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FOCUSon Scugog MARCH 2016 See Page 10 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 What people notice first when they meet someone. Smile 37 Eyes 33 Weight 15 Hair 9 Nose 2 Nose 2 A SMILE matters most when making a lasting first impression. 2015 Readers Choice Awards PORTPERRYSTAR BEST DENTIST 2015 Readers Choice Awards PORTPERRYSTAR BEST DENTAL OFFICE PORT PERRY 0PTICAL 905 985 9388 THE VISION CLINIC . OPTICIANS OPTOMETRISTS . . 305 Queen St Port Perry Design. Quality. Reliability. Publisher Editor ................. MaryAnn Fleming Advertising ..............Tracy Souch Hallie Karpis 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 MARCH 2016 Volume 10 - Number 12 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. Lee and Lauren Maher Canterbury Common residents enjoying a ballroom dance at the Canterbury Common community centre. Photo by MaryAnn Fleming our cover features 3 10 16 34 regulars 15 20 36 38 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. Dreams Do Come True Putting smiles on the faces of seniors since 2007. A Fun Place to Live Canterbury Common - Adult Lifestyle Community. Its All Goode Old Flame Brewing Co. brings back an old favourite. The Year 1847 Marilyn Pearce nds document signed in blood. At Focus on Scugog we value reader input. Please submit ideas to GOT IDEAS LETS HEAR THEM Sunday March 13th 200 a.m. Turn your clocks FORWARD 1 HOUR 7 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 1 2 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 to the 60 PLUNGERS businesses and individuals who braved the freezing waters of Lake Scugog to the amusement of 100s of spectators to the COMMUNITY for your support to the VOLUNTEERS their friends and family for their help and to these SPONSORS for making the 9th annual Port Perry Polar Plunge such a success The Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry Over 18000 was raised for the Port Perry Hospital The Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry and our many individual sponsors Roto Spa Weeds B Gone Focus on Scugog Taylor Ford Auto Glenn Butler Township of Scugog Martyn Mini Hoe The Standard Practicar Car Truck Rentals Port Perry Marina Trent-Severn Waterway Racing Edge Motor Sports Town Crier Bill McKee Gus Brown Buick GMC Landon Tree Service Scugog Firefighters Port Perry Star Britannia Printers Inc. Taylor Forder Insurance Harp Wylies Glenn Evans Tim Hortons Port Perry Sign Shop Emmerson Insurance Uxport Tools Kent Brady Lee Pace Ron Belton John Cavers Thank You from Soup for Thought Dear Editor We wanted to reach out to everyone who took time out of their busy winter to come to the Port Perry United Church on February 6 for the DCAF Soup for Thought benefit. It was a glorious success We managed to raise 6700 dollars for youth-in-foster care and got a belly full of soup in the process. Congratulations go out to our Judges Choice winner The Pub and to our Peoples Choice winner Port Perry Villa. Special thanks must also go out to all of the participants the event volunteers and all of the local kids and teachers who painted the bowls that are the cornerstone of this event. What a great town we live in huh Looking forward to next year. Laura Francis and Jocelyne Boissonneault Soup for Thought Co-Chairs Nutty Chocolatier owner Ken Koury is mixing up a big batch of coloured eggs for his 28th annual Easter Egg Hunt which takes place this year on Sunday March 27. As in past years children will be entered into groups by age and then they run along Queen St. which is closed to traffic to find their special egg. Also be sure to ask for details in-store only on the Find the Bunny with the Money. Ken has provided thousands of chocolate bunnies and eggs over the years and this year continues the tradition. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at approximately 1 p.m. immediately following the Easter Bonnet Contest. All Kids Ages 3-7. Join the FunEaster Egg Hunt FOCUS - MARCH 2016 3 The General ManagerDirector of RecreationServicesatPortPerryVilla Kim Mitchell should be nicknamed The Dream Lady. She started The Living Dream Program in 2007 when the Villa was owned by Community Life Care. Opportunities to live a dream were oered to all of the residents of the CLC properties. This program has continued to blossom through two changes of management to Regal and recently Revera. Kim enthusiastically explains that Revera executives have fully embraced The Living Dream program. They signed her on to establish the program and oversee the dream committees at 80 Revera properties nationwide. Im thrilled Kim commented. When do you get to give some- one in their 80s or 90s the best day of their life she asked. Even though a person is getting on in age it doesnt mean that all of the good times have to be in the past. There are so many heartwarming stories Kim said. For example a dream came true for Jean Gould of Port Perry Villa on August 23 2015. Along with her family and friends baseball fan Jean travelled to Bualo to meet Munenori Kawasaki and the Bualo Bisons mascot too They were put up in the Presidents suite and rode in a golf cart to the stadium where they had a behind-the-scenes tour. They dined on the best wings and beer at the Anchor Bar. Jean came home with a signed jersey 66 and she even got a hug from Kawasaki Jean took him a teddy bear that she made herself a gift which was very much appreciated. There were a couple of glitches trying to organize Jeans Dream but Kim persevered. First when she contacted the Toronto Blue Jays she was told that they get about 100 requests a week so it was probably not happening. When she called the Bualo Bisons she met with success. The next hurdle was getting Jean a passport on time. Her sons Steve and John took on this task having to pay the thrill of soaring up up and away in a hot air balloon. the excitement of meeting your favourite sports star face to face. enjoying an afternoon tea in a regal hotel for free These are some of the 135 dreams which have come true for senior citizens through The Living Dream program. Introducing...... The Port Perry Villa Dreamers JEAN GOULD Met Baseball Star Kawasaki JOYCE HYSKA 75th Birthday Party ERIC TIMMS Flying a Plane WILMA COTTON Nursing Class of 1953 Reunion LEON DAPHNE HOGG Family All Together Again JOYCE GONNERMAN Afternoon Tea at the Royal York Hotel ALLAN TABER Visit with Horses KUNDA RIST ELIZABETH TAYLOR Tickets to the Opera MATT WEBB Bass Fishing GRANT EVA HUNTER 70th Anniversary Party HAZEL LEE Maple Leaf Game ELIZABETH BISHOP Visit to McMichael Art Gallery GORD HORNE Trip to Horse Races MURIEL WATSON Motorcycle Ride DOREEN LAYCOCK Family Reunion for 90th Birthday JIM MILLER Met Gordon Lightfoot FRITZ SCHARDT Trip to Pan Am Games for Gymnastics IMAGINE ...... The Living Dream ...................... Please turn to page 4 4 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 50 for a 10- day rush and driving to Scarborough to pick it up. Then they were ready to go on their adventure. It was an amazing time Jeans daughter Cathy commented. Like all of The Living Dream participants Jean received a beau- tifully bound book full of colour photos to commemorate the exciting event. Pictures of all of Port Perry Villas Dreamers line the wall in one of the halls to keep the happy memories alive. Kim pointed out that The Dream isntonlyathrillforTheLivingDream participant. Everyone shares in the excitement Kim said. Celebrations are held a couple of weeks after each Dreamer gets back. This gives the Dreamer and their family and friends a chance to talk about their experi- ence and show off the photos and souvenirs. In Jeans case there was a baseball theme party at Port Perry Villa complete with baseball food a popcorn machine and Blue Jays videos. There is also a lot of build up and talking about the dreams before they happen says Kim. Its something for everyone to look forward to. When Jim Miller was on his way to a concert at Casino Rama the other residents gathered in the lobby shouting things like Say Hi to Gordon Lightfoot for me Resident Hazel Lee off to an NHL hockey game exited the Villa under an archway made of hockey sticks and cheers The staff have fully embraced the program and get on board and excited to make it happen Kim com- mented. Im so proud of them and The Wall of Dreams adorns a hallway in Port Perry Villa for all to enjoy Dreams continued from page 3 FIRE CITY STONE 3.5 million pounds of stone in stock Largest ornamental selection in the country Natural Stone I Flagstone I Wall Stone I Stackable Retaining Wall Boulders I Accent Boulders Retaining Walls I Irregular Shape Landscape Boulders I Unique Natural Shapes and Features The Place with the Fire Trucks SimcoeSt.N. Coates Rd. PurpleWoods FIRE CITY OSHAWA STONE DELIVERY AND INSTALLATION AVAILABLE 5055 Simcoe Street North Oshawa 905-655-8501 FIRE CITY FLOWERS 60 STONE SAW ON SITE Ready to cut for you. FOCUS - MARCH 2016 5 Joyce Gonnerman happily sharing her book of photos of her dream an Afternoon Tea at the Royal York. Hazel Lee shows off her Darryl Sitler signed jersey part of her dream in attending a Toronto Maple Leafs game. Her tickets are shown below. Jean Gould with her beautifully bound book of colour photos of herself and Munenori Kawasaki from her dream day in August 2015. this program. While The Living Dream makes the residents feel special Kim says that everyone who organizes the Dreams benefit from the experience too. There is a fund for The Living Dream but many of the costs are graciously picked up by the sponsors who help make seniors dreams come true. Kunda Rist was an opera lover all of her life. Another PP Villa resident Elizabeth Taylor had never attendedbutalwayswanted to go. The local McDonalds paid for a limo to trans- port them