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MARCH 2019

THUMBS DOWN - a reader wrote, to all anglers catching pickerel when it's a permanently closed fishery. The Ministry of Natural Resources has closed this species for a reason and nothing is being done to stop the poaching. Save our fish and our lake! (Sadly, I personally have witnessed this far too many times).

THUMBS UP - to the Bill Lishman Memorial Committee looking to raise funds to create a memorial sculpture in honour of Bill, who passed away last year. Artist, filmmaker and inventor, Bill helped raise awareness on a number of environmental issues and also put Perry on the global map. The hope is that this commemorative sculpture can be erected on the waterfront for everyone to enjoy now and in the future.

THUMBS DOWN - to the shouting senior man on a suicide mission that was hiding around a blind corner in the centre of a clearly marked snowmobile trail.

THUMBS DOWN - to some very impatient drivers in town this winter season. A resident mentioned that with slippery, snowy and icy conditions, people who are trying to cross the street at a cross walk, unfortunately are not able to walk as fast as normal from one side to the other. On numerous occasions, I have experienced or witnessed drivers blowing their horns at people. I wish everyone would be more patient and considerate.

THUMBS UP - Kudos to the snowplow driver who clears our streets after a heavy snow fall. As he approaches each driveway, he raises the blade until he has passed to the next house. All the way down our street nobody has a windrow of heavy snow at the end of their driveway that they must clear themselves. Everybody who has ever cleared snow knows how heavy those piles of partially melted snow are to clear. Thanks Mr. Plow Driver!



THUMBS UP - to Dana Smith of Dana's Goldsmithing for the beautifully designed snowflake ornament that raised $6,635 for the Port Perry Hospital Foundation this past Christmas. Grand total of $75,000 since inception eighteen years ago! WOW! 

THUMBS UP - to Port Perry Canadian Tire for donating a beautiful Christmas tree to the New Life Centre at the Port Perry Hospital. Our tree could not be found after the fire. The tree was beautiful and enjoyed by our new parents, big brothers and big sisters and the staff that worked over the holidays! Thanks for your generosity. 

THUMBS UP - to the lovely lady from Piano Café (Tami) who took the time just before Christmas to give each of the cashiers at Food Basics a much-appreciated hug and to the couple who paid for a lady's grocery order on December 22. Nice to see and experience these random acts of kindness and gestures.

THUMBS UP - to Santa outside the post office this year. His lovely demeanor with the children was exceptional and real - it was a treat for all to hear his voice and 'ho, ho, ho's'. He brought the spirit of the season to my two grandsons, who were in awe as they talked to him about hockey, school and of course, what they wished for under the tree. Let's hope this Santa comes back every year! A grateful GG. 

THUMBS DOWN - a reader sent in a thumbs down to an electrician's billboard sign on the side of the road and although they have a good sense of humour, felt that it was offensive. Hard not to disagree. 

Publishers note: It may seem that Christmas was so long ago and it was, but our January deadline was as well. Therefore, some of these submissions came in after the deadline and we feel that they should be recognized.



THUMBS UP - to the McKay guys, Jordan and Alex of Willowtree Farm. They were chosen as National Winners from seven regional farmers at Canada's Outstanding Young Farmer (OYF) Program's national event held in Winnipeg Manitoba in December 2018. Way to go guys! Watch a future issue of Focus on Scugog for more on this award.

THUMBS UP - to our Port Perry Hospital Auxiliary for the generous donation of over $300,000 to Lakeridge Health! The ladies in the coral smocks sure work hard and exceed at everything they do. We are lucky to have them.

THUMBS UP - and speaking of donations, how about Ron and Nancy Compton? In 2011, they sold Compton Communications and since then have invested over one million back into our community and surrounding area. Thanks Ron and Nancy, Scugog is fortunate to have such wonderful residents.

THUMBS UP - A reader had attended the Santa Claus parade and loved it, but also had a THUMBS DOWN to the pot smell that was continuous. Her high was from watching her grandchildren enjoy the parade and she commented,"this is not a rock concert". Absolutely no reflection on any of the organizers, volunteers or participants, but sad to think this is just the beginning of what is still to come!

THUMBS DOWN - to the prolonged idling of vehicles to warm them up in cold weather. This contributes more damage to our environment and to your vehicle's engine. Think about our individual carbon footprint, it may help to save our planet.

THUMBS UP - to Scugog! Thanks to absolutely everyone who gave to Operation Scugog, i.e. for families in need, toys, food, hoodies and so much more! This community is awesome!



THUMBS UP - on Halloween night our local firefighters in Caesarea drove around in the fire truck handing out red plastic fire hats and colouring books. I think that was a wonderful thing to do, the kids were very excited.

THUMBS DOWN - to those of you who were able to, but did not vote during this past municipal election. Sadly, only about a quarter of the population voted. Next time you want to complain to the Township and/or Region about issues you are not happy with, ask yourself if you have the right to do so if you did not vote.

THUMBS DOWN - to the grave robbers at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Prince Albert. I hope someday you get what you deserve.

THUMBS UP - to the Scugog Remembers committee and all those who volunteered the many countless hours to Armistice on Saturday November 3. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate, but the band played on (Uxbridge Pipes & Drums) and many of the exhibitors did hang in, almost literally, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

THUMBS UP - to the Port Perry Seniors Club for involving seniors, our legion and over 2,000 elementary students in the signing of the Armistice flag for the Silent March held on Remembrance Day, November 11. A historic event!

THUMBS UP - you may have already read the story within these pages, but we feel Medical Associates of Port Perry deserves a huge thumbs up for their recent award, 2018 Family Practice of the Year (General Practice). The award was for exemplary service and commitment to family medicine and the community and we couldn't agree more.


THUMBS UP - to Tim Horton’s Smile Cookie Campaign. The week-long campaign held in September, throughout Durham raised $160,000 for Starlight Children’s Foundation. The top location for funds raised was the Reach and Old Simcoe Sts., here in Port Perry, raising $7,200. Wow! A huge thumbs up to all staff and all of you who supported this cause.

THUMBS DOWN - to the person/persons messing up the brick wall and the garbage dumpster [lewd smut] in the strip plaza at 7A & Carnegie St. Hopefully you will be identified by camera.

THUMBS UP - on behalf of 1st Port Perry Scouting, we would like to acknowledge and thank the community and local storeowners for their support with our annual Apple Day on October 13. Your generous support will help us to continue to open new opportunities and help our youth participate in new mentoring programs.

THUMBS UP - to the 100 Men of Scugog!
As of Tuesday October 2 this year, these fine gentlemen went over the $100,000 mark in funds raised for local charities right here in Scugog. Way to go men and we are sure that all the charities agree!

THUMBS UP - to all those who give generously of their time and their money to remember our vets throughout the poppy campaign this month and during the year.

THUMBS UP - to grilled cheese – and the Piano Café for the grilled cheese contest held mid-October. The success of the contest resulted in over $1,000 raised for the Port Perry Hospital Foundation.

THUMBS UP - right at press time, we wanted to give a shout out to the Scugog Chamber of Commerce for their ‘Business on the Move’ on Friday October 19 from 5 - 8 p.m. and to the Fall Food Fest held at Old Flame Brewing Co., on Sunday October 21 from noon - 6 p.m. Two first time events, both very enjoyable and successful.



THUMBS UP - to Bonnie Cohoon and her helpers for putting on the Tough Udder Obstacle Race at the Port Perry Fair. As one of the participants, I can say that it was well organized and certainly a blast to be part of.
Well done!

THUMBS UP - While on the topic of the Port Perry Fair, we would like to give another thumbs up to the organizers and all volunteers on a very successful 165th fair.

THUMBS DOWN - another reader did want to give a big thumbs down to the fair goers that littered while going to and from the fair on Rosa Street and for trying to take down lawn decorations from residents’ yards. Not cool!

THUMBS DOWN - to the young boy who crossed 7A at noon on Thursday September 13. You had to dodge oncoming traffic and I slowed down to miss hitting you. The crosswalk supervisor was 30 feet away from where you crossed. I admire your independence to walk to and from school but putting your life in peril like you did, doesn’t demonstrate good sense. Your parents and the community want you safe. Parents, please remind your children to use the crosswalks.

THUMBS UP - On Saturday September 8, “Riders”, a local motorcycle group with members from all over Ontario, held their annual charity ride in support of PTSD. PTSD Association of Canada is a not-for-profit organization that exists to help those experiencing
post-traumatic stress disorder. Congratulations “Riders” for raising $6,000 and raising the awareness of this worthy cause.

