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NOVEMBER 2021

THUMBS DOWN - while shaking head to the Town of Scugog. Instead of re-paving (or heaven forbid, repair) one of the choppiest roads in Durham (Middlemarch Rd, enroute to Oakridge Golf Course) they put fresh painted lines over all the potholes and cracks! Go see for yourself, but book an alignment soon after.

THUMBS UP - to the young lady from Seagrave that found my wallet in the parking lot outside of Papa John’s Pizza last Sunday (September 26). She took the time and effort to go out of her way to bring my wallet to my house on her way home with her pizza and refusing any reward and offer to pay for her pizza. There are still good and honest people in this world and I’m sure glad I met one on that day. Thank you again “Kind lady from Seagrave”.

THUMBS UP - to the gentleman who gives up his weekend time and goes to the fairgrounds and cleans up the garbage (cups, bottles, cans and wrappers) that have been left lying around the grounds and the stages from the night before.

THUMBS UP - You may remember that Focus on Scugog published a story on Blackstock’s Kirsten Welsh in November 2019. Well Kirsten made headlines recently, by becoming the first woman to be an OHL linesperson during a game between Mississauga and Guelph, with more to follow. Way to go Kirsten.

THUMBS DOWN - many irate residents voicing their displeasure that Scugog Council and staff are not required to be vaccinated and yet the message to everyone else is to get it! And we as residents, are not allowed in any township buildings, i.e. recreation centre, library, museum, the list goes on. Wherein does any of this make sense?

THUMBS UP - to Johnny & the Generics & Friends who played in front of Bob Prentice Barber Shop on October 1st in celebration of Port Perry’s 150th. When playing and entertaining the crowd with old favourites, they also raised
$1371.55 for the PPHF Here for You CT scanner.

 

OCTOBER 2021

THUMBS UP - to Judy Anderson who organized the concerts in the park this summer. A great selection of musical entertainment, that was most enjoyable. Let's hope the township encourages Judy to do it again next summer. Thanks Judy!

THUMBS UP - thank you to North Durham Regional Police who are now patrolling various Scugog roads and pulling over groups of cyclists who are not abiding by the rules of the road. Those of us who live on these rural roads and travelling with heavy farm equipment and livestock trailers are at times put in very awkward and dangerous positions when these cycling groups refuse to 'share' the road. Huge Thank You to DRPS.

THUMBS UP - to Andrew and Lynne. These two very kind people came to my rescue when my dog fell ill during a walk. Andrew lent me his son's wagon and gently lifted my dog into the wagon. Lynne took time out from her walk to pull the wagon, so that I could keep my dog calm. These two wonderful people saved the day for my dog and me. I am so very grateful for the kindness of strangers.

THUMBS DOWN - Shame on our farmers that now use airplanes to spray pesticides on their fields. It is bad enough to use these pesticides, but by using an airplane they also sprayed my property. It was all over my car and even going through the car wash, the wipers were still smearing. I had to use laundry detergent to clean the windshield! Who knows how many chemicals seeped into my soil. The Lord said, "We should respect our neighbours and that we are simply tenants of the land." I feel a lot of this land is now contaminated and that only specific genetically altered crops will grow. It seems as though we have missed the Lord's wishes on both accounts.

THUMBS UP - to four hard working employees, Lucy Lee, Madeleine Hardacre-Pearce, Travis Hanson, and Sarah Wynn, that each won a $1000 scholarship from Ginger and Sandy Jackson at McDonald's Restaurant in Port Perry.

 

SEPTEMBER 2021

THUMBS UP - to the workers at the Durham Regional Waste Facility on Reach Rd for being upbeat, cheerful and helpful. Also for always having treats ready for my two dogs - two big paws up for your generosity.

THUMBS DOWN - to all the people who have old dilapidated house trailers in their yard right out near the street. Totally against township bylaws. Nothing but an eye sore.

THUMBS UP - in late July, three boys were biking near the library on Old Rail Lane. I was bringing my husband home from hospital. He was sitting on his walker and slipped off the seat. I was not able to move him back. I called to the boys and they came running and successfully helped me get him back onto the seat. I called the ambulance and they helped him into the house. Thanks fellows for your quick response.

THUMBS DOWN - to those who continuously speed through residential areas, at all times of the day and night. Please SLOW down before someone is seriously injured or tragically killed.

THUMBS UP - to Port Perry's 150 committee! This hard working committee is made up of business people and residents who have volunteered countless hours to celebrate this momentous occasion, to showcase our town and reflect on our history through events and celebrations. A THUMBS UP as well to those who stepped up to organize and run some of these events. It is certainly not over yet, the fun continues through this month with a final celebration on October 3.

THUMBS UP - to Carol at Never Enough Wool for helping me complete my first "Knitted Knocker" for my cousin who had just had a mastectomy. I had questions about the pattern so I called the store and went through it with Carol and was able to finish knitting it. Also I did not have any polyester fill to stuff the knocker, and due to COVID, ordering on-line would have taken time. Carol was kind enough to give me some fill from her personal supply so I could finish the knocker and present it to my cousin. Thank you so much Carol! We are very fortunate to have people / shop owners like you in Port Perry!!

AUGUST 2021

THUMBS UP - to our Pet Valu and Paulmac stores for their support of the Walk for Dog Guides. During the campaign end review with all the different walk sites via Zoom, the Lions Foundation singled them out as outstanding supporters. They were on the leaderboard for the largest contributors. We can all learn from them. Thank you Pam and Scott.

THUMBS UP - from a reader to all the wonderful people that were in the dollar store by the Walmart on June 22 at 11 a.m. I was in the back of a long line up and the people in front of me overheard me mention my break from work was over in a couple minutes. So without me even asking, they all told me to go ahead of them so I would not be late for work! They were all so very nice and I really appreciated it, thank you.

THUMBS DOWN - to all those that lash out at our local businesses by posting a complaint on social media, without giving owner or manager the opportunity to discuss an issue. In most cases, issues can be resolved before damage is done. Please give them the opportunity and consideration, as most are short staffed and doing the best they can during these uncertain times. These are also the people that sponsor teams and donate to so many fundraisers. They deserve a chance to talk before being steam rolled.

THUMBS UP - to our garbage collectors doing hard physical work in all kinds of weather with cheerful good humour. One day I was standing in the back of my truck on Alma Street looking around for a neighbour in sight to help me with a large, heavy load. The approaching garbage truck driver waved at me and I returned his wave, and they picked up our load and started off. Suddenly the truck stopped, reversed and the tail rider asked me if I needed a hand! He came, and in a minute had solved my need of an extra set of hands. We all owe a debt of gratitude to these essential workers. To be so thoughtful and generous with their time was extraordinary!