in style to the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto which provided free tickets. Casino Rama gave Jim Miller concert tickets and a complimentary dinner. We cant fulfill everyones dream like the man who just wished he could have one more dance with his late wife Kim shared. But if we can do it we will By Lynn Campbell Focus on Scugog The Dream Lady Kim Mitchell started this program in 2007 and it continues to blossom today. Fashion Function FOR YOUR HOME OMESTEADHFURNITURE APPLIANCES HARDWOOD LAMINATE FLOORING WINDOW COVERINGS 1918 Scugog Street Port Perry across from Vos 905-985-2451 HomesteadFnA Furniture Flooring Window Coverings Appliances Accessories 6 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 Its just a hop skip and a jump to discover your downtown Nutty Chocolatier . . . . . . . THE NUTTY CHOCOLATIER 182 Queen Street Port Perry 905-985-0761 Hours Sunday-Friday 10am-9pm Saturday 9am-9pm For more information please call 28th Annual Easter Sunday March 27th at Noon Downtown Port Perry This Easter give the gifts of hand decorated Belgian Chocolate Bunnies Chocolate Novelties Truffles Gift Baskets and so much more. Make your own EASTERBONNETand join theparade with theCHURCHCHICKS For children ages 3-7 Find the Bunny with the Money In store only. Ask for details. OLDEF ASHIONED C ANDY IC E CREAM STO RE Spo nsored by FOCUS - MARCH 2016 7 Ah the first sign that spring in Scugog is just around the corner This year Easter is coming especially early March 27 but Port Perrys Easter Bonnet Parade and Contest is not to be missed no matter the weather. This visual explosion of Easter pageantry is put on by the Church Chicks of the Port Perry United Church and is sponsored by local businesses Cakes by Stephanie and The Kids Cupboard. The event is entering its seventh year and has quickly become a cherished family event that is a thrill to watch or a chance to show off your creativity. Miss Twinkle Twinkle is portrayed by Alicia Sluggett and her sparkling ensemble is a nod to the fifties era. We like to keep it fresh and exciting for the kids by introduc- ing a new character each year says Pam Hollett who created the event. Since we are raising money for the childrens and teen sections of the library the Church Chicks decided to have the characters be named after nursery rhymes she adds. Miss Twinkle Twinkle joins veteran characters Bo Peep Pam Hollett Miss Muffet Jill McMullen Mary Mary Quite Contrary Cathy Pavlik- Griffen Red Riding Hood Brooke Dunn and Patty Cake Jodi Janwin. Their gowns span from the 17th to 20th cen- turies and all have been skillfully made by Jill McMullen. The event takes place on Sunday March 27 beginning at 12 noon in front of the Port Perry Post Office on Queen St. Registration will begin at 1130 a.m. and is by free- will donation to the Scugog Memorial Library. The Nutty Chocolatier Easter Egg Hunt starts at 1 p.m. immediately following the bonnet contest. Each registered participant gets a gourmet cupcake from Cakes by Stephanie and a prize ribbon care of The Kids Cupboard. Twenty large and highly sought-after prize ribbons will additionally be awarded in the follow- ing categories Co-chairs of the event Melissa Durward and Pam Hollett are guaranteeing good weather with your do- nation to the Scugog Library and will have hot chocolate on hand just in case. The hour always goes by quickly thanks to plethora of hats to view keen emceeing by Bo Peep and upbeat tunes which DJ Todd Soomre donates every year. The only hard part of the event rests on the shoulders of the judges. Mayor Tom Rowett will be the head judge along with writerchild advocate Laura Francis and Julie-Anne Gatto Gibbons of the Scugog Memorial Library. Again this year all Scugog elementary schools will participate in Crazy Hat Day on Thursday March 24. This program is headed by the Church Chicks and Scugog teacher Amy Killeen and allows kids to donate a toonie to wear their Easter Hat or hat of their choosing to school that day and help raise funds for their own childrens and teen area at the Scugog Library. So get out your hot glue guns and get working on your creation Anyone who requires further inspiration or information can go to Instagram chickbonnets or contact the Church Chicks at Chicks welcome Miss Twinkle Twinkle as the newest character for the Easter Bonnet Parade Ages 4 yrs and under Easter Spirit Best Bloomin Hat Ages 16 up Loveliest Lady on Queen Manliest Man in a Bonnet Best Pet in a Bonnet Ages 5-15 yrs Easter Spirit Best Bloomin Hat Most Delicious food themed Most Likely to Cause a Traffic Accident ALL oversized hats ages 5-15 yrs Best GrandparentGrandchild coordinating hats to be entered as a duo only PhotobyMARyANNFLEMING 8 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 port perry dental centre 238 Queen St. - Port Perry - 905-985-8451 Dr. J. Cottrell Dr. J. Hardy Dr. C. Baneld Dr. J. Isenberg Dr. E. King - Orthodontist Dr. M. Dhillon - Periodontist Your Hometown Dental Professionals 2015 Readers Choice Awards PORTPERRYSTAR BEST DENTIST 2015 Readers Choice Awards PORTPERRYSTAR BEST DENTAL OFFICE Behind every smile theres a story... like to be part of yours. Everyone wants to have a nice smile and attractive teeth but a lot of us need help getting there. If you are considering improving your smile then come and have a chat with us. Because whatever your story may be ... FOCUS - MARCH 2016 9 Congratulations to Harp Wylies Canadian Grill House winners of the 2015 BIA Ambassador of the Year Award for outstanding positive contributions to the Port Perry BIAand our community. This award was presented at the annual BIA AGM held on Tuesday February 9 at Jesters Court. Harp Wylies were first in the door with bells on for the first ever Chili cook-off seven years ago and have not missed one since. Along came Soup-for-Thought dur- ing Feb Fest and again they jumped on board the past four years. They also threw their support behind the first Beer Festival held last year and just recently assisted with gallons of hot chocolate for the BIA Tree Lighting and Candlelight Walk Harp Wylies always goes above and beyond to find ways to participate in our town. Be sure to thank and congratulate them as well Brent Harper happily accepts the 2015 BIA Ambassador of the Year Award on behalf of Harp Wylies Canadian Grill House from BIA Co-chair Lana Crosbie. And the winner is ... 168 Queen Street Port Perry Come in to see our selection some styles shown not in stock PhotobyMARYANNFLEMING 10 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 CANTERBURY COMMON CANTERBURY COMMON It felt very welcoming he recalls. Interesting story David was driv- ing around Port Perry being guided by his wife-to-be Sabina who was in Zurich Switzerland. She had a map of Port Perry and like a human GPS she was on the phone telling him turn here and turn there so he could explore the town in hopes of nding their perfect future retirement home. David toured all of the model homes in Canterbury Common and everything came together nicely with the house he preferred com- ing back on the market at the perfect time just when Sabina was nally able to join him in Canada. Since Sabina enjoys riding the proximity to horse stables was also ideal. This May marks David and Sabinas nine-year anni- versaryofenjoyinglifeatPort Perrys Canterbury Common described as an Active Adult Lifestyle Community. Whats that all about The concept has some unique features compared to traditional subdivisions. Heres A Little History. Phased construction commenced in 1996. The 241 detached bungalows on the sprawling lakeside property range in size and each is privately owned. Everyone shares the beauti- ful green space and the Community Centre. Everyone is a member of the Residents Association and theres an annual fee for grounds keeping. Everyone follows the Protective Restrictions such as the no fence policy which David pointed out gives Canterbury Common its pleas- ant open feeling. Youfeellikeyoucanbreathehere he commented. And everyone takes such good care of their properties. Nature lovers enjoy the Waterfront Trail which winds through Canter- bury Common and meanders down to the lake. Something In Common The residents of Canterbury Common do indeed have something in common. They are all retirees or people who are semi-retired. Some dabble in consulting work or pursue part-time self-employed ventures. Theres social value in living in a community of like-minded people David noted. He explained that the Active Adult Lifestyle Community appeals to people who wish to continue to reside in their own homes as op- posed to a retirement residence but appreciate not having to shovel snow or mow the lawn. And its like there are built-in friends. The neighbours all look out for each other David says. The residents havespecialsignalswiththeirwindow blinds to reassure their neighbours that they are okay every morning. Residents Dave Thompson and Roger Doe all smiles showing off a small portion of the Community Centre library. The rst time that Dr. David Thompson visited Canterbury Common a stranger smiled and waved at him. David was sold. He knew that this friendly community would be the perfect place to call home. Whats an Active Adult Lifestyle Community all about Focus on . . . . . .. FOCUS - MARCH 2016 11 If the ag isat halfmastthatmeansthat someone has passed away and everyone rallies to provide comfort and assistance. The community rallies around each other David says. We all support one another. So while each home is a private resi- dence the people who live at Canterbury Common never have to feel all alone. Social Activity The Community Centre is a beehive of social activity geared to appeal to peo- ple with varied interests. Theres bridge euchre mahjong cribbage poker and ballroom dancing. The power walking