There will be a separate performance in the after- noon for some of our local students as part of Tafelmusiks continuing education sessions. Sun Life Financial and the Scugog Council for the Arts are pleased to present this pay-what-you-can eve- ning concert 15 suggested dona- tion at the Hope Christian Reformed Church 14480 Old Simcoe Rd. in Prince Albert on Friday February 19. Seating is not reserved and doors will be open at 630. The concert begins at 7 p.m. For more information contact the SCA at 905-982-2121 or check the website 905-655-3291 1-800-575-5656 4179 Simcoe St. N. Oshawa just 10km south of Port Perry When Quality Counts 85.00 Value SNOWBLOWERS One for Every Job Financing Available 5 different choices for 5 different jobs 1. Compact 2. Deluxe 3. Platinum 4. Pro 5. Deluxe Track Pro Track Platinum 30 SHO Log Splitters Available 27-Ton FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 7 Hardwood laminate installation Custom interior wood work Hanging interior doors Casing windows doors Custom built inns Kitchen installation design CUSTOM INTERIOR FINISHING 905-242-4690 IAN ROSS Port Perry WOOD WORKS THAT WILL INSPIRE Let us take you from this ... ... to this Local Lion President Larry Doble of the Greenbank Lions Club has set his sights on a goal that will give school children in Durham Region and beyond a new outlook on life. As Vision Screening Chairman for over 60 Lion and Lioness Clubs in Lion District A-16 he hopes to raise 10000 and obtain a match- ing 10000 grant from the Lions Club International Foundation. This money will be used to purchase three new vision-screening cameras that can easily measure the vision quality of young school children. Lions carry out this FREE service all over the world. Helen Keller years ago challenged the Lions to become Knights of the Blind and Lionism in answering the call to help will be 100 years old in 2017. The Lions Service Club Organization is the largest in the world with over two million mem- bers. The new vision screeners test for many vision irregu- larities and tell the Lion examiner that the child should be referred to a vision specialist. These cameraswillmoveinto schools over a large geographical area from Minden to Oshawa and from Brechin to Markham as thousands of local vol- unteers work in their communities to help serve those who need it most. So far since October Lion Larry has raised over 6000 thanks to sev- eral Lions clubs and a generous dona- tion by the Mississauga First Nation Baagwating Community Association. Lets Help Put Lion Larry Over the Top KidSight Vision Screening If you can help Larry and the Lions reach their goal you can contact him at 4TH ANNUAL PORT PERRY FEB FESTSaturday February 6th DONT MISS Soup For Thought SOUP-A-THON at Port Perry United Church 1130 am - 130 pm 9th Annual Hospital Auxiliary Polar Plunge in Palmer Park starting at 2pm For registration pledge info call 905-985-6232 or email YOUR NEIGHB O URS OWNED OPERATED B Y BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION PORT PERRY For a complete list of activities go to Freeze the Tax AT PARTICIPATING STORES REFLECTION PARK 1130 AM - 4 PM Brought to you by The Wee Tartan Shop on Scugog PP PrintWhere experience pays off Brought to you byBrought to you byBrought to you by 8 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 Enjoy the music fish pond for children popcorn baked goods hot chocolate and more. to help warm up your heart will be provided in-store by Participating businesses. Hot Drinks 135 Perry Street Port Perry 289-485-BREW 2739 FEBRUARY 6 as Marwans Global Bistro and ourselves are out to win judges choice again this year and maybe even the peoples choice blahsblahsblahsblahsblahs Beat the February blahsblahsblahs onSaturdayafternoonsatOldFlame February 6 -- James Barker 13 -- RoryTallion 20 -- Kevin Foster 27 --Taylor Kirkwood SOUP FOR THOUGHT Dont miss Essential STABILITY - deep heel cup Addictive SUPPORT - innovative biomechanical footbed Unmatched RELIEF - firm yet flexible midsole 1 2 3 INTRODUCING 168 Queen St. Port Perry 905-985-2521 161 Queen St. 905-985-1022 POLAR PLUNGERS EAT AT FishChips COD HALIBUT HADDOCK SHRIMP SCALLOPS Warm up before and after these events by strolling along Queen Street and take advantage of the participating merchants who are offering to freeze the tax. What a great way to beat the February blues FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 9 Lukes for Home 207 Queen Street Downtown Port Perry 905.985.3011 No Tax on ALL in stock items during FEB FEST SAT. FEB. 6TH 279 Queen Street Port Perry 905-985-2775 WE WON JUDGES CHOICE IN 2014 AND ARE LOOKING TO WIN AGAIN. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6 1130 a.m. - 130 p.m Port Perry United Church NEW VENUE Join us at SOUPfor THOUGHT Look out all other participants as we are cooking up a real tasty treat WE WON JUDGES CHOICE IN 2014 AND ARE LOOKING TO WIN AGAIN. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6 1130 a.m. - 130 p.m Port Perry United Church NEW VENUE Look out all other participants as we are cooking up a real tasty treat Hard to believe but this keeps getting better and bigger every year The 4th annual BIA Feb Fest and Soup for Thought is fun and filling for everyone. Saturday February 6 start your day o from 1130 a.m. 130 p.m. at the NEW VENUE Port Perry United Church 294 Queen St. Port Perry for some of the best soups you will ever taste. Pick out a unique one-of-a-kind painted mug for 20 designed and painted by local school students and young artists. Then taste away and when you are finished tasting you can vote for your fa- vourite soup and the winner will receive the coveted Chefs Jacket. Last years winners Old Flame Brewing Co. Marwans Global Bistro and Maple Leaf Foods will have their hands full again this year. Other businesses that will give them a run for their money are Food Man Catering Port Perry Villa Lemon Tree Fine Foods Scugog Chamber of Commerce Vos Independent Harp Wylies Sunnybrae Golf Club Jesters Court Port Perry Refugee Support Group and The Pub. NEW VENUE .... Port Perry United Church 294 Queen Street 10 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 Sign up for a workshop or course at META4 Gallery Durhams award-winning gallery and studio Make your February Fun - figure drawing - soft pastels - painting - wire sculpture - etching - jewellery ...and more PLUS 200 Queen st. Port Perry 905-985-1534 meta4 contemporary craft gallery save 10 on waynes work during the month of february. Our Feature Artist for February is WAYNE CARDINALLI Come in and see his unique and functional pottery. Following the Soup for Thought be sure to stop by our NEW VENUE for the Ice Sculpting Competition at Reection Park between Jesters Court and 1st Financial on Queen St. from 1130 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is generously sponsored by the follow- ing businesses 1st Financial Centre Brocks Danas Goldsmithing Focus on Scugog Lukes for Home Old Flame Brewing Co. PP Print Queen Beans Coee House and The Wee Tartan Shop. NEW VENUE .... Reection Park Queen Street between Jesters Court and 1st Financial POLAR PLUNGE The Hospital Auxiliarys 9th annual Lots of laughs and cheers as local residents jump into the icy waters of Lake Scugog for charity. 