THUMBS DOWN - to the township. Over a weekend in August my nephew had a ball tournament on the waterfront, in which he played three games. We had to use the restrooms that are located by the south diamond and the tennis courts. They were gross. The floors had puddles everywhere, the hand dryers didn’t work and there were no paper towels available to dry hands or a change table at all. For a town that wants people to visit the lakefront, let’s hope they don’t need to use the restrooms.

THUMBS UP - to Hendrik Weiler, a West Shore Village resident. Hendrik read our September Thumbs column (page 22) and took it upon himself to go and clean up Reflection Park. He filled at least five bags with dead vegetation and could not carry it back to his place, so wondered who he could contact to pick it up.
Thumbs Up Hendrik for a wonderful deed!



THUMBS UP - to our postmaster Heather Garvock and staff who went way out of their way to help you receive our August issue of Focus on Scugog. Believe it or not, they hand bombed all our bundles of 50 (9,500 copies total) from a van on to the loading dock. That was way over the top and we can’t thank you enough.

THUMBS UP - to the Rotary Club for another wonderful Ribfest held in Palmer Park through the July 27-30 weekend. Speaking of the Ribfest, THUMBS UP as well to Hometown Printing for sponsoring the first ever fireworks on Friday evening and lighting up our waterfront.

THUMBS DOWN - to the sorry state of Reflection Park -
once an award-winning Canada Blooms recipient. The garden with plaques from the various Scugog schools is overgrown with a vine completely covering all the generous community-donated plants and shrubs as well as the inspirational messages from the students. This lack of attention is not just from this growing season. You can see the dead vine that covered the plants last season and now it’s happening once again with the new growth from this year. What a shame!

THUMBS UP - to the Durham Regional Police Service for collecting graduation gowns and suits for students who would not otherwise be able to afford them.

THUMBS DOWN - to those that post signs (with or without balloons) for their yard sales, birthday parties, weddings and other events, then neglect to remove them. The helium balloons that usually end up blowing away are dangerous to turtles, fish and birds.
Have some respect for your neighbors who have to pick up your mess and to the turtles, fish and birds that die from ingesting the balloons. If you put it up then take it down when you are done!

THUMBS DOWN - to those who park RVs/boats/etc. on their driveways during the summer months and then spoil our lovely neighbourhoods by parking their cars on the street. Come on, guys! We expect better of Port Perry!

THUMBS UP - to a local window cleaning company, Smart Eco Cleaning Inc., for donating their time and services to clean all windows at our Port Perry Hospital. A pure water cleaning system only, no chemicals were or are ever used. WTG, wonderful gesture!


THUMBS UP - to all those involved in keeping us up to date on our hospital and for the best news ever! It is set to reopen on September 5 to deliver care and treatment. Watch for opening celebrations.

THUMBS UP - While on the subject of the hospital, a huge thumbs up to Brent and Jacqueline Herrington of Herrington’s Quality Butchers. Their For Goodness Steak promotion resulted in a donation of $7,000 in support of the Port Perry Hospital Foundation.

THUMBS UP - to the fabulous Canada Day celebrations and fireworks. Not many towns our size have all day
entertainment for both children and adults, free food donated by local businesses, all topped off by a spectacular fireworks display in the evening. Well-done Scugog.

THUMBS DOWN - to people that bring their dogs to the fireworks. You can see how scared they are. Why traumatize your dog like that? It is also upsetting and disturbing to those sitting around you when the dog is barking and going crazy with fear. Can’t be any fun for you as you are trying to deal with their hysteria. Next year, leave them at home where they feel safe!

THUMBS UP - and thank you to the brave gentleman who stopped his van on Cochrane Street to help a hungry skunk who had gotten a mayonnaise container stuck on it’s head. He managed to free the skunk without getting into the line of fire! I wonder if we should keep the lids on our recycling containers to avoid this from happening to any more hungry critters!

THUMBS UP - Having purchased two chairs that would not fit into our car, a young gal from Manilla offered to deliver them in her vehicle to our residence without even asking where we lived. Your kindness was appreciated and will be remembered. Thank you!


JULY 2018

THUMBS UP - to Erin O’Toole, MP for Durham, for obtaining a unanimous vote in the House of Commons on May 24 to install the Sam Sharpe sculpture. It’s a huge accomplishment for Erin and finally Sam Sharpe’s memory may help light the way out of the darkness for others.

THUMBS UP - to the man who stopped his car to run across Water Street and rescue my dog Bubba on the busy Sunday of the long weekend! (May 20.) The dog got away from me when he saw two dogs on the other side of the street. Thank you so much for caring.

THUMBS DOWN - to the person who stole my purse. I’m a 70-year-old on a fixed income. The money in my purse was for groceries and physiotherapy, and the gift cards were from my grandchildren for me to get new clothing. I hope you needed the money for something good, like food, rent or clothing!

THUMBS UP - A customer of mine (Bill), when finding out he received $10. too much in change, came back to our establishment to return the money. Thank you Bill and to the small town of Port Perry for having so many honest residents.

THUMBS DOWN - to all those who own a house and don’t look after your property – you make your neighbourhoods look like a slum! Where is your pride of ownership?

THUMBS UP - and best of luck to Port Perry High School students Claudia Hickey and Hannah Cohoon. The girls are heading to Rock Springs, Wyoming, to compete in the National High School Finals Rodeo, July 15 -21. Let’s all wish them the best!

THUMBS UP - to the generosity of everyone who filled the Auxiliary tag boxes on June 7 and 8 with $10,470.00. The new moms, their babies and the staff in the hospital are the happy beneficiaries and we’re all winners.


JUNE 2018

THUMBS DOWN - to whoever has been posting terrible signs on mailboxes all around town, encouraging people to discriminate against/euthanize pitbull/pitbull mixes. Any dog can be trained to be aggressive, just like any dog can be a wonderful addition to a family if trained and given the care it deserves. #don’tbullymybreed

THUMBS UP - to two excellent fashion shows, back to back and both for great causes. Community Living Durham North (Sunday May 6) and the Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry (May 7) strutted the latest spring fashions, showcasing many of our local businesses.

THUMBS DOWN - A Water Street resident asks that people slow down and be considerate of our wildlife. A person hit a groundhog (named by residents, Willy) that had crossed Water Street for years and on Monday May 7, hit him and kept right on going! Willy didn’t make it and she and other neighbours are devastated. Please slow down!

THUMBS DOWN - to the terrible condition of many of the newspaper boxes scattered around the town. Many of the boxes have been damaged and are in extremely poor condition, becoming an eyesore to the public. Owners of these boxes should be required to maintain them regularly, replacing those that have become worn out or vandalized.

THUMBS UP - to everyone within our community who continues to give of their time and financially, for all the wonderful causes throughout Scugog. It’s unbelievable!!


MAY 2018

THUMBS UP - I just wanted to say thank you to the staff and researcher of Focus on Scugog, for the hard work they did in putting together 10 women who were ‘first’ to break the glass ceiling in their chosen field. (March 2018). I am very honoured to be one of the ten women picked. Thanks again.

THUMBS DOWN - to motorists who speed on Lakeview Dr., using it as a short cut from Simcoe St., via Carnegie, to Scugog St. This is a residential street and the speed limit is 50kph. Also why are transport trucks, construction trucks, dump trucks and delivery trucks using this street as a shortcut?

THUMBS UP - to our very own grant master, Larry Doble! He has done it again! The Canada Legacy fund is giving the Greenbank Hall $16,500 as part of a $33,000 project to restore Greenbank Hall in preparation for the re-enactment of the first service held at St, Agnes Anglican Church, 150 years ago (September 1868). Way to go Larry!

THUMBS DOWN - to the person/s who dropped the newspaper end roll sitting outside what was once Millar’s Market on Queen St., Port Perry to be picked up! This roll has been sitting for months and although it does have a name on it for pick-up, obviously the person has long left town and left an eyesore behind!

THUMBS UP - What a pleasant surprise. In these days of being unsure what constitutes sexual abuse, it was nice to receive a surprise greeting from a stranger while in line at Walmart. The young woman walked up and gave a warm hug to all of the checkout clerks, and a couple of customers. When I thanked her for the hug, she simply replied, “thank you for accepting it”. The world would be a better place if we could all hug a stranger with no fear of being charged!

THUMBS UP - to the neighbour who was seen collecting discarded beverage cans etc., cast aside over the winter at the north end of Ambleside Drive. This is particularly commendable because the person lives at the opposite end of the street, almost a kilometre away.

THUMBS UP - to the man on Sunvalley who brought out his tractor and plowed our driveway after the ice storm when my sister and I were really struggling.
My family and I are endlessly grateful! We wish you well! Thank you so much!


