2 FOCUS - JANUARY 2019 ...................... Letters continued on page 22 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. Please send us your letters, maximum of 250 words. Be aware that we cannot publish negative letters about individuals or businesses. Submit to: focus@focusonscugog.com