group sets out at 810 a.m. and the Knit Wits regularly meet to have fun knitting together. Friday nights are special social evenings for widows who sometimes feel uncomfortable when its all couples David pointed out. Interesting speakers are invited to the Thursday morning Coee Hours. Fashion shows and productions by the Canterbury Common Players are very popular. The public is wel- come to the giant annual Yard Sale planned for May 7 2016. Theres so many dierent types of social activity David enthused. Born in Windsor David has lived in large centres all over Canada including London Halifax Niagara Falls and Oshawa. He always dreamed about settling in a small town like the little agricultural community where his cousins lived when they were all children. Canterbury Common is like a lovely little village all onto itself tucked into the historic and charm- ing lakeside town of Port Perry which oers so many amenities. Its a great place to live David concluded. Professional Ballroom Dancers Bonnie and Bill Silvera also residents of Canterbury Common initially taught all those wanting to learn two ballroom dances the Social Foxtrot and the International Slow Waltz. Bridge anyone If you dont play bridge there are many other activities mentioned in the story. By Lynn Campbell Focus on Scugog Blinds - Draperies - Shutters - Shades Great Selection - Stylish Colours Superior Service - Satisfaction Guaranteed Joe Gibson Blackstock 905-213-2583 www.budgetblinds.comportperry A style for every point of view. Free In-Home Consultation Refresh your home Revive your sense of style Renew your windows 12 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 Accent Chairs Deluxe Fabrics reg. price up to 1000 SPECIAL PRICE 598 Saturday March 26th Plus - We pay the tax from March 27th to April 10th on custom ordered chairs. cake2 pm 40th Anniversary Seat Sale-a-bration WIn A 500 GIFT CERTIFICATE from TM with furniture purchase See store for details 207 Queen Street Port Perry 905.985.3011 LUKES COUNTRY STORE Wayne and Carolyn Luke the original owners opened Lukes Country Store in March of 1976. They were avid antique collectors who admired the charm of old country stores and antiques. Together they rented a small store on Queen Street in Port Perry. Teri Venner the full-time manager at that time bought merchandise for the store and seemed the natural for taking over the ownership. In April of 2005 the Lukes passed the torch to Ron and Teri Venner of Port Perry. Their children Megan and Steven worked there with their parents until graduating from university. Today Ron and Teri are still enjoying the daily activities of running the store and seeing new and regular customers. They are proud to be owners of the little gift shop that opened in 1976 and has grown along with the community. The Venners and the Lukes April 27 2005 the day the Venners purchased the business. Carolyn Jody and Wayne Luke. The national flower of Cuba is the white butterfly jasmine. Cuban women have used the flower not only as an adornment for their hair but also to transmit messages during liberation wars and as a sign of their being Cuban. There can be no better emblem for the 2016 World Day of Prayer service writ- ten by the World Day of Prayer committee of Cuba. The service transmits their witness and experience of being Cuban and Christian. On March 4 2016 Christians in more than 170 countries and in 2000 com- munities across Canada will gather to learn about pray for and celebrate Cuba in solidarity with the women of Cuba through the World Day of Prayer. Please join us and invite your friends and family to attend the World Day of Prayer 2016. A local World Day of Prayer service will be held at Port Perry United Church 294 Queen Street 1 p.m. All are welcome For more information on the World Day of Prayer services in this community please contact Brenda Walton 905 982 2699 Receive children. Receive me. Christian Women in Socialist Cuba World Day of Prayer 2016 written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Cuba Computerized Government Reports HST Payroll WSIBCRA Audits Appeals Forensic Reviews Budgets and Business Plans. C.A.C.P.A. Services also available. 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Gather dependents information. While you might know your own Social Security number by heart if you have dependents youre going to need their information as well. If you do not have these numbers upon ling your return will likely be delayed and you might even be denied potentially substantial tax credits. Gather your year-end nancial statements. If you spent the last year investing then you will have to pay taxes on any interest earned. Interest earned on the majority of savings accounts is also taxable so gather all of your year-end nancial statements from your assorted accounts in one place. Speak with your mortgage lender. Homeowners should receive forms documenting their mortgage interest payments for the last year as the money paid in interest on your home or homes is tax deductible. Make a list of your charitable contributions. Charitable contributions no matter how small are tax deductible. 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Now in our NEW Location .... 1595 Hwy 7A 905-985-0006 Hours Monday Tuesday Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The rose garden and reecting pool at Kent Estates during the early 1920s.The property located at the northern edge of Port Perry was owned by Fred and Ethel Kent. MOVING Dave and Tammy Stevenson of Stevenson Specialty Cars 1511 Reach St. Unit 3 Port Perry have moved. Their new location is 3 Brook St. Port Perry Manchester. OPENED Water Depot a water softening equipment supplier have opened at 60 Water St. Port Perry. OPENING On March 5 Cindy Konzuk and Anita Csere are opening Crystal Couture Bridal Boutique at 268 - 2 Queen St. Port Perry between The Kids Cupboard and Royal LePage. This bridal shop will carry formal wear and accessories. OPENING Kosta and Anica Ristevski owners of Pickles and Olives are at it again. Opening early March around the corner from their restaurant at 174 Mary St. beside Herbally Yours Port Perry is their new business Port Olive Oil Company. The name should give it away a tasting bar for olive oils and balsamic vinegars. MOVED Janet McGhee Chartered Professional Accountant has moved from their location at 354 Queen St. Port Perry to 1595 Hwy 7A formerly known as the Purple House in Port Perry. MOVED The Standard has moved from 94 Water St. Port Perry to 182 North Port Rd. Unit 10 Port Perry. coURtESyoFJ.PEtERhVIDStEN Theres an old saying that what goes around comes around. Well that could be the case very soon for a prod- uct manufactured in Port Perry back in the 1930s. It was almost four decades ago that a small local soft drink manufacturing plant closed its doors. The closure of Port Perry Bottling Works brought to an end a family business that began a half-century earlier. The company had been started and operated by Murell Goode and his family since 1927. Recently Old Flame Brewing Co. has resurrected a pop- ular ginger beer drink produced by Port Perry Bottling Works. Ginger beer originated in England in the 1880s and was brewed with ginger sugar water lemon ice and bac- teria called ginger beer plant. The popular brew made its way to Canada and the USA in the early 1900s. The big dierence between ginger beer and ginger ale is that ginger beer is brewed fermented while ginger ale is carbonated water avoured with ginger. Old Flame Brewery Co. owner Jack Doak although relatively new to the community is a strong supporter of Scugog Township and its history. He thought it would be fun to produce a ginger beer that pays homage to the town. He and his sta have now created a recipe similar to the ginger beer drink brewed here more than 80 years ago. The new ginger beer is not one hundred percent true to the original recipe since it contains 5.3 percent al- cohol but it is made using many of the same ingredients. The actual idea of producing a ginger beer began last summer after Mr. Doaks son showed up at the fam- ily cottage with a stone bottle inscribed with Port Perry TO PRODUCE OLD FAMILY PRODUCT 16 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 17 Bottling Works. Immediately Jacks entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and he began researching information about the bottling company. Coincidentally a few weeks later Daryl Leatherdale owner of Port Perry Auto Wreckers dropped by the Old Flame with a wooden case stamped with the bottling company name. As ideas started to develop Jack had a chance meeting with Gord Goode Jr. who arranged a meeting with his family. Following the meeting at which he explained his idea to honour the family business brothers Gord and Greg and their mother Jean gave them their blessing to produce a ginger beer including using a replica label on a similar stone bottle. Exactly how long ginger beer was bottled at Port Perry Bottling Works is unknown but records show the com- pany received a shipment of ginger beer bottles in large wooden cases in 1932. The Govancroft Pottery Company of Glasgow Scotland manufactured the orange and tan 10 oz. bottles from Egyptian pottery clay. Now more than 85 years after the rst bottles of ginger beer came o the production line at Port Perry Bottling Works Old Flame Brewing Co. has created a similar brew. Once again coincidentally both companies were located on Perry St. Mr. Doak said that Old Flame made its rst batch of ginger beer in January this year. They took great pains Jean and Gord Goode front along with Jack Doak owner of Old Flame Brewing Co. back left and the Goode brothers Gord Jr. and Greg showing off the original ginger beer bottles and the new commemorative stone bottle. ...................... Please