APRIL 2018

THUMBS UP - to McDonald’s for giving little books by Canadian authors with a Happy Meal. Also to the wonderful Library staff for the monthly movie presentations and bringing in the opera and ballet.The Russian Nutcracker in December was exquisite.

THUMBS UP - to our Canadian Tire for raising a total of $12,230 for Jumpstart, to help local kids participate in organized sports. Way to go Canadian Tire!

THUMBS UP - to the Walmart employee “first aid response team” on the morning of Monday, February 26. The employees who responded to an emergency in the store, responded quickly with confidence and knowledge. They showed great compassion and
exuded amazing calmness and reassurance to a fellow member of our Port Perry community during what I’m sure was a very fearful event. Their teamwork and compassion must be commended.

THUMBS DOWN - to everyone that drives around in poor visibility (fog, rain, snow) with no headlights. There’s a magic button on your dash that turns both head and taillights on so other motorists can see you.

THUMBS UP - to Durham Region’s new Nonquon Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) serving Port Perry in the Township of Scugog, for being named Project of the Year for 2017 by the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) in the Environment, $10 to $50 million category.

THUMBS DOWN - to the people that walk their dogs in Pine Grove Cemetery and allow them to do their business on the graves and headstones. Would you appreciate if it were one of your family’s graves? Please keep your dogs on their leash while in the cemetery and clean up after them!

THUMBS UP - to Brent and Jacqueline of Herrington’s Quality Butchers for helping the hospital through their promotion of New York Strip Loin freezer packs. $20 from each purchase between now and Canada Day is being donated to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation. Thumbs up to all those who buy a freezer pack. The Foundation is very grateful, For Goodness Steak!!


MARCH 2018

THUMBS UP - to the person who found my purse in a buggy at Walmart Port Perry Supercentre in November 2017 and returned it to customer service with wallet and everything intact. I am a little tardy in getting this message to you, but wanted to thank you so much! Wish you and your family the best in 2018.

THUMBS DOWN - to the man in the small black car who ignored the no trespassing signs and illegally entered the property of Borelia Crescent on Monday January 22nd at 3:15 p.m. and deposited his garbage in the apartment dumpster. Would you like someone to dispose of his or her garbage on your property?

THUMBS UP - to two young men from Port Perry High School named Mac and John, who came to the help of this elderly lady after seeing me staring in horror at my very flat left front tire on a bitterly cold morning in January, on Old Simcoe Road. After telling them I would call Roadside Assistance they told me it would take too long, so they efficiently jacked up the car, wriggled underneath to remove the spare tire, then installed it and sent me on my way. It’s encouraging to know we have such kind young men in our town!

THUMBS DOWN - to the increasing number of drivers in the area who do not bother to signal their intentions, also, the drivers who do not bother to stop at stop signs. They just float thru those right hand turns. I guess they feel that they are entitled to act this way.
Whatever happened to the concept of doing the right thing and obeying the law? It is unfortunate that entitlement is rapidly advancing into all aspects of our lives.

THUMBS UP - This is long overdue as it happened at the end of December, but wanted to give a shout out to the two gentlemen that stopped to help me when my vehicle was stuck in a snowy ditch at night (on the Island). I don’t know who they were, but it was a gentleman who drove a range rover and another who went to get his truck. Thank you for helping and getting me out that snowy ditch.

THUMBS UP - to the guy that works at the Esso Mac’s Store on 7A and Simcoe Street. My wallet fell out in the process of leaving the store and I didn’t realize until late the same night. My most heartfelt ‘thank you’ for holding on to it for me!



THUMBS UP - to Port Perry Place, on the presentation of the 2017 Clinical Protocol Excellence Award at the Ontario Long Term Care Association’s convention the end of November 2017. This award is given to a person, home or organization that has demonstrated the ability to champion the implementation of the OLTCA’s best clinical protocols.

THUMBS DOWN - to people that walk into retail stores or any place that sell products to the public and think that it is their right to take whatever they want and walk out without paying for it. It seems that people do not have any self-dignity anymore. We are all trying to make a living here and when you steal from the retailers, you steal from their employees as well. Think about it, would you like someone to walk into your home and rob you?

THUMBS UP - to the doctors and staff of our local hospital who have taken steps in providing Urgent Care services here within our community and not leaving us totally stranded while the hospital is being repaired. They have also worked with Lakeridge Health Oshawa and continue to provide seamless service for their patients when hospital care is required. Having surgery scheduled recently I was concerned about it being postponed, but everything went smoothly.

THUMBS UP - A reader writes: we would like to give Martyn Mini Hoe ‘a great big thank you’! During a mini blizzard in early January they came to our rescue after my husband’s vehicle and another vehicle got stuck in a snow bank! They very kindly pulled them both out! We are so grateful.

THUMBS UP - to Ken Dowson and the Odd Fellows Lodge for providing mobility and bathroom devices for those felled by surgery or an accident. Impressive how prompt the devices are delivered to the caregiver.

THUMBS DOWN - We’ve had a number of residents voice their displeasure with the large tractor-trailer, on 7A Hwy. west of town, being used to advertise a commercial establishment. Not only is it an eyesore to the public, it also is a distraction from our very attractive “Welcome to Port Perry” sign which the township erected last year. Very disappointing for the community.



THUMBS UP - to all of Scugog who generously donated hoodies, household items and personal items and those who filled hampers for our adopted families in need! The generosity was over the top!!
Plus – a shout out to all the volunteers who pulled this all together!

THUMBS UP - to our Scugog Lake Stewards and Emmanuel Community Church who were recognized for their hard work by receiving a DurhamFor150 award by our MP Erin O’Toole. The awards were presented on Thursday December 21. Congratulations!

THUMBS DOWN - to the people who continue to litter with empty paper containers and plastic bottles even though there are lots of waste barrels located in the area and also to the smokers who leave their butts everywhere. Make sure the cigarette is out and deposit the butt in the waste container. Butts are litter too.

THUMBS UP - to Dave Ellis, Alissa Smith and Liz Auston for the successful production of “Beauty and the Beast, A Magical Musical Pantomime” at the Town Hall 1873 at the end of November. The show was so much fun and showcased so much local talent. Kudos to all of the cast and crew! We enjoyed the show!

THUMBS UP - to the person that found my wallet at Vos’ Independent in mid-December and returned it intact to customer service. You made my day and Christmas and I hope someone made yours as well! Thank you for your honesty and I wish you a healthy and happy 2018.

THUMBS UP - Early Tuesday morning (December 12), I came across a pony running up Old Simcoe Road towards Simcoe Street. I tried in vain to stop him from running onto the busy road. Thumbs up to the black GM 3500 that stopped to assist. A really big thumbs up to Team Chelsea and the wonderful Facebook group that came together to get this little one safely back home!

THUMBS DOWN - to the people who cut branches off evergreens planted around the neighbourhood water catch basin. These trees are planted for everyone’s enjoyment, not for your Christmas decorations! Let our trees grow.


THUMBS DOWN - to the person or persons who thought it would be cool to take a step ladder while guys were putting up the snowflakes in downtown Port Perry, next to the CIBC. We ask that you return it to Landon’s Tree Service (the address is written on the inside rail).

THUMBS DOWN - to the people who vandalize the public washrooms by the baseball field.

THUMBS UP - to Scugog Township employees who kept our parks and flowers looking wonderful this past summer.

THUMBS DOWN - to the individuals who dump their yard waste in the ditches along St. Christophers Beach Road and Colwell Drive. The township performed costly upgrades to our road last year and the road has improved immensely. Do those individuals not realize that the ditch work was completed to allow proper drainage resulting in a vastly improved access?
The ditches are for drainage, not yard waste. Bag it and put it out to be picked up by the great services provided by the township.

THUMBS UP - to Devon Smith and his mighty sooper-dooper wheelchair, who delivers Canada Post mail daily to many stores and businesses in town with his caregiver Carly.

THUMBS UP - to Fred Haines of Signworks for his generous donation of signage for Devon Smith’s Movember Campaign. Thanks Fred!

THUMBS DOWN - to some of the parents of the children of Cartwright Public School in Blackstock who insist on driving at excessive speeds on Mason Street. As you are well aware there are no sidewalks and this is a very narrow road. Please drive as though your children live on this street.

THUMBS DOWN - to the property owner on Scugog Street with two lovely loaded pear trees on their property with a no trespassing sign. I can understand that part, but please pick up the pears and eat or donate them to the food bank. Just do something rather than let them fall to the ground and rot. It’s a shame!

THUMBS UP - to Town Hall 1873 staff, who because of this column (readers’ opinion) had the old door on Queen Street painted. Hopefully they can continue to keep that corner spruced up with new or refurbished lamps and attractive house numbers in keeping with the age of the building.