2 p.m. at the waterfront. FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 11 February is Heart Month. Together we can make a difference. February is CREATE MORE SURVIVORS These sponsors are proud to support the Heart Stroke Foundation. Please join them and give generously in our community. EVERY 7 MINUTES SOMEONE DIES OF HEART DISEASE OR STROKE. This is why the Heart and Stroke Foundation has a critical priority of funding life-saving research. Today talented medical researchers across Ontario among the very best in the world are funded thanks to the generosity of Heart Stroke supporters like you. 11 Water St. Port Perry 905-985-3684 Monte Carlo HAIR FASHION PORT PERRY TRAILER RENTALS DIV. OF ROBERT E. LEE ENTERPRISES INC. 905-985-9650 Fax 905-985-2236 If you witness someone having a cardiac arrest Call 9-1-1 If there are people around tell someone to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. If you are alone call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. Get an AED automated external defibrillator if one is available If there are people around tell someone to bring you the AED. If you are alone get the AED yourself. Use the AED as soon as it arrives by turning it on and following the prompts. If there is no AED available push hard and fast in the centre of the chest start CPR. Dont hesitate. Keep pushing until the person starts to breathe or move or someone with more advanced medical training takes over. Consider Learning CPR at Home Get the bilingual CPR Anytime Kit for adultschildren and infants and learn the life-saving skills of CPR in 20 minutes in your own home. GENERAL STORE 102 River St. Seagrave 905-985- 1611 tel 905-985-7129 cell 905-429-1907 email Port Perry Ontario Clothing for All Ages 268 Queen Street Port Perry 905-985-7707 154 Queen Street Port Perry 905-985-4808 Village Dcor Shoppe 110 Water Street Port Perry 905-982-1600 12 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 13 Volunteer firefighters are hired by the Fire Department as needed to main- tain an appropriate number at each station. Volunteer firefighters are ini- tially hired as probationary firefighters. They complete approximately 60 hours of training on such topics as personal protective equipment firefighter safety fire behavior fire streams communica- tions and first aid. Upon completion of this initial introductory training they begin responding to emergency calls and attend weekly training. During their probationary year volunteer fire- fighters are required to obtain a DZ licence if they dont already have this as well as to spend at least 8 hours in fire prevention activities and 8 hours incommunityevents.Probationaryfire- fighters bring enthusiasm and an eager- ness to learn. We were happy to have 11 firefighters complete their probationary year in 2015. We also look forward to training 5 new firefighters starting this month. L-R Darrell Pelletier Chet Martin Iain Newman Jack Irvine Jesse Zajko Cameron Walker Cam Arnold Aiden Taylor Corey Durward. Absent Chad Reid and Paul Jewell from Hall 1. Congratulations Meet Scugogs New Firefighters BUICK GMC BUICK GMC B U I C K G M C B U I C K G M C 10 Vanedward Drive Port Perry 905-985-8474 Drop in for a test drive today I WE ARE PROFESSIONAL GRADE THE NEW 2016 SIERRA BORN FROM PRECISION. 14 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 The David Festival an annual celebration of worship and the arts in Durham region returns April 8-9 2016 streamlined and with an exciting line-up of experts to equip Christians to worship God through the arts. The festival gathers together visual artists choristers worship bands writers poets and preachers photogra- phers actors and more for a unique learning and sharing experience traditionally spread over two weekends in multiple venues. This year the David Festival will draw all participants together in one venue on the same day to integrate wor- ship and the arts with keynote speaker and presenter Carolyn Arends singer-songwriter author of three criti- cally acclaimed books and winner of two Dove Awards and Juno nominations. Karen Burke director of the Toronto Mass Choir and other experts leading creative workshops will complement the festivals oerings. Were really pleased with the excellent workshops we have this year along with our leading speakers says Susan ORiordan chair of the David Festival planning committee. Karen Burke whose Toronto Mass Choir is known around the world for its soulful moving renditions of gos- pel music will lead a workshop called Gospel Choir 101. Carolyn Arends will teach on the creative process along with her keynote addresses. There will be a work- shop for worship bands on prayer contemporary wor- ship music drama and using media well in churches. The majority of the events will be held on Saturday April 9 at Uxbridge Baptist Church with a Friday night event April 8 especially for church leaders with Carolyn Arends held at New Song Church Port Perry. Youth groups will be especially interested in a worship concert on Friday April 8 at Uxbridge Baptist featuring well known bands Cave and Redemption. The festivals website oers full workshop and registration information including early bird specials for those who register soon. By Karen Stiller Focus on Scugog DAVID FestivalFestivalA CELEBRATION OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP THROUGH THE ARTS. is coming to Scugog A member of the Durham Regional Police Service Sexual Assault - Child Exploitation Unit will share the latest information about how to best protect our kids from online predators what we should know as parents about the online life of our children and youth and how we can teach kids to protect themselves. Question and Answer period to follow. This is a free public presentation for the whole community. Free babysitting provided. Monday February 29 at 730 pm New Song Church 14460 Simcoe St. Port Perry Are Your Kids SAFE Online Balancing safety and fun online 216 Queen Street Port Perry Ontario L9L 1B2 Tel 905-985-2171 Fax 905-985-4572 Port Perrys only locally owned and operated Funeral Home Since 1846 Myles ORiordan FUNERAL DIRECTOROWNER Susan ORiordan 250 Shanly Street Port Perry 905-982-2650 Family Law General Civil Litigation PRACTISING IN DURHAM REGION SINCE 2002 Paula R. McMurtry BARRISTER SOLICITOR 2016 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 15 Many patients who visit Port Perry Dental Associates ask why wisdom teeth should be removed if there is no pain or infection present. The answer is Preventative Medicine. First of all wisdom teeth or third molars are the third set of molars which grow at the far upper and lower corners of the jaw. Wisdom teeth often make their debut when a person is approximately 15 to 25- years -old. By the time they erupt the patients mouth is usually already full of teeth leaving no clear space for them to grow into the mouth. Often the result is that all or part of the crown of the wisdom tooth and all of its roots remain submerged below the gum line and often grow on a crooked angle. This can cause unpleasant future oral health issues. If wisdom teeth are not removed they can become impacted which basically means staying trapped below the gum line. If a wisdom tooth is unable to fully erupt to become a healthy functioning tooth several problems may occur. The pressure that impacted wisdom teeth can put on neighbouring teeth is