THUMBS UP - to each and every person who continually gives to the many, many fundraisers throughout Scugog. There are so many to mention that we choose not too, in fear of leaving anyone out. Thank you Scugog!

 

JULY 2021

THUMBS UP - You can buy lovely homes and can hire talented landscapers, but you can't buy good neighbours. We are so blessed with ours. During a difficult time for us, our neighbours have gone above and beyond; cutting grass, trimming branches, offering everything from transportation and medical help to topsoil and homemade muffins.
What a wonderful neighbourhood. Thanks to all of you.

THUMBS DOWN - to the drivers who do not slow down and/or yield to traffic on their left, before entering the roundabout at the library/Water St. area. The yield signs are plainly obvious. I have noticed a few close calls due to this practice, this is not a four way stop! It is a traffic circle to allow vehicles smooth passage through the intersection. Please yield left to traffic already on the circle then proceed with caution.

THUMBS DOWN - Ever notice the lack of garbage and recycling bins on a construction site? The environment is not their problem. Some day your new dwelling's garden will push up a name brand coffee cup with cigarette butts in it.

THUMBS UP - to a very good Samaritan! On May 28 one of our Focus clients was out doing some errands and misplaced a cheque he had written for us. He reached out by messenger to let us know and had said maybe whoever found it might pop it through our mail slot. Lo and behold, that person did. Thanks from both our client and ourselves.

THUMBS UP - to all our restaurants and retail shops that once again rolled with the punches in order to swing open their doors and their patios safely on Friday June 11. There certainly was a wonderful buzz of electricity in the air.
Now if only we can get our hair/nail salons open!

THUMBS DOWN - to some tenants living above our businesses on Queen St. for putting their garbage out on non-pick up days. Please keep in mind that garbage is picked up early on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

 

MAY 2021

Publisher's Note:
As some of you may have seen our newsletter in April, this is a compilation of those and others that were emailed in to our office after the deadline.
Due to not publishing a June issue, we have also included a few more in this issue and hope to be back to our regular schedule in July.

THUMBS UP - Remember in our March 2021 issue, we had a story on the Queen of Butter Tarts? Eleanor Bailey had a goal to bake and deliver (with her husband Ralph as chauffeur) 5,500 butter tarts from last Easter until this Easter..... well they blew it away, 6298 in one year!
WTG, big thumbs up!

THUMBS DOWN - to the Ontario Ministry of Health as to why our funeral directors are not considered essential (as of April 15, 2021). They are in direct contact with people that have died from this horrible disease, in nursing homes, private residences and hospitals and with their families who have been exposed. Should have been on the front line list, and finally on May 3, they were included!

THUMBS UP - A local gentleman wanted to give a thumbs up to the person driving a burgundy Hummer through McDonalds drive-thru in early April. I hope you see this as you absolutely made my day by paying for my coffee.

THUMBS DOWN - to the commuters that transit Old Simcoe Road and continue to litter the ditches with beer cans, liquor bottles, cigarette packages and a host of other garbage. It's hard to fathom what kind of people would feel this was acceptable behaviour. But the real shock, today, was finding a severed goats head on the side of the road. That clearly is a new low.

THUMBS UP - to artist Hildy Smith, who presented Port Perry Hospital Foundation Here for Your campaign, with a cheque for $5000 on Tuesday May 11. The printing costs of Hildy's painting titled, 'Port Perry Winter Waterfront' was covered within the first day of sales and all sales since that day have been donated to the campaign. The print is still available at $65 (all donated) and The Framer's Gallery is offering a 50% off special on framing it as well.

THUMBS DOWN - Undeniable that construction industry should bear responsibilities for causing global warming. Activities related to building are responsible for 35% to 45% of CO2 releases into the atmosphere. The fresh air of Port Perry is being impacted. Yet, a subdivision builder gets rewarded for builder of the year.

THUMBS UP - to Medical Associates of Port Perry for the efficient communication and rollout of their vaccination clinic, and to our medical community for their continuing and heroic commitment to local health services throughout this challenging pandemic.

THUMBS DOWN - Volunteers wanted to give a great big thumbs down to the person who stole their extra-large recycling bin when it was left full on the west side of Old Simcoe Rd. north of 8th Line. People were picking up garbage in their commitment to the "Adopt a Road" program in celebration of Earth Day. They went to get it right after they had finished collection, and it was gone. They are hopeful that the thief will at least recycle its contents.

THUMBS DOWN - to the people using the Skateboard Park at the Scugog Community Centre that refuse to use the garbage can. I took my little guy there today and the grass was covered in garbage. It took an hour to clean it all up.

THUMBS UP - and a mega one at that, to the two unknown gentlemen who on April 30 prevented a steel platform full of potted plants from falling on me. As I was walking past the display, the incredible wind somehow dislodged the platform. I was unable to push it back nor could I let it go for fear of it falling on me. They together were able to get it back in place. My sincerest thanks to them. It could have been a disaster.

 

APRIL 2021

THUMBS UP - A reader sent in her sincerest thanks to our local Rotary Club and our local Library Board for their pandemic initiative named 'HOMEBOUND BOOKS'.
I recently found a paper bag full of pocket novels, from HOMEBOUND BOOKS, on my front porch. I'm a senior who lives alone and these books will bring me many hours of reading enjoyment. Thank you HOMEBOUND BOOKS!

THUMBS UP - to North End Fitness for working so hard to bring new and exciting exercise classes paired with super sweet and motivating tough instructors to keep us mentally and physically sane. As if that wasn't enough, they have already made such a mark on this community with their North Week: working with local businesses to provide free classes and prizes for donations to Operation Scugog.

THUMBS UP - to everyone who has donated to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation 'Here for You' campaign thus far. Also, to all the businesses that have stepped up and are offering a portion of their sales to go towards this cause. Times have been tough and yet this town just keeps on ticking and giving!

THUMBS DOWN - to those that insist on "light jumping" at Simcoe St. turning east on to 7A. Vehicles trying to jump the green light, advanced or not, and make the left hand turn, cutting off oncoming traffic. This seems to be a regular occurrence and it's a bad intersection with very limited visibility. Please be considerate to everyone on the road.

THUMBS UP - to the 100 Men of Scugog who so far have collected $3500 for the Port Perry Walk for Dog Guides fund for a Scugog resident, and to the owners of our local Pet Valu and Paulmacs and customers, who continue to raise funds all year round!

THUMBS UP - Another mention(s) to John Mackey for having continually kept the ice rinks cleared this past winter on the lake. Many people enjoyed it and made some unique memories.