THUMBS UP - a number of residents commented – to all those responsible for lighting the town up this Christmas season, fantastic!


THUMBS UP - to Donna and Sandra at Hank’s Pastries. They have watched our children grow, listened and cared through the hard times, cheered and encouraged through the good times and treated each person who enters the doors with amazing kindness and joy! They make Hank’s feel like an extension of our own kitchens...where we matter and are known personally. Thanks for all you do. We love you ladies!

THUMBS DOWN - to the woman that felt it was necessary to speed by our horses on the road. Please advise her that it is against the law to speed past a horse - you are required to keep a distance and pass slowly. You frightened a young horse just learning to travel on the road and she almost backed into your vehicle as you passed. We tried to get off the road and into the driveway but didn’t quite make it. There is a sign on our road warning about horses on the road.

THUMBS UP - Kudos to Sheila; the kind lady who delivered coffee and muffins to two chilly ladies who were selling Port Perry House Tour tickets in front of the post office on Saturday September 16. Your kindness is another example of Port Perry friendliness.

THUMBS DOWN - On behalf of those who live on Hwy. 7A in Nestleton, we would like to caution those drivers that choose to speed through our neighbourhood. You are creating a community that will not tolerate this any longer!! We are working with each other and police to enforce more pressure to drivers who choose to break the law. Drivers beware - we will catch you! And if you are driving for a business, your company will be notified!

THUMBS UP - I can’t imagine how many times throughout the year business owners are requested to make room to display a poster and/or make a product or service donation. A special thumbs up to the businesses of Scugog Township for helping to promote the Terry Fox Run by displaying posters, selling t-shirts, providing product, service and financial donations adding to the great success of the Terry Fox Run.

THUMBS UP - A reader writes, “We were having dinner at Pickles & Olives Bistro, when a nice gentleman approached our server and gave her $40 towards our bill! Whoever you are, it was a lovely gesture and we wish to thank you for your kindness.



THUMBS DOWN - to those who insist on jogging on the road, especially along Union Avenue where there are perfectly good sidewalks. Not only do drivers have to avoid ditches, pot holes, oncoming cars, parked cars, cars that don’t stop at stop signs on crossroads, cyclists, big trucks and buses, etc., now we have to swerve into the opposing lane to avoid you? Do not get angry with us when you are the one putting yourself in harm’s way!

THUMBS UP - to our beautiful town of Port Perry, where all we have had to complain about is how wet and cool it has been this past summer. Compare that to floods in South Asia, fires in British Columbia, hurricanes in Texas, the Caribbean and Florida, the earthquake in Mexico, all forcing people to flee their homes and businesses. We can be thankful indeed!

THUMBS DOWN - to the heartless s.o.b. who dumped a litter of defenceless 4-month-old kittens on the side of Cartwright West Quarter Line at Bradburn Road in Blackstock the morning of August 21. Shame on you for this cowardly, despicable act and for not spaying the mother cat in the first place! (Luckily for a couple of them, they have been given veterinary care, medicine and a foster home until they are in good health and a permanent home can be found for them!)

THUMBS DOWN - to the individual(s) who stole the lovely hanging basket at the Port Perry Tennis Courts. The club and courts are cared for ($) by volunteers from the club. It is disheartening for the volunteers/members when vandalism occurs. The flowers were placed there this year to celebrate Canada’s 150th in a beautiful red and white display, for club members and the public to enjoy.

THUMBS UP - to Lakeridge Health Port Perry staff, the Scugog Fire Department, Durham Regional Police, Durham Regional EMS and Port Perry Medical Associates for their quick response to ensure patient safety during the fire at Port Perry Hospital on Friday August 25. Their efforts were second to none.

THUMBS DOWN - A number of residents have voiced their concerns for the Hospital Foundation asking the public to make donations for the hospital repairs, when the fire was the result of contractor error and should be covered by insurance!



THUMBS UP - We went on a canoeing and fishing excursion Monday afternoon of the Civic holiday weekend. We were unloading the canoe and realized we did not get worms. Well as it was, there was a gentleman just putting his canoe on his truck leaving. He asked if we wanted any worms. How lucky for us. These must have been feminine worms since I was out fished two to one. Thank you for his kindness. At the time we left the dock there was a Tebco Legacy fishing rod left unattended. It was still there when we returned, so we brought it home and would love to return it to owner. Please email if it is yours!

THUMBS DOWN - to those seasonal recreational individuals who frequent our beautiful area, please be respectful of the speed limits and leave home a bit earlier so that you can make your destination without having to speed as country roads can be deceiving. And to the cycling clubs, we love seeing you up here in north Durham and we are so fortunate that our government has spent all this money providing SAFE bike lanes for you to ride in, but can you please use them in single file and not four abreast, as you may not know how dangerous these hilly, twisty country roads can be.

THUMBS UP - While attending Aquafit one morning I returned to my car which was parked outside the library to find an apology note on my windshield indicating that they were sorry but they had opened their car door and put a dent in my passenger back door. This person left their name and phone number, which I presume they did in case I was going to have it, repaired.
Only in Port Perry would someone actually admit fault and leave their contact information for such minor damage. Thank you for your honesty to whoever you are, but it’s a six year-old vehicle and it’s nothing that an $8.00 bottle of touch up paint won’t fix.

THUMBS DOWN - to those who throw trash of all kinds in the ditches of “country” roads. I have seen kitchen sink, bathroom sink and countertop, clothes, bags of garbage, even dead animals dumped in a ditch that obviously didn’t die there. All of this, plus the standard fast food wrappers, cups, etc.
This was on a short stretch of Demara Road on Scugog Island but it appears to be the same all over!

THUMBS UP - A huge thumbs up to the Lake Scugog Regatta committee for making the 89th annual a great event. Thank you all for your hard work to keep it going. My family has been attending the regatta for many, many years and always has so much fun!

THUMBS DOWN - to the person(s) who have removed the Putsey Park sign from the park in Caesarea. The park is used for the annual Regatta and I noticed it was missing when wanting to direct guests to the park. The Township did not remove it and say it’s been stolen. This is very disrespectful to the Putsey family, who have been pillars in our community for years, and will now cost taxpayers for the Township to replace it. Shame on you! Any information about the missing sign, contact Tom at:



THUMBS UP - to the wonderful ladies working in the garden centre in Walmart, Port Perry. A new, featherless baby bird had fallen out of her nest on a cold and windy day at the entrance of the garden centre. After consulting with Gate’s Wildlife, one of the ladies got a ladder and gloves, picked up the little bird and put her back inside her nest to be back with her momma. You ladies are wonderful!

THUMBS UP - to everyone involved in the Canada Day festivities on July 1, starting with the best-ever parade, the opening ceremonies, our dignitaries and all the festivities, right thru until the fireworks. Another busy day on July 2 included the free Rotary Pancake Breakfast and lots of activities for the kids!

- to the surprisingly large number of people who still feel it is acceptable to talk on their cell phones while driving. You are not above the law and you are putting yourself and everyone else at risk. Please, it is quite simple, just stop!

THUMBS UP - to the musicians who have taken the opportunity to perform along Queen Street this summer. It is such a delight to walk downtown Port Perry on a beautiful day and hear live music being played. The courage it takes to stand in a public place and perform just for the enjoyment and experience is inspiring.
Good for you!.

THUMBS DOWN - to those individual(s) who have stolen four golf carts and those that have vandalized the property at Summerlea Golf Course. This is a serious offence and not sure how or why you do it, but please stop! Show some respect for the hardworking owner, staff and those who enjoy a round of golf!


JULY 2017

THUMBS UP - to the wonderful community we live in. We know that our business community is second to none and recently a number of them have put us on the map again. If you see any of these business people ask them about their recent accomplishments; Jack Doak at Old Flame Brewing, Doug Brown at Pharmacy Associates, Richard Gauder of CMS Solutions and Dana Smith at Dana’s Goldsmithing. Kudos!

THUMBS DOWN - writes a resident to the people who cut their grass onto the road. Not only does this cause weeds to grow up along the cracks in the roadway, it also looks terrible and clogs the storm drains which was quite apparent in the heavy rains of April and early May.

THUMBS UP - to the amazing Education Assistants at Port Perry High School. These caring and dedicated individuals continue to go above and beyond to ensure the wellbeing and educational success of PPHS students. They’re such an integral part of the school community. Their continuous effort is recognized and greatly appreciated. A HUGE thank you to all!

THUMBS UP - for Cameron and Clara Hick who organized an amazing concert (Saturday June 10) with many outstanding talented Port Perry youth. The quality of this concert was “over the top” and the gift of charity for the G- Moms in support of the African Orphans is just a perfect indication of their superb character as they give generously to their community.