unhealthy. If not extracted wisdom teeth can lead to periodontal gum disease. If the crown of a wisdom tooth remains trapped underneath the gums nasty infections and cyst formation can result. A partially erupted wisdom tooth can cause the formation of a skin flap which becomes red swollen and painful. In cases where wisdom teeth do grow through they often cause crowding and an improper bite by erupting too close to existing molars. Submerged wisdom teeth can also cause damage by putting pressure on the roots of other teeth. Nobody wants this to happen The best time to remove wisdom teeth is before any problems emerge usually between the age of 16 and 22 according to the experienced Dentists at Port Perry Dental Associates. The ideal candidate for wisdom tooth extraction is a young healthy patient who has not yet experienced any pain at the sites of the wisdom teeth which is a red flag that there are problems brewing. Depending on the individual patient the procedure of wisdom tooth removal is routinely done in the office and we can provide that service for you. At Port Perry Dental Associates the procedure is done under IV sedation. Recovering from oral surgery to remove one or more wisdom teeth can be expected to take a few days. Analegesics are made available and most patients can expect a speedy and uneventful recovery. The patients diet should consist of soft foods or drinks and nothing too hot or cold. Think room temperature pudding yogurt drinks and broth soup. Then gradually start to enjoy scrambled eggs and mashed potatoes. In a week or so you can look forward to a nice T-bone steak. The best thing about getting all four of your wisdom teeth out is that it only happens once and then you can be worry free for the rest of your life. Another silver lining is that the removal of wisdom teeth in no way impedes a persons ability to eat or speak or bite properly. The bottom line is It is a very wise decision to have your wisdom teeth removed. Visit the caring professional Dentists ready to serve you at Port Perry Dental Associates to determine if now is the right time to remove your wisdom teeth. To wisdom or not that is the question. 462 Paxton Street Port Perry Located across from the hospital in the Medical Associates building 905-985-8459 EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE 2014 BEST DENTAL OFFICE 16 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 THUMBS UP - the organizers of the Soups On Us Project SOUP would like to give a very big Thumbs Up to our sponsors who help keep this popular free lunch going served every Thursday at Church of the Ascension. They are Vos Independent Grocer Port Perry Foodland Walmart Pharmacy Associates of Port Perry and Port Perry Smokehouse. Thank you very much. THUMBS DOWN - to the driver of a red vehicle at the Dollarama parking lot who left their red paint three scratches and a dented door on my car in mid December and just drove away not acknowledging what they did. THUMBS UP - A resident wrote in - Kudos to all the workers keeping us safe during this windy icy rainy and snowy winter whether youre a snow plower ambulance driver police ofcer etc. A BIG thank you to all THUMBS DOWN - to whoever is dropping off garbage at the Diabetes Drop Off Bin on the Island. Im sure the owner of the property who has generously agreed to have the bin there doesnt want to look at the pile of crap beside it There are not too many days I pass by that there is not a pile of bags outside of the bin. The other day there was a screen the size of a small car leaning on the bin. Do people really think the Diabetes Foundation is going to take ripped and broken screens I wish people would respect the Foundation the homeowner and our beautiful Island THUMBS UP - to the snow plow operator who noticed that the plowing efforts had knocked over our recycling bins on Church St. in Blackstock. He promptly stopped to pick the spilled items up and place the bins upright again. Thank You THUMBS DOWN - to the thief who stole the turtle crossing sign on Jobb Rd. in Nestleton on December 13th. Please return it as soon as possible turtles are endangered as is your reputation umumumumTh bsh bh bh bumh bumumh bumh bh bh bh bumh bumumh bumumh bum Please submit two or three sentences to a maximum of 125 words to Do you have a Thumb up or down that you would like to see published Scrub-a- dub-dub Another renovation done by Lucyk Renovations with Birdhouse Willy enjoying his new walk in bathtub Referrals are the core of our business 905 434 0517 905 985 8569 JOHN LUCYK BIRDHOUSE WILLY Two well-known local business men supporting one another Renovations from outside to inside Please wish our leap year baby Birdhouse Willy a Happy 21st Birthday FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 17 Saturday February 6th Palmer Park - 2 p.m. The holiday season is done the lake is freezing over and its time to think of the Polar Plunge. The Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health is making its final plans for the 9th Annual Polar Plunge on February 6th at 2 p.m. in Palmer Park. The plunge is part of Port Perrys Feb Fest day of events and will be a great way to enjoy the afternoon. Come and join the festivities Enjoy listening to Bill McKee our world renowned Town Crier give one of his famous cries. Watch and cheer the plungers as they make a dash and a splash into the icy lake dressed in crazy costumes. They will then take a warm-up dip in the hot tub that will be waiting on site as they make the snow covered run back from the water. Sip hot chocolate or coee available on site. Have a polar bear cookie or other homemade treat. Have your picture taken with a friendly polar bear. Be a Plunger All it takes to join the fun is a minimum of 200 in pledges 100 each if you are part of a team of 4 or more and something to wear. Abikini is fabulous a coat is suitable a feather boa is daring or an Elvis costume is amazing. You are almost ready Call or email below to register and receive the info and guidelines you will need and your ocial pledge sheet. Please register ahead of the day of the plunge so that the committee is prepared for you and can have your thank- you prize on hand. Come to the post plunge party in the warm-up tent on site as we toast and thank our plungers. Awards and prizes will be given out. Refreshments are of course complimentary to all plungers. Get ready to join the fun in Palmer Park. And dont forget to sponsor a plunger. All money is helping the Auxiliary meet their commitment of 350000 towards the renovations and update of patient rooms in progress at the Port Perry Hospital. If you would like to contrib- ute Make a pledge when your favourite plunger asks Or go on-line to and look for Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry. To find us on Facebook look for Polar Plunge Port Perry. Email Call Ruth at 905-985-6232 to sign up Its Almost Time for the Polar Plunge Discovery Camp Ages 3-5 and Adventure Camp Ages 6-12 Fee 112week or 33day - Optional Trip 33 Scugog Community Recreation Centre 1655 Reach Street Port Perry Sports Camp Ages 7-14 Fee 145week - Trip is included in the cost of camp. Skating on Wednesday Trinity Grace Academy 14480 Old Simcoe Road Prince Albert To register please call 905-985-8698 x 101 or email Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment DAy CAmpS march 14 - 18 2016 Regular camp hours 9 am 430 pm Extended care available morning and evening for an additional fee. Daily Themes Indoor and Outdoor Activities. Skating Songs Games and more Community Services CHAIR BEEN KICKED TO THE CURB North Durhams ONLY dealer. 