Community Gift Giving Program

Dear Editor

Hello, my name is Jillian Howsam, I am an Independent Sales Consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics and am participating in the “Community Gift Giving” program in partnership with the Port Perry Place LTC Home.

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”.  We will issue a receipt that can be used for advertising and promotion only.  All gifts will be delivered to the residents on Christmas morning. 

Thank you for helping to make this a bright Merry Christmas for the residents of the Port Perry Place LTC Home.

Thank you,

Jillian Howsam 905-432-5575

286 Rosa St., Port Perry L9L 1M5

Janet Howsam 905-985-2253

Cruisin’ Classics Car Club

Dear Editor

A select few people gathered together in a garage after Applefest in 1990 and Cruisin’ Classics Car Club was formed with an “aim to encourage and promote preservation and restoration of classic cars in Canada” and to “organize and promote fun events which include the whole family”.

We began with monthly cruise-ins at Port Perry IGA, then annual car shows at Scugog Shores Museum and expanded to weekly gatherings at various venues, most recently at Emmanual Community Church. 

For many years we have held twice-yearly food drives for the benefit of Operation Scugog and are extremely grateful for the generosity of all who gave both monetarily and non-perishable products.  Thousands of dollars and many truckloads of food and paper products have been delivered to this local charity.

COVID-19 brought our cruise-ins to a halt in 2020 on what would have been our 30th anniversary.  Recently we made the very difficult decision to cease public activities and donate all funds in our account to the food bank.

It was our pleasure to provide a cheque in the amount of $2,982.62 to Operation Scugog.  The funds were delivered in mid-November as a contribution to their 2023 Christmas Campaign.

On behalf of the Cruisin’ Classics Car Club, we wish to thank our members for their dedication and help, our local sponsors for such generosity and everyone who has attended any of our events.  We have enjoyed meeting many new people and will always cherish your friendship.

Bev VanKessel and Julie Williams

On behalf of Cruisin’ Classics Car Club

Port Perry Hospital Foundation 

Dear Editor

In November’s Focus issue, a community member shared their anger at being directed to Lakeridge Health’s Bowmanville Hospital for a CT scan. With the new CT scanner recently installed at Port Perry Hospital, the community member anticipated receiving their care here.

Having a CT scanner at the Port Perry Hospital was a long time coming. The CT scanner is here because of the incredible generosity of the north Durham community. I can fully understand the individual’s frustration.  So, I would like to share an update.

In the first four months of service, more than 1,000 people received their CT scan at Port Perry Hospital. For patients admitted to hospital, and patients in the Emergency Department in need of a CT scan, the process is well established. With increased access to CT scanning services when people are at their sickest, this is a game changer for our community.

However, there is still work to do. While many outpatients have had their CT scans at Port Perry Hospital, we know others who have had to travel outside of our community for this service. 

Diagnostic Imaging (DI) in collaboration with other departments continue to make gains, identifying opportunities to streamline bookings, and adding more outpatient CT scanning appointments. 

We are grateful for the community’s patience while access continues to improve. And on behalf of the team, I would also like to acknowledge those who have provided feedback that is helping to improve services. 

Rachel Agnoluzzi

CEO Port Perry Hospital Foundation 

A grateful Thumbs Up

Dear Editor

Thank you and thumbs up to George Sikma and the team at Green Tractors Port Perry. 

My wife and I bought a 5-year-old tractor at GTPP just prior to moving out to Belleville to retire on our hobby farm. 

The frost will soon be in the ground and with much work to do, our tractor’s alternator failed suddenly and it was going to be quite expensive to repair with no warranty left on that part. 

Green Tractors Port Perry worked with Green Tractors Kingston and in just a few days I now have my tractor back at no cost to me. 

Now we can concentrate on completing the horse fence before the snow flies. 

We will miss the wonderful hospitality Scugog’s people are known for.


John Vonk