 

MARCH 2021

THUMBS UP - to Doug Brown and Pharmacy Associates. They truly delivered contactless prescriptions and not insist that we walk through the store to hand in our prescriptions and then wait for them, reducing risk during this time of pandemic. We emailed a picture of our prescription and it was delivered within hours. The driver did ask for the original when he delivered. As always, Doug and Pharmacy Associates put the community first!

THUMBS UP - I have been impressed and grateful at how all the local churches have been working so hard to provide worship resources for all our churchgoers. They have all found ways to reach out by various Internet methods - zoom, video, voice mail, and weekly inspiring written forms of prayer. The clergy, musicians and dedicated parishioners deserve a real 'shout-out' and gratitude that they put their faith and care into action.

THUMBS DOWN - A reader dropped in this note on February 10, asking "When are our streets (Queen & Water) going to be cleaned up"? They are a hazard to vehicles who cannot park properly and pedestrians who have to walk on the street to get to a clean sidewalk. Most vehicles are parked out of the lines, as our parking spaces are partly covered with snow. Maybe our businesses' sales would pick up if people could park and walk safely to get to them.

THUMBS UP - to Trading Post, who as of February 8 has raised $10,000 for the Port Perry Hospital and is well on the way of reaching their goal of $25,000. Thanks to all who have generously donated and we continue to ask that you add to our collection jars.

THUMBS UP - to all of our restaurants who have gone above and beyond in keeping all of us well fed throughout this pandemic. And another thumbs up to all the take out menus for special occasions, i.e. Super Bowl, Family Day, Valentines Day, pop ups and so much more.

THUMBS UP - to Branching Out Florist and "Cupid". The flowers and cards with special messages made so many peoples' day. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, from the residents and staff at Port Perry Villa.

THUMBS UP - My wife and I are avid walkers and runners. In order to maintain social distancing it is sometimes necessary for us to run and or walk on the street. We would like to give a big thumbs up to the drivers in Port Perry. The vast majority will either slow down or move over for us if traffic flow permits. We typically give them a wave of thanks and will usually get a wave back. Thank-you drivers, we appreciate your courtesy.

THUMBS DOWN - I am writing about the park south of McDonalds. Our park has been turned into a snowmobile park, making it dangerous to walk our dogs or families through it. The damage being done is ridiculous; newly planted trees are now two thirds gone or damaged. Taking down and throwing no vehicles signs does not give you the right to endanger the public. Where is our enforcement?

 

FEBRUARY 2021

THUMBS UP - to Dana and her team at Dana's Goldsmithing on selling out of this year's Christmas ornaments. A record number of two thousand were sold and $10,000 has been donated to Port Perry Hospital Foundation. Over the twenty-year period Dana's has now donated $91,500. Two thumbs up to Dana, her staff and everyone who purchased these beautiful ornaments.

THUMBS UP - to Brent Clemens for his hard work clearing and keeping the skating path for the Williams Point residents in great shape. This selfless act in these unprecedented times, is greatly appreciated by all of us who have been able to get out and enjoy Lake Scugog while getting some much- needed exercise.

THUMBS DOWN - I'm not sure if it's the Township roads people who are responsible for handicapped parking, but I pulled into one of two spots in front of the post office on Saturday, and to my dismay, the snow bank along the sidewalk edge was so high, no one could have gotten out my passenger door, nor could I even assist because it had turned to thick icy banks that one could never traverse. The curbs should be cleared as soon as the plowing is finished in the downtown core, but the handicapped spaces, especially, should take precedence.

THUMBS UP - A reader wanted to give a big thumbs up to the Port Perry Medical Associates for waiving the parking fees during the ongoing pandemic. Every dollar helps these days!.

THUMBS UP - to Regional Councillor Wilma Wotten and Councillor Deborah Kiezebrink for their support of families from Williams Point, Caesarea and Beacock Road. After years of having school bus service, the DSTS has discontinued the routes on these dead end roads making longer walks and dangerous bus stops. With the councillors support on YouTube, we hope that the DSTS will reconsider and provide a solution that will be a happy and safe one for our children. https://youtu.be/__pCVNLsUKk

 

DECEMBER 2020

THUMBS UP - to Port Perry Beer Store and the many members of our community who donated their empties and made donations in support of Port Perry Hospital Foundation and its frontline heroes. An incredible $5,240.20 was raised that will help our local Port Perry Hospital respond to COVID and other urgent needs. Cheers North Durham!

THUMBS DOWN - to the person feeding seemingly unlimited quantities of peanuts every day to the squirrels in our neighborhood. There are so many peanuts that the squirrels are digging up lawns and gardens in an attempt to bury them. Aside from the damage done by all the digging, peanuts are not a healthy food choice for squirrels and in such large quantities can be harmful or even fatal.

THUMBS UP - to Old Flame Brewing Co. for capturing Gold for their Helles Lager in the North American Style Premium Lager category and Silver for their Hazy Blonde in the Kellerbier/Zwickelbier category at the most recent Canadian Brewing Awards. Coming off their win, the brewery now boasts nine medals over the past five years in the competition's lager categories - making them the most awarded craft lager brewery in Canada since 2015 as per the Canadian Brewing Awards!

THUMBS UP - to the organizers from the Port Perry-Prince Albert United Churches House Tour for their donation of $1000 to Community Care Durham. Although the house tour did not take place in the traditional sense, due to
COVID-19, participants were asked to purchase tickets to support charitable organizations including; CCD, Joanne's House, YWCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters North Durham and North House.

THUMBS DOWN - to the grader operator who last graded Mckee Road and left piles of heavy dirt and gravel all along the frontage of our lawn. This is hard labour to rake (what we can) and not acceptable as a taxpayer. In the spring, we deal with stones flung 20 feet onto our lawn from winter snow plowing, not to mention living with the never-ending dust! Please do a much more considerate job of it.

THUMBS UP - to Port Perry Taxi for offering no charge for rides to and from the food bank.

 

NOVEMBER 2020

THUMBS UP - to Mark Fletcher, outgoing President, Port Perry Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. Mark has just finished three years as Foundation President, a voluntary leadership role that started just prior to the Port Perry Hospital fire and ended during the challenges of COVID. He's worked incredibly hard through many challenging times on behalf of our hospital and community. Mark now holds the office of Past President. He deserves our gratitude; so if you see him, please remember to say thanks.

THUMBS DOWN - to all the households who have 3 or 4 cars and consistently park on both sides of residential streets, which interferes with the normal flow of traffic and is an eye sore. Use your garage for your extra cars!

THUMBS UP - to the Port Perry Lions Club who collected just over $1,000 during a bottle drive they held this past August. They donated the money to Big Brothers Big Sisters North Durham for the Scout Hall Restoration fund.

