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AUGUST 2019

A basketful of thanks
Dear Editor
Thanks so much to Otter Greenhouses that is a family run business. In addition to selling beautiful planters and everything associated with gardening, they have a draw each year and the winner receives a huge hanging basket. I was the lucky person this year and I wish to thank them for that and also for their support of local schools, churches and other community organizations.
Lynn Hoey

What wonderful service!
Double Thumbs Up!
Dear Editor
When the arm of my glasses was broke in mid June,
I went to Port Perry Optical on 305 Queen Street.
I didn’t expect it to be fixed right away, but to my amazement, Brock Reville fixed it and for free of charge too.
I was awed and am so thankful that we have an exceptional business outlet in Port Perry that looks after their clients. Thanks again Mr. Reville.
Blessings,
Arfia Tanamas

Local business supporting our youth
Dear Editor
Thank you to David Brooker, owner of Envoy Business Services, for his wonderful support of the BYC-Building Youth Capacity organization. His generosity in supporting the young entrepreneurs of the BYC, who are selling their wares at our own Farmers Market, was both a surprise and a most welcome vote of support. Thank you Mr. Brooker.
Martha Casson, BYC Board Member

Do you love Bridge?
Dear Editor
The Scugog Ladies Marathon Hospital Bridge Club would like to invite new and experienced bridge players to join our fun group.
Our main focus is to raise monies for the Port Perry Hospital – our group has been donating to the Port Perry Hospital since 1985 and over the years we have donated over $49,500.
We play approximately 12 games in members’ homes from September to the end of April. Schedules are set by our members and quite flexible.
If you are interested or have further questions and are a pair or a single player, please contact me via email at scugoghospitalbridge@gmail.com.
Best,
Donna Ankrett, President
Scugog Ladies Marathon Hospital Bridge Club

Many local businesses supporting our hospital
Dear Editor
Port Perry Hospital Foundation would like to acknowledge some pretty special local businesses. Brent and Jacqueline Herrington repeated Herrington’s For Goodness Steak this summer for the second time, raising $7,400 for the Foundation.
Pharmacist Doug Brown celebrated his 25th anniversary serving the Scugog community with a donation of $5,000 from Pharmacy Associates of Port Perry; challenging the community to match with their donation and match it they did, for a total result of $12,689.
Branching Out included a benefit to the Foundation as part of their Mothers’ Day promotion and Port Perry’s annual Antique Car Show, Roar by the Shores, supported both PPH Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters North Durham this year.
Kindness and commitment to health care for the community - that is what these donations are about. Thank you to these local businesses and the many members of our community who supported their efforts. Support like this continues to enhance the high standard of care at Port Perry Hospital.
Please show these caring local businesses that what they do matters by supporting them whenever you
are able.
Rachel Agnoluzzi,
CEO, Port Perry Hospital Foundation

Camille’s Closet update
Dear Editor
Camille’s Closet is about to enter the tenth year of business and we want to recognize and thank our most generous donors without whom we would not have been able to contribute almost a half a million dollars towards the betterment of our hospital.
As we go forward, we realize that a few things need to be adjusted and we are asking your help.
The space for storage and display is limited as well as the physical ability of our volunteers, so we are asking for donors to be more selective.
We still need good quality, clean, newer or classic style items of clothing. We want to be allergen-free, so please donate clothing and linens free of perfume/smoke odours or pet dander/hair.
For housewares, incomplete sets of dishes are acceptable but glasses and mugs should be in sets of at least two.
Small appliances should be clean and in working order.
Please call ahead 905-985-9522 if you have more than three bags/boxes so our volunteers are prepared.
Camille’s Closet (the Auxiliary) eagerly looks forward to serving you for many years to come.
Jeannie Muir on behalf of the Closet Admin Team

 

JULY 2019

Thumbs up and thumbs up again
Dear Editor
The G-Moms of Port Perry want to send out a huge THUMBS UP to all of the continued amazing support we get from our community. We certainly want you to know that we appreciate your DONATIONS. You save your articles and treasures, drop them off at the Scout Hall, and donate again with your purchases. It is awesome to realize that many people are very aware that our monies go to help the Grannies and their Orphans in Sub-Sahara Africa and gave quickly from their hearts and their wallets.
We profited over $6700 and as you know 90% of each dollar raised for SLF gets directly to the projects we support. We also got a new G-Mom as she loves what we do!!! Want to join us as well?
Contact tinie5@xplornet.com
Another huge THUMBS UP to North Durham Eco Water for donating the cap and cradle system with excellent water so the hard working G-Moms could RE-FILL their personal water bottles and not add plastic to our world. (We do have to be careful where we put them though as one of ours was almost sold! Smile!!!
Tinie Evans, on behalf of all G-Moms

Great event = Great success
Dear Editor
The Rotary Club of Port Perry wishes to thank everyone for his or her valued support of this year’s Spring Gala, held on May 4 at Royal Ashburn Golf Club. Through your generous contribution and the support of our outstanding community, the event was a great success.
The gala raised over $40,000, which will enable the
club to continue to support its many local and international causes.
The next big event for the club is the 4th Annual Rotary Rib Fest to be held in Palmer Park on July 26, 27 and 28. Hope to see you there.
Respectfully yours,
Terry Coyne, Rotary Club President
Joanne Fowler, Rotary Gala Chairperson

Two massive THUMBS DOWN
to obscenely loud motorcycles

Dear Editor
There are traffic laws against unnecessary noise, and the loud exhaust pipes on many motorcycles must exceed the decibel limits allowable by law.
And if riders believe that they need to be heard to be safe – twist your exhausts forwards so that the sound travels out in front of you instead of letting us know that you’ve been there after you’ve passed.
J.W. Nesbitt, Port Perry

Big win for the hospital
Dear Editor
Perhaps it was because of the beautiful sunshine which had finally arrived or the euphoria over the Raptors’ win the night before in Oakland, but probably it was the special connection the people of our community have for their hospital. But once again the people of Scugog and surrounding communities greeted our taggers happily and dug deep into their pockets. The Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry are thrilled to report that Tag Days 2019 brought us $10,137 which will be used to keep our wonderful hospital staff well-equipped and ready to serve their patients and their families.
Thank you Mary Ann and Focus on Scugog for promoting our event and the businesses that welcomed our taggers to their doorsteps. And thank you to you, the donors, for your gifts and kind words of encouragement. The Auxiliary members love to serve our community and hear your stories and we deeply appreciate your support.
Linda Romano, Linda Elliot, Gail Kerry
and the Auxiliary members

 

JUNE 2019

Port Perry Women win a Bronze Medal at the US Open
Dear Editor
MaryAnn, a big thank you for the great and timely article (May 2019 issue) highlighting Port Perry’s key leadership role in Ontario’s Pickleball landscape and its much sought after and meteoric rise in Scugog.
Many communities are now converting old unused tennis courts into recreational Pickleball Courts. People investigating the recreational offerings before moving to new a community, are now also asking, “Are there outdoor Pickleball courts?”.
Along with the recreational side, both our young and mature players continue to garner recognition in National and International tournament competitions.
One of the top prestigious International tournaments is the US Open in Naples, Florida in May.
Recently, Port Perry’s Joy McDonald and Sylvia Laycoe competed against the best in their Women’s Doubles age event category and returned home with a US Open Bronze Medal!!
Rob Smith, Convenor Port Perry Pickleball Club
p.s. anyone looking for more information, contact
portperrypickleball@gmail.com

A warm thanks to so many local businesses
Dear Editor
The Special Education Department at Port Perry High School would like to sincerely thank the following local businesses for providing work education opportunities to students in the Practical Learning Program (PLP). Gus Brown, Port Perry Feeds, Vos’ Independent Grocer, Willowtree Farm, Good Shepherd YMCA Child Care Centre, West Shore Village, and Meta4 Gallery. Your commitment, kindness, and leadership is recognized and appreciated by teachers, EAs and parents alike. You provide our special needs students the opportunity to learn, develop, and nurture key employability skills. Thank you!
Hayley O’Connor
(on behalf of the special education department
at Port Perry High School)

Chicks and baby ducklings
Dear Editor
I wanted to write in and share about my very positive, small town, personalized customer service I received with Port Perry Feeds.
I recently ordered day-old baby chicks from Port Perry Feeds with a planned arrival on my daughter’s farm-themed 2nd birthday party. We were disappointed to find out on pick-up day, through a mix up, our baby chicks were not delivered and wouldn’t arrive in time for the party.
Arriving home, I received a call personally from the owner Jason, who was making every attempt to make sure I was a happy customer, and later called me to say that he would have 15 baby ducklings for us, on loan for the party that weekend! We were thrilled! Baby ducklings! The kids loved them and so did we!
Where else would you find a business that cares so much about a little girl’s birthday party, than right here in Port Perry?
Thank you to all the staff at Port Perry Feeds for going above and beyond with customer service and making my daughter’s birthday party an incredible success! She is still talking about the baby duckys.
The Seguin Family

Thumbs up to a caring senior
Dear Editor
I wanted to say thanks to Eileen, a selfless and very caring senior, who along with her daughter Anna, gives back to the community through making and donating lovely little beds for Pet Valu.
Eileen, our stores are so lucky to have someone like yourself, caring and giving your time to help those who are not able to help themselves. Our cats and kittens leave our stores with a loving new home and a familiar bed. Thanks to you this sometimes-traumatic transition time for them is made easier and certainly more comfortable. Nobody appreciates a good place to sleep like a cat!
Also, because you have made extra beds, we are able to offer them to our other customers. The adoption cats get to model them for us and when someone shows an interest, we tell them that they are provided to us, with love, and a hope to help other pets too. We ask for a donation in exchange for the beds and because of this, you have helped us help our local shelter, our new shelter, and currently we are assisting a Dog Guide charity who provides seeing eye dogs, dogs for autism, and others, absolutely free to those who need them.
Thanks very much Eileen! You are doing a fantastic thing!
Scott Riley, owner of Pet Valu, Port Perry

That’s a Rap and a thank-you
Dear Editor
The G-Moms want to send out a huge shout out of THANKS to all of our community for the amazing donations they received for the Gala held on May 11.
This continuous generosity never ceases to amaze all of us. We are aware that you support our cause of helping Grannies and orphans in Sub-Sahara Africa with a hand up and are very grateful for that, as it makes our task of fundraising so much easier. We want to remind everyone that 90% of each dollar raised for the Stephen Lewis Foundation goes directly to the projects we support.
We will personally walk a thank-you card to everyone with huge smiles and more information.
I now share a Granny to Granny Rap which seems appropriate after hearing our guest speaker Emmanuel Jal, a Sudanese Hip Hop Artist.

We Grannies are pursuers
Of the same objective
Without resting we keep questing
For a life reflective

Of our will to be a part
In the fresh creation
Of a single loving heart
For the whole human nation

The fruition of our mission
Will not come tomorrow
We’ve no magic for the tragic
Pain of death and sorrow

But with head and shoulders high,
Doubling our persistence
We shall never cease to try
To better all existence

Tinie Evans, on behalf of all G-Moms

 

MAY 2019

Future looks bright!
Dear Editor
Date Night never looked so good!
Port Perry has superb restaurants and entertainment. In an effort to bring you more, bigger, better nights on the town, I wish to thank Jester's Court, The Old Flame Brewing Company, The Hope Christian Church, Scugog Island Hall, The Church of the Ascension, and the Scugog Public Library for welcoming me and my musical friends!
Port Perry loves MUSIC!! What a vibrant place to live.
Yours in music,
Lynn McDonald, Port Perry

Thanks So Much
Dear Editor
MaryAnn thanks so much for touching base with me, to remind me of upcoming deadlines for financial ads. This year was clear that the ads I placed in the March and April issues of Focus worked and brought me new clients. "I saw your ad in Focus" seemed to be the general consensus of many clients introduction.
Thank you,
Sandy Poupore, Port Perry

Great service in downtown Port Perry
Dear Editor
I look forward to receiving your magazine every month and the interesting stories I read about my hometown. I do notice that the majority of businesses in the area use your magazine to get their message out.
I recently had a problem with my cellphone and thought I would have to travel to Oshawa or Whitby to have someone look at it until I noticed an ad in the last issue of Focus magazine from a company called Wireless 4U. They are located right on Queen St. in downtown Port Perry . The staff was very helpful and fixed a problem I was having with the camera on my IPhone.
I was very impressed as they did the repair on the spot in less than 5 minutes. They have a wide variety of mobile accessories as well as an impressive inventory on used cellphones. I would definitely recommend them.
Thanks Focus magazine for making me aware of this great business.
Don MacLeod, Port Perry

More TOPLESS info
Dear Editor
Hello. Thank you for printing the great article on the Town Hall top in the April 2019 Focus! I just wanted to add a couple of further details that some Port Perry folks might enjoy.
The wooden structure shown in the photo on page 4 being lifted into place, was actually built by two Port Perry residents. James McNab and my late brother Don Foster operated a woodworking business in 1975 across from the south ball diamond at the lakefront in an old garage station. In the photo in the article, I'm sure they are 2 of the 3 people shown, as I remember the original photo, but I couldn't "pinch and expand" it to confirm (yes I'll admit I tried).
Thanks for the memory,
John Foster, Port Perry

 

APRIL 2019

Many thanks to everyone!
Dear Editor
This past February, Borelians Community Theatre presented Palmer Park, an original play that attracted large audiences to the historic Town Hall Theatre in Port Perry. It is with full hearts that the Borelians would like to thank everyone that came out to see the show, as well as the numerous volunteers and local businesses that helped make Palmer Park such a success.
Thank you to Vos' Independent Grocer, Foodland, Hank's Pastries, Tallboy Roasters, and Royal LePage's Carolyn Goff for providing such an impressive array of food and drink at our gala night celebration.
Thank you to Judy Anderson and her ukulele band who had everyone tapping their toes before the show.
Finally, an extra-special thank you goes to MaryAnn Fleming and everyone at Focus on Scugog for featuring our cast on the cover of your February edition.
The Borelians are so grateful to be part of such a giving and supportive community. Thank you, and, take a bow, Port Perry!
Kyle Brough, Producer

 