THUMBS UP - to all parties involved in the settlement for Canterbury Common. The adult lifestyle community will include a four storey seniors building and 99 detached dwellings in keeping with the existing development.


JUNE 2017

THUMBS UP - A resident wanted to give a huge thumbs up to the staff at McDonald’s and in particular, Dave! She says ‘they go out of their way to make it such a McHappy experience’.

THUMBS DOWN - to the paper delivery people who throw the newspapers and flyers at the end of the driveway on rainy days without tying the end of the plastic bag in a knot. It is a total waste of the contents if they are soaking wet. You can’t dry them out, so they are usually pitched in the trash.

THUMBS UP - A woman said she was at the medical centre on May 3rd and a woman came in to the lobby cafe ‘Perk Up’ with a large bundle of roses and began handing them out to all of the ladies in the area. She said it was simply to brighten their day and make them smile. “A very big thumbs up to her and the sweet gesture”.

THUMBS UP - wrote a gentleman, to a Port Perry Durham Police officer at McDonald’s, who “a few weeks ago was ahead of me by two vehicles. Thanks for the coffee and muffin. I have heard of this happening at a Tim Horton’s the odd time. Maybe you have started something, we shall see? Thanks again”.
“P.S. I owe you a double cheeseburger and fries. LOL”!

THUMBS DOWN - “to what looks like a mother-daughter combo who race like the zebra seat covers on their front seats at speeds 2-3 times the limit in a white Honda Civic from Victoria St. all the way down Union Ave. Hopefully you don’t injure anyone/anything, or yourselves, by thinking you’re above the law of speed limits”.


MAY 2017

THUMBS UP - A woman dropped in a thumbs up to a gentleman who was behind her at the check out in Foodland on March 28. She was having problems with her bankcard and was going to leave her groceries, go home and get money, when he paid for her entire purchase. Thank you so much, you made my day!
Only in Port Perry!

THUMBS UP - to all of the crossing guards who have been there everyday through freezing rain, blizzards, sub zero temperatures and scorching hot days without complaint and usually a smile and wave. Thanks for making sure our children arrive safely to school and home each day.

THUMBS UP - There is a recycle/garbage collector who has been picking up garbage since last fall that goes out of his way to put garbage bins one inside the other. I have personally waited and thanked him for going the extra mile to keep our neighbourhood tidy. It’s nice not to wander down the street and find the bins strewn about.
If you see him doing this very thing, please thank him as well.

THUMBS DOWN - A reader sent this in – “Give me a break. In our back yard, we see rabbits, raccoons and skunks but just today there was a possum, yes possum, casually walking by. These are ugly looking scavengers which we are very surprised to see and have a thumbs down feeling toward having them around”.

THUMBS UP - Kudos to those on the Executive of Port Perry Minor Hockey who organized the annual awards ceremony/pizza party held in early April at the Community Center. Due to their voluntary efforts, the kids and coaches of each and every team in the association enjoyed a great time. Also, it was great to see members of the Mojacks’ Executive helping out during the day. It shows how community-minded that group is!

THUMBS UP - to the Port Perry United Church Chicks and Ken Koury of The Nutty Chocolatier for making Easter Sunday so special again this year with the annual Easter Bonnet Parade and the Easter Egg Hunt! Thanks!


APRIL 2017

THUMBS UP - from a resident who was thrilled to see the Township resurface Old Simcoe Road North. For a long time they had been patching the holes and recently they dumped a load of asphalt and graded. Thanks so much! (It is that time of the year, many more thumbs on potholes, so here is one more). A tongue in cheek THUMBS UP to the township from another resident, for drastically reducing the speed of vehicles travelling on Union Avenue in Prince Albert. “Who needs raised speed bumps when large potholes are doing an excellent job”, he asks. Keep up the good work!

THUMBS DOWN - Wow, after our March issue went to the press, we had numerous readers emailing and calling in with this thumbs! It seems as though people are really upset that dog walkers are not scooping the poop. From Honey’s Beach to Orchard Park, areas in between and all around, readers are asking everyone to show some respect. If you are out and walking your dog(s), please clean up after them! It is unfair to those trying to walk or jog and to those property owners who end up cleaning up the mess!

THUMBS DOWN - to the self-proclaimed “old-schooler” who is annoyed with the use of debit at the drive-thru. Most people have bigger priorities than remembering to carry cash in the drive-thru. On top of that, new cards have a tap feature, which is actually quicker than cash! (A number of people felt the same way! Love that we all have different opinions).

THUMBS UP - I bought a pair of tickets for a play at Town Hall Theatre 1873, which I could not attend. Shortly after, I went to purchase a pair for the following weeks’ play and John (the administrator) and the producers agreed to give me free tickets. Only in Port Perry! So a BIG THUMBS UP to Town Hall 1873 Theatre staff, from this very happy resident!

THUMBS UP - A resident sent in a thumbs up to Port Perry Hospital personnel who replaced the Canadian flag very quickly after I had complained at the end of February, that it was tattered and way too small. Neil Clarke sent me a photo of our bigger and better Canadian flag. Thumbs Up, “Eh”!


MARCH 2017

THUMBS DOWN - A reader would like to give a big thumbs down to the lazy people with dogs who over this winter for some reason refuse to pick up after their dogs. The sidewalks and road edges are littered with poo making it difficult to walk while dodging feces.
Be a responsible owner, stoop and scoop no matter what time of year it is, it takes two seconds to pick it up. I’m sure you wouldn’t appreciate other people’s dogs crapping on your property.

THUMBS UP - to see the student painted garbage cans that had adorned Palmer Park during the Olympic Torch in 2015, now out in downtown Port Perry.
What a refreshing look on some gray winter days!

THUMBS UP - to our very own ‘Golden Girls’ and John Lucyk for putting Scugog on the map for their shared housing concept. A feature article and accompanying photos appeared in the Toronto Star January 24.
Another concept introduced for retirement living!

THUMBS DOWN - Waiting in a drive-through line for a coffee has become an annoyance for old-schoolers. Waiting for coffee addicts who no longer carry cash is frustrating. It takes much less time to pay by cash, than having to be handed a debit terminal, plug-in a card, punch in a code and return it to the cashier before getting your java. Cash is still legal tender so keep some handy for the drive-through. Please!

THUMBS DOWN - to people who buy fast food meals and rather than discard their containers in a garbage can, throw them on our streets, lawns and boulevards.
It is so unnecessary and detracts from our town’s beauty!

THUMBS UP - and congratulations to Chief Richard Miller upon his retirement. Chief Miller joined the fire and emergency services in 1974 and now, nearly 43 years later, has retired. Best wishes for a happy retirement!



THUMBS UP - to the Port Perry Smokehouse for providing a free Christmas dinner on Christmas Day! What a meaningful way to show the spirit of the season with kindness and generosity. This restaurant and its wonderful owners are a great part of the Scugog community!

THUMBS UP - A reader sent in a great big Thumbs Up to the Dollar Tree and their very civilized ambiance. Why you ask? There is silence, no radio assaulting their ears. Bravo!

THUMBS DOWN -A number of readers wrote in with their displeasure at the lack of snow removal on Queen Street sidewalks thus far this winter – especially the week before Christmas when shoppers were out in full force. Another issue mentioned is how impossible it is for passengers to get out of parked vehicles, unless one stops half way out on the street causing another safety hazard.

THUMBS DOWN - to the half a dozen or so people who stood out front of the library on Sunday January 15 during Granville Anderson’s New Year’s Levee. Although polite, they were handing out literature against the liberals and suggesting everyone go to their website. Whether one agrees with the issue or not, this was not the time or the place to do it!

THUMBS UP - to all Honour Roll and Scugog Heritage Award recipients of this year’s Mayor’s levee held on Sunday January 15. A lot of these recipients said it isn’t just themselves who did the work, there are numerous people involved.

THUMBS DOWN - to those who vandalized the Anglican Church of the Ascension’s new sign. This heritage sign was installed in December, and someone has twice damaged and tried to remove the rainbow fish decals. The church sign says, “All are Welcome” and this symbol is included in this welcome. We feel this act of vandalism is also a hate crime and are dismayed this would happen in Port Perry. We invite those with concerns that “All are Welcome” at Ascension to speak directly with us.
Anglican Church of the Ascension parishioners, Port Perry.



THUMBS DOWN - to the man that came to my property on Thursday November 24 at 2:52 a.m. and stole my 4’ grapevine deer out of my front garden bed and proceeded to look around my property. It’s a shame that you can’t decorate your own place at Christmas or anytime of the year, without some people thinking it is there to be stolen. This was a grown adult who should know better! My other concern is what else is he coming back to steal from the neighbours or myself. It’s people like this that put a strain on our society.