turn to page 18 18 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 Port Perry Bottling Works while unknown to many was a thriving business during the 1900s bot- tling a variety of soft drinks ranging from Coca-Cola RC Cola Kist and Pure Spring products. The small family business was opened in an industrial building located at 247 Perry St. until a disastrous re totally destroyed the plant and equipment on July 18 1933. With the help of remen and neighbours they were able to save the home of bottling works owner Murell Goode just south of the factory. Following the re Mr. Goode immediately made arrangements for new equipment and opened his operation in the Port Perry Creamery at 110 Water St. which was owned at the time by his father Allan. Here he continued bottling Coca-Cola for his custom- ers while plans to rebuild got underway. Working under the supervision of the Coca-Cola Company with which Port Perry Bottling Works was aliated a modern new plant was constructed on the original Perry Street site later that fall. Mr. Goodes son Gordon joined the company in 1948. Port Perry Beverages aliation with Coca-Cola came to an end in June 1952 when Coca-Cola con- solidated its bottling operation into a single newer enterprise in Uxbridge. The Goodes immediately took on the Pure Spring Company line of beverages. In a half page advertise- ment in the Port Perry Star in June 1952 Mr. Goode advertised they were the bottlers and distributors of DryGingerAleMexicanCreamSodaHonee-Orange BarrelRootBeerMintedGrapeandGrapefruitnLime beverages. About the same time the company also bottled a lemon drink called Gini and RC Cola. In January 1975 Murell Goode sold the business to Keith Hobbs who renamed it Hobbs Beverages. After less than three years in Port Perry in July 1977 Mr. Hobbs announced the operation would be closing. He explained that the Port Perry plant was the smallest of four bottlers of Crush products compet- ing in the area and their contract had been terminat- ed. He cited rising operating expenses and a sluggish economy as part of the reason for the closing but also felt that the day of the small bottler may be over. The old Port Perry Bottling Works which later became known as Port Perry Beverages was torn down in 1985. It was sold and a residential home was constructed on the property. Photos and story by J. Peter Hvidsten Focus on Scugog History of the Port Perry Bottling Works Back in the day the site of the Port Perry Beverages building. Referrals are the core of our business Call John 905 434 0517 905 985 8569 Renovations from the outside in we can do it all We can do that for you too Out with the old . . . In with the new FOCUS - MARCH 2016 19 Old Flame continued from page 17 Port Perry Bottling Works twenty-four pack wooden crate that carried and transported the stone bottles. to make an authentic ginger beer to the point they hand- peeled the skin o the ginger roots and grated them for insertion into the production. We are very proud of this ginger beer he said. The new Port Perry ginger beer was launched at the Winter Craft Beer Festival held in Toronto and was well received. It will be available in commemorative collec- tors stone bottles with a design of the original label beginning in March. By J. Peter Hvidsten Focus on Scugug ANTIQUES UNIQUES DCOR MORE COACH HOUSE STUDIO ITS A DESTINATION SHOPPING LOCATION 605 Regional Road 21 Port Perry 905.982.2705 Easter is hoppEning at the Coach house You are Cordially Invited to Awards of Excellence Evening ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Thursday March 31 2016 7pm - 9pm Scugog Community Recreation Centre 1655 Reach Street Port Perry Light hors doeuvres and refreshments will be served. Tickets 40.00 Chamber member or guest each 45.00 Non-Chamber member or guest each For more information or tickets 905-985-4971 Energize your business with world class speaker and writer David Hooker Port Perry District Minor Softball Association Its time to grab your gloves and bats and be sure to register this month. We offer a fun environment where players receive positive examples of team sportsmanship competition and softball skill development. Registration cut-off is March 31 to be guaranteed a spot on a team. Or save 25. by registering early with our early bird cut-off on March 15. Register on-line at More information email During the month of March Old Flame Brewing Co. is offering a new tasty brew called Perrys Chocolate Orange Stout. Think Terrys chocolate orange and add beer. Yum This draft brew will be available in all BIA restaurants i.e. Harp Wylies Jesters Court Marwans Global Bistro Piano Caf Pickles Olives The Pub and of course Old Flame and for each pint poured 1 will be donated back to our BIA. Lets all help out enjoy a cold one and give back to our community Perrys Chocolate Orange Stout Downtown Port Perry 20 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 THUMBS UP - to the person who put two googly eyes inside the o on the stop sign in our neighbourhood. theyve been there for a while now and every time I see them I chuckle THUMBS DOWN - to whomever is destroying our mailbox breaking branches off our trees and worst of all recently destroyed the snowman that our kids were so proud that they had made. these incidences continue to happen on Reach Rd. in Epsom. this continuous destruction of property is not only a violation of our home but is degrading to the individuals involved. whoever this is is making them look terrible think about that. you made a little girl cry are you proud THUMBS DOWN - I like the new Lcbo store. I like the staff and the product. however the store has been open for some time now and they havent done any landscaping at all. the store is planted in a wasteland out there. when the wind blows in the winter it feels heartless. With the amount of prot the LCBO is making from that store you would think they could hire a local landscaper to show they are giving back to the community to plant some trees so in 4 or 5 years it might look a little less bleak. By the way I have no nancial interest in any landscaping companies. THUMBS UP - to the canada Post worker who delivers to the boxes on Stone Sound. when delivering a package to our home she learned that my toddler and I had just walked the couple of blocks to the post boxes but turned around when we saw that she was not nished placing mail in them. Not a small feat when 9 months pregnant and days from my due date She left and went back to the boxes and personally hand delivered all of our mail to me. What a seless act THUMBS DOWN - to the individuals who destroyed a large part of the ice sculptures carved all day Saturday February 6 in Reection Park after hours of work. these sculptures were part of Feb Fest and nine businesses sponsored the sculptures for all residents to enjoy. Lack of maturity and respect for absolutely everyone THUMBS Note we are receiving Thumbs Down to local businesses for a variety of different issues. We appreciate our businesses as they not only pay taxes but support sports teams donations to charities of all kinds and we will not publish these names. If you have an issue with a business owner we urge you to speak with them directly rather than use this column. Come on everyone please just talk to one another umumumumTh bsh bh bh bumh bumumh bumh bh bh bh bumh bumumh bumumh bumcomplete 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 Tire Specials 12 Price Alignments with purchase of 4 new tires Vehicle Certifications Viktor Treiguts 905-243-4606 Licensed and Insured by WSIB Over 15 Years Experience wishes to invite her past and future customers to join her at her new location inside Westshore Village on the 4th floor. 905-985-8660 ext. 118 Debbie Taylor Hairstylist Wednesdays and Fridays 9-5 and thursdays 12-7 or call for an earlier appointment. Meditation Classes A series of 8 classes at Caesarea Community Centre Regional Rd 57 Beside the Fire Hall Beginning Saturday April 2 From 11 1230 pm Suitable for Beginners and Intermediates Contact Dawn 289-354-0887 I Inner Solitude FOCUS - MARCH 2016 21 NEW LOCATION SAME GREAT SERVICE 905-982-2777 462 Paxton Street Unit 104A Medical Associates of Port Perry Assisting People With Lifestyle Changes Mobility Aids Wound Management Bathroom Safety Pressure Reduction Compression Stockings Electric Scooters Braces Stairlifts Stroke Aids ReclineLift Chairs Ostomy Supplies Rentals 462 PAXTON STREET UNiT 104B Medical Associates of Port Perry BUT WAIT ...... THERES MORE NEW TO PORT PERRY 1-866-985-CPAP 2727 DURHAM HOME RESPIRATORY SERVICES INC. OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA Are you performing at your peak level Snoring High blood pressure Frequent urination at night Elevated sugar levels Low sex drive CPAP Sales Service After-hours appointments Direct Insurance billing 2nd Location 1335 Simcoe St. N. Units 1 2 Oshawa 905-432-3477 Donna M. Smith RRTRRCP PORT PERRY MEDICAL SUPPLIES LTD. Helping Port Perry Sleep Better With CPAP 22 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 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 Be Healthy Enjoy Life Plan the Future Taking care of yourself as you age is about more than just staying in shape physically. Its also about staying mentally and emotionally healthy and sustaining your energy vitality and zest for life. These local businesses can help you explore the aspects of life that contribute to your overall well-being as you age. Exercise is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. According to the National Institute on Aging the following are a few points men and women should know as they attempt to improve their physical fitness with a more active lifestyle. Exercise is safe even if you have not been physically active in a long time. Exercise can make existing