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Whether you support or dismiss that line of thinking theres certainly a grain of truth no outcome occurs in isolation from other contributing events. Ben Snider-McGraths family owned a cottage which prevent- ed him from registering for summertime sports like soccer and baseball at home in Port Perry. Not that he lacked athletic ability hed been enrolled in hockey with its convenient post-cottage-season scheduling since he was six. His mother taught him to enjoy tennis. So to satisfy his athletic urges in cottage country Ben took the avail- able left turn instead of pining for the right. I ran cross-country in R. H. Cornish elemen- tary school he recalls. I could do that at the cottage. And when I was in Grade 10 I bought a road bike and felt Id like to compete. Little could he have guessed at the time but the two activities would form the cor- nerstones of his athletic future and set him on a path which would include success in international competition. Along with another albeit more casual cottage-based exercise the stage was set. Biking running and of course swimming at the cottage I eventually decided to enter a triathlon. His initial experience provided valuable lessons from the college of hard knocks. ...................... Please turn to page 22 bensnider-mcgrath AND BACK AGAIN DOWN UNDERDOWNDOWNDOWNDOWNDOWN UNDERUNDERAND BACK AGAIN UNDERAND BACK AGAIN UNDERUNDERUNDER Ben was all smiles showing his 3rd place medal in Adelaide Australia. FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 21 22 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 I didnt swim or run in advance. Even on race day I saw the other swimmers a lot of them over 40 and figured Id be able to leave them behind. But they quickly jumped past me After the swim I had a great bike ride but didnt save enough energy for the run which followed. I remember vowing to myself running that last leg that Id never do another triathlon. But he laughs remembering how quickly his resolve was reversed. As soon as I recovered I was thinking of signing up for the next one Professional coaching would ensure his next one would end with a more positive result. I found an excellent coach in Alex Vanderlinden at the University of Western Ontario he explains. He set up a training schedule to balance my workload among the disciplines and showed me how to properly taper off closer to the event. Ben switched his focus from triathlon swim bike run to the equally-demanding duathlon run bike run and set his sights on qualifying for the 2015 world com- petition in Adelaide Australia. Alexs advice would again serve him well producing a qualifying tenth-place finish. He taught me to pace myself. That was the mistake I made the first time. And also suggested I try to stay with another competitor from my age group but not lose sight of the big picture. We kept in touch online after school was through. Bens family consistently encouraged him to pursue his passion. When I said I wanted to buy a more expensive bike for triathlon they said it was a great idea and loaned me the last bit of money I needed. When I had the chance to travel so far to compete at the next level they were behind me again. My sisters and brother often come to watch when Im racing and my dad was with me the first couple weeks in Australia. Ben would place a satisfying third among his age group in the race on a warm Australian day. But crossing the finish line rather than signaling his return to Canada was in fact just the end of the begin- ning of Bens experiences Down Under. My dads a guidance counsellor and introduced me to SWAPStudent WorkingAbroad Program. They dont get you a job but they provide a lot of useful background whichll help you find one. And theres information advice from experience available from other SWAP members. So with the race over and his father on a plane back home Ben started a new competition job-hunting. Ah but the best-laid plans dont always work out No job prospects though not for lack of effort forced Down Under continued from page 21 Ben proudly holding the Canadian flag at the 2015 duathlon ITU World Championships. FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 23 him to come home in December months before his target return. Of course as soon as I got home I had three emails asking if I wanted a job he sighs. But I had a great trip while it lasted. Knowing that his time was limited Ben set about packing in as many experiences as possible all the while meandering down Australias east coast from Brisbane to Sydney for his flight home. I snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef coming close to a shark and swimming with a sea turtle. Did a bus tour of the rainforest. I even tried surfinglearned enough after a couple lessons to stand up But it was obvious luck wasnt with me in getting a job. One hostel had a waiting list with at least forty names on it I enjoyed it there. Its a laid-back place most people have a no-worries view of life and in many ways its not much different from Canada. Set now to work locally until August he expects to then resume his academic career in September 2016 after a memorable life experience overseas. Ill be going into my second year in Comparative Literature at Western he explains. And what does the future hold Id like to do something sports-related. But Com- parative Literature might also shape my future. Ben pacing himself throughout the run. ...................... Please turn to page 33 Care beyond the prescription. . . Pharmacy Associates of Port Perry Pharmacy Associates of Port Perry Pharmacy Associates of Port Perry Pharmacy Associates of Port Perry Free delivery Compliance Packaging Services Doug Brown Lead Pharmacist Bonnie McEachern Registered Pharmacy Technician Melanie Kent Pharmacy Assistant Caring for the community for over 21 years 11 Water St. Unit B Port Perry 905-985-9200 HURRY The plunge is this Saturday February 6. HURRY The plunge is this Saturday February 6. Doug is plunging again for the hospital Sponsor him for the plunge. Phone pledges accepted. If he raises 1000 he will plunge in a Speedo Optimal health is the goal for most of us but even the biggest of health conscious people would likely admit theres room for improvement. Much of that room for improvement lies in a combination of diet tness mental health physical wellness and a healthy self-esteem. 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Natural Health Associates. 126 - 2 Water Street Port Perry 905-985-8591 See our ad on page 25 All Orthotics are NOT Created Equal Are you interested in drinking more water as part of your goal to stay healthy this year EcoWater North Durham is pleased to present our new 24-hour coin operated dispenser. Our high-quality water is now available any time of day Whether in the store or from our new dispenser we provide clean reverse osmosis water free of impurities such as chlorine hormones drugs chemicals and metals that come from your municipal or well supply. We also have a full line of at home water conditioning equipment. Ensure your next step to better health by visiting EcoWater North Durham. Located in the Port Perry Plaza for 16 years and locally owned and operated. 