MARCH 2019

Free yoga by helping Operation Scugog
Dear Editor
I am a registered yoga teacher at Port Perry Flowyoga Studio. I am volunteering my time to invite our community to a free monthly yoga event to benefit a local charity - Operation Scugog.
I have been in contact with Chairwoman Karen Teed of Operation Scugog to inform her about my idea and to canvass her recommendation on what items the food banks need most and monthly. The items I will be asking participants to donate will be either; jar of jam, instant coffee, pancake syrup, large bottle of apple juice, tampons and adult diapers. These are the items Mrs. Teed needs to purchase, to serve our community.
I plan to offer a free yoga class for a donation of one or more of the listed items on the first Sunday of every month from 7-8 pm. This is also known as a "karma class". I wish to share what I have been taught in a yoga practice with others, and in turn, they are helping our local community.
Since I anticipate this karma class to be popular and space is limited in the studio to 16 participants, all must register with Maria at the studio personally, by telephone or email. Please cancel if you are unable to attend as a waiting list may be in effect. Hope to see more community members that have always been curious about yoga to try it out this Sunday March 3rd.
Best regards,
Elaine Morash RYT
Cell: 905-436-5790
Port Perry Flowyoga, 183 Casimir St., Unit 2, Port Perry
Maria: 905-441-7874

www.portperryflowyoga.com

Looking for old photos of Scugog's hamlets
Dear Editor
For more than two decades I have been researching and writing about the history of Scugog Township, and as I continue this quest, I am reaching out to your readers to help.
My current project is aimed at former Reach Township's hamlets: Epsom, Utica, Manchester, Prince Albert, Seagrave, Greenbank and Saintfield.
One of the most difficult parts of recording the history of these small communities is finding good pictures of the buildings, which were important commercial and residential structures. These could be old business storefronts, churches, town offices, parks, etc.
I am looking for pictures that date from the late 1800s to the 1920s. Often images can be found on old post cards, while others could be tucked away in family picture albums.
If you have any photographs of this era, I would be thrilled to hear from you. I can be contacted at 905-449-6690 or emailed at: jpeterhvidsten@gmail.com, or photos can be dropped off at the Focus on Scugog office
at 188 Mary Street. There is a mail slot beside the door if the office is closed. All photos will be returned if an address is provided.
Sincerely,
Peter Hvidsten

Shopping local pays off
Dear Editor
Suddenly, my clothes washer packed up without any warnings. We decided to go to Homestead Furniture & Appliances looking for a quality replacement. We were not disappointed. We ended up replacing both outdated washer and dryer, at comparable prices to those of larger retail stores, and free delivery was included.
Shopping, purchasing and professional delivery - all done in one day. A huge thank you to all the staff at Homestead.
Pays to buy local. Satisfied customers.
Denis and Lydia Morel, Port Perry

 


FEBRUARY 2019

Thanks! Your help went a long way!
Dear Editor
Our great community enthusiastically supported Operation Scugog and surrounding area this past Christmas, helping 91 families and 127 singles and couples have a merrier holiday season.
A special thank you once again to our "Hoodie Elf", Sandy O'Hare, and her Facebook friends for donating a total of 165 new hoodies as well as hand knit items, socks, shirts, sweaters and a winter coat. Drop off locations for food, toys and hoodies were supported by BMO, Canadian Tire, Emmerson Insurance, Focus on Scugog, Foodland, Gus Brown, McDonald's, PP Print, Royal Bank, Scotia Bank, Shoppers Drug Mart, Vos' Independent Grocers and Walmart. Thank you also to Herrington's, Foodland, McDonald's and Vos' Independent Grocer for accepting cash donations on behalf of Operation Scugog.
Hamper Day at Victory Christian Centre ran like a well-oiled machine thanks to our many volunteers. Thanks to McDonald's and Hanks for donating coffee, muffins and donuts. A delicious lunch was provided by Port Perry United Church for our volunteers.
All the volunteers that make up Operation Scugog would like to say a huge thank you to those who adopted families, as well as to those groups, individuals and businesses that donated food, gifts, gift cards, money and time to support our Hamper Day. You were instrumental in making the 2018 Christmas Campaign a huge success.
Karen Teed,
Operation Scugog
Christmas Campaign Coorinator

A special Scouting Thank You
Dear Editor
I would like to thank all of the volunteers, helpers and buyers of Scout Christmas Trees from our lot at Canadian Tire.
We had the best year yet for sales and sold our 400 beautiful trees by Sunday December 16, which is the earliest ever. This is a major fundraiser for supporting the activities and events of 1st Port Perry Scouts.
I would like to extend a special thanks to Focus on Scugog for the wonderful coverage of our Scout Christmas Tree sales. I am sure this was a big help in contributing to this great year for Scout Christmas Trees.
All the best to you and your colleagues at Focus for a great 2019!
Bill Swan,
Treasurer, 1st Port Perry Scouts

 

JANUARY 2019

A warm thanks
Dear Editor
On a cold, and very windy November 3, the beginning of Scugog's Armistice Celebrations, the Port Perry Legion Branch 419 held down an information booth on Queen Street. It was also the beginning of a two week long successful Silent Auction that continued through until November 16, at the Branch on Bay Street.
On behalf of the Port Perry Legion, we wish to express our sincerest appreciation to all the Scugog businesses and friends of the Legion, who were so kind and generous to offer an item for our Silent Auction, and to Horn Dawgs BBQ for so generously making a Legion Burger Special in which they donated a portion of every sale to the Legion Poppy Fund. Your support is remarkable. Thank you so much everyone and we are truly grateful.
Many thanks also to those who participated, and especially those who helped on that incredibly windy day, hold our shelter and everything in it from blowing into the lake.
Sincerely,
AnneMarie Christie, Treasurer/Poppy Chair,
Darlene Hlozan, Member/Hall Rental
Port Perry Legion, Branch 419

Thanks to everyone for making Christmas brighter
Dear Editor
Joan and I would like to thank you once again for your generous and constant support of the 107 residents of Port Perry Place. Thanks to your support, each resident will wake up Christmas Morning with a Santa Sack filled with Christmas surprises and a Christmas card from you.
Some of the residents don't have families, so it is doubly important to remember them.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for helping to make this a bright Merry Christmas for the residents of the Port Perry Place LTC Home.
Joan Elliott and Jillian Howsam

Biggest and best village to date - Thanks to everyone!
Dear Editor
What a great response we had for our 23rd Bakersville Animated Gingerbread Display at Scugog Memorial Public Library during the Holiday Season.
Thank you to everyone who participated by making a creation - it was our largest ever! There were 80 amazing entries of varying styles and skills including a Cinderella Castle, Eddie's RV from Christmas Vacation (including the "privy" pipe), an Airport, the house from UP, Rapunzel's Tower and of course the Scugog Library that the dogs licked. If you missed it, make sure you come to the library next December!
This village wouldn't be possible without the wonderful support of our library's staff and administration. Staff from the Township of Scugog was helpful with regards to approving the signage that we purchased with previous funds received from Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. Landon from Landon's Tree Service was our amazing elf, putting up the downtown banner from Sue's Signs. We are grateful to the various businesses who are willing to post our flyers and those who host our window displays; Emmerson's Insurance, Village Décor and Petite Images, as well as the BIA for displaying our sign at one of the town's entrances. Our local press, including Focus on Scugog was wonderful with all of the features about the village in print media. Aaron from Global/CHEX news showed everyone that a little community of Port Perry was important enough to broadcast a story about the gingerbread village across the GTA. It was amazing how many visitors came to Bakersville because of this kind of visibility.
Thanks to Vos' Independent for processing the pictures for the visual boards and Food Basics for supplying yummy gingerbread cookies on our opening day. The Hvidsten family is wonderful as they continually supply space for us within the Scugog Focus building to store all of our accessories associated with the village.
Master Engineer Alan Locke and conductor Neil Bradley are indispensable as they kept the village train on its track and Brianne Mercer continues to be our fabulous social media queen and publicist - again, great work! Thanks also to our patient families who never mentioned how many dinners were late because of our pre-occupation with everything gingerbread.
This is a community event made by and for the community - Thank you everyone!
Sincerely,
"The Village People"
Tracy Pastic, Sue Bradley, Kathy Payne-Mercer,
Terry Glenn, Carolyn Humphrey, Marian Barltrop,
Alana Andrews, Lynda Brownson, Bonnie Solomon,
Linda McMillan, and Janis King.


The true spirit of Christmas shines
Dear Editor
On behalf of the Durham Children's Aid Foundation, I would like to reach out and thank a few generous members of our community who reached out this holiday season to help local families in need.
On November 29, Jack and Sherri Doak of Old Flame Brewing Co. in conjunction with Christine and Terry Vos from Vos' Independent Grocer, coordinated a fantastic beer and cheese night that filled both bellies and hearts. Attendants were given the opportunity to purchase a gift for three families in need and, boy, did they deliver! Not only were all the families' wish lists achieved but several attendees gave twice, including a young recently-married couple who donated several hundred dollars worth of gift cards at a moments notice.
It was amazing. We need look no further than our own front doors to see evidence of the true spirit of Christmas at work. Thanks to all for making these families' holidays a little brighter.
Laura Francis, Former DCAF Trustee

 

DECEMBER 2018

Many thanks to the Port Perry House Tour
Dear Editor
Thank you to the Port Perry - Prince Albert United Churches Community Outreach for their generous donation made to Community Care Durham-Scugog. We feel honored to be chosen as one of five charities to receive a portion of the proceeds from the Port Perry House Tour. As you may know, many seniors and adults with needs related to physical ability and or mental health issues require help to remain as independent as possible in their community. With your generous support, we will be able to help many of these individuals not only to meet their essential daily needs, but to provide practical assistance that supports and enhances their quality of life. Every gift is important to us and along with supporting our various services, your donation helps us to support and provide training opportunities for the volunteers who willingly give of their time to assist staff with meeting the needs of those in our community.
For more information on how your donation is helping to make a difference in the lives of so many in our community, we invite you to visit our web site at www.communitycaredurham.on.ca. Thank you again, and we look forward to your continued support.
Lorrie Houston
Manager, Community Care Durham-Scugog

Very kind words
Dear Editor
To all our good friends at Focus On Scugog: would you publish this thank you from us to you?
What excellent coverage of Remembrance week within the November edition. We appreciate the support! The beautiful front page was first class - thank you Arlene Walker and everyone who worked on it.
A sincere thank you also to the people of Scugog Township.
The Port Perry Legion Br. 419 Poppy Committee
"We Will Remember Them"

Editors note: Thank you for the kind words and we thank our Legion for honouring our veterans each and every day throughout the year.

 

NOVEMBER 2018

From Terry’s team to all
Dear Editor
On a beautiful September morning 461 people gathered to raise over $30,000 for cancer research plus the participating schools and we expect to reach $50,000. It was an incredible way to celebrate the 25 continuous years of the Terry Fox Run in Port Perry.
Behind the numbers is a bigger story about our community. Martha McClew, Ontario Director of the Terry Fox Foundation saw the extent of the media coverage in Scugog and wrote me to say what a “great portrait of life in a caring and tight-knit community.
It is so rare now to see articles of any significant length or even ones that tell a story.”
To Focus on Scugog, participants, volunteers and sponsors – THANK YOU for your support.
Elizabeth McArthur,
Organizer Terry Fox Run Port Perry

Kim’s Climb update
Dear Editor
Thank you once again for your generous coverage of Kim’s Climb for epilepsy in your June 2018 issue.
I am pleased to report that the project has been a great success, with more than $200,000 raised for epilepsy research in Canadian universities and hospitals.
Our full ten-person expedition team made it successfully to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and back down without a scratch! Special thanks to all of our individual and corporate sponsors! CTV News did a segment on us that can be seen at: toronto.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1483552
Leonard Allen,
Kim’s Climb expedition leader

Circle of Gratitude
Dear Editor
Since the hospital re-opened, patients and their families remark again and again how grateful they are to have their hospital back along with its caring team of health care professionals. Staff, doctors and volunteers express the same sentiment……tremendous gratitude for the return of the hospital to the community. It’s truly a special place.
Did you know that you can now make a donation to honour great care by a specific doctor, staff member, a special team, or volunteer at Port Perry Hospital? Port Perry Hospital Foundation has introduced the Circle of Gratitude program and it’s a great way to recognize someone for their care and compassion, while supporting your hospital.
If you’d like to acknowledge someone for their exceptional care, you can donate online by visiting www.pphfoundation.ca/ways-to-give and selecting Circle of Gratitude, you can call the Foundation office at 905-985-7321 ext. 5580, or use the reply form in the Circle of Gratitude brochure found throughout the hospital.
When you make a Circle of Gratitude donation, the staff member you would like to honour will receive a personal message from you along with a Circle of Gratitude pin to wear as a reminder of your appreciation. And the donation you have made….it will help to ensure our hospital has the tools to help our health care team continue to provide great care.
Yours in health,
Rachel Agnoluzzi,
Port Perry Hospital Foundation

The gift of giving
Dear Editor
Once again Joan Elliott and myself, Jillian Howsam, who are Independent Sales Consultants with Mary Kay Cosmetics, are participating in the “Community Gift Giving” program in partnership with the Port Perry Place LTC Home.
The program works like this:
We have adopted the Port Perry Place LTC Home and along with your support, will provide each resident with a Christmas Gift. Please join us in this wonderful program to aid in ensuring that each resident at the Port Perry Place LTC Home will have a gift to open this Festive Season.
Each gift will be a memorable gift that will be wrapped in a beautiful Christmas bag with a card attached from you. The cost of each gift is $20. Cheques can be made out to “Community Gift Giving Program”. We will issue a receipt that can be used for advertising and promotion. All gifts will be delivered prior to Christmas.
Thank you for helping to make this a bright Merry Christmas for the residents of the Port Perry Place LTC Home.
Thank you,
Joan Elliott, 905-728-4220
and Jillian Howsam, 905-982-1902

First Lake Week celebration a success
All the dollars, donations and good comments are in from the first Annual LAKE WEEK: A Celebration of Lake Scugog. There is so much excitement about what is being done to ensure the lake is healthy for our kids and grandkids.