THUMBS DOWN - to all the cat owners in Prince Albert who let their animals run wild. These cats are the worst predators of songbirds not to mention chipmunks and bunnies. And just so you know, the pet bylaw does not allow for "pets" to be unleashed when not on your own property.

THUMBS UP - to Kelly's on Queen for selling Canadian made non-medical face masks and donating all the proceeds, $5,000 to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation. That's a lot of masks! So appreciated by everyone.

THUMBS DOWN - to the federal official(s) who granted exemptions to Uline executives for their visit to Canada. (The personnel flew to Canada, did not quarantine, went to its distribution centre and conducted a mass meeting wherein they prohibited attendees the wearing of masks).

THUMBS UP - Kudos to the 'guys' doing the roadwork on Highway 7A to Blackstock/Caesarea. They've done a great job and have been working late into the night (I presume not to disrupt day traffic) and their hard work is appreciated.

THUMBS DOWN - to the scammers and their spoofing. They are putting 985 exchanges on call display hoping people will answer when they see a local number. When you google these numbers many businesses' names appear including, P.P. Medical Centre but with their real numbers. Scammer numbers to name a few are; 985-5957, 4956, 1751. These are desperate characters.

 

OCTOBER 2020

THUMBS UP - to Community Living Durham North (CLDN) for being so proactive in protecting their staff and residents during COVID. They continue to keep ahead of the wave by being extra cautious around our fragile residents and providing more support, education, and PPE to their front-line workers. They along with the Union, CUPE, are doing morale boosting draws for staff, recognizing the great job they are doing in these trying times. Great place to work and be.

THUMBS DOWN - it is bad enough that my back street neighbor idles a vehicle for more than 30 minutes in the winter. There is no reason to idle for 10 minutes or more in the summer. I love the way the lights from an idling automobile pollute my space at 5 a.m.

THUMBS DOWN - Port Perry is losing a great number of mature trees this year, some to disease, but mostly to rampant construction. Large mature trees not only make the town more attractive and increase real estate values; they provide many other benefits as diverse as reducing energy bills and reducing overall personal stress levels.

THUMBS UP - to the Parks Department of Scugog Township for doing a great job grooming Reflection Park to make it an inviting location in the downtown core. No doubt the many students involved in the Reflection Park Project appreciate your time and care to maintain its beauty.

THUMBS DOWN - to the woman at the grocery store on Friday, Sept. 4th, at around 4:15 p.m. I’m sorry for taking so long at customer service. The ticket reader would not read my ticket, the debit machine would not read the chip on my debit card, neither of which gives you the right to yell at me “Are you done yet?” You are rude and have no patience. In this day and age a little kindness makes all the difference.

THUMBS UP - On the weekend (September 5, 2020) we had Jeff’s BBQ out to our house to cater our wedding. Words cannot express the gratitude and thanks we have for them! They went above and beyond their job and provided all of our guests with an exceptional meal. We can’t thank them enough and are so pleased they were able to join in our joyous celebration. We would like to pass on two BIG thumbs up.

THUMBS DOWN - as we all continue to wind our way through this pandemic, wanted to suggest that people stop using Facebook and other social media to take shots at our businesses who are trying their best to keep themselves and everyone else safe, whilst opening their doors for all services, retail and/or patio or restaurant dining. If you are uncomfortable with service or protocols, please discuss with owner/manager face to face, rather than taking it to social media, or stay home until you feel safe.

THUMBS DOWN - to those who pile their donations at donation bins on the ground when the bin is full. Your donations become garbage at that point and cannot be used. If the bin is full wait till it is emptied or in the case of Diabetes Association, call and arrange for a pickup. On top of this, items piled up around the boxes are definitely an eye sore to the community.

 

SEPTEMBER 2020

THUMBS UP - A reader asked for this inclusion in thumbs (which is appreciated and enjoyed). As a customer, I am grateful and happy that all staff members of our local stores are so kind, relaxed and helpful, while still observing safety methods. Friends in Oshawa and surrounding towns tell me they find much less enjoyable experiences.

THUMBS UP - to all of the servers and staff of businesses and restaurants in Port Perry who are wearing their masks properly.

THUMBS DOWN - to some of the residents of Aldred Drive who had weeds cut from their beach and did not have the courtesy to remove them. They floated over to Caesarea
plugging our beaches. Totally uncalled for.

THUMBS DOWN - How sad it was for me to read the thumbs down comment regarding “not wearing masks”. As a small coffee shop owner, it was extremely difficult to obtain the necessary protective equipment in the frenzied procurement of PPE when our hospitals couldn’t even obtain the correct equipment!! My store followed all guidelines for masks and other protective equipment as soon as they could be obtained in the insanity of Covid-19! And, when they became mandatory, all staff members, even those with medical conditions (such as Asthma), wore and continue to wear masks. We welcome all our customers to speak to us personally regarding any concerns in our store … communicating through Focus with a ‘thumbs down’ is of no benefit to anyone.

THUMBS UP - to Penny’s Mini Mart and how this little community has come together during these hard times and have shone brightly, that’s why we love living in small town Blackstock.

THUMBS UP - to Dr. Steve Russell, Chair, Oak Ridges Hospice for an update (July 31- YOUTUBE) on the progress of our new palliative care residence. Very impressive to see and even more so through the pandemic. Check it out or make a donation:
www.oakridgeshospice.com


 

AUGUST 2020

THUMBS UP - to the whole Focus team for the determination and hard work it took to keep our “Scugog Lifeline” threading it’s way through our lives and our community over these last several weeks. You have provided us with continuous stories, revelations and announcements and we thank you for that from the bottom of our hearts. We will be happy to have the magazine back on our coffee tables but we want you to know in the last many weeks you went above and beyond to keep your service, information and messages flowing.

THUMBS DOWN - to all the residents, tourists and even our local favourite coffee shop for not wearing masks while walking and shopping at our local shops and even serving coffee without being behind a barrier. Shame on you!

THUMBS DOWN - to business owners and staff in the downtown, who use up precious on-street parking spaces to park the entire day while at work. With a severe lack of parking spaces available, along with a proposal to close Queen St. to vehicles on weekends – eliminating even more parking – it is crucial to keep on-street parking available for customers.

THUMBS UP - During the sweltering heat wave in early July, as I was standing outside in line-up at CIBC, out came an employee offering water to all those waiting patiently to get in to the teller. When I finished there, I walked up Queen St., and noticed that TD Canada Trust had some large umbrellas out for their customers to stand under to help shade them. Very thoughtful!

Thought we would share a few of the past THUMBS UP from a couple of our newsletters, in case you missed them!