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BLUE WILLOW FLOWER AND GIFT SHOP 705-357-BLUE 2583 89 River Street Sunderland Valentines Floral Bouquets call ahead to place orders Tropical Flowering Plants Unique Giftware Floral Workshops 227 Queen Street Port Perry 905-982-8778 handcrafted sterling handcrafted sterling handcrafted sterling 279 Queen Street Port Perry 905-985-2775 Saturday Feb 13 Sunday Feb 14 Call today for your reservation TREAT YOURSWEETHEART TOSURF TURF OR LOBSTER PASTA Valentines Day Trivia Q A 1. What is the winged child shooting love arrows at the unsuspected 2. In what year did Valentines Day be declared an official holiday 3. In Wales the tradition used to be to carve one of these out of wood and present it to his sweetheart on Valentines Day. What was it 4. What does the word Valentine stand for or mean 5. Who was the first television couple to share a bed on air instead of twin beds 6. How did the letter X become a symbol for a kiss 7. St. Valentine was executed for performing marriages. Why was marriage banned at the time 8. What percent of pet owners give their pets a gift on Valentines Day ANSWERS 1.CupidtheRomanGodofLove.2.1537 3.Aspoon4.Valour5.MikeandCarol BradyTheBradyBunchtelevisionshow. 6.Thosewhocouldnotwriteinmedieval timessigneddocumentswithanXand thenkissedtheXtoshowtheirsincerity. 7.Notenoughmenwereenlistinginthe army.8.3. FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 31 50 Years Ago JANUARY Three New Year babies were born in Port Perry Community Memorial Hospital all within seven hours. Mrs. V. Skerratt accepts the honourary position of Chief Marching Mother for Port Perry during the March of Dimes Campaign. FEBRUARY Dr. D.C. Christie local veterinarian has within a short period of time detected rabid animals in both Reach and Scugog Townships. Anna Forder and Richard Stephens captured the Canadian Junior Mixed Championship. MARCH Three hundred chickens perished in a fire on the farm of Mr. Hugh Strong Reach Township. The new addition to the Port Perry High School will cost 2.5 million. APRIL Lake Scugog ice went out on April 6th. Ontario County Council recommends a 40000 grant to the Port Perry Community Memorial Hospital. MAY The Bulldozers Port Perry Intermediate C hockey team became the first Port Perry team to capture an Ontario Championship. William Harrison editor of the Port Perry Star is elected president of the Scugog Chamber of Commerce. JUNE The first hole-in-one at Sunnybrae Golf Course was recorded when Ken Moore drove a ball off the tee on the 150 yard 6th hole. Two hundred friends and relatives pay tribute to Roy H. Cornish at a banquet held in his honour. JULY Dean Beare son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Beare a grade 8 student at R.H. Cornish Public School received a certificate for perfect attendance at the school for nine years. He never missed or was late. Joel Aldred a well-known TV personality and a native of Port Perry accepts the position of chairman for a fundraising campaign for the local hospital. AUGUST Ten year old Shelley Olsen of Prince Albert and Jane Den Boer of R.R. 2 Port Perry were winners in the Elmer Summer Safety Contest. SEPTEMBER Over 1200 students were enrolled in Port Perry schools when the doors opened for another year. Dan C. Madsen of Barrie becomes the new proprietor of the local I.G.A. store. OCTOBER Port Perry population increased by 123 to an all-time high of 2625. NOVEMBER Triplet calves were born on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. George Irwin north of Greenbank. Port Perry Legion makes a pledge of 5000 to the Community Memorial Hospital Building Fund. DECEMBER Joseph Dowson was elected the first Deputy-Reeve in Scugog Township and Victor Aldred was acclaimed Reeve. Also re-elected to council were Mrs. June Crozier and Mrs. Grace Love. The third councillor elected was Glen Demara. Twenty persons attended the first public meeting in regard to the proposed sewerage system for Port Perry. 1966 Courtesy of Scugog Heritage GalleryPeter Hvidsten 32 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 COACH HOUSE STUDIO ITS A DESTINATION SHOPPING LOCATION 605 Regional Rd. 21 Port Perry The Old Utica Store 905-982-2705 ANTIQUES UNIQUES DCOR MORE Check our Website for our February Sales and Painting Classes Schedule New items arriving daily 1888 Scugog St. Port Perry ON 905-985-1890 at KOTYA PEEKIN STOREWIDE SALES EVENT ON NOW 48 Water St. Port Perry ON 905 985-3767 QUALITY PARTS FAIR PRICING QUALITY SERVICE 1511 Reach Rd Unit 2 Port Perry For appointments call 905-985-9292 MARK WILLES Automotive Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm1511 Reach Rd Unit 2 Port Perry AutomotiveAutomotive Dont get stranded - Get peace of mind get your FREE BATTERY TEST with any service Computer REPAIRS IT and Network SUPPORT PC and Server UPGRADES 333 Major St.Port Perry 905-985-0568 SERVING SCUGOG UXBRIDGE TOWNSHIPS Frank is an Ambassador for C.A.R.P. Canadian Association for Rejuvenated retired Persons or also known as Zoomers. C.A.R.P. believe people today want to stay active and involved. Within this chapter the community loudly voices their concerns building a strong sense of common causes and dignified aging. C.A.R.P. is strong in advocating to push governments into ACTION influencing areas where gaps in law and policy make aging difficult. To speak to Frank or book a time to meet with your company management groups large or small associations or other organi- zations email him at portperryzoomers or call 905-982-0459 and he will get back to you immediately. Port Perry has a New Ambassador Meet Frank Gulanowski On Saturday January 16 over 30 teams took part in the 1st annual Tyler Hanson Street Hockey Challenge held in the parking lot of Vos Independent. This 24-hour tourna- ment was held in memory of 12-year-old Tyler and raised over 14000. for Sick Kids Foundation - Kicks Fund. There were big kids and little kids all out to have fun and support the Hanson family and Sick Kids. FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 33 Down Under continued from page 23 My initial interview with Ben Snider-McGrath reminded me of the power and scope of modern technology. While yesterdays impossible may have often become todays ho- hum the astounding march of electronic innovation cant be underestimated nor should it be taken for granted. The cartoon Jetsons of my youth a futuristic version of The Flintstones from the same creators depicted characters communicating by video-phone permitting both sight and sound of the other party. Cool but unlikely I chuckled watch- ing that TV show in the mid-60s. But fast-forward to 2015 while Ben enjoyed the early morning sunshine of Brisbane Australia I sat in my Ontario home-office chatting with him over Skype able to match a face to his name observe his facial expressions all with crystal-clear sound and picture. George Jetson would surely have been proud and would tell me so faster than you can say Jane stop this crazy thing This photo of Ben was taken just prior to him leaving for Australia. Whatever it turns out to be I intend to enjoy it and do it well. High achievement