Dear Editor
The Lake Stewards were so pleased to work with so many people on this initial venture. We would like to especially thank Jack Doak of Old Flame Brewing Co. for holding a big courtyard BBQ, Marwan Dib of Marwan’s Bistro, Yellowlees Family Farm and the Pantry Shelf for providing wonderful food. The donations, memberships and sales dollars will be a big help with our work. Jack did all the work to organize, promote, and provide the venue and band. It was a wonderful event on a beautiful August evening!
Thanks go to Dana’s Goldsmithing, professional photographer Hark Nijjar, the Wee Tartan Shop, Herrington’s Meats, artists Joanna Malcolm, June Haynes, Leslie Beauchamp, and thanks for other items donated anonymously, for the silent auction.
Old Flame also arranged that 50 cents for every Old Flame Beer sold during Lake Week at Marwan’s, Harp & Wylie’s, The Pub, Jester’s Court, Col. Mustard’s, the Foundry Kitchen and of course Old Flame Brewing Co., went back to the lake.
Chris Pudleiner of Kwik Signs made 50 wooden cutouts for a fish painting organized by Birgitta McLeod of META4 Craft Gallery. When they were auctioned it brought in well over $1,000 for the lake.
We cannot forget the help from the Township, which enabled the Stewards to hold a great open house called Secrets of Lake Scugog, to help people understand the lake’s challenges and opportunities.
For the first year we think it was a great success with all our supporters and new members. We look forward to next year. All in all, about $12,000 was contributed in donations, memberships and in-kind gifts.
Thank you all,
Barbara Karthein,
President, Scugog Lake Stewards

 

OCTOBER 2018

Lucky for us… our property owners care!
Dear Editor
Since this is too long for a “Thumbs” would you please consider this “Thumbs Up” for your “Mailbox” section.
Port Perry has a main street which is envied by most small communities across the province. Its envy is a credit to the building owners who year after year spend countless dollars to renovate, repair and restore their 130-year-old structures.
It’s an expensive process, but this past summer we have seen local owners pump tens of thousands of dollars, if not more, into restoration projects and improvements to their buildings on and around Queen St.
One of the most noticeable and impressive this year was the expensive restoration by the Brock family to rebuild the massive brick parapets at the top of their building. The structure, as completed this summer, looks almost identical to pictures taken not long after it was constructed in 1885.
Local jewellery store owner Dana Smith, who invested heavily to repurpose her property modernizing the entire inside of her store, undertook another excellent transformation. Dana also updated and refreshed the look of the outside of her building to complete the renovation.
Other buildings have been freshened up with new paint and signage. One of these, the popular Piano Café, changed its signage and colours this year.
Currently, the second phase of a large restoration project on the Puckrin/Latrielle building at the corner of Queen and Perry St., is underway. Major brick repair and replacement is underway behind a shroud of scaffold and protective cloth. We look forward to seeing it when completed.
Around the corner on Perry St., Old Flame Brewery owner Jack Doak constructed a coach house-styled addition to his heritage building, creating more space for his growing business and a courtyard for customers. A nice touch to the structure was the addition of two refurbished century old cupolas, originally part of an outbuilding on Mary St.
Smaller projects include Pickles and Olives, Pantry Shelf and Marwan’s Global Bistro all constructing convenient patios for their businesses this summer. There may be others I’ve missed, but these are a few of the most obvious.
We, as Scugog residents, should be thankful to have such progressive merchants and building owners, who help year after year, to keep downtown Port Perry such a vibrant and beautiful place to shop, stroll and enjoy.
Sincerely,
Peter Hvidsten

Overwhelming support
Dear Editor
On behalf of Theatre on the Ridge, we would like to acknowledge the overwhelming support for Festival 2018 (July 5 to August 18) at Town Hall 1873 and other locations in Port Perry. It was a season of powerful and captivating theatre to be proud of and we would like to thank our patrons, supporters, volunteers, sponsors, partners, funders, venues and believers for making this season so successful!
Special thanks to Vos’ Independent Grocers, Town Hall 1873, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Scugog Council for the Arts, Township of Scugog, Utica Community Hall, Church of the Ascension, Prince Albert Community Hall, Pine Grove Cemetery, Scugog Memorial Public Library, M. Meyers & R. Henderson, Heather Chapman, Canadian Tire Port Perry, North Durham EcoWater, Hark Nijjar Photography, Puckrin & Latreille Real Estate, HandtoHeart Healing, Legacy Vintage, Domino’s Pizza, Framer’s Gallery, Willowtree Farm, META4 Contemporary Craft Gallery, Pamela Meacher, Libby Burns, Grant Lucas, anonymous and the golden girls of Perry St.
We would have not been able to accomplish so much without the support of the above or without the commitment and enthusiasm of our actors, artistic, production, marketing and front of house teams, and the staff and board of directors, not to mention the word of mouth provided by so many patrons.
Festival 2018 brought us new insights, new experiences, new friends and great theatre in a great community. Thanks again to all and we look forward to Festival 2019!
Sincerely,
Carey Nicholson, Artistic Director, Theatre on the Ridge
Ruth Spearing, President, Theatre on the Ridge

An amazing town we live in
Dear Editor
I walked into the Port Perry post office on September 5th to mail one envelope. A lady was there to pick up a package and I turned to her and said, “Oh great! No money at all in my wallet. I wonder if they would take debit for $1.15”. I then decided to walk over to my bank and as I as walking away, she ran to me with $1.25 and said she hoped that was enough. I told her I was going to my bank but she insisted I take it.
What an amazing town we live in. With all the bad news we hear every single day it would appear like there are not many good people left, but I certainly had my faith in human nature renewed today. I did not ask her name as I was gob smacked (amazed) LOL, but she will see this and know it’s her. Thank you so very much and I intend to pay it forward.
Sincerely,
Sheila Moxom

A HUGE Thumbs Up thanks!
Dear Editor
We would like to send out a huge thank you to Port Perry Smokehouse for their kindness and generosity. They are huge supporters of Port Perry hospital and have once again gone above and beyond. On August 28th, they put on a barbecue for all staff and construction workers as a ‘welcome back’ for staff. Adam (owner) and McKenna (Manager) worked so hard to make this event happen, and collaborated with other businesses in town such as Vos’ Independent Grocer, Hank’s Pastries and Canadian Tire for other donations for the day. So thank you to them as well.
It was such a wonderful day; getting to see staff and friends we haven’t seen in far too long. The food was fantastic, as always. At last check Adam had made over 200 sandwiches and had another chef on call if we ran out. He didn’t want anyone leaving hungry. He even provided a vegan option for people, which was so thoughtful.
Thank you Port Perry Smokehouse for always giving back so much to our community. We are truly lucky to have you as part of our wonderful little town.
Sincerely,
Candice & Chris Sedge

Thanks from our own little paradise
Dear Editor
It is so amazing how wonderful and caring Port Perry has been to our Scugog Island Sunrise Beach for all these many years. How many times can we say THANK YOU – never enough to an endless list of all the special individual and businesses whose generosity truly made our annual Fun Day on August 25, such a success.
Once again, thank you so much, for making our Fun Day FUN. You are the best!!!
Yours truly,
Sincerely,
Linda Brown (Brownie)
on behalf of Sunrise Beach Association

Let’s fill the shelves
Dear Editor
Operation Scugog would like to give a big shout out to all individuals, organizations and businesses who have donated to our community food bank over the spring and summer.
As Thanksgiving and the holiday season fast approach, our need continues. Your donations can be dropped off at Operation Scugog food bank. We are open Wednesdays from noon - 4 p.m. 593 Alma St. (beside Victory Christian Centre) 905 985-3087 or by contacting Karen Teed at 905 985-4899.
Thank you,
Karen Teed

Beautiful baskets downtown
Dear Editor
During my walks around town this summer, I have been very pleased to see the wonderful hanging baskets adorning our downtown streets. They are absolutely beautiful and I would like to congratulate all those who have taken care of them throughout the season.
Great job! Believe me, it is truly appreciated.
Sincerely,
Eileen Hodgins

Keeping our street accessible
Dear Editor
Just a short letter to thank our by-law officer Denise for monitoring our street, Rosa Street (from Bay Street to the fairgrounds) during the fair weekend. In the past we had been told that nothing could be done about the cars parking on both sides of our narrow street. We could barely get our vehicles out of our driveways, let alone if there had been an emergency and we needed ambulance or fire services. This year was totally different thanks to her dedication all weekend.
Thanks again,
Don Orr

Scugog IS THE BEST!
Dear Editor
We wish to sincerely thank Focus for including our nights each month under ‘What’s Up Scugog’. Your support IS THE BEST and we appreciate it very much!
We had better luck this year with only 3 cruise-ins postponed until August 28th – our Appreciation Night and final event for the season. There was a total of 1,484 vehicles shown at the Tuesday Night Cruise-Ins.
Operation Scugog was the lucky recipient of over $1,050 cash and 4 trucks of food and paper products collected during two special occasions this year. Our cruisers ARE THE BEST!
We have over 20 awesome businesses who support our cruise-ins and we ask that everyone support them by looking locally for your needs. From buying or selling your home, to purchasing insurance, parts, towing and repairs – our sponsors can provide it all! Fast food, trailer rentals, buying a Ford or GMC vehicle and even when you “gotta go” - check our blog (http://cruisinclassics.blogspot.ca) to find out who is best because our sponsors ARE THE BEST!
And finally, to each and everyone who has enjoyed even one of our events, we thank you for attending and look forward to meeting you again.
Yours very truly,
Bev VanKessel, President; Tony Laundrie, Vice President;
Julie Williams, Secretary/Treasurer, Cruisin’ Classics Car Club

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

A big ‘thumbs up’ thank-you
Dear Editor
Hi there.
I’m writing about what happened when my mom passed away on July 25th in the early morning. I’m not sure who all we need to thank for the help we received, but I do want to give a big thumbs up in the Focus on Scugog magazine to the Durham Regional Police, ambulance etc. who came to the house (Apple Valley neighbourhood) when I called 9-1-1.
To the great owners and staff of Harp & Wylies, thank you for supporting Jamie and myself at this difficult time – same goes to all of our family and friends here in Port Perry.
Thank you all so much.
Jackie Woodcock

A proud physicians group
Dear Editor
During the past year, the Port Perry community and its health care team have anticipated the reopening and repatriation of services to our hospital currently known as Lakeridge Health Port Perry. True, many services continued in some form or another (such as surgical and obstetrical services in space graciously provided at other Lakeridge Health locations); however, as Dorothy discovered, and we can confirm, “there is no place like home”.
At this grand moment, I would like to take the opportunity, on behalf of the physicians of the Medical Associates of Port Perry, to reaffirm our commitment to providing outstanding Surgical, Anesthesia, Obstetrical, Emergency, and Inpatient services. Our intent is to provide patient care that is safe, compassionate, close to home, and, barring future acts of God, uninterrupted.
Matthew J Schurter, BSc MD CCFP FCFP
Chair of the Board, Medical Associates of Port Perry

 

AUGUST 2018

Note from a thankful Grandma
Dear Editor
What is Port Perry? It is a beautiful little town full and I do mean full, of amazing, caring, loving people. My grandson was seriously hurt in an accident and Port Perry adopted him as theirs.
Thanks to all my wonderful customers for the thoughts, gifts and genuine concern that still all ask about his recovery.
My work family who were always their for support 24/7, you really are family.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all. I will never forget the love from this amazing little town with the big, big heart!
Forever touched Grandma X0X0

A big ‘thumbs up’ to our business community
Dear Editor
Thank you to the generosity of Port Perry businesses who donated prizes for the PROBUS Club of Port Perry’s 2nd Anniversary BBQ held at Scramble’s Restaurant on June 25.
A huge thank you to the following businesses who helped make it such a great success:
Borelians Community Theatre, Branching Out, Brock’s, Century Home and Garden Greenhouses, Colonel Mustard’s, Foodland, Hank’s Pastries, Harp & Wylie’s, Herrington’s Butchers, Hyland Family Restaurant,
Jester’s Court, Luke’s, Meta 4, Pickles & Olives Bistro, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sunnybrae Golf Course, The Pantry Shelf, The Wee Tartan Shop and Vos’ Independent Grocer.
Sincerely,
Ann Skinner, Social Committee Representative
PROBUS Club of Port Perry

 

JULY 2018

Should I write a poem?
Dear Editor
I just finished reading our, “Wonderful, Outstanding and Informative, Focus on Scugog for June and was again impressed with the many things our supportive community does to improve the quality of lives in many places.
I could simply echo their many excellent words and say, “Ditto from the G-Moms.”
However, that would be wrong!! We need to celebrate the tremendous quality of the people in our community so we can override the crazy negative world news. We need to celebrate the fact that most people are kind, helpful and generous and try to make the world a better place.
We thankfully live in a place of peace and helpfulness. How lucky we are!!! Our Gala in April was a huge success in spite of the snow and ice. Our Yard Sale was again a winner for
everyone who bought and sold. Together, these two events raised over $25,000.
That puts a lot of orphans in schools. It also provides food and clothes for them and very importantly, it provides support for the resilient Grannies who continue to hold the continent together. They grieve the loss of their children and step up to raise their grandchildren. They are capable women who become empowered and independent due to our support.
Please remember that the Stephen Lewis Foundation guarantees that 90% of each dollar we raise goes directly to the projects we support. We three fortunate grannies who have gone to Africa can attest to the fact that we have created happiness and provided much needed support.
UBUNTU, THANK YOU
Tinie Evans, on behalf of all the G-Moms

Are you missing treasured pictures?
Dear Editor
Attention to the wonderful family who donated books last year to be included in our G-Moms yard sale on June 2, 2018.
We found a book: The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker. Apparently the next read for your Book Club was to be : The Year Of Necessary Lies by Kris Radish.
However, within the book we found some treasured pictures. They are pictures of Joy and Don’s Anniversary (we assume) and some other very special family pictures.
If they are yours, or if you may know to whom they belong, please contact Tinie Evans at tinie5@xplornet.com
Tinie Evans, G-Mom

Scugog Bridge Club looking for new members
Dear Editor
Scugog Marathon Hospital Bridge Club was formed many long years ago in Port Perry with a dual purpose. The main reason was to raise money for our local hospital, but also to get together with friends, play bridge and have fun. As a result, a group of women play a set number of games from September to April and donate a small amount of money each time we play. Over the many years, we have donated money to Port Perry Hospital, which has helped to purchase many items for our facility.
Our membership has dropped for several reasons but we are anxious to keep this bridge club going. Therefore we are always looking for new members. If you enjoy playing bridge and could manage to find a partner, that would be wonderful.
For more information please call Gale Ballard at
905-985-7054 or Catherine Corden at 905-985-9412.
We would be happy to hear from you.
Catherine Corden

Caesarea - Lake Scugog Regatta:
STILL GOING STRONG!
Now in its ninetieth year!