THUMBS UP - to Emmerson Insurance Brokers and The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group. They just sent me a pay-it-forward cheque for $100, because of difficult times. How amazing is that? The note along with the cheque from The Commonwell Insurance Group stated ‘we’re paying it forward, so together we can make a difference for our members and our community”.

THUMBS UP - Speaking of The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, it spurred on the Puckrin & Latreille Real Estate Team to truly pay it forward, once again, as they in turn donated $1000 to Port Perry Hospital Foundation in it’s fight against COVID-19. Tanya Latreille’s message on Facebook, read in part, “together we want to show that we can make a difference as well in our community. We encourage every one to pay it forward and be kind”.

THUMBS UP - to all Scugog businesses that have had to adapt to a completely different way of doing business over the past couple of months – from curbside to take-out, to putting all protocols and safety features in place, in order for all of us to be able to make each and every day as normal as it possibly can be! Thanks to all of you!

 

APRIL 2020

THUMBS UP - to the kind, off-duty fireman who took the time out of his supper at the Foundry to make sure I was okay after I ingested something I was allergic to. Thankfully I was alright, but this guy brought me a glass of water, went through his emergency checklist with me and made sure everyone knew I was okay. We live in the best town!

THUMBS DOWN - to the person who parked and blocked the snow cleared entrance to a neighbouring business while attending a fitness class and making the other’s customers walk through the snow after the major snowfall (Thursday February 27). Try parking a little further away in the parking lot and not taking up all the frontage parking spaces while you work out for an hour.

THUMBS UP - to the diligent workers who are building the Hospice. They are working through sub zero temperatures and snowstorms.

THUMBS UP - to the gentleman who reminded me to take my money from the ATM at the CIBC on March 2. I was somewhat distracted with all the transactions I had finished doing, and would have forgot, had it not have been for him. This is a wonderful community to be a part of where we still have people watching out for one another.

THUMBS UP - to the lady who drives one of Scugog’s snowplow trucks. We live on Josephine Street in Prince Albert, which has a very narrow and sharp curve at the beginning of the street just at our driveway. This lady is very particular about the snow she plows in that area even backing up and going around a couple of times to ensure the corner is safe....thumbs up for a great job!

THUMBS UP - and thank you to the Piano Café for bringing soup and buns to striking public school teachers.

THUMBS UP - a big shout out, thank you, and thumbs up to the kind lady that stopped to see if my daughter was okay following a minor collision on the corner of Simcoe and 7A. So grateful for our wonderful community!

THUMBS UP - to Brad Martyn, of Martyn Mini Hoe, for doing a fantastic job plowing my driveway after the two-day Snowmageddon at the end of February.

 

MARCH 2020

THUMBS UP - to John Whyte of Joy’s Candy and Landon Beacock of Landon’s Tree Service, for donating dog dispensers and dog waste bags to our new dog park. Paw’s up!

THUMBS DOWN - to the garbage collectors who throw the bins so carelessly that they block driveways. Twice in the last month, I’ve not been able to get in my own driveway without parking on the side of the road to move the bins first. Show some consideration, please. THUMBS UP - to those garbage collectors who thoughtfully and carefully place the bins on the side of the driveway and off the road. Thank you!

THUMBS DOWN - to those who think it’s a good idea to bring small children and babies to our dog park. It’s irresponsible of you! Please refrain from doing this.

THUMBS UP - After my pug Luna got out of her harness, and ran out onto the street, this wonderful lady stopped her car and gave me dog treats to coax her back. Once again, got to love this small town, anywhere else it could have been a very different outcome!

THUMBS UP - to the local vendors taking away the option of supplying us with plastic bags. Some offer a paper bag option or force us to re-use our own bags. Good on them. I won’t name the two I have noticed recently as I would be missing too many others that do the same. Going to be tougher for the larger stores and supermarkets to address this issue but we need to start somewhere.

THUMBS UP - I went to the Emergency at Port Perry Hospital this past Saturday (February 1) with awful abdominal pain. By the time I was ready to go home that night I had improved from when I walked in. I am extremely grateful for the doctors, nurses and staff there, and all that they do. My most heartfelt thank you to all of them.

 

FEBRUARY 2020

THUMBS UP - Thank you so much to the stranger who returned my wallet at Vos’ Independent in December. I left my wallet in the cart and was so very grateful to get it back with the $100 that was in it. I love my little town, full of kind, honest people. Thanks again very kind stranger.

THUMBS UP - In early December, my wife was making an $8 purchase at the Dollar Tree store here in town. When the cashier requested payment from her, an unknown woman reached over my wife and gave her a twenty dollar bill and told my wife she could keep the change. My wife initially reused the kind offer, but the woman insisted, saying that she lost her husband recently and he left her with more money than she knows what to do with. My wife accepted the offer and told the woman she was an angel.
A shout out to the Port Perry angel.

THUMBS DOWN - to the ignorant and selfish people who are abusing our new dog park!! (dated Jan 1, 2020). We went for the first time, and had to side step dog crap from every angle. How disgusting that people are ruining the experience for everyone by being too lazy to bend over and pick up his or her dog’s crap!!!

THUMBS UP - Many residents (Focus included) wanted to give a thumbs up to Team Canada Junior Hockey Team and local Ty Dellandrea for bringing home the gold medal!

THUMBS DOWN - to those who shoplift! Each and every one of our businesses support our town in many different ways and it was especially sad to hear that a customer of our charity store here in town, saw someone place items in a bag and proceed to walk out the door! This thief is robbing all of us, as all proceeds from the shop go directly to our hospital!

THUMBS DOWN - to people who move to a rural area and leave their bright LED house lights on all hours of the night for seemingly no particular reason; this is light pollution!!!! We enjoy the night sky and the stars. We understand you are proud of your new home but people can enjoy it during the day. Please shut off your lights.

THUMBS UP - to Pharmacist Doug Brown who, following my recent surgery, went to Oshawa on a Saturday night to pick up required meds not available in Port, then made an after hours house call to deliver and administer the necessary injection and returned on Sunday with additional supplies in hand to assist us to do the injections ourselves. Mr. Brown’s kindness was above and beyond and was truly appreciated and needs to be recognized. This is just another example of how people in this small town care for one another.

 

JANUARY 2020

THUMBS DOWN - Few residents from Port Perry and Scugog Township showed up for a well thought out presentation of potential pedestrian and bicycle routes throughout the town and surrounding area at the Scugog council chambers Thursday evening, November 21. We should be taking more interest in the safe movement of our fellow citizens young and old that don’t rely on the car shuttle all of the time.

THUMBS DOWN - to the individual or organization responsible for taking down several lawn signs during November, advertising for the Port Perry Seniors Club Annual Bazaar, which is a non-profit organization run by its members. How disgusting!!!