in athletics doesnt guarantee suc- cess in other aspects of life but it can sometimes serve as a predictor. The discipline demanded by sports and the understanding of what it means to compete in the face of adversity will often translate into intangible positives which can sway the balance of outcomes. Months spent thousands of miles away from home and family living off a combination of wits and common sense will ultimately contribute to a better-rounded individual one unfazed by risk and uncertainty. Like the lives of most 19-year olds Bens is a story waiting to be written but one showing some very promising signs. By Scott Mercer Focus on Scugog HEALTHIER GEL POLISH NO Formaldehyde NO Toluene DBP NO BHA or Solvents ZERO Dehydration ZERO Staining or Weakening 35 EACH Pedi Mani Bio Gel Refill Foot Reflexology Massage French Gel Polish Manicure Back Shoulder Massage 30 Min. Shaping Callous Removal Massage Hot Towel JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 28 Monday-Saturday 10am - 630pm Sunday 10am - 5pm 1874 Scugog St. Port Perry across from Shoppers Facebook Muses Nails Beauty Spa 905-982-0242 French Gel Polish Manicure Foot Reflexology Massage noticia text Steve Staniland Taylor Ford Sales Team Steve is a long time resident of Scugog and invites all friends and family to pop in and see the car line up that Ford has to offer. 1565 Hwy. 7A Port Perry 905-985-3655 Beside Walmart Hours Monday-Friday 8-6 Saturday 8-4 34 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 1680 Reach Street Port Perry 905-985-4441 Trade Your Old Guilt For New EmpowermentApply Within Come check us out. Sundays 10 a.m. C o m m u n i t y C h u r c h Art for Refugef A unique art show and sale will be held at New Song Art Gallery 14460 Simcoe St. with an opening reception on February 27 from 2-5 p.m. including refreshments everyone welcome. There will be pieces for sale and a silent auction. All proceeds to help bring and settle two Syrian refugee families to Port Perry. The show will run for one month. Art for Refuge is an initiative of the Port Perry Refugee Support Group an inter-church community based group committed to welcoming two Syrian refugee families to our town. The group invites all artists experienced and novice alike to submit and donate works of art created around the theme of refuge and refugee. The art will be dis- played and either sold or auctioned off to raise funds. The event will also include a fanciful birdhouse sale featuring beautiful birdhouses created by local citizens and leaders alike all created to benefit the cause. We know that Port Perry and the surrounding area is full of really skillful artists. We have an art town so this idea seemed to make sense says Karen Stiller one of the organizers of the show and a member of the committee working to bring the families to Port Perry. We have heard back already from sev- eral artists who have shared they are at work on their creations. So we cant wait to see what is produced. Stiller notes that just as the event rests on the generosity of the artists who are donating the art success also depends on art lovers showing up to purchase the one of a kind art created for this very special purpose. People interested in donating art and viewing and buying art can visit or email for more details. The Port Perry Refugee Support Group formed in November when concerned citi- zens moved by the plight of Syrian refugees came together and decided to try to wel- come Syrian refugees to Port Perry. Five churches joined in along with many other community members who cared about the worse refugee crisis the world has seen since World War II and wanted to be involved. The group does not have an exact timeline for the arrival of the families but they are working with a refu- gee welcome centre in Toronto and being trained and supported by groups like the federally run Refugee Sponsorship Training Program. The group has held well-attended public meetings full of residents wanting to be involved in one of the action teams welcome and settlement housing and fundraising. Weve been so encouraged by the open minds and open hearts of the people of Port Perry says Stiller. Encouraged but not surprised. We know we live in a hospitable town full of generous people. And its been so great to sit in committee meetings where half of us are from a church and half of us are not and just work together across denomination and across beliefs and just do something to help other people in great need. The refugees who come to Port Perry will have undergone a rigorous screening process by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees as well as the Canadian government. They will have expressed their desire to come to Canada to begin a new life. The works of art being created now and sold February 27 for one month will play a small beautiful role in the creation of a new life for Syrian families says Stiller. We think that is pretty great. Dwelling a glass sculpture by Claire Anderson a graduate of Sheridan College Crafts and Design Glass Program. Claire has shown internationally and is currently working toward opening a studio of her own. Dwelling will be for sale at the Art for Refuge show. Trophies Awards Corporate Promotions Embroidery Graphic Design Engraving Screen Printing Pineridge Impress 905-985-2839 135 North Port Road Port Perry Your Name is Our Business Reach Northport Rd. Port Perry 905-985-0802 Since 1996 signs vehicle lettering graphics snowmobile numbers FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 35 On Saturday February 13 at 6 p.m. join us at Sunnybrae Golf Club 1430 King St. Port Perry and share the day of love and a love of theatre by joining Theatre 3x60 when the company celebrates Valentines Day with an evening of dinner and live staged reading performances that highlight the humour tenderness joys and foibles of love and relationships. When Love Speaks promises to be a special evening of dining and entertainment. Start the evening with cock- tails and a perusal of the silent auction tables then enjoy a specially prepared buffet dinner with complimentary glass of wine dessert and coffee as members of Theatre 3x60 present a mixed collection of delightful and insight- ful readings in a uniquely staged performance. All proceeds will benefit Theatre 3x60 and its pro- grams which support the accessibility to and growth of theatre in Durham. Since 2013 Theatre 3x60 has been presenting staged readings and full productions through- out Durham performing in alternative venues bringing professional theatre into area high schools supporting local community and school theatre productions through mentorship and resources and making tickets to local productions available to the community through its Save a Seat Program. Tickets are on sale now and only 50person. Advance sales only until February 5th and seating is limited. Come with friends and reserve a table Purchase tickets in person at META4 Gallery 200 Queen St. Port Perry cash cheque only or by phone at Theatre 3x60 905 431-0977 VISAMC. For more details visit Theatre 3x60 at or on Facebook. When Love Speaks Includes private chef buffet breakfast 300 alcohol allowance laundry and housekeeping flights with airport service both ends Private Villa Getaway - Punta Cana Renewal of Vows Family Reunions Small Weddings Group of Friends