Dear Editor
Lynn Campbell’s article brought memories flooding back to me, of a particular era of the regatta – the sail boat races around the 1950s. As a member of the Port Perry Yacht Club I participated in the two races – The Trophy for first place and The Handicap Trophy based on a calculation of your two times in the two races. I won The Handicap Trophy in our sailboat, Tinker Bell.
It is wonderful that the Beacon Marina has revived sailing and the Lake Scugog Regatta Association volunteers keep this unique community event going. It’s a variety of active and social events that put an energy into a community and build memories. Some people participate every year. Talk to Ted Griffen. He’s never missed a sailing race. He’ll be there
this year. Ask him about the challenges and pleasures of sailing.
It’s a health promoting sport, that’s kind to the environment and wind is free.
Georgia Brock

 

JUNE 2018

BIG Shout Out
Dear Editor
We would like to give a big shout out to the staff, students and parents at S.A. Cawker P.S. for the amazing show, “The Lion King”.
Everything from the music, costumes, stage set, actors, choir, lighting and choreography was absolutely top quality and very entertaining.
These performances could not happen without the dedication of staff, students and parents who volunteer their time for costume making, rehearsals, set preparations etc…
All the people from Community Living Durham North that attended the play really enjoyed it. The productions at S.A. Cawker are always an event that people we support look forward to.
We look forward to seeing the next play they perform in the future.
Thank you all for the great show!!!!
Kathy Turner, Community Living Durham North

Greenbank Folk Music Society sends along thanks
Dear Editor
Mogens and I, and all the folks that volunteer with the Greenbank Folk Music Society, would like to express our sincere thanks for all that you do for us through your Focus on Scugog publication.
As we end our 25th year of presenting this concert series, it was wonderful to see the article in last month’s Focus (May 2018). Your help in getting the word out to
the community is part of why we are still here.
We – along with all residents of Scugog – are fortunate to have this quality community magazine come to our doorsteps each month.
With thanks again,
Mogens and Cathy Galberg

Want to be part of the Port Perry House Tour?
Dear Editor
The Port Perry and Prince Albert United Church Outreach Committee is currently planning this year’s Town and Country House Tour for Saturday September 22. This is a charitable event with the proceeds supporting the following local charities: Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham, Community Care Durham, Joanne’s House, North House and YWCA Durham and Second Stage Housing For Women.
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of this tour and has raised over $100,000 to date.
If you are interested in participating in this wonderful fundraiser, we are looking for homes in the area of varied and interesting architecture, interior design and decor. Houses can be large or small, new or old, in town or the surrounding area.
Please consider putting your home or garden on the 2018 tour and help these valuable charities in our community.
Refer to our website for further details –
www.portperryhousetour.ca
Sincerely
Shelley Bertrim, Committee member PPHT

Rotary Club of Port Perry – Spring Gala
Dear Editor
Many thanks to everyone who supported the Rotary Club’s Annual Spring Gala on Saturday April 21 at Royal Ashburn Golf Club – to the 225 attendees, to all the generous individuals and local businesses for their donations and to the members of the Rotary Club and their partners.
The evening was a great success raising over $38,000. This money will enable the club to meet its final installment of its commitment of $150,000 to the Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham.
In addition, the funds will help the club continue all its good work in the community.
The next big event for the club will be the 3rd Annual Ribfest to be held on July 27, 28 and 29. Hope to see you there!
Joanne Fowler, Rotary Gala Chairperson

 

MAY 2018

Heart & Stroke Campaign Thank You
Dear Editor
I am so happy to have deposited the last donation for this year’s Heart and Stroke Campaign. We raised over $18,000.00 knocking on doors in this generous community where there are so many ways to sponsor and support worthy causes. I’m sure the online contributions will be strong again this year, raising our total even higher.
Thank you to the eight Captains who made sure there was a canvasser on every street in their neighbourhood. Thank you to the sixty-three canvassers who knocked on your doors and to the student who delivered brochures in an area with no canvassers.
I know there are many ways to support heart health in Scugog Township. Maybe I’ll see a picture of you in Focus On Scugog, on the Big Bike when it comes to town.
Thank you Epsom, Utica, Greenbank, Seagrave, Port Perry, Prince Albert, Blackstock, Caesarea, Nestleton, and Scugog Island for making this year’s Heart and Stroke Campaign a success.
Judy Anderson, Zone Leader
Heart & Stroke Person-to-Person Campaign 2018


P.S. .... and we at Focus thank our advertisers for
supporting this worthwhile cause!

CLDN takes a break this year
Dear Editor
It’s that time of year again, Gala season. All of us at Community Living Durham North would like to thank you for your ongoing support of our Jamie’s Dream Gala. Because of your generosity, many wonderful things are happening for people at CLDN.
We have decided to take a break for the 2018 year. Given the amount of fundraising that happens on a regular basis in the community we are mindful of the strain it puts on everyone to contribute. Moving forward, we are hoping to build something different, something more inclusive and available to all members of the community to participate in some meaningful way so…..stay tuned! We promise it will be great!
Tracy McGarry, Manager, Community Development
Community Living Durham North

 

APRIL 2018

Wing & Pizza Night 2018
THANK YOU!!

Dear Editor
You helped us raise over $25,000 to continue to provide mentoring programs to the children and youth in our communities.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham can’t thank the local community enough for their ongoing support of our agency and towards our Annual Wing & Pizza night.
Whether it was by attending the event, donating a prize, product or services to our silent auction, or by financially donating to our agency – THANK YOU!!
This year we had 391 people in attendance. Participation was at an all-time high with 10 wing and 5 pizza restaurants cooking up delicious food for all to enjoy. Our 2018 Best Tasting went to Horn Dawgs BBQ (best wings) and Crusty Pizza (best pizza).
All our restaurants are winners by giving their product, time and commitment. We would like to thank all the restaurants and donors for your support – Pizza: Crusty Pizza, Domino’s Pizza, Bona Via Pizzeria, Square Boy Pizza and Jim’s Pizza & Pasta. Wings: Horn Dawgs BBQ, Vos' Independent Grocer, Harp & Wylie’s, Jester’s Court, Port Perry Smokehouse, Willowtree
Farm, Boat House Grill, Sunnybrae Golf Club, Chuck’s Roadhouse and Perry Wing House.
Our silent auction was amazing. Thank you to over 65 local businesses that contributed a prize, product or service. Please shop locally! Also thank you to Maple Leaf Food, Cakes by
Stephanie, South Scugog Auto Sales, Sensational Signs, Baldwin Sales, KX96 - Jerry Archer, Branching Out, PPPrint, Tim Hortons, DJ Todd Soomre, photographer Spring Reilly and to our staff and our great volunteers!
Thanks as well for the financial donations to Wing & Pizza Night from Redleaf Landscape, Oppers Ltd., Wotten Carpentry, Uxbridge Lions, Ron Noble Insurance, Scugog Accounting, Royal Bank Port Perry Branch, Sunderland Coop and Titlers Professional Corp.
We live in an amazing community and we are stronger together. Thank you once again for the ongoing support you show to the children and youth we serve.
Mark your calendar for February 23rd 2019!
THANK YOU!
Margaret Ayres,
BBBSND Executive Director


FEBRUARY 2018

An abundance of thanks .............
Dear Editor
Once again the volunteers of Operation Scugog were overwhelmed by the support of our friends in the community. Christmas cheer was given to 77 families and 121 singles and couples this past Christmas.
Most of the families were adopted out by people who wanted to share the meaning of Christmas. For single people and couples, food hampers were given out; gift cards were purchased along with a pair of warm socks. For added warmth, a new hoodie too. Thank you to Sandy O’Hare, our wonderful “Hoodie Elf” who collected 140 hoodies given by generous people along with hand knit items, socks, PJ’s and bedding.
To all our volunteers who helped with the Christmas campaign and throughout the year, Thank You. We couldn’t do this without you.
Many thanks to all who donated food, money, toys, gifts, gift cards and their time. We are so very grateful for your continued support to assist our friends and neighbours who are in need.
Kind Regards,
Karen Teed
Chairperson, Operation Scugog


JANUARY 2018

The Canada 150 theme rocked this year at Bakersville!
Dear Editor
What a great response we had for our 22nd Animated Bakersville Gingerbread Display at the library during the Holiday Season! Thank you to everyone who participated by making a creation celebrating Canada 150 – it was a huge success. There were 60 wonderful entries of varying styles and skills and once assembled into a town, the moving parts of the train, and animation including the skating rink, hockey players, and snow boarders brought it to life. It was great to see so many individual entries as well as those from a local Beaver group, Girl Guides, Scugog First Nation and various schools and businesses.
This village wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful support of our library’s administration and its staff. We greatly appreciate the financial support that we have received this year from Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation; this allowed us to get more signage and visibility, Vos Independent for processing the pictures for the visual boards and Foodland for supplying gingerbread cookies on our opening day. Thank you to the Hvidsten family who have offered space for us within the Focus on Scugog building as we were desperate for ongoing storage for all of our accessories associated with the village. The Township of Scugog and BIA were helpful with regards to approving signage for us, and Landon’s Tree Service was so helpful putting up the downtown banner from Sue’s Signs. It takes a community to make this village happen!
Thanks again to Master Engineer Alan Locke and conductor Neil Bradley, who kept the village train on its track and Brianne Mercer for being our fabulous social media queen and publicist – again, great work! Our local press, were wonderful with all of the support, printing our releases in a timely matter in our community newspapers. Thanks also to our patient families who never mentioned how many dinners were late because of our pre-occupation with everything gingerbread.
We already are thinking ahead and have December 1st marked down as opening day this year. It is never too late to start thinking about what to design – we LOVE the original ideas in gingerbread. This is a community event made by and for the community –
so it’s never too late to start baking!
Sincerely,
“The Village People”
Sue Bradley, Tracy Pastic, Kathy Payne-Mercer, Terry Glenn, Carolyn Humphrey, Alana Andrews, Lynda Brownson, Bonnie Solomon, Linda McMillan, Marian Barltrop and Carole Matthews

A big ‘paws’ up!
Dear Editor
The Therapeutic Paws of Canada Port Perry/Uxbridge Team would like to send a big thank you to Vos’ Independent Grocer, the staff and all their amazing customers. The Port Perry/Uxbridge Team hosted a Therapy Dog Awareness Day on December 9th. Vos’ Independent gave us space in their store, their staff was fantastic and very supportive of this event and the kindness and generosity of their customers was more then we ever expected. It was so very greatly appreciated.
Eileen Gerber
Therapeutic Paws of Canada,
Team Leader Port Perry/Uxbridge

T’was the season of true christmas spirit!
Dear Editor
On behalf of Operation Scugog Food Bank and ourselves, we would like to thank Focus on Scugog and most especially MaryAnn Fleming, for your enthusiastic participation in, and support of, the Operation Scugog “Hoodie” Drive - 2017 Campaign.
Highlighting our efforts in the magazine to bring a little Christmas warmth and cheer to those in need in our community has given us the gift of a far greater reach and furnishing a drop-box in your offices allowed many to contribute.
As a result, we are pleased to report that between friends and family on Facebook and the Focus collection box it has been a banner Christmas! At the time of this writing we have collected over 120 hoodies with the number still climbing, pyjamas, socks, slippers, sheets and towel sets, art supplies, toiletries and cash donations. A special shout-out to the Canterbury Knit Wits who have gone above and beyond this year with an array of hand-knit outerwear garments and lovingly produced dolls and toys.
For showing up, stepping up and living the spirit of Christmas we thank all who have contributed. We have been humbled by your generosity and know lives will be changed for the better this holiday season as a result. Merry Christmas!
Karen Teed and Sandy O’Hare
Editors Note:
On behalf of Scugog residents, we thank you ladies for the hard work and commitment on your end, to give those in need a special Christmas as well! There will be a Christmas Hamper update in the next issue, as we didn’t have all the details finalized by press time!

Street Lights Out!!!
Dear Editor
Did you know? The only way streetlights get repaired is for the citizens to call the Township office???
My councillor said she would see about putting a notification in the local papers but nothing has shown up.
On my last trip through Port Perry on 7A Westbound, I counted over 15 lights out between the causeway and Walmart (4 on the north side as you enter town from the causeway in front of the Independent). I see them out, stuck on all day or going on and off through the night here in Cartwright, and try to report it but I can only do so much, as nobody else seems to call in.
Pete Barber, Blackstock
p.s. I joined the “procrastinators” club last year,
we haven’t had a meeting yet!!!!!!!!!

 

DECEMBER 2017

Generosity was appreciated
Dear Editor
On behalf of the Scugog Shores Fibre Artists Guild I would like to thank Renetta Cook Holdings Ltd. for giving us the use of their store on Queen Street for a number of weeks. It was really appreciated.
Dini Page,
Chair of the Scugog Shores Fibre Artists Guild

Feast for the Senses
Dear Editor
What a wonderful ‘Feast For The Senses’ it was!
The Scugog Council for the Arts would like to thank the Feast for the Senses Gala Committee. This dedicated group wove together a successful and sumptuous Gala For The Arts, held at the Scugog Community Centre on October 19. In addition to the Gala Committee, an enthusiastic cadre of volunteers made the evening’s enjoyment possible.
The SCA is most grateful to our generous sponsors: Vos’ Independent, The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, and Canadian Tire Port Perry.
A lively Live Auction took place where bidders competed on exciting opportunities made possible by the following generous donors: The Foundry, Luxe Beauty and Portrait Studio, David and Joanna Malcolm, Pickles and Olives, Borelians Community Theatre, Nestleton Waters Inn and Sunnybrae Golf Course.
More than sixty local businesses or individuals donated Silent Auction and other prize items.
Harp and Wylie’s Canadian Grill House presented their fabulous food with a fun and interactive dining experience. Adam Crossman, Donna Lajeunesse and Port Perry Dance Academy provided entertainment throughout the evening.
Stunning botanical and floral arrangements by Branching Out Florists complemented a fantastic fountain, designed especially for the gala by Williams Design Studio.
Everything and everyone worked together to provide a memorable night of sights, sounds and flavours! The SCA appreciates the community’s most generous support. We are truly grateful for the continuing role that the local community plays in promoting the arts in Scugog.
Libbie Burns,
President of the Scugog Council for the Arts

“Timing is everything”
Dear Editor
We love seeing MaryAnn from Focus on Scugog each month as she pops by our office to drop off copies of the magazine.
Funny thing, last month, as she is standing at my desk handing me the November issue, a gentleman came in (with a copy of our advertisement we just ran, in his hand) wanting to make an appointment with Jean as soon as possible to book a trip to Costa Rica!
The proof is in the Focus. Thank you MaryAnn and team for such a great local publication.
Virginia Frew, Marlin Travel
Editors Note:
Thank you Virginia for your support each month!