THUMBS UP - to the Lions Club and the Scugog Chamber of Commerce along with the many volunteers who again this year organized such a wonderful, colourful Santa Claus parade for all to enjoy! A lot of work goes into an event like this, so please know that it is appreciated!

THUMBS DOWN - to those individuals who think nothing of lighting up at family events such as the Santa Claus parade, Canada Day fireworks, etc. “To smoke or not to smoke” is not my argument here. I’m simply asking those who smoke to ensure they are far enough away from others who do not, especially innocent children. It’s simply a common courtesy, like keeping the noise to a minimum late at night or allowing someone to merge in traffic.
Thank you.

THUMBS DOWN - another reader writes - to the many people he witnesses almost every morning at either McDonalds or Tim Hortons showing poor and miserable manners to the employees. They are doing their best to serve you during the morning rush, have some patience!

THUMBS DOWN - from a runner who says Old Simcoe is a fantastic road to run/walk on, except that some drivers use this road as their own personal highway and fail to slow down and share the road. Multiple times vehicles have not slowed and in fact come so close that the dog whose head was sticking out their window could have hit me while I ran.



THUMBS UP - to Vos’ Independent Grocer for their hiring strategy. Not to take anything away from the females, because they are just as great, but I was impressed recently to see an integration (if not completely full) of male sales persons at the checkout. They are polite, helpful and friendly young gentlemen. Way to go Vos’ and keep up the great work gentlemen. You will do your community proud when you eventually venture out as adults and have these worthy people skills.
From a female shopper (who is unbiased).

THUMBS DOWN - A reader writes, I would like to give a thumbs down to the group of people that park at the back of Tim Hortons and hang out while drinking their coffee. Instead of taking their empty coffee cups to a garbage can they just throw them on the ground and leave them to blow around in the wind causing a mess in the parking lot and surrounding area! It is such a shame that these people can’t pick up the mess rather than leave it for others to do. Act like a grown up and pick up your own mess!

THUMBS UP – A huge thumbs up to the staff of S. A. Cawker who brought their amazing junior choir to sing at the G-Moms African Dinner. A huge shout out to all of the talented, dedicated members of this awesome group of singers. Then we give an even bigger thumbs up to the wonderful parents who drove their students to Port Perry Villa during the dinner hour. You brought great joy to many.

THUMBS DOWN - to people who move to the country, buy a house next to a farm that has been there for over 100 years and then submit anonymous complaints about basic things you would expect near a farm such as livestock noise, smells, flies etc. Perhaps a home in a subdivision in Oshawa or Whitby would have been a better choice.

THUMBS UP - Another resident wants to thank the person or persons that picked up after their dog and at the same time give them a THUMBS DOWN for throwing the bag on their lawn.

THUMBS DOWN - another comment dated October 21. I would like to say thumbs down to whoever looks after the street lights in Port Perry. My husband and I walk around town most nights after dinner. Our route is Simcoe St. to Queen St. down to Water St. to Carnegie and into Apple Valley. We counted twelve lights burned out. Let’s get Port Perry lit up for safe walking!



THUMBS DOWN - on the unkempt landscaping on the lakeside of the library. Untrimmed shrubs block the view from inside of the once neat and tidy gardens that are now full of weeds.

THUMBS DOWN - Island Road is one of the busiest roads in Scugog Township. There are many people who are unfamiliar with its hills and curves rushing to the casino, marinas, trailers and homes. Speed is definitely an issue. Yet, there is no bike lane and it is scary and dangerous for both bicyclist and car driver! This resident urges everyone to slow down!

THUMBS UP - to everyone involved in the Remembrance Day banners that now adorn Queen Street. A beautiful tribute to those men and women who have given us our freedom! Thank you!.

THUMBS UP - Proud of our hometown boy Adam Cookson for being on Shark Tank on October 7, 2016 pitching he and his business partner’s Tekdry machine. This machine rescues wet cell phones, then dries them out and saves all data. Adam attended R.H. Cornish Public School and Port Perry High School.

THUMBS DOWN - A Prince Albert crossing guard dropped by the office with this thumbs down after witnessing a person driving their car from Old Simcoe Street onto King Street with a dog on their lap and head hanging out the window. The driver was holding the dog with one hand and the other on the steering wheel – does this person not realize how dangerous this is to the dog, other people in cars and pedestrians? Distracted driving, definitely!

THUMBS DOWN - to the construction crew in Port Perry for lining our streets from Manchester to the causeway with their ugly orange and black bumper barriers for months. They also left raised man hole covers with the orange paint almost worn off leaving us to play dodge ball on our streets. Why should we have had to look at these all summer long? You should complete the job you started.



THUMBS DOWN - writes a resident, to homeowners in our town who fly another country’s flag on their property without flying the Canadian flag. If you are going to fly another nation’s flag, be respectful of the country you are living in and fly our Maple Leaf prominently above all others.

THUMBS UP - Another resident would like to let the drivers (usually three) of the Luchka transports that go down Medd Road on their way home, how much they appreciate and thank them for driving slow and cautiously. We all just want to get home at the end of a hot day on the road, but these guys take the time to do it safely. So thank you and yes, someone does appreciate the time you take.

THUMBS UP – A number of readers wanted to give a big thumbs up to the ‘drive slowly’ school safety signs that have been erected in the middle of Queen Street in front of R.H. Cornish Public School. Most people drive too fast along that stretch, forgetting that nothing is more precious than our little ones!

THUMBS DOWN - to everyone who drives north on the Ridges and disobeys the posted sign that reads, “Keep right except to pass”. Slower cars on the right; faster cars that want to pass on the left. Let’s avoid the inevitable accident caused by some driver swerving lanes between cars.

THUMBS UP - once again to the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation for their continued generosity. During the signing of their new partnership agreement, they donated and surprised a number of our community charities and non-profit agencies with a healthy contribution of over $500,000. Thank you from all of Scugog!

THUMBS DOWN - to the entrance of the Town Hall 1873 Theatre facing Queen Street: the beautiful old door in need of scraping and a good coat of paint; lovely old lamps that are never lit and the unattended plantings that cover the wall plaque. THUMBS UP says the letter writer, to the dedicated, hard-working staff and board members who I am sure will remedy this. Any possible volunteers out there?



THUMBS UP - to the kind couple who found my wallet on Simcoe St. and returned it to my door in mid July. What a relief! They would not take a reward, said they hoped someone would do the same for them someday. I hope I can “pass this on” in the future. ONLY IN PORT PERRY!

THUMBS DOWN - to those who consistently throw cigarette butts out the window of their car! A reader says that it is upsetting enough to see this, but even more so when there is a fire ban throughout the township and everything is so dry!!!

THUMBS DOWN – another reader says “to those who waste water washing their cars in their driveway when we are in a severe drought condition”.

THUMBS UP - a great BIG thumbs up to the Rotary Club of Port Perry and all the many, many volunteers for the phenomenal Ribfest held on the Civic long weekend!! The event was extremely well organized and everything from the food to the music and everything in between was fabulous!! Finger lickin great!!!

THUMBS UP - to the volunteers and city staff who are keeping our downtown and Palmer Park clean and tidy, especially with the tens of thousands of visitors this summer. Parks (in general) often have garbage cans filled passed their limits and covered in insects but our downtown has been extraordinarily well cared for. It’s much appreciated!
This reader’s headline read ‘a well deserved thumbs up’!



THUMBS DOWN - to those people that park in one of the four short-term parking spots at the Medical Associates of Port Perry Building while a passenger (not the driver) goes into the building. Instead, please utilize the drop off and pick up zone and have some consideration for the people waiting for a parking spot that do not have a passenger with them.

- to all the Port Perry High School students for graduating and completing this stage of your life.
May your future endeavours be as successful!

- to home owners on Old Simcoe Street who allow their trees, vines, tall weeds/grasses and bushes to interfere with pedestrian safety on township sidewalks. Currently people are forced in many places to walk in a single file or be made to walk on the roadway to avoid injury to their legs, eyes or faces. Old Simcoe between Victoria Street and King Street in Prince Albert is especially bad in places.

- to all the drivers who use Union Avenue as a speedway. The limit is 50! Particular thumbs down to the guy who zoomed past those residents trying to get their mail at Union and Major Street. Does an accident have to happen before you speed demons slow down? THUMBS UP to those few drivers who actually adhere to the limit on this residential street.

- to the Durham Region water tower on high school hill (Silver Street).
The resident who sent this in said, ‘rust running rampant, disgusting eyesore!