medical conditions more manageable. Exercise reduces fatigueso sitting around to preserve strength is not effective. No one is too old to exercise. Continuing to exercise as you age is a great way to improve your quality of life and stay as active as possible well into your golden years. Always consult with your physician before making any lifestyle changes.Some conditions may affect a persons ability to be active and its best to get the go-ahead before beginning an exercise regimen. Volunteering enriches your life For many adults with needs related to aging physical andor mental health a drive to medical appointments is only one of the many challenges they face in maintaining their independence. Community Care Durham relies on its volunteer drivers to drive clients to appointments as well as for the delivery of hot meals. Visit our website or call 905-985-8461 Become a volunteer driver today Drivers Needed Do you know becoming a Volunteer Driver can help people in your community Silver Cross healthcare product solutions Great selection of stairlifts porch lifts wheelchairs walkers scooters bath safety and more In-home assessments professional installation and service Recycled and rental equipment available VISIT OUR SHOWROOM 850 King Street W. Oshawa 905.668.8560 home healthcare equipment Limited Time Offer Factory Refurbished Savaria Step Saver straight stair lift Installed 1895 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 23 Transform your Kitchen into the Heart of Your Home We can build a custom kitchen or reface your existing one. Dont put it off any longer. The solution is just a phone call away. Port Perry Alec Cook REFACED NEW New Kitchens Refaced Kitchens Rollout Drawers Bathroom Vanities Closets 905-904-2050 Dont settle for anything but the best x PORT PERRY DENTURE CLINIC 6 High St. Unit 4 Port Perry ON L9L 1H8 905.985.8028 ALL INSURANCE PLANS ACCEPTED Celebrating 20 years in Port Perry Free no obligation consultation Complete and Partial Denture Services Same Day Relines and Repairs Implant SupportedRetained Dentures Sports Mouth Guards Tooth Whitening At Silver Cross Oshawa we are committed to help people live safer and more independently at home. We offer a wide range of Home Healthcare product solutions including Elevators Van Conversions Stair lifts Wheelchair lifts Daily Living Aids Ceiling lifts Bath lifts Mobility Scooters Power Wheelchairs Lift Chairs Walk in Bath Tubs Roll in Showers Hospital Beds Canes and Crutches to name a few.We also offer recycled options when available to save you money. Each Silver Cross location is locally owned and we are highly trained about our products. We answer our phones after hours and welcome weekend or evening appointments.We are a family run businessLesley Westbury and her daughter in-law Victoria Westbury of Seagrave are friendly discreet reputable and most of all a pleasure to work with. Silver Cross 850 King Street W. Oshawa 905-668-8560 See our ad on page 23 Keeping You Safe Independently in Your Home Naturespringstolifeandourhomesshowustheirneedforrenewaltoo What better way to start than in the heart of our home The Kitchen. Its easy to replace a dull worn out look with up to the minute styles. New doors hardware and counters will make the heart of your home appear new again Brand new faucets sink lighting and mouldings will finish the fresh new look. All this can be done without the cost and mess of a major renovation. Its as easy as making a quick call to Alec at Ideal Home Storage Solutions to ask about our kitchen refacing plan. Ideal Home Storage Port Perry 905-904-2050 See our ad below SPRING . Dont Settle for Anything but the Best 24 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 Natural HealtH associates 126 - 2 Water Street Port Perry 905-985-8591 Dr. John Tompkin Chiropractor 1 Many Chiropractors treat much more than spinal injuries Dr. John Tompkin has been treating neck and low back pain for 19 years now but says a large part of his practice is treating extremity injuries such as rotator cuff injuries frozen shoulders tennis golfers elbow carpal tunnel hip knee ankle and foot injuries 2 Many Chiropractors treat soft tissue injuries Dr. Tompkins treatments always aim at helping both joint tissue as well as surrounding soft tissue. Dr. Tompkin can treat all kinds of muscular sprains strains and tears as well as tendonitis capsulitis and bursitis. 3 Many Chiropractors use both adjustive and non adjustive techniques Dr. Tompkin is trained in many techniques including both manual adjusting and non adjusting techniques to suit your needs. Many patients enjoy Impulse Instrument adjusting which is a low amplitude high speed adjustment with no audible cracking sound. This technique can be applied to soft tissues as well as joint tissues. Our services are covered by most extended health care benefits. Did you know that... Chiropractic Foot Pain Therapy Orthotic Therapy Registered Massage Therapy. Pre-need andor Prepaid Funeral Planning Traditional and Non-Traditional Cremation and Burial Services Main Floor Reception Facilities Available For After Service Lunches Conveniently Located in Beautiful Downtown Port Perry with Ample Off-Street Parking Mark Fletcher FUNERAL DIRECTOR Myles ORiordan FUNERAL DIRECTOROWNER Susan ORiordan Port Perrys only locally owned and operated Funeral Home since 1846 216 Queen Street Port Perry 905-985-2171 1-800-377-9139 Community Cleaning is a full service cleaning company and sup- ply store. We offer superior in home cleaning as well as delivery of all your household cleaners We are committed to excellence. Community Cleaning is here to make your life easier. Our weekly biweekly and occasional cleaning packages are customized to suit your needs. We fold laundry change bedding do dishes de-clutter disinfect and scrub every surface. The possibilities for your lifestyle are endless. Offering seniors discounts and free delivery to our clean- ing customers we are leaders in our industry. We sell everything from laundry and dish soap to vacuums mops and dusters.We would love to clean for you Visit us in store or on our website for more details. Community Cleaning 73 Brock St. West Uxbridge 905-852-9419 See our ad on page 27 Helping to Make Your Life Easier Canadians of all ages can enjoy good oral health and benefit from regular professional dental care. Provided you look after them your teeth and gums will look good and stay healthy for life. As you age however you may need to make a few changes in the way you care for your teeth and gums. If you need advice on looking after your teeth and gums or those of a dependent relative or friend your dentist can provide you with valuable information. You are never too old to have healthy teeth and gums. And you are never old enough to stop seeing your dentist Your dentist wants to make sure you maintain healthy teeth and gums for your whole life. For more information please contact us. Port Perry Dental Centre 238 Queen Street Port Perry 905-985-8451 See our ad on inside front cover. Dental Care for Seniors FOCUS - MARCH 2016 25 905-985-8660 1-800-248-0848 293 Perry Street Port Perry ELEGANT LIVING BY THE LAKE Retirement Living on the Shores of Lake Scugog A family owned full service retirement village in park setting designed to meet your changing needs. 905-985-8660 1-800-248-0848 293 Perry Street Port Perry We are looking for Bridge and Euchre players to join us Monday and Friday afternoons. Refreshments will be served. Call today to join in the fun. Self contained studio and 1 bedroom suites with kitchenettes Large lake side lounges 24 hour nursing care On site physiotherapist hairdresser footcare and massage therapist Wellness and activity programs Chauffeur services on request Private gated access to walking trails boardwalk library and seniors centre People plan for life events such as weddings and vacations well in advance but many people do not plan for something that is certain to happen their own funeral. While most people do not want to think about their own mortality the time to pre-arrange your funeral is now. The primary advantage of pre-arranging your funeral is to ease the burden on your loved ones in an already emotional and sometimes dif- ficult time and to ensure your funeral is carried out according to your wishes. This would eliminate the task of second-guessing what you would have wanted. Taking the time now to pre-arrange your funeral is one less thing your loved ones will need to worry about once you have passed and is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give to your family. For more information please call Port Perrys only locally owned and operated funeral home and we would be pleased to sit down with you to answer any questions you might have. Wagg Funeral Home 216 Queen Street Port Perry 905-985-2171 1-800-377-9139 See our ad on page 25. Pre-arranging a Funeral Volunteers are an integral part of Community Care Durham CCD and help ensure that more than 8000 clients remain in their homes each year with the support they receive through our many services. Volunteering is very beneficial to your well-being. Whether it is developing new skills building self-esteem meeting new people or the feeling of fulfillment in making a positive impact in your community volunteering at CCD is a rewarding experience. Our clients are adults with needs related to aging physical andor mental health. How about joining our team of volunteers Whether it is a few hours a week or a month you can make a difference in someones life. Please call the Scugog office for more information or visit our website. Community Care Durham 905-985-8461 See our ad on page 23. Volunteering is a Rewarding Experience As we age the body goes through many changes. Medical conditions such as spinal degeneration and osteoporosis as well as surgeries and injuries can play a role in treatment protocols for your aches and pains. Dr. Tompkin has a large senior population in his practice that have opted for instrument adjusting as an alternative to traditional manual adjustments. Impulse Adjusting offers a high velocity low amplitude thrust which is effective at creating change while minimizing risk to the aging body. Dr. Tompkin can adjust the intensity of the instrument to meet the needs of each patient. Whether young or just young at heart Impulse Adjusting may be the therapy you are looking for. For more information call Natural Health Associates 126-2 Water Street Port Perry 905-985-8591 See our ad on page 25. Chiropractic Care for Seniors 26 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 27 68 Water St. Port Perry March 1 Creed Danish Girl Legend Room March 8 In the Heart of the Sea The Peanuts Movie March 15 The Big Short Brooklyn Concussion Sisters March 22 Hunger Games M.J. Part 2 Daddys Home March 29 Hateful Eight 905-985-8807 NEW LOCATION 35 Brook Street Unit B Port Perry Manchester PSYCHIC READINGS Every Tuesday 3pm - 9 pm 45 per reading includes CD of reading to be paid before reading PAST...... .PRESENT........FUTURE........P AST..........PRESENT........FUT URE.........PAST..........PRESEN T........FUTURE........ 