Have fun, stay fit, meet friends and give back!
Dear Editor
Every year the members of the Scugog Women’s Hockey League are handed a custom printed shopping bag and asked to fill it and return it over a three-week period at the end of October/ early November.
This year our members surpassed themselves again and returned a whopping 81 grocery bags filled with food, toiletries and supplies for Operation Scugog Food Bank. Last Sunday we loaded the shopping bags into a truck and delivered them to the Food Bank along with some financial donations.
As a league we love giving back to our community and all of our fundraising efforts are community based including our Hockey Sistoars Dragon Boat team, which is made up of members of the Scugog Women’s Hockey League.
Our league is made up of women from 18 years of age to sixty-something and we follow our motto of, Fun, Fitness and Friendship. Anyone looking to join can email us at swhleague@hotmail.com or come along to Port Perry Arena on a Sunday afternoon and say hello. We are particularly looking for anyone interested in playing in goal for us next season. If that’s you, please get in touch!
Many thanks and see you at the rink!
Yours sincerely,
Lorraine McNulty
(on behalf of) Scugog Women’s Hockey League - Executive

 

NOVEMBER 2017

Port Perry Hospital Foundation clears up confusion
Dear MaryAnn
We were very concerned to see a “Thumbs Down” about Port Perry Hospital Foundation in the October issue of Focus on Scugog. Your magazine is widely read and respected, and what your readers are saying to you about our hospital and our hospital foundation is important to us. We would be grateful if you would consider publishing this letter to clear up any confusion about our current fundraising efforts.
Port Perry Hospital Foundation’s mission is to support the equipment needs, programs and capital projects of Port Perry Hospital. Your readers are absolutely right – our understanding is that Lakeridge Health’s insurers will be responsible for all the repairs, infrastructure and construction costs associated with restoring the hospital to its former state and no donated funds will be used for those purposes. While there may be an opportunity for us to participate in improvement projects in other areas of the hospital, these are separate from the reconstruction.
The Foundation’s main focus during the time of closure continues to be raising funds to buy new and replacement equipment. All the medical and patient equipment that we purchased before the August 25th fire will still be there when the hospital reopens. However, it is a constant challenge to keep the hospital equipped and up-to-date and we can only be prepared to deal with this by seeking assistance from our community. We feel it is essential that we are able to say yes when, for example, one of our surgeons asks for a $25,000 specialty monitor that will help save patient lives, or a nurse needs funding to offer a program that brings young people and frail elderly patients together. The ability to fulfill these needs without delay is due to the thoughtful generosity of people like your readers.
We are deeply thankful to everyone who supports Port Perry Hospital.
Sincerely,
Mark Fletcher, President
Port Perry Hospital Foundation

Sarah saved the bees
Dear Editor
Sarah would like to wholeheartedly thank the community of Scugog and all who opened their doors and contributed to her ‘Save the Bees’ initiative. What a joy to see our community’s compassion and enthusiasm in responding to the need to strengthen the bee population. Thank you to individuals who embraced her project and provided meaningful encouragement with kind words, wisdom and passion in fostering environmental awareness around this issue.
Thank you also to Focus on Scugog (June 2017 page 16) for supporting and communicating her initiative in your valued magazine.
Your generous donations resulted in $1,408.25, all of which will be given to the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association. Along with this incredible donation, many have planted the wildflower seeds and have expressed their delight in seeing them grow, bloom and attract bees, helping in the efforts of pollination.
Together we can protect and strengthen native bee and other pollinator insects whose species play a vital role in our ecosystem and in the maintenance of a healthy and sustainable environment.
Sincerely,
Helen McLaren on behalf of Sarah McLaren

It’s that time of year …. Community Gift Giving Program
Dear Editor
Once again Joan Elliott and myself who are Independent Sales Consultants with Mary Kay Cosmetics are participating in the “Community Gift Giving” program in partnership with the Port Perry Place LTC Home.
The program works like this:
We have adopted the Port Perry Place LTC Home and along with your support, will provide each resident with a Christmas Gift. Please join us in this wonderful program to aid in ensuring that each resident at the Port Perry Place LTC Home will have a gift to open this Festive Season.
Each gift will be a memorable gift that will be wrapped in a beautiful Christmas bag with a card attached from you. The cost of each gift is $20.00. Cheques can be made out to “Community Gift Giving Program” or us. We will issue a receipt that can be used for advertising and promotion. All gifts will be delivered prior to Christmas.
Thank you for helping to make this a bright Merry Christmas for the residents of the Port Perry Place LTC Home.
Joan Elliott 905-728-4220
Jillian Howsam 905-982-1902
286 Rosa Street, Port Perry, L9L 1M5

Amazing treatment by kind people
Dear Editor
I would like to share a positive experience with you covering a loss and the return of my gold bracelet over the past couple of weeks.
We were visiting Great Wolf Lodge, and while at the waterpark, I noticed that my gold bracelet was missing from my wrist. I then went to their lost and found to find that some awesome soul had found it and turned it in – so I got it back!
One of the gold links had actually broken, which caused it to fall off my wrist. Thankfully there are some very GOOD people out there.
My bracelet was purchased at Dana’s Goldsmithing Inc. in Port Perry last Christmas. I brought it back to their store to have Amanda (one of the jewellery repair/sales clerks) try to repair it for me. Unfortunately, Amanda said to me, later on that same day, they could not repair it properly. However, between Kerry and Dana they decided to contact the manufacturer on my behalf, to get the manufacturer’s comments. The manufacturer, fortunately, was very gracious to advise Dana’s that they would replace it free of charge.
I now have the new bracelet back in my possession and I am a very happy customer!
I want to make it known that I am so pleased that Dana and her staff went out of their way to assist me.
Kudos to Dana and her staff for a job well done!
Regards,
Bill Stimson

9th Annual Port Perry Town & Country House Tour
Dear Editor
On Saturday September 16th, the Port Perry and Prince Albert United Churches’ Outreach Committee was pleased to present the 9th annual Port Perry Town & Country House Tour. This year, we were delighted to present five homes, one garden and a loft. We were very pleased to include the Scugog Shores Historical Museum on this year’s tour. Over $12,000.00 was raised on that day.
The Port Perry House Tour committee is grateful to the homeowners, Township of Scugog, sponsors, patrons, local media and many volunteers who generously supported this charitable event. Since 2009, over $100,000.00 has now been raised for five important local organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters North Durham, Community Care, Joanne’s House, North House, and YWCA Durham’s Second Stage Housing for Women.
Next year’s tour is a milestone year. It will mark the 10th anniversary of the tour and the committee is already planning!
For further information, please visit our website, www.portperryhousetour.ca Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Shelley Bertrim, on behalf of PPHT Committee

Camille’s Closet carries on
Dear Editor
Our hospital in Port Perry may need mechanical repairs and is currently “off the road” but the Auxiliary volunteers have hardly shifted a gear.
Camille’s Closet, our “new-to-you” shop on Mary St. behind the post office, continues to accept donations
and offer great bargains Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We offer seasonal clothing, housewares and holiday decorations. With the community’s help, that little store has become a big source of revenue for us.
At our monthly meetings, we are currently planning the “Wheelbarrow of Wine” and “Polar Plunge” fundraisers for the fall and winter. There is also a new event planned for the spring (TBA) and you’ll see our smiling faces again at the June “Tag Days”.
We are going to be ready to buy any new equipment or help with whatever is needed when those doors reopen. Our members will celebrate with the community as we once again will be able to provide the caring support to the patients and staff in our special hospital. We eagerly wait for the day when our smocks will once again be visible in day surgery, in the gift shop and in the patient rooms.
Until that day arrives, for the Auxiliary –
it’s DRIVE ON! You’re invited along for the ride.
Sincerely,
Gail Kerry, on behalf of the Auxiliary
and administrators of Camille’s Closet

 

OCTOBER 2017

Ribfest 2017
Dear Editor
On behalf of all the members of the Rotary Club of Port Perry, we want to thank and acknowledge the hard work, support and generosity of the many volunteers, sponsors and all the folks from within our community of Scugog that came out to support our Ribfest 2017. Everyone was part of making this year another success!
A special thank you to Focus on Scugog for promoting our Ribfest event on the front cover of the August issue. This sure helped boost the exposure throughout the community.
Jim Jenkins,
President of the Rotary Club of Port Perry

“Oh, what a night!”
Dear Editor
With the sun shining and the coffee flowing we had a terrific Appreciation Night Cruise-in on August 29th! Thanks to all who came out to enjoy our wrap up event.
We also wish to thank Focus on Scugog for including our nights each month under What’s Up Scugog. Your support is greatly valued.
Mother Nature was not kind to anyone this cruise-in season. However, after six rained out nights (the month of June was a total washout) we had just 135 vehicles less than last year!
With a paper drive earlier in the season and a food drive at the end of the season, Operation Scugog received over $1,000 and three truckloads of products! Our cruisers and visitors are amazing – thank you to each and every one for being so generous.
We have 18 awesome local businesses that contribute as well as many who provide prizes every night. With their backing, our cruise-ins are a great success and we are looking forward to their continuing support next year.
Please check out our blog (http://cruisinclassics.blogspot.ca) for pictures and updates of our club activities.
Yours very truly,
Cruisin’ Classics Car Club
Bev VanKessel, President; Tony Laundrie, Vice President; Julie Williams, Secretary/Treasurer

Cannot say thank you enough
Dear Editor
It is so amazing how wonderful and caring Port Perry has been to our Scugog Island’s Sunrise Beach for so many years. How many times can we say ‘thank you’ (never enough!) to an endless list of all the special individuals and businesses whose generosity truly made our Annual Fun Day such a success.
Once again, thank you so much, everyone, for helping make our Fun Day fun. You are the best!!
Yours truly
Linda Brown
(our Sunrise Beach Association)

Fun(ny) times at the gate!!
Dear Editor
I hope this finds MaryAnn’s desk at Focus on Scugog.
I am writing this to thank Mary Ann for her sense of humour while covering the Port Perry fair.
I am one of the guys at the gate that had more than a few laughs with her. Working on the gates at a fair (September 2-4) you meet all kinds of people, meeting Mary Ann was a highlight for me.
I thank-you again for the side splitting encounter at the gate and look forward to meeting you again next year.
From the good looking one of the two.
Mike (Slater)...lol ...ok from Steve (Rutledge) also.

Editor’s Note: Obviously the note found my desk! This was Steve’s second year at the gate at the Bigelow entrance and Mike’s sixth year. We just want to throw it right back at them, what a fun welcoming experience to one of the entrance gates at the fair. See you next year!

A golden thumbs up
Dear Editor
Thumbs up to the Port Perry-Prince Albert United Church members and their annual Town and Country House Tour held on Saturday September 16. From the moment we were approached to be a part of this wonderful fundraising event, to the final minutes of hosting over 300 people at our shared ownership home, everything went SO smoothly.
The church members worked long hours giving tours of our home and explaining this rather new shared living model.
We are so fortunate that there are organizations and people in this community that raise awareness and raise funds for the betterment of Scugog. It was a pleasure to be a part of your event.
Thank you,
The Women of 100 Perry Street
(Golden girls, Martha Casson, Louise Bardswich,
Beverly Brown, Sandy McCully)

Biking, running and walking for another successful year
Dear Editor
Terry Fox is the face of hope for cancer research. To this day Terry’s Marathon of Hope inspires and motivates people to raise much-needed funds for cancer research. On Sunday September 17, the sun was shining as 457 people gathered to participate in the annual Port Perry Terry Fox Run.
Since 1994 our community Terry Fox Run along with participating schools have raised an amazing $1,067,813.35. The Terry Fox Foundation has a single goal – to fund innovative cancer research. The Foundation continues to be a leading investor in cancer research with an 83-cent fundraising cost ratio.
The Terry Fox Research Institute invests in research with the potential for best outcomes. I would encourage people to visit the Terry Fox Foundation website to learn more about the different types of cancer research that is funded.
What a great day we had with participants taking a ride, run or walk along the route. This was the 24th annual TFR in Port Perry and it’s amazing to see three generations of families participating and their many dogs to raise $30,261.50. A big thank you to all participants, volunteers and sponsors for making the day such a big success!
Thank you,
Elizabeth McArthur

Maurice Midgley,
our smiling crossing guard!

Dear Editor
There are so many people who add to the layout of our days. So many times we get caught up in a rush and forget to pause and truly appreciate all these amazing people we encounter as we journey through our day. This incredible man takes that pause with every single person he encounters. He endures every form of weather and faces it every morning and afternoon with an unwavering smile. We are so blessed to have him as part of our community. He puts the safety and well-being of our children first and foremost and makes a connection with every one he crosses.
Thanks to Maurice, for your genuine smile and for pouring your heart into what you do and for keeping all of our babies (and us) safe. The school year has started and we are very happy to have Maurice Midgley back as our crossing guard on Queen Street for R.H. Cornish Public School.
Sincerely,
Kelly MacArthur

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

Thank you, Jonathan
Dear Editor
I am writing in regards to the article on Latvia written by Jonathan van Bilsen (PhotosNTravel, August 2017 issue). I truly enjoyed reading it, being of Latvian descent. My father and grandparents were born there, but due to their precarious journey to Canada during World War II, they neglect to speak about home very much.
My grandmother will be 102 in November and sometimes says she would like to return home to live by the Baltic Sea, but never elaborates. I will bring this with me when I visit her next week so I can read it to her. I'm sure it will bring a smile to her face with its positive outlook on her home.
You have just given me a totally different and appreciative view of what looks to be a wonderful place presently. Your pictures of the architecture are amazing.
I know I will be visiting the country of my heritage as soon as I can.
Thank you so much for your story.
Adrianne Makovskis

"Go Fly A Kite"
Dear Editor
As a teenager many years ago I have fond memories of flying kites with my siblings, adults and friends, growing up in Nestleton and having many laughs along the way. For a few years I have wanted to start a Port Perry Kite Club and see if there are others interested as well. If so, this will be open to all ages on Sunday September 17 at 1p.m. at the fair grounds here in Port Perry. Let's meet and see if we can create fun for everyone! Let me know if you are interested or have any questions.
Bring your own kite! For beginners, you can purchase them at dollar stores!
Call me today at 905-985-4372 to discuss.
Lynn Doucette, Port Perry

Thank you
Dear Editor
I would like to extend a very special thank you to Colin and Nancy Graham of Thistledown Pet Memorial, in Uxbridge.
When our beloved dog passed away at home, Colin and Nancy took great care in looking after our pet's remains and us. They showed great compassion and treated our dog with the respect she deserved, as a member of our family.
Sarah Dedrick, Port Perry

Regatta successful once more
Dear Editor
On behalf of the Lake Scugog Regatta Association Committee, I would like to thank all of you who helped make our 89th Annual Regatta an awesome and fun filled weekend! Dinner Friday evening and live entertainment was enjoyed by candlelight and generator. The dance floor was hopping!
Mother Nature was certainly on our side all weekend as we started out with the parade, followed by dog show, races, games, volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, movie in the park at dusk and much more. A special thank you goes out to all the local businesses who generously donated gifts for our Tooney Table, which was a big hit. Sunday's delicious pancake breakfast hosted by our local Fire Fighters, followed by the fishing derby, swimming, canoe and kayak races, and of course our famous Lake Scugog Championship Sailboat race was enjoyed by everyone.
I must say, we certainly have an amazing community within the Township of Scugog. Many generations have supported the Lake Scugog Regatta and continued to do so. We are awed to see the generosity to help continue this event for many more years to come. Stay tuned for an even better Regatta next year as we celebrate our 90th Annual. Thank you.
Shari Bown