Its all about the comfort FOOD REST RELAXATION priced based on 4 couples 8 persons min 16 max Email or call 905-442-0086 1700ppwk We have a few left and for a small donation you could enjoy this calendar all year long and support our Outreach and WrapAround programs in Scugog. HAVE YOU GOT YOURS YET Available at these Port Perry Locations Lukes for Home 207 Queen Street Books Galore More 175 Perry Street and the Old Flame Brewery 135 Perry Street Thank you Port Perry Printing for showcasing North House in your beautiful 2016 calendar. Theatre 3x60 celebrates Valentines Day with anevening of food wine and words love and laughter. Viktor Treiguts 905-243-4606 Licensed and Insured by WSIB Over 15 Years Experience 36 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 What s Up Scugog To submit your upcoming event email by the 8th of the month one month before you need it to be published. Doors Open 700 p.m. Location Jesters Upstairs Music Charge 15 per person Reservations Call Lynn 289-354-1140 or email at jesters court FEBRUARY FUN Nothing too Serious Please Beat The Blues SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7 KOOKIE AND ECLECTIC MARK SEPIC World-renowned Guitarist Mark Sepic performs with Enrique Loyola on percussion bongos and conga. Flamenco samba dirty blues swing bossa r n b bluegrass nasty funk. SUNDAY FEBRUARY 21 THE BRIGHT LUNCH TRIO The adored Whitney Ross-Barris sings with Nathan Hiltz guitar and Ross MacIntyre on bass. Whitney takes us on a musical journey throughout her life and her musi- cal inheritance from none other than Grandad Alex Barris. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27 800 p.m. - til late LESTER MCLEAN DANCE BAND Lynns Beat the Blues Dance The most danceable band ever Lester Mclean Band from Toronto. Enjoy the music or get up and move that thang Good old Rock and Roll and contempo- rary songs from Michael Jackson to Pharrell Williams. Cash bar bring your own snacks reasonable corkage fee for wine bonus Everybody welcome Location Royal Canadian Legion Hall 484 Bay St. Port Perry Tickets 25 from Lynn or at the door Information Call Lynn at 289-354-1140 SPECIAL EVENT PORT PERRY ANTIQUE NOSTALGIA SHOW SALE Saturday February 6 10 a.m. - 430 p.m. Sunday February 7 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This is the 19th year and promises to be a welcome break during the winter season. Over 25 dealers from around the province featuring antiques nostalgia and vintage items in- cluding jewellery sterling silver coins furniture postcards and paper militaria and so much more. Location Scugog Community Recreation Centre 1655 Reach Street beside the arena Port Perry Admission 4. for both days. Light lunch is available. Information Ric or Marilyn Pearce 905-985-9250 or email All proceeds will be used by the Lake Scugog Historical Society for community projects. February 6 - February 27 Tuesday to Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. The SCA Gallery will be featuring an exhibit of portraits and the human form called aMUSing Faces Figures for the month of February. The opening reception will be held on Saturday February 6 from 1 - 3 p.m. Artists often find inspiration in a muse or keep working on drawing skills doing life drawings of nude live models or do portraits and figures as a change from their usual subject mat- ter. Other artists focus exclusively on portraits or figures. This exhibit will showcase the human form in paintings drawings sculpture photography and collage as created by various local artists. The exhibit runs from February 6 through February 27. Location Scugog Council for the Arts 181 Perry Street Unit G-1 Port Perry aMUSing Faces Figures Now until Thursday February 11 1130 a.m. 1 p.m. NAMIBIA SANDS OF THE KALAHARI Come and wander through the gallery and see this beautiful collection of photographs Location Kent Farndale Gallery 231 Water Street Port Perry JONATHAN VAN BILSEN Photographic Exhibition FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 37 ONE SHOW ONLY Friday February 19 730 p.m. The bravest actors in Durham and beyond will take the stage and perform a musical in its entirety having met each other only an hour before and having had no group rehearsal. This marks Port Perrys Confidential Musical Theatre Project debut and project directors Carey Nicholson and Carol Salamone couldnt be more excited to share this event with area musical theatre aficionados Since it is the CONFIDENTIAL Musical Theatre Project they cant tell you what the show is it but they CAN tell you that it will be a magical evening of theatre as Port Perry and Durham have never experienced before. Location Port Perry United Church 294 Queen Street Port Perry Tickets 22 Purchase your tickets online or email The Confidential Musical Theatre Project Every Thursday until mid-March 1130 a.m. 1 p.m. Volunteers from the churches and adults with special needs serve up delicious homemade soup bread and dessert. A drop-in affair. Location Church of the Ascension 266 North Street Port Perry Everyone welcome. Free of charge. Those who wish to make a donation may do so. SOUPS ON US Sunday February 7 3 p.m. Arts at the Ascension present a warm up to winter concert featuring Oshawa-based Nuance Vocal Ensemble directed by Eric Collins. Come hear the ensembles amazingly diverse musical styles during this afternoon of music and fellowship. Tickets 15 per person available at Church of the Ascension Ofce 266 North Street Port Perry Tuesday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or call 905-985-7278 Proceeds to the Church of the Ascension will go towards its music program. February 9 5 p.m. Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper with free will offering to support Ascension Outreach. February 7 1115 a.m. and 730 p.m. Ash Wednesday Services Location Church of the Ascension 266 North Street Port Perry Saturday February 13 - 7 p.m. Enjoy Valentines Day with a hot buffet at 7 p.m. Live Band Plan B at 9 p.m. Sweet Table at 10 p.m. Location Scugog Community Recreation Centre 1655 Reach Street Port Perry Tickets 30 per person Contact Diana at All proceeds going to Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre Annual Hearth Place Valentines Dance Saturday February 20 Join North House for a fun walk and help the homeless and others in need throughout the community. You cant truly ap- preciate how cold it can be for someone without a home until youve walked 2 5 or 10 km in their shoes. Join a team start a team or walk as an individual and get friends family and neigh- bours to sponsor you Information or email Anne Kewley Walk Coordinator 3 R D A N N U A L N O R T H H O U S E O F T H E Y E A R W A L K Scugog Shores Heritage Centre Archives SUNDAY SPEAKER SERIES FEATURING JONATHAN VAN BILSEN Sunday February 21 1 p.m. One of Africas most interesting countries Namibia is mostly desert with an enormous animal population in the North and the indigenous Himba people in the West. The country features the highest sand dunes in the world and Fish River Canyon the second largest only to the Grand Canyon. Travel the country with Jonathan van Bilsen and let your mind drift to West Africa and the desert in van Bilsens presentation Namibia Sands of the Kalahari. Location Scugog Shores Heritage Centre and Archives 1655 Reach Street 2nd oor Port Perry Admission 5 per