THUMBS UP - to Peter Bethlenfalvy and Lindsey Park for clarifying the health regulations and bringing them into the 21st century by allowing businesses the choice of letting dogs in low risk packaged foods locations. This was due to an anonymous malicious complaint against Uxbridge’s
The Second Wedge Brewing Company tradition.

THUMBS DOWN and UP - One resident sent it in just like this: DOWN, due to the fact my seat belt and man bag keep popping my Remembrance Day poppy off and I lose it, people question me as to why I am not wearing one. I have the right not to wear one if I choose not to. So many people jump to a conclusion without justifying their actions. Funny, the poppy stands to honour the men and women who fought for this freedom. The UP side? I had to buy 5 or 6 poppies, so the Legion got more money.

THUMBS UP - to the whiskers and moustache of Devon Smith. Devon has been raising money every year since 2012 for the Movember Foundation (raising awareness of men’s health issues) and this year he raised a whopping $4,999 exceeding the goal he set for himself of $3,800. He raised a grand total over the years of $14,000. Thumbs up to Devon and all those who supported him and this cause.

THUMBS DOWN - to all the dog owners out there who walk their dogs off leash. I am so tired of dogs running toward me and their owners saying, “don’t worry, he’s friendly” and then have these dogs jump on me or lick me. Dog owners need to realize that not all people love dogs nor appreciate them jumping on us. I am certain there is a by-law regarding off-leash dogs, so how about you abide by the law?

THUMBS DOWN - (received Tuesday December 10). I just walked down Queen St. along the Santa Claus parade route from Saturday night and was appalled at the mess left. Piles of candy left on the snow. Coffee cups, cigarette butts. It is not just Queen Street but everywhere.
Please clean up. How can we expect our governments to act on climate change when we can’t pick up our garbage?

 

DECEMBER 2019

THUMBS DOWN - to Canada Post, for placing a community mailbox on Highway 7A. When getting our mail we have to back out on to Highway 7A in an 80 km zone. Mail delivery personnel and 20 local citizens at risk every day getting their mail.

THUMBS UP - I would like to acknowledge and give a big thumbs up to Deborah Kiezebrink - Councillor Ward 4 for hosting the 2nd Port Perry Brownies and Sparks at the Township. Councillor Kiezebrink planned a fun night where the girls learned all about the duties of the Scugog council and even got to participate in a mock meeting, role playing the mayor and council members. Thank you to the Scugog Council for introducing these young girls to local politics.

THUMBS UP - a number of residents emailed and called our office, wanting to give a thumbs up to the Township of Scugog Recreation Department for updating the playground equipment at Poplar Park. Neighbourhood kids are LOVING it!

THUMBS DOWN - to the traffic lights at 7A between Water St. and Carnegie Rd. Although I don’t cross here too often, I have seen countless vehicles going through the red light and also vehicles making a right turn off Water St. onto 7A, and many times only looking toward the Causeway, not to pedestrians who may be crossing the street.

THUMBS DOWN - to the person who stole my neighbour’s baby stroller from their driveway! This is an expensive item for a new parent to have to replace because of someone’s thoughtlessness.

THUMBS DOWN - to the Township of Scugog for tearing up a portion of Nestleton Road and instead of re-paving it you keep dropping more gravel. Fix our roads Scugog!

THUMBS UP and DOWN - a daughter of a war veteran mailed in this note. Thumbs up to all those in Port Perry wearing poppies during Remembrance Day and a huge Thumbs Down to those who didn’t…. Shame on you! If it weren’t for the brave men and women who served in WWll, you wouldn’t be reading this magazine. So redeem yourself and buy a poppy next year and wear it proudly, you owe it to our veterans because they fought for our Democracy.

THUMBS UP - to the Township of Scugog snowplough driver who saw me struggling to move my snow tires closer to my car from the shed. Once he was finished ploughing our cul-de-sac north of Port Perry, he hopped out of his truck and gave me a hand. Much appreciated!

 

NOVEMBER 2019

THUMBS UP - to the incredible efforts of Scugog Council for the Arts’ Marion Meyers and Melissa Rada, who along with our amazing local artists donated their talent and their time to bring the Healing Ceilings project to life. And a second THUMBS UP to the many generous donors who sponsored a ceiling tile. So many people came together to add a little beauty to difficult days for the patients at Port Perry Hospital.

THUMBS DOWN - to whoever put traffic cones (presumably the film crew) on most of the parking spaces at the Latcham Centre on Tuesday (October 1) while no obvious work was being done. This is a very busy seniors’ location and many of them cannot walk further to events in the hall. This is only going to get worse in the winter months.

THUMBS UP - to Port Perry’s McMurtry Law and the ‘Amazing Race’ organizers for such a well-organized charity event. Manning the pickleball challenge, we saw 160 participants who were having “a blast” enjoying the whole experience. Great job and hopefully it will continue to be an annual event.

THUMBS DOWN - Queen St. from downtown to Rosa St. is a sea of garbage – wrappers, cans, food containers – much of it on private property. Many properties surrounding the high school have become hangouts and dumping grounds. Groups of youth walk the streets during lunch hour using filthy language and shout it out louder when asked to stop. Being a teen is not an excuse for being disrespectful to people or to the community.

THUMBS UP - to the organizers and their volunteers of the 19th annual Cartwright Fall Festival. Once again this year, it was so much fun and extremely successful!

THUMBS DOWN - to the racetrack from Coates Rd. to Shirley Rd., on Simcoe. How many more fatalities will it take for improved sightlines and lower speed limits? We as homeowners have been given the bird and horns honking long enough. Our kids are expected to go to Purple Woods or Shirley lot for bussing, which DDSB assumes safer walking along Simcoe St. Our condolences to all involved and thanks to emergency response staff, during the fatal accident early October.

 

OCTOBER 2019

THUMBS UP - to Carey Nicolson and the actors of Theatre on the Ridge. It was an excellent summer ofCanadian and International plays. We are so fortunate to have them here in Port Perry.

THUMBS DOWN - to those who put their garbage out two days before pickup. It’s not only an eye sore, it attracts animals and the garbage is blown onto the property next door. Please have consideration for your neighbours.

THUMBS UP - to all the volunteers who help make our Port Perry Fair such a great success. However,
THUMBS DOWN - to those volunteers who are so eager to finish up that they totally disrupt the final entertainment act by stacking all the empty audience chairs during the performance. How disrespectful to the band!