I won something!
Dear Editor
I would like to thank Valerie and Ken Wright of Port Perry Medical Supplies. I have always said that I never win anything and lo and behold, I won a scooter in early July.
I purchased the scooter and upon my name being drawn, my money was returned to me. Thank you so much for your kindness and caring.
Sincerely,
Barb McIntyre

Another successful Ribfest weekend
Dear Editor
Although the weather didn't cooperate as it did last year, we still had 16,000 people through the entrance, five renowned ribbers, a premium craft beer supplier, music acts for all ages and genre, along with many vendors and artisans.
Proceeds of the ribfest are pledged to the Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham as well as other local, national and international projects of the Rotary Club of Port Perry.
The Port Perry Waterfront Rotary Ribfest is made possible by our sponsors and executed with the support and dedication of the many VOLUNTEERS. Thank you!
New this year was a "Dream Cruise Vacation" draw with a value of $9999. Ticket sales were brisk over the last several months and the winner was local resident Jillian Howsam Adomeit. This draw was sponsored by Expedia CruiseShipCenters® and Royal Caribbean.
Overall feedback from the public in attendance was "a well organized, family-focused, environmentally conscious, entertaining event."
Thank you to everyone who attended and/or participated.
Rotary Club of Port Perry

 

AUGUST 2017

Thanks for caring
Dear Editor
The Care & Share Garden crew wishes to acknowledge two groups who have provided support, encouragement, and assistance in the past few months.
First, we would like to thank leader Mike Duhamel and the Port Perry Venturers, who moved countless pails of mulch onto the garden pathways. This will help to ensure the safety and comfort of gardeners and visitors, in addition to keeping the weeds down!
Second, we were delighted when the Nu Alpha chapter of the Uxbridge and Port Perry Beta Sigma Phi Sorority chose the Care & Share Garden as one of their community group service projects. They presented us with a tumbling composter and cash donation during a lovely year-end celebration that included a guided garden tour and a light lunch.
Thanks again to both groups!
Sincerely,
Lynne Chase,
on behalf of the Care & Share Gardeners

Memories do matter
Dear Editor
On behalf of the 2017 Walk for Alzheimer’s - Durham Region, we would like to give a thumbs up to Port Perry Smokehouse, Blazin’ Burgers, Jester’s Court, Pickles & Olives and the Old Flame Brewing Co. for their generous gift donations in support of this year’s walk. Also, a big thank you goes out to the numerous individuals and families from Scugog that came out to walk and support the cause.
The event was held at the Oshawa Civic, Terry Kelly Fields on Sunday June 4. This year a record $92,000 was raised to support the programs and services of the Alzheimer Society Durham Region. Your support means that those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia are not alone in their journey and memories do matter.
Thank you.
Liane Strus

Missed on Canada Day
Dear Editor
Canada Day in Port Perry was very successful; nice parade, ceremonies, Vets for Vettes, the veterans banners, window displays, entertainment and waterfront festivities.
But where were the Canada flags flying proudly? Thank you to ReMax, Herrington’s Quality Butchers, Piano Café and Remedy Rx for flying our flags. (If I missed anyone, I do apologize). Where were the rest of the flags in our downtown core?
No flag on our oldest Mill in Canada in celebration of Canada 150?
Shameful! Check out Port Hope and Cobourg – they are flooded with Canadian flags.
Sorry Port Perry.
Canadian, EH?
Reid Stainton

 

JULY 2017

G Moms send out a Huge Thank You
to Port Perry and Friends ..... Ubuntu

Dear Editor
Gala on the Greens 2017 was again a wonderful success!
FACTS:
• All participants enjoyed a fabulous day and truly enjoyed the guest speaker who addressed “Reconciliation.”
• We support over 15 million orphans in Sub Sahara Africa
• Stephen Lewis Foundation guarantees that 90% of the monies raised go directly to the projects we support.
• Kids get to eat, go to school and even get counselling
• Grannies get help to create income generating projects
• They become empowered to help themselves and others
• They all now stand a chance to succeed in their lives
• 90 businesses, large and small, donated prizes for our marketplace ..... Yes, think about that great support!!
• Many happy recipients/winners were strongly encouraged to reciprocate and support local business
• Donations were very generous and creative and we raised over $19,000. That keeps a lot of kids in school.
• We have personally delivered your Thank You
Ubuntu is a sub-Saharan African philosophy and a way of life. It defines what it means to be truly human: We affirm our own humanity when we acknowledge the full humanity of others. Ubuntu principles include dignity, respect, honesty, empathy, caring, sharing and compassion.
Visit our Website : www.gmomsportperry.com and see all that we do and all of our upcoming events. Follow us on Facebook.
Tinie Evans, on behalf of all G-Moms

So many donations and so much success!
Dear Editor
We never cease to be amazed by the generosity and support of this community. The G-Moms want to send out another huge thank you for the fabulous success of the Yard Sale. Not only did we get quality donations, which netted wonderful freewill donations, but we also received very generous donations for the donated articles. Did you see how many times we had to say “ Donations? “
Picture this!!! On the afternoon of Friday June 2nd, people arrive with articles they have saved for us in order to help our Grannies and Orphans in Africa. They know 90% of our monies go directly to the projects and that we are empowering and enabling them. The articles are then sorted as best we can and Saturday morning the enthusiastic and generous crowds arrive. Organization mixed with chaos prevails for the day and by 2 p.m. the Scout Hall is back to normal.
We are close to a profit of $7000. That means a lot of food, clothing and school uniforms. The orphans can further their education and increase the likelihood of a better future for themselves and their country. Grannies can start income generating projects so they can become self-sufficient.
However, on the other side of the picture is the fact that many items were being reused and some people were able to access some items that may have been unaffordable in some cases. A G-Mom Yard Sale is a great way to set up for university.
Thanks especially to Focus on Scugog, the Star, the Standard and Caps for their ongoing support with publicity. Also a special thanks to Port Perry Salvage and Glen Page for their continued help with very much needed “BINS.”
Tinie Evans, on behalf of all G-Moms

The Palmer Park Project
Dear Residents of Scugog
Borelians Community Theatre is writing a new play, and they need your help! Set to premier in February 2019 at Town Hall 1873, and made possible through the Spark the Arts grant, the new comedy will be written by local playwright Graeme Powell and will tell the unique history of Palmer Park.
But here’s the twist! So much has happened in Palmer Park over the years. From its roots as a bustling train station to becoming the beautiful waterfront wonder that it is today, Palmer Park has watched Port Perry change and take shape for at least 150 years!
We have photos and books to help tell the history; but, we think it would be so much better if we could shine the spotlight on your personal story, too!
The Borelians want to hear your Palmer Park memories! Weddings, picnics, festivals, sporting events... maybe you have a family tale that has been passed down through generations? Or perhaps you know a lesser-known fact about the park that never made it into the history books. The Borelians will accept all entries submitted and notify those who are chosen to be dramatized in their new comedy.
Whatever your story might be, visit www.palmerparkproject.ca to share it, or send via email to borelians@gmail.com. You could also type up your story and mail it to:
Palmer Park Project
34A Water Street
Port Perry, Ontario
L9L 1J2

See your memory brought to the stage! Submit your story today!
Kyle Brough, Borelians Community Theatre

Love Bridge?
We are looking for new members

Dear Editor
Scugog Marathon Hospital Bridge Club was formed long ago in Port Perry with a dual purpose, to raise money for our hospital and to play bridge among friends and have fun.
A group of women play a set number of games from September to April and donate a small amount of money each time we play. We just donated $6,000 to Port Perry Hospital Foundation that covers our donations for the past two years. For various reasons, our membership has dropped, but we are still anxious to keep this bridge club going. We are always looking for new members and if you could find a partner to play with you that would be excellent.
Please call Gale Ballard at 905-985-7054 or Catherine Corden 905-985-9412 for more information.
Catherine Cordon

A happy thankful return
Dear Editor
I am writing to offer a huge thank you to some workers at Tim Hortons, store #3159 on Old Simcoe Road in Port Perry. During the Month of May I realized that my Pandora bracelet, lovingly filled with charms from my family, was missing. I was certain it would show up around my house somewhere but unfortunately it did not. Even the thorough searches of the car turned up nothing. Over time I questioned friends and spoke with a few store clerks where I frequently shopped. It seemed that I was going to have to accept the fact that my beautiful bracelet was indeed gone. About two weeks later, we were with friends having coffee at Tim Hortons when I decided to ask if they had a lost and found area in the store. The young lady at the counter asked about the item I was missing and I told her my sad story. She came out to our table and asked me to describe the charms on my bracelet. Moments later that lovely young woman returned to our table and with a huge smile handed me my missing treasure. She told me they had been attempting to find the owner, even sending a message through Facebook.
I am so grateful to the responsible members of the staff who found and took care of my bracelet. I have been back a couple of times to ask names and details but was unable to find any information. So, once again, I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to the fine group of caring, honest people who work at Tim Hortons.
Sincerely,
Georgeen Cochrane

Making a difference with your help
Dear Editor
The recent Tag Days brought the Hospital Auxiliary $9,362 closer to the $105,000 we need to purchase three pieces of equipment on our 2017 hospital wish list.
One of my donors commented about two other recent fundraising efforts by local organizations and here they were again being asked, “to give”. I understand.
But how lucky we are to be blessed with countless volunteers from so many organizations who donate their time to make things better for our families and those we don’t know. They take the “pocket change” which most of us will never miss and direct it to helping others in so many ways.
Our local magazine, newspapers and businesses unfailingly support those organizations over and over again. We volunteers can’t do it without them and without you, the donor.
Together, we do make a BIG difference in someone’s life.
And just a note - pocket change does add up but a “fiver” just makes my heart sing!
Thank you everyone.
Gail Kerry,
The Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry

Field of Dreams
Dear Editor
Field of Dreams (FOD) 2017 took place on June 10th & 11th in Port Perry and was an overwhelming success. FOD is a weekend dedicated to raising funds to support enhancements to our softball diamonds within Port Perry. Our tournament was very well attended with 19 teams coming to play, which is up 7 teams from last year.
Thank you to our sponsors who enabled this to be a phenomenal weekend – Township of Scugog, Crusty’s Pizza, Emmerson Insurance Brokers Limited, Clearwater Pools & Spas, Port Perry Colonel Mustards, Kwik Signs, Mississauga’s of Scugog Island First Nation, Campkins RV Centre and many more local businesses for their donations to the silent auction and prizes. FOD directors would like to thank all the volunteers, sponsors, ball players and attendees that made this a huge success.
Follow us on Facebook for progress updates and diamond improvements so you can see the difference that your support has made.
For more information or to volunteer at FOD 2018, please email ppfieldofdreams@gmail.com. Batter UP!.
Sincerely,
Tim Myers, FOD Board of Directors

3rd Annual Jamie’s Dream Gala
Dear Editor
Everyone at Community Living Durham North continues to be overwhelmed by the ongoing generosity of this community. On June 1st, we hosted our 3rd annual Jamie’s Dream Gala. Along with this, we are very excited to be celebrating 50 years of supporting people with intellectual disabilities in the communities of Scugog, Uxbridge and Brock. The Gala was a huge success! We were very fortunate to showcase the talents of the Port Perry High School’s Culinary Arts Program as they catered the event. We are deeply thankful for our event sponsors; Vos’ Independent Grocer, Homestead Furniture & Appliances, Pharmacy Associates of Port Perry, McDonald’s Port Perry, State Farm Insurance and the Durham Region Police Services Board. Without the generous contributions of our sponsors and all the merchandise graciously donated by local businesses for our silent and live auction, the event wouldn’t have been possible.
The funds generated from this event are used to keep the late Jamie Ross’s legacy alive. Jamie was a very giving man who anonymously ensured people receiving support from our organization had what they needed to make their dreams come true. This enables these people to experience an increased quality of life and in many cases assists them to become valuable contributing members of their community. To date, we have raised over $74,000, this is incredible! We are definitely changing lives!
It goes without saying, another huge contributing factor to the evenings success is the incredible auctioneering of Gary Hill Auctions and his team. They are integral to ensuring the night runs smoothly and definitely navigate the live auction and sales transactions very efficiently. Gary’s humour and skill adds to the evening’s entertainment as well.
I’ll end by simply saying….without the support and generosity of this community, we would not be able to help people experience life altering opportunities, we cannot thank you enough and, we look forward to seeing you again next year at our 4th Annual Jamie’s Dream Gala!
Sincerely,
Tracy McGarry, Gala Committee Chair


Everyone Helping Rotary, Helps Scugog
Dear Editor
The Rotary Club of Port Perry would like to thank everyone for their support of this year’s Spring Gala, held on Saturday April 29. Through your generous support along with those of our outstanding community, the event was a great success.
During the evening, it was announced that a site in Port Perry has been purchased for the new Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham. The former Immaculate Conception Catholic School will be transformed into the region’s first residential end-of-life facility.
The gala raised over $38,000, which will enable the club to meet its commitment of $100,000 to the project over the next year. The club has also made an additional pledge of $50,000.
The next big event for the club is the 2nd Annual Rotary Rib Fest to be held in Palmer Park on August 4, 5 and 6. Hope to see you there.
Once again, thank you.
Jim Brady, President,
Rotary Club of Port Perry
Joanne Fowler,
Rotary Spring Gala Chairperson

 

JUNE 2017

Hello Port Perry
Dear Editor
I am introducing two busloads of retired women teachers to our beautiful and exciting town on Wednesday June 7th. They will be arriving in time for lunch around 12:30 p.m. and will be on their way back to Ajax Convention Centre by 3:30 p.m.
I would appreciate any ideas from you on how to find your shop or restaurant and not overwhelm your staff.
Some may want to eat immediately and others later. I am feeding them a large breakfast followed by a coffee break so they shouldn't be starving.
Some may have mobility issues while others may want to tour your historic building.
Some may be looking for a place to sit down and everyone will need a washroom at some point.
I would love to make sure everyone has a great afternoon and ask if you have any ideas to share with the ladies, if you could do it before I turn them loose.
I am looking for maps, historic information, special deals and an accessibility guide.
Later that day at the ACC Shona Stone will pipe in the head table, Bill McKee will deliver a cry and Irwin Smith will entertain them. The following day, Bobbie Drew will bring greetings to the convention on behalf of Chair Roger Anderson.
Thank you for your assistance in making this day and this convention a huge success for us all.
Almost half of the convention chose this excursion. Congratulations Port Perry!
Best Regards, Judy Anderson, Co-Convenor of
Retired Women Teachers of Ontario Convention 2017
905-985-4257
ukeladyjudy@gmail.com