279 Queen St. Port Perry 905-985-2775 279 Queen St. Port Perry 905-985-2775 MARCH IN FROM THE COLD for these daily specials Monday - 12 PriceWings all day Tuesday - 15 Seniors Discount65 Thursday - Date Night 2 can dine for 50 Friday Saturday - Prime Rib Dinner Sunday 11 am - 2 pm Breakfast Platter for 2 - 17 Special 3 course menu Single portion available 9 COMMUNITY CLEANINGCOMMUNITY CLEANINGCOMMUNITY CLEANING LTD. 73 Brock Street West 905-852-9419 We bring our own cleaning supplies We do residential ofce and construction cleaning We provide move in and move out cleanings We do charity cleans and support local groups We offer rellable eco-friendly cleaning options in our supply store We sell vacuums We have free delivery for our cleaning clients Seniors discounts available. SMALL town service with BIG time results If you are looking for more features in your lenses and you spend a lot of time outdoors POLARIZED lenses can provide clearer sharper and more vivid visual results. TRANSITIONS VANTAGE lenses offer variable polarization technology by darkening and lightening in response to outdoor lighting and UV conditions. The clearer the lens the less polarization the darker the lens the greater amount of polarization. Polarized lenses are able to block out both direct sunlight and sun- light that bounces off surfaces such as water or the hood of your car. TRANSITION VANTAGE are available in single vision lenses progres- sive multi focal lenses and thinner high index lenses and can have anti-scratch and anti-reflection coatings applied. Port Perry Optical 305 Queen Street Port Perry 905-985-9388 See our ad on inside front cover. Polarized Lenses Adjust to Lighting Conditions West Shore Village welcomes hair stylist Debbie Taylor. Debbie would like to welcome her existing and new clients to the 4th floor location. For an appointment please call 905-985-8660 ext. 118. West Shore Village would like to invite community seniors for cards and yoga. Join in the fun Monday and Friday afternoons for bridge euchre and refreshments. Senior chair yoga Friday mornings 10 am. - 5. class Space permitting Local chauffeur services available. For more information please call Pat Hurren 905-985-8660. West Shore Village 293 Perry Street Port Perry See our ad on page 26. West Shore Village Invites You 28 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 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 isjam-packedwithexcitingprogramsforkidsMarch11-20 231Water St.Port Perry 905-985-7686 Fordetailsaboutallourprogramssee Scugog Memorial Public Library REGISTER NOW Call 905-985-7686 ex. 101 March14 UP-CYCLED CRAFTS 1-2pm FREE March 14 -16 JUNIOR PhOTOgRAPhERS 10 am - 12 pm 10 material fee March 11 FAMILY ART PARTY 1030 - 1130 am FREE March 15 ARTATTACK 2 -3 pm Wear old clothes. March 14 DIY BIRD FEEDERS 230 - 330 pm FREE March19 DIY EASTER BONNETS 1030-1130am FREE March17 TWEEN BUILDERS 3pm -4pm FREE March 16 Drop Off TEDDYBEAR SLEEPOVER March 17 Pick up March18 ZOO TO YOU 10 -11am 1115 -1215pm 115-215pm 230-330pm 5 March 17 FAMILY STORYTIME 1030 -1130 am FREE MARCh BREAKMOVIES Seewebsiteand librarynewsletter formovie listings The Rotary Club of Port Perry is proud to present its annual Spring Gala. This is always a fun-filled social affair that features great camaraderie and wonderful food along with amazing raffles silent auctions and live auctions. Rotary members give their gift of time talent and knowledge to improve lives in communities locally and across the globe. They strive to make a genuine differ- ence in the lives of others and in our world. The gala is the Rotary Club of Port Perrys major annual fundrais- ing event and all proceeds go to local and international projects. Around the area the club supports the Lakeridge Health Port Perry Hospital and the Scugog Memorial Library as well as annual Port Perry Christmas dinners for seniors and people in assisted living care the Port Perry food bank student scholarships and exchange pro- grams school literacy programs and the construction of the Port Perry walking trails. The Rotary International campaign is to eradicate po- lio worldwide. The Spring Gala will be held Saturday April 23 at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club a short drive from Port Perry. Tickets are 125 per person includes one complimentary drink ticket. Mark it on your calendar and plan to join us For tickets or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities contact Michael Stewart 905-985-6282 or cell 416-272-8777 or any member of the Rotary Club of Port Perry. CUSTOM INTERIOR FINISHING Ian Ross Port Perry 905- 905-242-4690 WOOD WORKS THAT WILL INSPIRE YOUR LIFE Ian Ross Port Perry FOCUS - MARCH 2016 29 The best way to understand the history of Vimy is to walk in the footsteps of a soldier according to Sharane Slute Dear who is organizing a tour for the 100th anni- versary of Vimy in 2017. Adults and families including elementary students are all welcome. You can teach all you want in the grade 10 history classroom Sharane pointed out but students really get it when they have the opportunity to experience Vimy rsthand. When she accompanied Port Perry High School stu- dents on a trip to mark the 90th anniversary of Vimy ten years ago It was an unbelievable experience. The kids were excited ecstatic Thousands of peo- ple were there including the Queen the Prime Minister and the Governor General. Each student chose a vet- eran whether it was a family member or the relative of a friend to remember on this important pilgrimage. They walked in their footsteps read the names on the famous wall. It brought Vimy to life. Going on a trip like this brings awareness she ob- served. Its an experience that they will never forget. The kids went away as teens and came back as young adults. Many who participated in this tour a decade ago expressed an interest in going back again for the 100th anniversary and Sharane intends to invite them. Shes providing everyone with an opportunity to be part of history on April 9 2017. While the school boards are organizing trips for 4500 secondary school students from 121 schools including Port Perry Sharanes tour lls the gap by welcoming elementary students and their families plus other adults. For 35 years Sharane was the head secretary at Port Perry High School and she accompanied the students on many international travels. She has chosen a company which she is familiar with EF Tours for the Vimy trip she is organizing. All ights meals hotels buses etc. are taken care of. Forty people can be accommodated on each bus Sharane pointed out. Her two grandchildren both aged 10 were the inspi- ration for this trip. How can I get them there Sharane asked herself and this idea was brainstormed. What a wonderful adventure it will be for families to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Vimy and Canadas 150th birthday with a trip to Vimy France which is on Canadian soil and overseen by Parks Canada. The tour includes visits to Paris and London as well as the Normandy Region but Sharane says the students felt that Vimy was the highlight of the trip. The new Facebook page entitled Port Perrys Returning to Vimy for the 100th is now launched. There are many photos posted to give you a sneak preview of what you can see and experience. Sharane is using social media to spread the word that everyone is welcome. By Lynn Campbell Focus on Scugog INFORMATION NIGHT For more information on the upcoming tour to Vimy the public is invited to attend an information night planned for 630 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday March 9 2016 at R.H. Cornish School. There will be a power point presentation about the trip and a YouTube video featuring the voice of Prince Charles. Sharane will be on hand to answer all of your questions about the 12-day trip of a lifetime. Additional information is featured on the Facebook page. HOW TO CONTACT SHARANE You may contact Sharane via Facebook or by emailing Everyone Invited to Vimys 100th Anniversary in 2017 193 North St. Port Perry 905-985-4910 A. Oppers Ltd W i n d o w s D o o r s PRIDETHAT SHOWS THROUGH FROM STARTTO FINISH Scugogs premier supplier of windows and doors since 1979 30 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 4th Annual Feb Fest Soup For Thought Soup-a-thon February 6 Which mug should I pick It was quite the decision as there were 300 mugs to choose from. Christine Vos and Heather Wilkinson served up soup for the judges. At back Councillor