person Information 905-985-8698 ext 103 or email Turn page for more Whats Up Scugog 38 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 Emory Lester Jill Jones Band Saturday February 20 8 p.m. World renowned mandolin player Emory Lester will perform with the captivating Jill Jones and their band. They are one of Ontarios newest and finest bluegrass groups. It is the culmination of singer songwriter Jill Jones and multi-instru- mentalist Emory Lester who is widely known as one of the most creative and influential bluegrass musicians in North America. The opening act for this show will be Chris Saunders and Abby Zotz from Uxbridge. Emory has performed across the U.S. Canada Europe and the U.K. and has been featured on several performances with Steve Martin most notably on the Late Night with David Lettermanshow in the fall of 2012. Rounding out the band are Larry Miller banjo player Marion Linton and bassist Steve Marshall. Join us for a very entertaining night of upbeat traditional and origi- nal bluegrass music. Location Greenbank Centennial Hall Hwy. 12 Greenbank Tickets 25. each available at POE Design 146 Queen Street Port Perry 905-985-0060 Blue Heron Books 62 Brock Street W. Uxbridge 905-852-4282 or phone 905-985-8351 for reserved tickets and information. and on Facebook. Scugog ScugogScugog What s Up Saturday February 27 7 p.m. Local Port Perry restaurants come together to serve you their best wings and pizza at the Scugog Recreation Centre in Port Perry. You vote on your favourite There will also be a cash bar silent auction raffles and a dance with DJ Todd Soomre. Wings and pizza are served from 8-930 p.m. Also featuring beer from Old Flame Brewing Co. Location Scugog Community Recreation Centre 1655 Reach Street beside the arena Port Perry Tickets 30. only available in advance are sold at Flawless Dry Cleaners PPPrint Gus Brown The Scugog Arena and The Scout Hall Information 905-985-3733 ext. 4 Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham WING PIZZA NIGHT 193 Queen Street Port Perry 905-985-7306 1-800-387-5642 FARM HOME AUTOMOBILE COMMERCIAL INSURANCE BROKERS LIMITED Scugogs locally owned and operated General Insurance Broker with over 130 years of Broker experience. SINCE 1917 continued from page 37 HELP SAVE A LIFE GIVE THE GIFT OF BLOOD The next blood donor clinic will be held Wednesday February 10 230 - 730 p.m. Scugog Community Centre 1655 Reach Street Port Perry Book your appointment today by visiting or download our app GiveBlood FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 39 The architecture of Dubai is amazing. ...................... Please turn to page 40 I have never had a desire to visit Dubai as a destination but on a recent trip to Asia it happened to be a stopover which I extended to 4 days and I am so glad I did. I stopped on my way back which was per- fect because Dubai is an extremely modern city with all the amenities one could want. As soon as I landed and stepped off the plane I knew I was in a very modern city. Dubai is actually a city state within the country of the United Arab Emirates. Another somewhat familiar state within the country is Abu Dhabi final resting place of Sir Edmund Hillary conqueror of Mount Everest. The country was protected by the British however they had little use for it in the sixties as it was a vast desert wasteland with no potential. Now that oil has been discovered in the region I wonder how they feel The airport is extremely large and very modern. Most of Dubai is new with only a small old town remaining dating back about 50 years. All of the 300 skyscrapers of the city have been built in the past 10 years. I checked into my hotel a beautiful five star property located on the beach along a 2 km pedestrian walkway filled with shops and eateries. The city is extremely safe and one can walk anywhere any time of day. Severe penalties are issued for people breaking the law. If you are caught jaywalking and you probably will be you are fined 80 on the spot. If you run a red light the fine is a hefty 10000 and your drivers license is impounded. To make this a bit easier for the government traffic light cameras are installed at each intersection. It did not take long for me to realize that this was an ex- pensive city. The breakfast add-on to my room was 50 per person per morning. I passed as a full breakfast is wasted on me. Instead I wandered along the walkway and found a place that served a decent morning meal for only 30. It is difficult to find alcohol anywhere in Dubai. The rules are strict and hotel dining rooms are the only ones allowed to serve proving that you are not a resident. A non-alcohol beer is available in many restaurants and does the trick but there is no room for an Old Flame Brewery franchise in this city. I booked a visit to the top of the Burj Khalifa Tower and was suitably impressed. An astounding 830 metres 2700 feet high makes this the tallest tower in the world. It is a staggering 275 metres 900 feet or 13 higher than our very own CN Tower. The ride to the top is swift and the view of the gulf desert and skyscrapers is unbelievable. Keep in mind the cost to 40 FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 ride the elevator to the observation plat- form is 80 and still a ways from the top of the tower. It is one of those things you have to do if you visit Dubai. The other thing is shopping. Dubai has two major shopping malls the Mall of the Emirates with 639 stores and 7900 parking spaces and the larger more well-known Dubai Mall with over 1200 stores. There are no upscale chain stores in the world that do not have a location in either of these malls. From Marks and Spencer to Gucci and from Dolce Gabbana to Tim Hortons they are all located in these two malls. The Tim Hortons took me by surprise especially when I realized a small cof- fee was just under 4. One of the unique features of the Emirates Mall is its indoor Ski Dubai complete with lift luge and penguins. There is also a 150 metre 500 feet zip line where you can race against your friends who chose to ski down the slope. The temperature is a constant 4 degrees in contrast to the 40 degree outside world. The Dubai Mall is similar except much larger. A 24 metre 75 feet wa- terfall feature makes you think you are staring up at Niagara but the real attrac- tion is the Aquarium filled with exotic fish from all over the world. A walkway allows you to experience the depths of the oceans from a different perspective and in typical Dubai style the aquarium is twice the size of our own Ripleys Aquarium in Toronto. There are also two full size skating rinks and more stores than you can possibly visit in a day. The best way to get around Dubai is by a hop onhop off bus which takes you around the entire city including the Palm Islands. It takes about 7 hours if you do not plan to hop off a two-day package is worth the money. The Palm Island is a reclaimed piece of land in the shape of a palm tree when viewed from above. Skydive Dubai is a popular attraction which gives you an aerial view of the city and Palm Island. There are many interesting and unique sights to see in this modern clean and beautiful city and I would rec- ommend a visit if the opportunity arises. The malls with over 1200 stores is a shoppers paradise. 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