Watch for turtle crossings
Dear Editor
Our Scugog community has a wonderful wetland full of new life and colour. There aren't many of these valuable wetlands left in Southern Ontario which provide a large habitat to support the turtles and many other species.
In late May and early June turtles leave the safety of the wetland in search of a good spot to lay their eggs. Female snapping turtles return to their hatching site to lay their first clutch of eggs when they have reached 15 - 20 years of age. Snapping turtles lay 30-40 ping pong sized eggs which takes about an hour. She lays her clutch of eggs, covers them and heads back into the wetland, leaving the sun and warm ground to incubate the eggs. Without her protection, many eggs are eaten. In early fall, young hatchlings are preyed upon or driven over before they have completed their journey to the safety of the wetland.
Unfortunately, the ideal egg laying spot is along the gravel shoulders of the roads that run through the wetland. The Nonquon OEE Centre has posted several turtle crossing signs warning people to slow down. Snapping turtles are now listed as a Species of Special Concern in Ontario. The turtles are an important and integral part of the wetland ecosystem and food web.
The next time you are driving through the wetland, please keep this in mind, slow down to let the turtles cross the road safely, and help keep our fragile wetland ecosystems intact for future generations.
Sandra Churchill,
Nonquon Outdoor Environmental Education

Thanks for your support!
Dear Editor
A huge thank you to our friends and neighbours who live, work, play, go to school and worship in Scugog Township for so generously supporting Operation Scugog Food Bank throughout the year.
A very special thank you for the weekly support from Hank's Pastries and for the continued support from Vos Independent Grocer, Food Basics, Foodland and White Feather Farms. Due to this outstanding community support, your food bank is able to provide an exemplary service throughout the community.
A huge thank you as well to the dedicated volunteers who give so generously of their time and caring.
Chris Cook, Chairperson
on behalf of the Trustees of Operation Scugog Food Bank

Join us at the Durham Walk for ALS
Dear Editor
My name is Heather Beacock and I am the walk coordinator for the Durham Walk for ALS. Our 11th annual walk takes place Saturday June 17 at the Port Perry fairgrounds.
I got involved with the ALS Society 13 years ago when my Dad was diagnosed with ALS. It is a neurodegenerative disease where the nerve cells that control your muscles die leading to loss of mobility, loss of speech and eventually impact the ability to breathe. When someone in your family is diagnosed with ALS it is a disease that affects the whole family. That is why the ALS walks in Ontario form teams to come and walk, as it is a team of people that helps support and care for the person who has been diagnosed with ALS.
The Durham Walk for ALS last year raised $83 491. Sixty percent of the proceeds raised goes to Durham clients to support them while living with ALS and the other 40% goes towards finding a cure. I have hope that if we keep raising money and awareness for ALS there will one day be a cure for this awful disease.
For more information visit www.walkforals.ca or contact me at: heathermoore4@hotmail.com or call
905-809-4091.
Sincerely, Heather Beacock

 

MAY 2017

Thanks for your support!
Dear Editor
The Port Perry Hospital Auxiliary would like to thank the community for its never-ending generous support. With your contributions, this is what we have accomplished; December 2016, we completed our $350,000 pledge to support the renovations to patient rooms and we did it in two years instead of three!
We are now contributing $105,000 to Lakeridge Health to purchase three items for Port Perry; coagulations analyzers, a floor lift and a KCI VAC (an important treatment option for complex wounds). These have all been identified as having top priority for our hospital.
We couldn’t do it without your help!
Diane Martin
on behalf of the Port Perry Hospital Auxiliary

 

APRIL 2017

Sincere thanks
Dear Editor
The family of Ruth Paterson express their deep gratitude to Dr. Armstrong, the palliative team of Linda Dunford RPN, Dr. Boardman and Dr. Schurter, and the wonderful staff of West Shore Retirement Home here in Port Perry. With competence and genuine caring, they helped our mother through her illness and final days. We are grateful that Mom was able to remain at West Shore, her home for the past five years. The compassion and care of all the staff was truly remarkable and constantly with her until her peaceful passing on January 25th, 2017.
Paul, Angela, Michael and Tricia Wakeford

Seeking Women’s Institute members
Dear Editor
On Wednesday May 10th at the Scugog Community Centre, Durham Farm Connections and the four remaining Women’s Institutes in Durham Region are hosting an Alumni Tea for former members of this prestigious agricultural women’s organization. We need the public’s help in finding former members and hope your readers can assist.
Durham Region was home to the 2nd WI formed in Canada in 1897 and at one time had over 34 local organizations. These women gave so much back to the community over their years of operation including scholarships and bursaries to our high schools, donations to the music programs, significant world war contributions in both wars and on a national level, the advocacy for the pasteurization of milk, painting of white lines on provincial highways, mandatory stopping for school buses, clear markings on poison containers and many other initiatives which improved the living conditions for our families and our communities.
In this Canada’s 150th anniversary as we look back at our agricultural heritage it is time to say thank you to all those members and former members who contributed so much in their own quiet way. If you know of anyone who was a Women’s Institute Member please let us know so we can send them an invitation and hopefully have them attend. Their family and friends are welcome as well. My email is marilyn.pearce@sympatico.ca or call 905-985-9250.
Hope you can help.
Marilyn Pearce, Port Perry

Firefighters’ dance a success
Dear Editor
On Saturday, February 11th, the Port Perry Firefighters’ Association held its Valentine’s Dance fundraiser at the Scugog Community Centre. The PPFA would like to thank a number of community members and businesses, which made our Valentine’s, Dance the success that it was.
The Township of Scugog contributed a portion of the Community Centre use fee through their Community Grant Fund program.
Dominoes Pizza donated more than enough pizza to feed all in attendance.
Vos’ Independent Grocer made a contribution towards soft drinks, ice and munchies.
W.B. White Insurance donated full coverage for the event.
Canadian Tire, Devil’s Den Golf Center, Chris McAuley, TSO Teamwear, Ontario ICF Supply and Therapeutic Grace donated raffle and door prizes.
As with any event a great deal of work went into planning and execution of this dance. Special thanks to the ladies who looked after those aspects - our wives, girlfriends and even community members unrelated to PPFA members.
Last but most importantly, a thank you to all of the people who attended the dance, enjoyed the evening with us and contributed their personal funds to help our various causes. Proceeds from this event will allow the Port Perry Firefighters’ Association to look forward to another year of giving back to numerous local organizations and charities, a tradition that our Association has been proud of since 1978.
Anticipate our Valentine’s Dance in the spring of 2018 and look for us at local events between now and then!
Cam Arnold, Vice President and Mike Waller, President,
Port Perry Firefighters’ Association

A ‘shout out’ of thanks!
Dear neighbours, friends and family,
The African dinner fundraiser raised an incredible $1200. on February 11, in support of my upcoming pilgrimage to Kenya. Thank you to MaryAnn at the Focus for the promotional article in the February issue and to everyone who purchased tickets.
I’d like to express my sincerest thanks and appreciation to all who made the African dinner fundraiser such a success. A big shout out to Tinie Evans and the Port Perry G-Moms whose wisdom, and expertise in the kitchen were invaluable in pulling together this large dinner. Thank you to my Port Perry & Prince Albert United Church family who has supported me emotionally, prayerfully and financially since I announced I had been selected to participate in this pilgrimage. Many congregation members young and young at heart helped with the African dinner by donating desserts, assisting with food prep as sous chefs, setting up, serving and cleaning up. To our ministers Elaine, Don and church administrator Nancy.....thank you.....thank you....thank you for all you do! Thanks Bonnie and Eric for quietly working so hard to keep our Church clean.
Special thanks to RH Cornish drumming group under the leadership of Suzanne Guimont-Garriock, who entertained and uplifted us with their African drumming. It was a wonderful way to kick off the evening. Thanks also to the enthusiastic Kids for Kids Group from RH Cornish who served and assisted with clean up. It was great to have you with us!
We are truly blessed to have such a high level of musical talent at Port Perry United Church. Thank you Joan for coordinating the musical entertainment. Our junior choir under the direction of Julie with accompaniment by LeeAnn for singing a couple of delightful African tunes which we thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you ladies for nurturing the love of music in this young group! Thanks also to youth sound technicians Ben and Luke.....the volume was perfect!
Sincerely hoping I have not missed thanking anyone; if I have, my apologies. God bless you/Mungu Akubariki.
With a grateful heart, Jill Bates

 

MARCH 2017

Thumbs Up to our local restaurant - Sweet Maple
Dear Editor
We arrived starving just before closing and were greeted with a warm smile by Sasha, who took care of us personally despite only a few minutes before closing time. Then we had a lovely meal prepared by AJ – we’ve been many times and always the same thing….lovely atmosphere and people, and great food. We have never had a bad meal here.
Let’s keep this friendly little business busier so they stick around for a long time to come.
Bev Giglio, Port Perry

Soup for Thought
Dear Editor
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those Focus readers and Scugog citizens who attended the 5th Annual DCAF Soup for Thought event last month. The event was a success due in large part to our main sponsor, Vos’ Independent and our 9 participants who go above and beyond to bring together such diverse and delicious fare each year.
Special thanks go out, as well, to our judges, Bobbie Drew, Andrea Neufeld and Annie Gray, who awarded their choice to Willowtree Farm (Who knew beets could taste that good, huh?). Mostly, though, I want to thank our attendees who show up to pick a bowl, taste the soups and, as an added bonus, help make the dream of a post secondary education possible for a youth in foster care. Incredible. This year, we have $7,245 to add to the pot. It means a lot.
Sincerely,
Laura Francis and Jocelyne Boissonneault
Soup for Thought Co-Chairs

FEBRUARY 2017

Best medical staff in Ontario
Dear Editor
In the early hours of January 7, I had a medical emergency at Port Perry Hospital. The nurses and doctor on call were without doubt, the best I have ever seen.
Their caring and respect were unbelievable. I hope the people of Scugog Township and surrounding communities are aware that we have the best medical staff in Ontario. I was back home within an hour and a half. Thank you gang, you’re the best!
I sure hope the Wynne government doesn’t get hold of this, as they have a tendency to make good things bad.
Don Orr, Port Perry

 

JANUARY 2017

Thanks for the largest village ever!
Dear Editor
What a great response we had for our annual Animated Bakersville Gingerbread Display at the library during the Holiday Season!
Thank you to everyone who participated by making a creation – it was a huge success. There were over 65 wonderful entries of varying styles and skills and once assembled into a town, the moving parts of the train, and animation including the skating rink, hockey players and snow boarders, brought it to life. It was great to see so many individual entries as well as those from a local Beaver group, various schools and businesses; it was our largest village ever!
This village wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful support of our library’s administration and its staff. We greatly appreciate the financial support that we have received from The Bagwaating Community Association and Vos’ Independent Grocer this year as well as all of our past sponsors.
Thanks again to Master Engineer Alan Locke and conductor Neil Bradley, who kept the village train on its track, Alana Andrews for printing and Mag Brown for distributing our flyers. Brianne Mercer is our fabulous social media queen and publicist – again, great work!
Our local press were wonderful with all of the support, printing our releases in a timely matter in our community newspapers.
We were desperate for ongoing storage for all of our accessories associated with the village. Thank you to the Hvidsten family who has offered space for us within the Scugog Focus building.
Thanks also to our patient families who never mentioned how many dinners were late because of our pre-occupation with everything gingerbread.
We are looking to expand our gingerbread committee. If anyone with a creative flair would like to join us, we would love to hear from you! Please call Tracy if interested 905-985-7030.
Next year will be Canada’s 150th Birthday, and what better way to celebrate than to celebrate Canada in gingerbread. Start thinking of what Canada means to you – what landmarks, celebrations, and culture are important. Keep in mind that we do have limited space, so please don’t make the bases too large.
We are eager to see what this community can come up with! This is a community event made by and for the community – so it’s never too late to start baking!
“The Village People”
Sue Bradley, Tracy Pastic, Kathy Payne-Mercer,
Terry Glenn, Carolyn Humphrey and Cathryn Hall.

Caring community thanked
Dear Editor
I would like to acknowledge the good-hearted citizens who assisted me after a recent fall (December 13) in downtown Port Perry.
To Sharon Oak who called and stayed with me until the ambulance arrived, to the kind others who graciously covered me with their coats, to the young mother who covered me with her baby’s blanket and Meta4 for the warm blanket.
We are so fortunate to live in such a caring community.
Thank you to all involved for being so kind and compassionate.
Sincerely,
Donna Schewaga

Firefighter’s Christmas party fun
Dear Editor
On Sunday December 4th the Port Perry Firefighters’ Association held its Children’s Christmas party. The weather was perfect for our visit to the tree farm for the selection and cutting of the kids’ choice of tree. Decorating our tree showcased the creativity of our children who were then treated to a visit from Santa, arriving to the party in true firefighter fashion.
The PPFA would like to thank a number of community members and businesses, which made our Kids Christmas, party the success that it was.
The Eastview Tree Farm allowed us use of their beautiful property and donated a very nice Colorado blue spruce tree for use as a centerpiece for the party. Thanks to Paul Arsenault who owns the farm and to Randy, Christine and Mason Arsenault for the guided tour on the quest for our tree.
Dominoes Pizza provided the fuel for our little tree-trimmers.
Andrew Johnston held the position of honour, arriving with a big bag of gifts for the kids.
Scugog Fire Department Chief Richard Miller and Deputy Chief Mark Berney allowed us use of Scugog Station #1 to host the tree trimming and gift giving portion of the event.
I am pleased that we have been able to bring back this Association tradition for the kids. The Port Perry Firefighters’ Association looks forward to another year of giving back to various community groups, contributions that we have been proud to make since 1978.
Cam Arnold, Vice President and Mike Waller, President, Port Perry Firefighters’ Association

G-Moms Making a Difference!
This time moving to the music!
Dear Editor
To all of our wonderful supporters out there.....here is a little something to bring a smile to your face in this grand new year. Well it might actually make you laugh uproariously but it will also make you very aware of the strong group of Canadian Women who work to help the Grannies and Orphans in Sub Sahara Africa.
Please visit http://www.grandmotherscampaign.org/flashmob. Feel free to share it with family and friends.
This group of women have raised over $25 million to date and we stress that 90% of every dollar raised is guaranteed to go directly to the projects. Grannies are empowered to become self-sufficient, kids get nutritious food and get to go to school. These are the things that will make a difference.
Tinie Evans
on behalf of G-Moms of Port Perry