Wilma Wotten Jack Perry from R.H. Cornish and Kids for Kids program along with Teri Venner and of course Laura Francis one of the committee members photo bombing Hmmmmmm. Someone said soup. One really happy soup lover Eric Donnelly.Town Crier Bill McKee made it official the soup was hot and ready to serve. Judges Choice Winner The Pub - Stuffed Pepper Soup Peoples Choice Winner Port Perry Villa - Marlenes Chicken Soup 6700 was raised for youth-in-foster care Thanks to all soup participants event volunteers and all of the local kids and teachers who painted the soup bowls PhotoSbyMARYANNFLEMING FOCUS - MARCH 2016 31 What in the world is a Gala Well it is a fancy fundraiser at a fancy place. When is it Saturday April 16 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Where is it Royal Ashburn Golf Club 995 Myrtle Road West Ashburn. How much are the tickets 75 Why should I go Well you go to help others in the world that need your help. Any other reasons Yes. You could just go and enjoy yourself and know that simply by buying a ticket and attending this fun event you are helping the G-Moms. Why should I support them Well the G-Moms work to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation which empowers the Grandmothers in Africa who are supporting 25 million orphans due to the Aids Pandemic. The shock for many is that still over 5000 people die each day due to this tragedy. The SLF guarantees that 90 of the funds go directly to the projects they support. The main purpose is to help the Grannies become nancially independent so they can provide the essentials for every day needs and obtain money for school fees and uniforms so their children can go to school. Without education for the children there is no hope for change and progress. Any other good things happening there Of course you can have tea and coee with friends as you shop around the market place where there are amazing things. You can purchase tickets for special prizes bid on Silent Auction items that vary from plane rides to theatre tickets and special excursions. BUTWAIT THERE IS MORE Fabulous Food Their chef has a great reputation. Fashion Show Watch those G-Moms model Guest Speaker CATHERINE PORTER who is a journalist for the Toronto Star. She is an activist and a humanitarian who covers everything from international development womens rights poverty and the environment to community activism. She will speak about the Issues of Development since the earthquake in Haiti. She speaks with her head and her heart and is a National Newspaper Award Winner. Where can I buy tickets Marg Webert and from Royal LePage on Queen St. and Coldwell Banker in the Food Basics Plaza. G-MOMS PORT PERRYof Supporting the Stephen Lewis Foundation By Tinie Evans Special to Focus on Scugog presented by G-MOMS OF PORT PERRY Please join us for a fun lled day while we make the world a better place. The doors open at 10 for marketplace fun. 32 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 Exclusively offered at James PaPia Certified Arborist 905-982-1998 Tree Trimming Pruning Hedging Planting Tree Stump Removal Arbor Consultation Free Estimates Licenced Insured TREEriffic Tree Service SO-4204A 1680 Reach Street Port Perry 905-985-4441 CURIOUS Come to take a peek. Sundays 10 a.m. C o m m u n i t y C h u r c h 9th Annual Hospital Auxiliary Polar Plunge 1. The team all twelve of them from RBC just kept on jumping having raised the most by a team. 2281. 2. Mayor Tom Rowett suit tie and shoes jumped in with an hour and a half notice due to Margie Ayres raising over 1000 in that time frame. 3. Doug Brown in a flashy speedo said he would wear the speedo if he raised over a 1000 and he jumped in with a whopping 1385. 4. Best costume went to ballerina Sharon Patterson of Scotiabank who went out of her way to pose for everyone. 5. The Flip Flop boys made a wicked splash with their belly flops much to the delight of the audience. 1 Saturday February 6 60 plungers raised 18000 for the Port Perry Hospital through the Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry event. FOCUS - MARCH 2016 33 2 3 4 5 PhotoSbyMARYANNFLEMING 34 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 Marilyn and her husband Ric Pearce operate Silver Creek Books and Antiques from their Port Perry home and are constantly looking for items of a heritage nature. Recently they were invited to look over some items prior to an estate sale. While looking through the items on display she happened to notice some old papers in a box in the garbage. She asked the owner if she could look at them. He told her to take them and keep them. He was just anxious to get rid of stu she said. At home she took a detailed look at the papers and found that they were all old deeds pertain- ing to land sales in Scugog. To her astonishment she came across an 1847 deed of sale for lot 58 the present-day Wagg Funeral Home. The deed was for the sale of that property by Peter Perry and his wife Mary to John W. Davis. The unusual aspect of the 1847 document was that it was SIGNED IN BLOOD At the bottom of the document are three small piecesofgauzeoneeachforPeterPerryJohnDavis and Mary Perry to hold a sample of their blood. BLOOD Signed in 48 Water St. Port Perry ON 905 985-3767 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 35 The two witnesses to the signing were Peter and Marys son Robert Perry and Edward Caldwell a Whitby lawyer. Davis also bought the adjacent lot 58. On these combined properties Davis built his home on the western portion and his cabinetmakers shop and funeral parlour on the east side. Today it still continues to serve the community as a funeral home Wagg Funeral Home. John W. Davis died in 1898 at the age of 75. His wife Elizabeth died four years later. Their son Albert J. Davis established a drug store di- agonally across the road in 1880. This unusual document is not for sale. Items like this should stay in the community Marilyn says. She plans to give the document to the Scugog Archives So that it can be avail- able to anyone interested in our early history she says. Sometimes you hear of unusual items for sale and sometimes it take weeks or months to track it down. Then on other occasions like this one the artifact appears out of the blue. Good eyes Marilyn. Photos and story by Paul Arculus Focus on Scugog Former Mayor Marilyn Pearce loves to search for artifacts related to Scugogs history. Dresses for Day and Evening Swim Summer Styles Year-Round Bras 1888 Scugog Street 905-985-1890 AT KOTYA PEEKIN Spring Fashions Arriving Reach Northport Rd. Port Perry 905-985-0802 Since 1996 signs vehicle lettering graphics snowmobile numbers 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 1565 Hwy. 7A Port Perry 905-985-3655 BesideWalmart Hours Mon-Thurs 8-8 Fri 8-6 Sat 8-4 FEATURES 5.0L V8 ENGINE 4X4 OPERATIONS POWER WINDOWSLOCKS CRUISE CONTROL BLUETOOTH ALLOY WHEELS 6 PASSENGER CLOTH SEATING MASSIVE BACKSEAT MORE 36 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 To submit your upcoming event email by the 8th of the month one month before you need it to be published. 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 March 5 26 Opening Reception Saturday March 5 1-3 pm Jane Shier President of the Port Perry Patchers Quilt Guild created a challenge for her fellow guild members Canadas 150th birthday is coming up in 2017. Lets commemorate by making a series of quilts that show the beauty history and in- spirations that make us Canadian. Every member who wanted to participate received pieces of Canada fabric designed and donated by Northcott Fabric and a theme such as the name of a province or a national pastime. The goal was to make each and every one of them unique and personal. This series of 15 quilts will take you on an inspired journey. Location Scugog Council for the Arts 181 Perry Street Unit G-1 Port Perry Canada Strong and Free Show of Quilts Celebrating Canada Doors Open 700 p.m. Location Jesters Upstairs Music Charge 15 per person Reservations Call Lynn 289-354-1140 or email at jesters court MARCH MUSES Pure Jazz Pure Joy SUNDAY MARCH 6 THE GREAT DAVE RESTIVO TRIO Piano powerhouse three time National Jazz Award winner played with Moe Koffman Sheila Jordan Marc Jordan one of the most exceptional pianists of his generation. With top- ight sax Kelly Jefferson and Jim Vivian Boss Brass BASS. This is a birthday tradition for old pals Lynn and Dave so Lynn McDonald will sing and raise a few. SUNDAY MARCH 20 CHRIS GALE SAX TRIO Chris Gale Sax Ben Bishop Guitar Jeff McLeod Organ JIMMY SMITH MEETS DUKE ELLINGTON The organ sax and guitar trio is in a well-loved jazz tradition. The standards are bluesy gravelly and growly and sometimes sweet. Chris will bring it Thats a promise. Lynn sings as usual. Sunday March 6 11 a.m. 2 p.m. Breakfast includes Pancakes sausages baked beans syrup coffee or hot chocolate. Early Bird Pricing Online Adult 7. Child 5 At the Door Adult 8. Child 7 Kids 5 and under Eat Free Sleigh rides and snowshoeing Adult 2. Child 1 weather permitting plus crafts and indoor fun. Location Sunnybrae Golf Club 1430 King Street Port Perry Tickets All proceeds donated to the Port Perry Hospital. 