THUMBS DOWN - to the people that feel they can park as long as they like in the 15-minute parking spots at the Medical Associates of Port Perry. I waited for 10 minutes and not one of the four cars there moved. I decided to stay to see just how long it would take and they were all there for 25 minutes before one person came out. I went into the pharmacy and there was nobody in there, so that made me think they were using it for appointments.

THUMBS UP - a local resident wrote in, “I am literally watching this happen right now” (Tuesday September 4) and made me smile. A man and his little boy are picking up garbage in the Bay and Rosa area. A lot of garbage (beer cans, red solo cups, food wrappers, etc.) were left on our lawns and roads from fair goers. It’s really lovely to see someone going the extra mile to keep our community clean and teaching his young son to do the same. Perhaps a thumbs down to all those that thought it was ok to throw their garbage on the ground.

THUMBS UP - This resident writes ‘a green’ thumbs up for all the lovely planters and hanging baskets on our patios, businesses and lamp posts.They all add to the beauty of our town.

THUMBS UP - to Brent Herrington! Congratulations on being in the top three of the Ontario’s Finest Butcher finals. Please know the whole community is behind you as you compete at the Meat Industry Expo on Friday October 25, in Niagara Falls.

THUMBS UP - Thank you to Durham Region for adding the bike lanes along Highway 57 in Caesarea when doing pipe work and re-paving the road. It shows some forethought for the residents who don’t have transportation’s needs. Now all we need is for the 7A crew to pave the shoulder and make bike lanes so that we can actually get to town safely (fingers crossed).

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

THUMBS DOWN - to those of you that walk your dog in Cartwright Fields or any of our parklands and don’t clean up after them. You make the responsible dog owners look bad. How would you feel about your children or grandchildren playing in the mess you leave behind? Personally I do not appreciate stepping in your mess and I am sure the soccer and baseball players do not appreciate sliding in it either. Our park is not your dumping ground.
Editor’s note; we receive multiple thumbs down on this subject throughout the spring and summer months.

THUMBS UP - to the one in ten power boaters on Lake Scugog who give way to the slower rowing shells. Not only is it marine law that slower boats have the right of way, but it is the sensible and courteous thing to do. These rowing shells are very low on the water and very easily flipped by the wake caused by motorized boats as they careen crazily past.

THUMBS UP - to my very nice and helpful neighbours on Earl Cuddie Blvd. Special thanks to Vernon who ran out to help when my dog picked up a bone in the field and had it wedged in his wide-open mouth, behind his front teeth. I couldn’t get it out, it was stuck there and of course I was in a panic. Vernon was calm, patient, gentle and he managed to break it in to two smaller pieces. Saved the day!

THUMBS UP - on behalf of the citizens of Caesarea, I would like to thank Mike and Debbie Davidson and helpers for the fireworks displays they put on for May 24th and July 1st at Peace Park. The displays were great and are really appreciated. Thanks again.

THUMBS DOWN - to Health Canada (Ontario) for approving outdoor grow-ops (Cannabis) without consideration for neighbouring residential properties.
I have no issue with growing Cannabis when the health benefits are obvious, however, when thousands of plants are growing less than 100 feet from your front door and the odour is overpowering, it greatly diminishes the enjoyment of one’s home. Health Canada’s outdoor approvals are not aligned with our municipal governments to properly plan protocols and by-laws. Another initiative by our present government with no thought to residential homeowners.

THUMBS DOWN - to the paving crews working on Regional Road 57 south of Caesarea for not taking their garbage (coffee cups, water bottles, drink bottles) with them at the end of their job. Leaving them all over the sides of the road is unacceptable. Shame on them for not cleaning up after themselves.

THUMBS UP - to organizers Shari Bown, Ronna Collard, Cheryl and all the hard working Caesarea volunteers including Beacon Marina and the Caesarea Firefighters, for once again holding their very successful Regatta from August 2 to 4. What a great old-fashioned community event celebrating living on the lake, which has been running strong since 1928!

 

AUGUST 2019

THUMBS DOWN - to those people whose dogs bark during the night, especially later than 10 p.m. Warm spring and summer nights mean that windows are open. When dogs bark loudly in the neighbourhood it can make getting to sleep or even staying asleep very difficult for many of us. Please, when you let your dogs out at night, stay near the door and let them in on the first or second bark. Do not leave them barking for up to 30 minutes.

THUMBS DOWN - to those cyclists who do not obey the traffic signs. They too should stop for stop signs.

THUMBS UP - Thank you to the kind gentleman at the garden centre who came along and unloaded five bags of dirt for me, and then returned the cart. The previous week I had hurt my back, so I was so grateful for his kind and special gesture.

THUMBS DOWN - to the Township of Scugog for not maintaining our roads, thus placing Carnegie Beach Road the 9th worst road in Ontario. How embarrassing for the town of Port Perry and for those who live on it!

THUMBS DOWN - to customers who make inappropriate comments about cashiers. If you can’t say anything nice – keep your mouth shut.

THUMBS UP - to Miller Waste crews for doing such a great job keeping our waste under control. The crews are also friendly and courteous.

THUMBS DOWN - Just back from Roar by the Shores car show, the portable washrooms in Palmer Park were disgusting. I went to use them just after 8 a.m. and they were “full” and very dirty! Surely the township knew this event was on and “should have had them pumped out” the day before! Attendance was well over 300 vehicles from all over and this looked terrible and not what should have been expected!

THUMBS UP - A local resident sent in a good news note. She had left her purse in a hospital bathroom and lo and behold, it was returned! What a great town we live in.

Rebuttal - to the Thumbs Down in June Focus issue (page 20) regarding the reduction of the speed limit to 60 km an hour as you leave Port Perry heading north. The reduction of the speed limit was done after numerous accidents had occurred along Simcoe. Exiting our streets onto Simcoe was becoming increasingly dangerous due to speeding traffic. After our petition with many signatures was submitted to Township Council and the Durham Region, it was agreed that this was long overdue, especially since most municipalities have a speed limit of 60 km within the urban boundary area of which this is. So be respectful and stay within the speed limit, this is not a racetrack.

 

 

JULY 2019

THUMBS UP - to the Good Samaritan who found my lost keys in December. Luckily there was a War Amps key tag on the key ring, so the person put it in a mailbox and War Amps traced the number back to me (albeit, an old one, so it took time to track me down) and my keys were sent back a few months later. It is nice to live in a small town where people care about each other. Also, renew your War Amps support – the more up-to-date their records are, the faster their amazing service works!

THUMBS UP
- to the township staff / board of Town Hall 1873 Theatre for replacing the neglected outdoor lights, etc. over the Queen St. door. The magnificent old world style lamps draw attention to the other features, well done! Can we please keep the original name ‘Town Hall 1873’? Change is not always good.