Appeal to Durham Transportation
Dear Editor
How does a 40-minute walk sound four times a day with a 2, a 4 and a 6-year-old in this weather? How about if it could be replaced for no extra cost with just stepping out the door instead? To most of us, this is a no-brainer. Not so to the Durham Student Transportation Services.
The DSTS picked a community stop for our street. However, my kids are the only ones taking the school bus here and it drives right by our house. They attend two different schools, so we go to the stop four times a day. That is over 2.5 hours every single school day!
DSTS’s reasoning is “what if someone moves into one of the other houses and wants to take the same bus”? My logic would dictate to reassess the situation if that ever happens.
I appealed to several levels within the DSTS and above, with no success. Unless there is a safety reason, there would be no change. So it is their official policy to not care about the families and their lives. The fact that our street has no sidewalk or shoulder and I’m walking right where the cars go with my three kids on a steep, often icy road is not enough of a safety reason for them.
The lady in charge told me there were “lots of other families” in the same situation. I think that is all the more reason I should keep pressing this issue, and I promise I will go to all levels, including appealing every single year for the next 14 years at all levels of the DSTS, the school board, our MP and whatever other ways I can find so that the senseless, bureaucratic approach of the DSTS could finally change towards our families.
Viktoria Brown

Second chance to attend symposium
Dear Editor
The Scugog Housing Advisory Committee would like to thank Focus on Scugog for the excellent coverage of the second annual Housing Symposium held on Saturday October 22. We would also like to thank the many Scugog citizens who contributed to the discussion about the Draft Housing Plan that the committee will finalize and present to the council early in the New Year.
We had an excellent turnout of “more mature” Scugog residents, but we are also very interested in hearing from the under 40 crowd regarding their needs for affordable and suitable housing. Therefore we are holding a second event to present the Draft Plan on Wednesday January 18 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Old Flame Brewing Co., 135 Perry St., Port Perry.
Early RSVP confirmation of individuals between 18 and 39 will result in an Old Flame “surprise”, which will be donated by a local resident, to the first 40 callers.
To RSVP please contact Lindsay Burnett by telephone at 905 985 7346 x 120. ID will be checked to validate age, however, anyone who wishes to attend will be welcome at the presentation.
Thank you again to the editor and staff of Focus on Scugog for your continuing support of the Scugog community. You do a great job!
Martha Casson
Chair, Scugog Housing Advisory Committee

Gift Giving Program a success
Dear Editor
On behalf of “The Community Gift Giving Program” we would like to send out a big heartfelt thank you for your generosity and support once again this year. You have helped make it possible to spread Christmas cheer to all the residents at Port Perry Place. This would not be possible without the support of our wonderful community.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2017, filled with happiness and good health.!
Sincerely,
Joan Elliott and Jillian Howsam

 

DECEMBER 2016

Thanks for the memories
Dear Editor
Thank you for the article regarding the young Norwegian Serviceman in your November 2016 issue. My home was in the general area and we often watched the planes flying over our little town. I am probably mistaken but I think in the little town of Emsdale there was a landing strip and some of the planes would practice landing and taking off.
As a high school student at Huntsville High we often saw the men in town. But, one of my best memories was going to watch the men who were ski jumping. Many came from areas near – i.e. Haliburton – to watch these men perform. It was a sad day when the jump was torn down. The jump could be seen from Highway 11 when driving north. You brought back many memories.
Thank you again!
Peggy Sochasky

Second chance to attend symposium
Dear Editor
The Scugog Housing Advisory Committee would like to thank Focus on Scugog for the excellent coverage of the second annual Housing Symposium held on Saturday October 22. We would also like to thank the many Scugog citizens who contributed to the discussion about the Draft Housing Plan that the committee will finalize and present to the council early in the New Year.
We had an excellent turnout of “more mature” Scugog residents, but we are also very interested in hearing from the under 40 crowd regarding their needs for affordable and suitable housing. Therefore we are holding a second event to present the Draft Plan on Wednesday January 18, 2017 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Old Flame Brewing Co., 135 Perry St., Port Perry.
Early RSVP confirmation of individuals between 18 and 39 will result in an Old Flame “surprise”, which will be donated by a local resident, to the first 40 callers.
To RSVP please contact Lindsay Burnett by telephone at 905 985 7346 x 120. ID will be checked to validate age. However anyone who wishes to attend will be welcome at the presentation.
Thank you again to the editor and staff of Focus on Scugog for your continuing support of the Scugog community. You do a great job!
Martha Casson
Chair, Scugog Housing Advisory Committee

African dinner
Dear Editor
It is with a very happy heart that I write this thank you letter to our amazing community. Time and time again we read in our media that Port Perry and its surrounding community has again supported a fundraising event. How long can this generosity of time, energy and financial resources continue?
However, it seems that the people of Scugog truly make the world a better place.
The G-Moms of Port Perry hosted an African dinner on November 9th at the Port Perry Villa.
I shall list the support given to us :
1. Royal Le Page and Coldwell Banker sold tickets for us.
2. Port Perry Villa provided the venue, cleaned up and did the dishes.
3. Focus on Scugug, Port Perry Star and Scugog Standard all advertised for us.
4. Port Perry United Church donated the working kitchen for food preparation.
5. S. A. Cawker staff and parents somehow transported over 40 students from the junior choir to come and entertain us with uplifting songs.
The G-Moms made authentic African dishes that were thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. Four organized and energetic students under the guidance of a super mom handled serving and clearing. We could not have done it without them.
Yes, we continue to raise funds for the Grannies in Africa who are parenting over 17 million orphans. It is imperative that everyone is aware that 90% of all monies raised by us goes directly to the projects in Africa in order to feed, clothe and educate the children. Grannies continue to be empowered and often start great income generating projects.
We raised well over $2,500 while celebrating great things with our community.
We invite you to save the date for the “Gala on the Greens”, Saturday May 13 at Royal Ashburn Golf Club. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Michael de Gagne who is the President of Nipissing University. He has received the Order of Canada, the Province as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was the Founding Executive Director of “A Healing Foundation”. He brings a wealth of knowledge as he addresses a most important social concern of our country today: “ Reconciliation.” Thanks to Gord Downie, the story of Chanie Wenjak has made all of us aware of the situation facing our Aboriginal People.
Google our website: www.gmomsportperry.com for more information.
Tinie Evans on behalf of the G-Moms

Volunteers on the way
Dear Editor
Thank you for running the hospital article “Where have all the Volunteers Gone?”, in the November 2016 issue. It’s amazing what happens when you ask for help and a community responds by picking up the phone to say, “yes I can.”
Since publication, we heard from people who want to give back after someone they know spent a lengthy stay in the hospital and they saw firsthand what a difference the volunteers make. Others say they didn’t know we needed help and would happily spend an hour volunteering for their local hospital.
By helping us shake the tree, a spark ignited in the dormant volunteers to fill some of our empty spots. The Hospital Auxiliary could not have done this without your help.
Today, as we circulate the Focus amongst hospital patients and their families, your help continues to find our future volunteers. Please know our volunteers walk a little taller with the understanding help is on the way.
It wasn’t until someone tried to contact Linda by email that I noticed my error.
The correct contact information is: Linda Romano, romanoln@sympatico.ca or 905-985-0220.
On behalf of all the Port Perry hospital volunteers, thank you for your ongoing support.
Sandra Spiers, Volunteer

A thumbs for a thumbs
Dear Editor
In response to the “Thumbs Down” to the construction crew completing the work on highway 7A that caused orange and black barrels to be left all summer for everyone to see - featured in the November issue…..
I would like to offer a “Thumbs Up” to all the members of the construction crews who spent their entire summer working during night time hours only on this job. They did this so as not to disrupt traffic flow to our local businesses during daytime business hours or to create further congestion during cottage commuter season on an already too busy highway through town. I can imagine the challenges of completing all this work during night time hours only, and would instead like to show some appreciation to these guys and gals for missing out on spending their warm summer evenings at home with their families having a BBQ or enjoying a cold beverage as many of us may have been during this past beautiful summer.
Construction can be frustrating for everyone, but we should remember the folks who are doing the work day and night are not the ones deciding how, when or what work gets done!
Thank you!
Kristi VanKessel

 

NOVEMBER 2016

Terry’s dream continues
Terry Fox …..
“Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue.
It’s got to keep going without me.”

Dear Editor
Together 457 participants raised $34,373.71 – amazing!
The Terry’s Team Members, also known as the red shirt brigade, are individuals from our community who have a personal diagnosis of cancer and are at different stages of their diagnosis, treatment and recovery. All participate to show that cancer research works and to give hope to others who are living with cancer. Many individuals who are part of Terry’s Team want you to know that they are long time cancer surviviors, as member Ann shouted out ….. I am a cancer survivor! Another person told me that next year will be the 20th anniversary of his diagnosis and recovery.
What an amazing run we had in Port Perry, with hundreds of people involved as participants, volunteers and sponsors. To the seventy volunteers, we couldn’t manage without your help. We are so fortunate to have local sponsors who provide financial, service or product donations giving the organizing committee the resources to provide water along the route, a complimentary barbecue, signage and a stage area, etc. – thank you!
To the hundreds of participants who gave personal donations along with the hundreds more who sponsored a participant – thank you for continuing Terry’s dream to find a cures for all cancers.
Working Together to Outrun Cancer
Elizabeth McArthur
Event Organizer

Thank you Marwan
Dear Editor
We had overseas visitors over the Thanksgiving weekend. After enjoying a fabulous meal at Marwan’s Global Bistro on the Sunday, our guests realized on their way to the airport the following morning that their wallet was missing. I reached out to Marwan’s by email on Monday as their restaurant was closed. To my surprise, Marwan shortly thereafter responded and took time out of his day off to go to the restaurant in search of it. Thank-you so much for your kindness.
Great food and great people. Another reason to love Port Perry.
Heidi McKitterick

p.s. The wallet was eventually located.

Fun Day FUN!
Dear Editor
It is amazing how wonderful and caring Port Perry and all of Scugog has been to Scugog Island’s Sunrise Beach for all these years. We can never say THANK YOU enough to the endless list of special individuals and businesses whose generosity truly made our August annual Fun Day such a success.
Once again, thank you so much, everyone, for helping make our Fun Day FUN! You are the best!!!!!
Linda L. Brown (Brownie)
Sunrise Beach Association

Together, we make a difference
Dear Editor
My sincere THANK YOU to the community of North Durham for making WINDING ROADS, in celebration of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham’s 40th Anniversary a great success. I am proud to say I live in such a caring and generous community.
A very special thank you to Chris Everly, (WISP) for being our title sponsor, without your financial support this would not have been possible.
A huge shout out to our event sponsors whether it was financial support, in-kind donations, donation of products or services, you all played a very important part.
To the many volunteers, thank you for your countless hours of hard work, you made this evening run smoothly and your help was very much appreciated.
A year of dedication, commitment and hard work from Dorie McDonald (Sunnybrae Golf Club), Jason Jarvis (Big Screen Rentals) and Terry Vos (Vos’ Independent Grocer) allowed WINDING ROADS to come to fruition. I will always be grateful to you.
Without ongoing core funding, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham must depend on these special events and the generosity of our community throughout the year to continue to provide mentoring programs to the over 280 children we serve.
All of our mentoring programs strive to increase a child’s self-esteem, confidence and social skills. It is not a ‘nice to have’, it is a ‘must have’, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for celebrating 40 years of mentoring; together we are making a difference in the lives of the children in our community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham have children waiting for a special friend; please think about volunteering with us today. Our mentoring programs take as little as one hour of your time per week.
Margaret Ayres,
Executive Director

Generosity truly appreciated
Dear Editor
The Scugog Lake Stewards were honoured by the Baagwating Community Association who presented to us one of their final gifts to this community on September 15. The Baagwating Community Association has for two decades, been extraordinarily generous to Scugog and beyond. Their Board has been keenly aware of the importance of community services (welfare, health, arts, learning, environment) and has enabled many programs to grow to meet community needs. The Scugog Lake Stewards are especially appreciative of the strong and sensitive leadership provided by Chairman (and former Chief) Gary Edgar.
While the Baagwating Community Association has been discontinued along with the signing of a new agreement between the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG), we are heartened and moved by the MSIFN’s decision, made by Chief and Council, to continue the practice of charitable giving. We thank you for your generosity and for caring so deeply about the health of our lake.
Barbara Karthein, Bill Eull
Scugog Lake Stewards Inc.
www.scugoglakestewards.com

Community gift giving
Dear Editor
Once again Joan Elliott and myself, who are Independent Sales Consultants with Mary Kay Cosmetics, are participating in the “Community Gift Giving” program in partnership with Port Perry Place LTC Home.
The program works like this: We have adopted the Community Nursing Home and along with your support, will provide each resident with a Christmas gift. Each gift will be a memorable gift that will be wrapped in a beautiful Christmas bag with a card attached from you. The cost of each gift is $20.00.
Please join us in this wonderful program to aid in ensuring that each resident at Port Perry Place LTC Home, will have a gift to open this festive season.
Cheques can be made out to “Community Gift Giving Program” or us. We will issue a receipt that can be used for advertising and promotion. All gifts will be delivered prior to Christmas to the residents.
Thank you for helping to make this a bright, merry Christmas for the residents, some of who do not have any loving families.
Joan Elliott, 905-728-4220
Jillian Howsam, 905-985-2253
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Bee die-off clarified
Dear Editor
Thanks for the interesting article on John Todd and his beekeeping in the Ocotber 2016 issue of Focus.
I would like to point out an error in the article, however. Laura Francis states that “...the day I visited, the news was inundated with a report of a bee die-off that had occurred in the US after crops had been sprayed for the Zika virus.” Yes, there had been a large die-off of bees, but the spraying had been done in cities to kill mosquitos that may potentially have been carriers of Zika. Cities were sprayed, not crops.
Thank you,
Ivan and Brenda DeJong, Nestleton

Editors note:
Laura referenced this article that states that more than two million bees were affected. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/us/south-carolina-pesticide-kills-bees.html

Community Care Durham still smiling
Dear Editor
The results are in! This year, the participating Durham Region Tim Hortons restaurants raised $134,079 during the Smile Cookie campaign for Community Care Durham and our clients.
On behalf of Community Care Durham, I would
like to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to this success. The overwhelming generosity from across the Region will
go towards assisting more than 12,000 individuals.
Our services include support for activities of daily living, health, nutrition, transportation, and personal safety and caregiver respite. We also provide mental health group support services and assisted living throughout Durham.
The services Community Care Durham provides help people avoid hospital admissions and emergency department visits. We can also help people when they are discharged from hospital, assisting in their successful transition home.
Your generosity during the Smile Cookie campaign will make a difference in many peoples lives. Thank you to the participating Durham Region Tim Hortons for their support, and thank you to everyone who contributed to making this year’s Smile Cookie campaign such a great success!
Brent Farr
Executive Director, Community Care Durham