1st Annual Scugog What s Up FOCUS - MARCH 2016 37 Scugog Shores Heritage Centre Archives SUNDAY SPEAKER SERIES FEATURING NANCY MACLEOD Sunday March 20 1 p.m. Victorian Medical Show Enjoy a display and demonstration of Victorian antique and reproduction medical equipment. This enjoyable and light- hearted presentation provided by Nancy MacLeod will make you appreciate our 21st century medical care. Nancys father a history buff got her interested in collecting medical antiques at a young age. She has been doing medical demonstrations since 1994 when she became a member of a historical reen- actment group. Throughout her retirement she has continued to enjoy performing her edu-entertaining shows. Location Scugog Shores Heritage Centre and Archives 1655 Reach Street 2nd oor Port Perry Admission 10 per person includes light refreshments Information 905-985-8698 ext 103 or email Wendell Wheat Saturday March 19 8 p.m. Folk Duo Wendell Wheat Bring Laughter and Music to Greenbank He brings irreverently humorous lyrics and amazing guitar skills. She delivers heartfelt verses with a stunning voice. Guelph-based musicians Wendell Ferguson and Katherine Wheatley are self- described musical best pals whose performances leave audi- ences laughing crying and applauding for more. Both Wendell Ferguson and Katherine Wheatley are skilled performers in their own right. However when the two come together on stage something very special happens. They create that magic that occurs when two musicians really connect and engage effortlessly in the entertaining banter that only good friends produce. Wendell and Wheat balance each other perfectly. While he may be the comedic force in this duo Wendell Fergusons guitar playing is serious business. He won the Canadian Country Music Associations Guitar Player of the Year six times along with three more wins for Back-up Band of the Year plus an Ontario Country Performer and Fan Association award for Career Musician. He has played and recorded with some of the biggest names in the music industry including George Fox Shania Twain The Dixie Chicks and the legendary Gordon Lightfoot. For her part Wheatley balances Wendells mean axe playing and sharp comic wit with graceful elegance and eloquent lyrics. She has been featured on CBCs Vinyl Caf TVOs Studio Two and CTVs Canada AM. 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. Take a trip to the snowy heights of Arendel and get lost in a whirlwind of song dance and snow. Sing-A- Long with Anna Elsa Sven and Olaf. Dance with a Snowman and learn to cast icy spells. Tickets 25. All Ages. FREEZN Saturday March 12 Doors Open 1130 a.m. Show 12 noon Black Moon Entertainment presents Freezn. A Live Interactive Musical Production Recreating the Experience The Look The Sound and the Hits Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The bands heavy guitar-driven sound rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal though their unique style drew from a wide variety of inuences including folk music. The musicians who are featured in this show provide the clos- est tribute to Led Zeppelin with their attention to detail. Tickets 34. All Ages. LED ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE SHOW Saturday March 12 8 p.m. Presented by Ultimate Artists Live Recreating the Experience The Look The Sound and the Hits ACDC are without a doubt one of the longest reigning and best selling bands in the history of rock n roll. Formed in Sydney Australia in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm they have an impressive 17 studio albums to their credit with sales in excess of 200 million units sold worldwide. 72 million in the U.S. alone make them the 10th best selling band in the United States and one of the worlds best selling bands of all time Ultimate Artists Live brings to you the magic and music that has created the legacy that is known as ACDC. Re-live the experience performed by some of Canadas most accomplished musicians as they take you for a ride on the rock n roll train through ACDCs incredible history of hits. Tickets 34. All Ages. ACDC TRIBUTE SHOW Saturday March 26 8 p.m. Presented by Ultimate Artists Live Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts 302 Queen Street Port Perry 905-985-8181 Purchase tickets on line phone or box ofce DONT MISS THIS MONTHS FANTASTIC SHOWS I have had the pleasure of visit- ing London England numerous times and have certainly seen many of the tourist destinations. From Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square and from the National Museum to Selfridges they are not to be missed and I have visited most of these sites more than once. I thought I had seen it all but on my recent trip to Englands capital city I was stunned to learn of a new destination which I found amazing. Just outside of London is a Warner Brothers Film lot which in itself is quite interesting. They have an entire set of sound stages which house the original sets costumes props and everything else from the complete series of Harry Potter lms. If you are a Potter junkie like I am I read all the books when they rst came out and saw the lms as soon as they were released this attraction will make your trip. If you are mediocre about the Potter franchise or not familiar with it you will still be mesmerized by what you see and will no doubt rent all of the series as soon as you return home. Hogwarts Castle as it actually is ...................... 38 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 39 Warner has taken a page from the Disney book and only allows a small number of people inside at a time. A reservation will assure you entry so you can experience it all. Initially I thought a couple of hours would do me but once you are inside you can progress at your own pace. My early arrival time allowed me to stay all day however you cannot retrace your steps which means you have to take it all in as you leisurely stroll through the place. The adventure begins when you arrive at Victoria Station the starting point for the tour. They even have a place marked Platform 9 34 where you await your transport to the studio. The trip can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half depend- ing on London trafc but it doesnt matter as you begin your adventure as soon as you are guided to the bus. A double decker typical London bus is totally decked out in a Harry Potter wrap. Once inside the conductor takes your ticket and as soon as the journey begins video screens play the rst in- stallment of the Harry Potter lms. You become engulfed in the story and forget you are travelling through London. In fact I did not want to leave the bus as there were still a few min- utes left on the lm. Alas I have seen it before and I knew the ending so I decided to leave the coach and head for the entrance. Once inside I was greeted by a very friendly attendant who motioned me into a queue. Suddenly right in front of me was a staircase with the actual room where Harry spent most of his days when he lived with the Dursleys. It was not a replica not a scaled version but the actual room where all the lming had taken place. I was enchanted and hardly noticed three sets of massive doors open into a large hall. There an attendant explained that photos and video were allowed and then pro- ceeded to quiz everyone about Harry Potter. I was outdone by the younger generation who grew up with Harry Ron and Hermione and I soon real- ized as much as I felt they were part of my life it was nothing like kids who were engulfed by the characters. Another set of doors opened and as I walked through I found myself in Diagon Alley and all the magical shops seen in the lms. The most in- triguing was Ollivanders Wand shop which housed more than 4000 boxes of wands. The attention to detail was amazing and each box was care- fully detailed down to the name of its owner on the end ap. In actuality the names on the boxes were people who over the years had been part of the productions. The cobblestones on the road were real as were the weathered stones of the buildings. The only thing that was missing was the sky. It had been replaced with green screen in order to change the look in the magic land . .................... Hogwarts Castle as seen in the Harry Potter lms. ...................... Please turn to page 40 40 FOCUS - MARCH 2016 158 Casimir Street Port Perry 905-985-2268 MC TICO 4577532 NEW EUROPE BROCHURE AVAILABLE NOW WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON Daily flights to London Optional Tours of Warner Bros. Studio - Harry Potter The Diagon Alley set. The Victoria Station set complete with train. of CGI Computer Graphic Imagery. Green is a colour used in the produc- tion of motion pictures as backdrops for scenes or parts of stages that will be graphically added later with com- puters. Most films in todays world are shot on green screen stages with the special effects put in afterwards. On an aside it may interest you to know that most of the recent Star Wars film was shot almost entirely on a stage with green screen backdrops. For that reason Harrison Ford was able to com- plete all his filming in one day a day for which he earned 24 million He was paid 10000 for his appearance in the first Star Wars film back in 1977. As you progress through the Potter film sets you pass not only houses and buildings but all of the costumes worn by the cast. All the sets are real including Dumbledores office Hagrids Cottage and Professor Snapes class- room. The most unique set is the scaled model of Hogwarts School which is 15 metres 50 feet long and it takes a good half hour to walk around. Another fantastic area is the replica of Victoria Station complete with the life size train used in the film. It is difficult to tell that you are not standing on the real platform at the real Victoria Station. All in all the Warner Brothers Harry Potter set is one of the most unique touristy things I have experienced. It whisked me back into the magical world of the boy who was taken away from 4 Privet Drive and exported to the world of magic and mystery on the other side of platform 9 34. Jonathan van Bilsen is a photographer author and columnist and can be followed at A Visit continued from page 39 Operated by Rogers Communications You really can have the best of both worlds with Compton Contact our office today for more on how to get started or bundle your current packages. 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