THUMBS UP - to the wonderful nurses at the Medical Building in the Central Nursing Department. Over the years I’ve always been greeted with smiling faces and treated with respect, kindness and compassion. I wanted to wish them Happy Nurses Week May 6-12 (unfortunately I missed the June Focus deadline). They deserve “two thumbs up”.

THUMBS DOWN
- I get that sitting outside having a drink or eating is nice, but taking up parking spots on the main street to me isn’t right. People have a hard time finding parking spots as it is. Why can’t the patios be in the back of the stores instead? I just think the town should look at parking issues before taking up spots for a patio.

THUMBS UP - So great to see some restaurant owners have opened their patios on Queen and Water Streets in Port Perry. I love being able to sit outside and visit with friends over a light lunch or a drink during our short summers. Two thumbs up to the BIA and township for bringing them back again this year.

THUMBS UP - to Durham Transit who did reinstate the service through Prince Albert as of the beginning of June. Unfortunately it was after our issue had gone to the press! Prince Albert and Scugog thank you for acting so quickly!

THUMBS DOWN - to Port Perry drivers who have no regard for pedestrians. I have often been almost hit by a driver in a car coming out of a driveway only looking at oncoming traffic and not the sidewalk and my mother was just hit a few days ago!


JUNE 2019

THUMBS UP - Our young family (wife, 3-year-old, 2-year-old, 7-month-old, and I) went to Sweet Maple for breakfast to celebrate my wife’s birthday on April 20. It was a bit hectic for us trying to feed kids and ourselves, as most parents with young kids can understand.
As I went up to pay someone generously had already paid for our entire meal. We feel very blessed to be part of a great community.

THUMBS DOWN - to Durham Transit for cutting out 16 stops and totally cutting service through Prince Albert. Their slogan is Connecting Communities - think again!

THUMBS UP - to Old Flame Brewing Co., for bringing home another Gold medal for their Brunette Munich Dunkel and a Silver for Raven, their black lager, at the Canadian Brewing Awards in Toronto in early May.

THUMBS DOWN - to the person or persons who decided to lower the speed limit to 60 kms an hour as you leave Port Perry heading north.

THUMBS DOWN (May 2019) – turns into a
THUMBS UP - The woman that made the mistake of cutting in line at the car wash, is taking full responsibility for her actions, and is very sorry for the inconvenience she may have caused to others. She also apologizes
and knows not to do this again.

THUMBS UP - to Maggie Davison, owner of Port Perry Auto Supply. Maggie was featured in Carcare Business, Canada’s Premier Car Care and Repair Business Magazine (April 2019). The column titled ‘Leader Profile’ with the headline Lead by Example contains Maggie’s business acumen since 1981.

THUMBS UP - Again this year, Brent and Jacqueline Herrington of Herrington’s Quality Butchers, are offering up their fundraiser, “For Goodness Steak”. Purchase a $90 box of 10 oz. New York Striploin Steaks and $20 will be donated to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation, now until July 1st long weekend. Steak for you, win for our hospital! Way to go Herrington’s!

THUMBS UP - to Doug Brown. In recognition of his 25th anniversary, Doug is matching every donation made, dollar for dollar, to a maximum of $5,000 to raise $10,000 for the Port Perry Hospital Foundation. Let’s all help Doug help our hospital!

OOPSIE! - In our May 2019 Thumbs, page 18, we incurred an error. Our final thumbs in the column stated THUMBS UP and should in fact have been a THUMBS DOWN. We apologize for the error.

 

MAY 2019

THUMBS UP - to all the drivers who slow down beside me as I'm walking my dog. These days as the weather is getting warmer and the roads are becoming slushy and messy, it's nice to not get splattered with slushy crap! You're consideration is well appreciated!

THUMBS DOWN - to people that litter by throwing garbage, i.e. cups, food wrappers, cigarette butts etc. out their car windows. It is especially bad and unsightly around the boat launch here in town. People, please show some respect for everyone else, by not littering!

THUMBS UP - to Focus on Scugog magazine, for mailing its publication instead of throwing it, wrapped in non bio-degradable plastic, into driveways, snow banks and mud puddles all over the township.

THUMBS DOWN - On a recent visit to the car wash, a resident was very upset with the inconsiderate person who cut right in front of her to go into the bay that she was waiting for. The proper protocol is for vehicles to line up ahead of one bay to enter, not to proceed to the first one that opens up. Consideration and patience are undervalued these days.

THUMBS UP - to the compassionate young woman who pulled her car to a stop at a busy intersection in town recently to perform a loving, but heartbreaking task. Exiting her car, she pulled on some blue gloves before kneeling down and gently lifting the lifeless remains of a beautiful orange cat, obviously killed by a passing vehicle. Big hearts deserve recognition so please award her. "Two Thumbs Up".

THUMBS DOWN - to whoever took the Scugog annual clothing sale sign from the causeway. This sign is a vital part of advertising for our semi-annual sale. Proceeds of this sale go to support Big Brothers and Big sisters in our community. Shame on the person who felt they needed to take this.


APRIL 2019

THUMBS UP - A very grateful resident wanted to give a big thumbs up to the waste collector men who picked up her blue boxes mid February from a snow pile at the end of her driveway and brought them right up to her garage door! Thanks so much.

THUMBS DOWN - on pedestrians in grocery store parking lots who without looking one way or another walk behind cars that are already backing out. Pedestrians lack of attention puts a terrible onus on drivers to brake hard and fast.

THUMBS UP - to the Ontario Hydro One crew who responded to sparking wires on a 20-metre high transformer pole on Aldred Drive, Scugog Island. In spite of an evening blizzard-like snowstorm on February 25, the crew responded promptly and worked under severe conditions to correct the problem. We are very fortunate to be blessed with these efficient professionals.

THUMBS UP - further to the above-mentioned date, we would like to give a big thumbs up to all snowplow and emergency crews who worked through treacherous conditions, while most stayed within the comforts of their homes.

THUMBS UP - to the Mulligan's Golf League, a charitable golf group who recently donated $2,000 to Port Perry Canadian Tire Jumpstart charity. This charity helps make sport and play accessible to local kids. A win for everyone!

THUMBS UP - A resident writes "thumbs up to the Port Perry Refugee Support Group for continuing to raise funds now, to bring siblings of already settled Syrian families to Port Perry. Well done!"


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!

 

FEBRUARY 2019

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.

 

JANUARY 2019

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!

 

DECEMBER 2018

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.



NOVEMBER 2018

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.
A BIG SCOUTING THANK YOU!

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.

 

OCTOBER 2018

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!

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

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!


AUGUST 2018

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!

 

FEBRUARY 2018

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.

 

JANUARY 2018

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.