b'BBBSND thrilled to welcomeBen Hudson and the James Barker BandDear EditorAs the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham (BBBSND), I would like to thank you, our Celebrating Bill Lishman community for your continued support of our Mentoring Dear Editor programs.I would personally like to give a thumbs up to theBBBSND is a non-profit organization dedicated to committee that organized the Bill Lishman presentation athelping in the development of children/youth. For over the Scugog Library on October 29.It was a very insightful43 years, we have been matching volunteer adult role look at the many facets of his life. It was also a goodmodels to children/youth in order to enhance self-esteem, kick-off to raising the necessary funds for a sculptureincrease confidence and assist them in reaching their full honouring Bill by his son Geordie on the riverside of thepotential.Scugog Library. Our organization relies on donations from the Focus on Scugog readers should encourage thiscommunity, family, friends and fundraising activities committee to hold another similar presentation sofor its function.As part of our fundraising initiatives, more people can be encouraged to see it by those of uswe will be hosting three concert series and one festival who have already done so. The more of us in this localthroughout the coming years to raise funds for all of our community bonded by the memory of his achievements,programs. the better. Rob Ferguson BBBSND is so happy to be partnering with Adamson Systems Engineering and Universal Music to bring an Editors Note: After we received this letter, another date waseducational component to our Mentoring programs.announced. See page 11. Before each show, our Littles will have a glimpse into a potential future in the music industry, they will learn first hand about live production and interact with the artists and crew at each sound check performance.Kings Bay Halloween Food Drive Our first concert series takes place on Friday December Dear Editor 6 with Ben Hudson from Uxbridge opening for the James This year saw the Kings Bay Residents in SeagraveBarker Band.This is sure to be an exciting opportunity once again pull together to generously donate to thefor our Littles. Operation Scugog Food Bank. The Halloween Food DriveWe have children/youth waiting for a dedicated has become a proud tradition of this small community.volunteer, so if you are interested in becoming a volunteer How did it start? The tradition started as a germ of anwith BBBSND, or know a child who would benefit from idea 9 years ago at one of the Kings Bay Wine Nights.Aour programs, please contact us at 905-985-3733.small group of folk were tasting wine when the questionSincerely, Margaret Ayreswas raised about activities for Halloween night. With only a couple of children in the community, it seemed that organizing something around trick or treating would notThumbs up to Scugog Island swork. The thought of a food drive was mentioned and theWard 3 Councillor Angus Rossidea exploded! Dear EditorHalloween!Silly participants? Check. Costumes?Angus quickly mellowed our concerns on repaving Check. Door to door? Check. Lots of fun? Check. And, aissues on Aldred Drive.generous donation.The collection was weighed a coupleA major change in grade of the road surface made of the years and came in at well over 1000 lbs! Again, thissome of our driveways not usable!community spirit is a source of pride for Kings Bay. Some driveways had a twelve-inch difference in Note that one year Operation Scugog was flush withheight!donations and suggested we contact the food bank inMr. Angus was contacted and that day the paving crew Little Britain, which was low in supplies. The collectionstayed till after dark, attempting to correct their short helped the food bank in Little Britain that year, and Kingssightedness!Bay now alternates yearly between the two locations.The early snow has delayed completing the driveway Regardless of where, the community is happy torepaving .but a special thanks to Councillor Ross for give!!!! Gerry Iantomasi, Kings Bay Resident helping us!He illustrates what an elected official should be! Frank Smith, Scugog IslandPlease turn to page 52FOCUS - DECEMBER 201951'