- to the person/s who continue to dump their garbage in bags at the end of Mueller Lane and Chandler Road on Monday nights. The next morning it is scattered by raccoons, skunks or dogs all over the road. Please put your garbage out Tuesday morning or buy proper garbage cans with lids, or clean up the mess.

- to everyone involved for the beautiful gateway sign on Hwy. 7A, welcoming people to our picturesque town.

JULY 2016

THUMBS DOWN - to all the disgruntled people who keep using this column to air out their dirty laundry and anonymously get back at their neighbours. Grow up!
We at Focus, can’t agree more with this person!

THUMBS UP - to Port Perry High School /Durham District School Board for cutting and maintaining the grass at the running track/football field, as it was getting out of control. An individual sent in a Thumbs Down the first of the month, but we are happy to report it was all cleaned up between Focus issues!

THUMBS UP - to the caring man that mowed a path through the long grass for anyone wishing to walk to the track from Old Simcoe Rd. Thank you from an appreciative resident.

THUMBS DOWN - Congratulations to the residents of Chandler Drive on having their road paved but I can’t imagine a road in worse condition than Williams Point Road in Caesarea. Your teeth rattle while driving on this road and all the Township does is patch spots. Visitors always mention how bad it is. Come try it!

THUMBS UP - to Mrs. Longely and the staff at Port Perry High School for organizing an amazing Relay for Life on Friday May 6. A lot of fun was had and we
raised over 10,000 dollars for the Cancer Society.
Can’t wait for next year.

THUMBS DOWN - to the lazy and inconsiderate people who leave shopping carts abandoned in parking lots to be blown around by wind into other people’s cars. How long does it take to walk them to the collection area?

THUMBS UP - to the person who gifted my front lawn with a bikini-clad rubber chicken. Nice to know that there’s someone who appreciates my unusual collection and wants to contribute to it. You are a good friend.


JUNE 2016

THUMBS UP - One extremely happy resident sent us a note to please include a thumbs up to the Township of Scugog, for finally paving Chandler Drive on Scugog Island. “The road was probably one of the worst roads ever seen. I am sure I will not be the only person you hear this from. We are so happy. The money it was costing in repairs for our vehicles was horrendous”.

THUMBS DOWN - to the careless individuals who choose to visit Scugog First Nation and dump their garbage bags and other refuse onto our clean and beautiful community. Shame on you for treating our First Nation with such disrespect!

THUMBS UP - The PLP (Practical Learning Program) class at PPHS would like to thank the following community stores for supporting some of our students in our Work Education Program: Dollarama, The Kid’s Cupboard, Millar’s Market and Rona. These stores provide valuable work experience for our special education students!

THUMBS DOWN - to the person who locks their car remotely each night, sometimes well after 11 p.m., waking the rest of us with the horn honk...3 times over. Common courtesy goes a long way in a normally quiet neighbourhood.

THUMBS UP - to our local McDonald’s and the effort of all McDonalds’ across the country for raising over one million dollars for the Big Mac for Fort Mac campaign. THUMBS UP as well to our 100 Men of Scugog who raised $5,110 and were matched by both TD Bank and the government to exceed $20,000.

THUMBS UP - We can now find Old Flame Brewing Co. cans in LCBOs here in Port Perry and nineteen other locations throughout Durham, York and the Kawarthas! The flame is burning!!!


MAY 2016

- A Port Perry resident sent Focus a letter asking us to give a Thumbs Up to the library staff for the activities held during March break. We are indeed fortunate to have such an amazing facility and staff who really care. Excellent job!

THUMBS UP - to Vanessa Page of Port Perry.
For her ninth birthday this past March, Vanessa asked her friends to bring donations for the Uxbridge Scugog Animal Control Centre in lieu of gifts. Vanessa and her friends raised $250 and were treated to a tour of the facility. Articles in Focus and the Standard that have celebrated good deeds done by other youngsters in our area have inspired Vanessa. May this circle of kindness continue!

THUMBS UP - to all of Scugog’s elementary schools for participating in the recent Crazy Hat Day. This event is run in conjunction with the Port Perry Easter Bonnet Contest and the schools collectively raised $1,184.45 for the Scugog Memorial Library’s, “Children’s & Teen Areas”.

THUMBS UP - to the gang at Harp & Wylies for not only taking care of their customers food and drinks, but also for thinking of our four-leg friends by leaving dishes full of water out on the sidewalk for anyone walking by with their pets.

THUMBS UP - It was very disheartening to hear that the last ladle of soup was scooped up last month at the free community lunch called, “Soups on Us”. We extend a “Thumbs Up” to the five churches, volunteers and the special needs adults, who served up welcoming smiles along with a bowl of delicious hot soup for the past five years.

THUMBS UP - With school winding in the next month or so, this might be good time to tip our hat and give a “thumbs up” to the dedicated school crossing guards in Scugog, who watch out for the safety of our children through wind, rain, snow and cold. Next time you see one of these dedicated and concerned citizens, take a minute and thank them for their service.


APRIL 2016

- Late one frigid February afternoon, the Scugog Chamber office was visited by a 17-year-old boy...penniless, freezing, depressed, with no place to sleep and nothing to eat. That late in the day, calls to regular social services went unanswered.
Staff finally called our Scugog Chamber Chaplain,
Dr. Fred Penney, who picked the boy up, took him home, fed him, and gave him a bed for the night.
The next day, he gave him some spending money, took him to the Oshawa train station and bought him a ticket to Kingston, where his mother lives.
Kudos to Pastor Fred. This is your Scugog Chamber
of Commerce in action!

THUMBS DOWN - to the thoughtless individual who left a bewildered and frightened cat in a crate sometime through the night (Feb. 19), outside Camille’s Closet Thrift Store for the volunteers to find in the morning. The cat has been picked up and taken to the Animal Shelter where hopefully it will find a loving home. Unbelievable!

THUMBS UP - to Megalore Group. This is a caring group of local residents who strive to assist community members within Scugog Township who are faced with life altering challenges and in need of assistance. Locals helping locals!

THUMBS DOWN - to those individuals who tied up the 911 emergency phone lines when an Amber Alert flashed on their TV screen this past month. If it was your child, we’re sure you would want anything humanly possible done to help locate the child. Shame on you!

THUMBS UP - to those individuals, including doula Nicole and the New Life Centre nurses, who helped to deliver a beautiful baby in the Port Perry Hospital parking lot! It was a very cold winter night in early February and the parents were thankful for all who ran to their aid.

THUMBS UP - to all who opened their wallets and gave generously during this year’s Heart & Stroke Campaign. The goal was surpassed and some of this money will fund research to extract dangerous blood clots forming in the brain. This new treatment has been shown to cut the death rate from major stroke by half, and significantly reduces disability for survivors.
Thanks to everyone!


MARCH 2016

- to the person who put two googly eyes inside the “O” on the stop sign in our neighbourhood. They’ve been there for a while now and every time I see them I chuckle!

THUMBS DOWN - to whomever is destroying our mailbox, breaking branches off our trees and, worst of all, recently destroyed the snowman that our kids were so proud that they had made. These incidences continue to happen on Reach Rd. in Epsom. This continuous destruction of property is not only a violation of our home but is degrading to the individuals involved. Whoever this is, is making them look terrible, think about that. You made a little girl cry, are you proud?

THUMBS DOWN - I like the new LCBO store. I like the staff and the product. However, the store has been open for some time now and they haven’t done any landscaping at all. The store is planted in a wasteland out there. When the wind blows in the winter it feels heartless. With the amount of profit the LCBO is making from that store, you would think they could hire a local landscaper (to show they are giving back to the community) to plant some trees so in 4 or 5 years it might look a little less bleak.
By the way, I have no financial interest in any landscaping companies.

THUMBS UP - to the Canada Post worker who delivers to the boxes on Stone Sound. When delivering a package to our home, she learned that my toddler and I had just walked the couple blocks to the post boxes but turned around when we saw that she was not finished placing mail in them. Not a small feat when 9 months pregnant and days from my due date! She left and went back to the boxes and personally hand delivered all of our mail to me. What a selfless act!

THUMBS DOWN - to the individuals who destroyed a large part of the ice sculptures carved all day Saturday February 6 in Reflection Park after hours of work. These sculptures were part of Feb Fest and nine businesses sponsored the sculptures for all residents to enjoy. Lack of maturity and respect for absolutely everyone!



THUMBS UP - the Organizers of the Soups On Us Project (SOUP) would like to give a very big Thumbs Up to our sponsors who help keep this popular free lunch going (served every Thursday at Church of the Ascension). They are, Vos’ Independent Grocer, Port Perry Foodland, Walmart and Pharmacy Associates of Port Perry. Port Perry Smokehouse.
Thank you very much.

