48 FOCUS - SEPTEMBER 2016 48 FOCUS - NOVEMBER 2017 Granville Anderson MPP Durham Toll Free: 1-800-661-2433 Lest we forget 14325 Simcoe St., Port Perry 905-985-7341 Lest We Forget ® Saturday, November 11th at 11am in front of the ScugogTownship Municipal Office 181 Perry Street, Port Perry REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE IN FLANDERS FIELDS the blow between the crosses ROW ON ROW poppies LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOHN MCCRAE MD CANADIAN CORPS Gwen Layton, a recognized author- ity on Lucy Maud Montgomery will be in Port Perry on November 8. Gwen has written exten- sively on this famous Canadian author. She will be speaking at the regular meeting of the Lake Scugog Historical Society. Her topic: “Lucy Maud Montgomery and World War One.” Born in P.E.I in 1874, Lucy Maud Montgomery is recognized around the world as a major twentieth century author. Her first novel, Anne of Green Gables, first published in 1908, became a benchmark for twentieth century novels. She wrote 23 more novels with Anne Shirley as the central character. In 1911, she married a Presby- terian minister and the couple moved to Leaskdale northwest of Port Perry. Here she continued her writing and visited Port Perry several times. When she died in 1942, her passing was mourned across the nation and around the world. At the beginning of World War I in 1914, Montgomery was appalled by reports of the “Rape of Belgium.” “They harrow my soul,” she said. “ I cry myself to sleep about them and wake in the darkness to cringe with the horror of them.” Montgomery became a leading spokesperson for the war effort and celebrated every allied victory at her home in Leaskdale. This period of Montgomery’s life will be the focal point of Gwen Layton’s presentation on November 8. This will take place at St. John’s Presbyterian Church on Queen St. in Port Perry at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served after the presentation. Lucy Maud MONTGOMERY and WWI