THUMBS DOWN - to the driver of a red vehicle at the
Dollarama parking lot who left their red paint, three scratches and a dented door on my car, in mid December and just drove away not acknowledging what they did.

THUMBS UP - A resident wrote in - Kudos to all the workers keeping us safe during this windy, icy, rainy and snowy winter, whether you’re a snow plower ambulance driver, police officer etc.
A BIG thank you to all!

THUMBS DOWN - to whoever is dropping off garbage at the Diabetes Drop Off Bin on the Island. I’m sure the owner of the property who has generously agreed to have the bin there doesn’t want to look at the pile of crap beside it! There are not too many days I pass by that there is not a pile of bags outside of the bin. The other day there was a screen the size of small car leaning on the bin. Do people really think the Diabetes Foundation is going to take ripped and broken screens? I wish people would respect the Foundation, the homeowner and our beautiful Island!

THUMBS UP - to the snow plow operator who noticed that the plowing efforts had knocked over our recycling bins on Church Street in Blackstock. He promptly stopped to pick the spilled items up and place the bins upright again. Thank You!

THUMBS DOWN - to the thief who stole the turtle crossing sign on Jobb Road in Nestleton on December 13th. Please return it as soon as possible; turtles are endangered, as is your reputation!


- to the traffic that continues to speed down Mason Street, Blackstock. Children have no sidewalks on this narrow road....SLOW DOWN. Getting to school shouldn’t be life threatening!

THUMBS UP - My wife went into town (Port Perry) grocery shopping for our family of four on Saturday November 28th. Upon payment she realized that she had left her purse in the car. She asked the cashier to set them aside as she ran out to the car. She returned to find that the women behind her had paid for all the groceries and left a simple message with the cashier “Merry Christmas”. What an amazing town! Thank you stranger and hope you had a Merry Christmas as well.

THUMBS UP - 100-year-old Roy Nottingham (Focus - November 2015) made us realize we have a number of centenarians within our community, so want to give each of you a big thumbs up. Audrey Lee, Grant Hunter, Millicent Williams, Dorothy Ellis, Beth Innes and Elma Vernon! If we missed you, we just didn’t know about you.

THUMBS DOWN - A terrible way to start our month of December off (Tuesday December 1), someone stole the mailbag off Devon Smith’s wheelchair, while he was delivering to one of our retailers on Queen Street. Devon has been delivering for twelve years and this was the first incident of this kind. Let’s hope that was the last time too!

THUMBS DOWN - I would like to report the person(s) who dumped the pile of used furniture and other garbage at the north west corner of Simcoe St. & Hwy. 7A. This garbage has been laying there for over a month and certainly does not present the image our business community or most residents would want to demonstrate to the many visitors frequenting our wonderful town. Can these items please be removed?

THUMBS DOWN - to the person who sent in the December thumbs about the leaf blower incident on Cedar Grove. It’s too bad you didn’t get all the correct information before sending it in! This person is disabled and can’t use a rake! The mayor’s office has been notified twice about the leaves blowing from the park on to the property. As taxpayers, we only ask that the township clean them up! It would be nice if people would talk things out before attacking others!



- to those businesses along Queen Street that acknowledged Remembrance Day in their windows. You know who you are and it was a nice touch to show our vets your respect!

THUMBS UP - to downtown Port Perry – we were chosen as the 14th best Ontario town bursting with fall charm, by Ontario Travel! “Downtown Port Perry, hugged by Lake Scugog, offers sublime shopping and dining”. Also mentioned within the write up; preserved Victorian architecture, fishing, galleries, the performing arts centre and tours of Old Flame Brewery. Congrats everyone!!!!

THUMBS UP - to the students of Trinity Grace Academy who cleaned up garbage recently along the roadside of King Street in Prince Albert.

THUMBS DOWN: Shame on people who throw their fast food wrappers, containers, plastic bottles, beer cans, etc. out their car windows. You should keep a small garbage bag in your car.

THUMBS DOWN - to the people leaving Scugog Island. They come around the turn heading west and completely neglect the merge lane. They head directly into the driving lane, causing vehicles to either slam on the brakes or head for the merge lane. Let’s show a little respect for other vehicles, and common courtesy.

THUMBS DOWN - to the drivers turning at the intersection of Queen and Simcoe. Numerous times while walking across the street at the walk sign, especially in the evening, my dog and myself have almost been hit! Don’t these drivers know that pedestrians have the right of way? As well, our neighbours in the area often walk their dogs in the evening and cross at that intersection, and too often then not, have also had a near-miss situation. Please drivers, watch for pedestrians crossing, especially in the evening, before something very tragic happens!

- to the inconsiderate neighbour on Cedar Grove in Caesarea, who runs her ear piercingly loud leaf blower for several hours daily and blows all her leaves into a public park (until they blow back onto her lawn and the leaf blower starts up again). This disrupts the peace of our beautiful lakeside community. Please pick up, rake and bag your leaves and save the neighbourhood the noise pollution!
(If we have any white stuff on the ground, please note, this letter was sent to us before that happened!)



- Port Perry resident, Wendy Strickert popped in to give a thumbs up to employee, Mohommad of VOS Independent, who had found her diamond hoop earring and returned it, refusing any reward at all! What a great town we live in!

THUMBS DOWN - The Nonquon Provincial Wildlife Area (class 1 Wetland) has posted several “Turtle Crossing Signs” to raise awareness for nesting turtles in June and hatching turtles in September/October. Thumbs down to the people who felt the need to remove the three , 4 x4 bright yellow signs from the road and from the nursery box within the education center. The signs on the road provide more awareness for the snapping turtle population then they do in someone’s bedroom or garage wall.

THUMBS DOWN - to the hydrovac trucks and other water trucks that use the water station at the pump house turns, south of Port Perry! You guys are going to cause an accident soon! Today I experienced two trucks with trailers barely pulled over on the side of the road one was signalling one way the other truck signalling the other? You guys don’t know where you’re going or what you’re doing! You cause people to dangerously avoid you having to pull into oncoming traffic with little room to navigate! Not to mention in the winter when you leave the lot you spill lots of water, out onto the road, making that corner extremely icy!

THUMBS UP - to Ryan Edgar for receiving the Ontario Firefighter of the Year Award by Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Once again, kudos to you Ryan.

THUMBS DOWN - A reader responded to a Thumbs in the September 2015 issue, by saying, the traffic on Edgerton Road is high due to people using it from many directions to save time, it’s like the autobahn!! It’s not the Roads Department fault; they simply are doing their job. There isn’t enough asphalt in the world to fix that road. Lobby the council to re-surface and pave. In the meantime, use McKee Road, it’s smooth!

THUMBS DOWN - Concerned business owners on 7A across from Water Street suggested that our fire trucks slow down at the lights. Understanding there are emergencies, both the police and the ambulances do slow down somewhat, but the fire trucks do not! It looks like an accident waiting to happen and if that is the case, they will never get to the initial emergency. Please slow it down a bit!


THUMBS DOWN - to my neighbor, who on a daily basis, early in the morning, all summer long, has started your ginormous truck by remote and left it to idle in your parent’s driveway anywhere from 12 - 20 minutes. Not only does this cause air pollution on an already endangered planet; never mind that we live on the Oak Ridges Moraine, but you have either removed the muffler or the catalytic converter on your truck and therefore the idling of your truck is extremely noisy. Therefore, in addition to air pollution we have noise pollution in our quiet subdivision on a daily basis. I ask you to have more consideration for your neighbours. You are destroying the peaceful sanctity of our neighbourhood. Shame on you for your selfishness!

THUMBS UP - to the ten or twelve Scugog residents from the neighbourhood just north of the Fairgrounds. For the last three years this group has prepared a home cooked meal for the men and ladies who work at the fair. Approximately 25 - 40 people enjoy the home cooking at the Lawn Bowling Club the Friday night before. How thoughtful is that!!! Only in Scugog!

THUMBS UP - to local residents of Scugog Point, Tyler Martin and his friends, for our new attractive ‘Welcome to Scugog Point’ sign, replacing our previous 12 year-old sign erected by Bruce Atkins. Well done! It certainly is appreciated!

THUMBS DOWN - to the shocking news from GolfNorth, who sold the Canterbury Common Golf Course, seemingly unknown to everyone, including the 241 residents of the area, and the Township of Scugog. It is essential to protect the designated green space, and the sensitive environmental areas within our township.

THUMBS UP - to all those who helped make the third annual Dentistry from the Heart a huge success again this year! The community would like to take this opportunity to thank the dentists, staff, volunteers and so many more of Port Perry Dental Associates, for giving of your time to our community in this way.
See you next year!