Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 682 FOCUS - DECEMBER 2016 Please send us your letters, maximum of 250 words. Be aware that we cannot publish negative letters about individuals or businesses. Submit to: ...................... More letters on page 49 Thanks for the memories Dear Editor Thank you for the article regarding the young Norwegian Serviceman in your November 2016 issue. My home was in the general area and we often watched the planes flying over our little town. I am probably mistaken but I think in the little town of Emsdale there was a landing strip and some of the planes would practice landing and taking off. As a high school student at Huntsville High we often saw the men in town. But, one of my best memories was going to watch the men who were ski jumping. Many came from areas near – i.e. Haliburton – to watch these men perform. It was a sad day when the jump was torn down. The jump could be seen from Highway 11 when driving north. You brought back many memories. Thank you again! Peggy Sochasky African dinner Dear Editor It is with a very happy heart that I write this thank you letter to our amazing community. Time and time again we read in our media that Port Perry and its surrounding community has again supported a fundraising event. How long can this generosity of time, energy and financial resources continue? However, it seems that the people of Scugog truly make the world a better place. The G-Moms of Port Perry hosted an African dinner on November 9th at the Port Perry Villa. I shall list the support given to us : 1. Royal Le Page and Coldwell Banker sold tickets for us. 2.  Port Perry Villa provided the venue, cleaned up and did the dishes. 3.  Focus on Scugug, Port Perry Star and Scugog Standard all advertised for us. 4.  Port Perry United Church donated the working kitchen for food preparation. 5.  S. A. Cawker staff and parents somehow transported over 40 students from the junior choir to come and entertain us with uplifting songs. The G-Moms made authentic African dishes that were thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. Four organized and energetic students under the guidance of a super mom handled serving and clearing. We could not have done it without them. Yes, we continue to raise funds for the Grannies in Africa who are parenting over 17 million orphans. It is imperative that everyone is aware that 90% of all monies raised by us goes directly to the projects in Africa in order to feed, clothe and educate the children. Grannies continue to be empowered and often start great income generating projects. We raised well over $2,500 while celebrating great things with our community. We invite you to save the date for the “Gala on the Greens”, Saturday May 13 at Royal Ashburn Golf Club. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Michael de Gagne who is the President of Nipissing University. He has received the Order of Canada, the Province as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was the Founding Executive Director of “A Healing Foundation”. He brings a wealth of knowledge as he addresses a most important social concern of our country today: “ Reconciliation.” Thanks to Gord Downie, the story of Chanie Wenjak has made all of us aware of the situation facing our Aboriginal People. Google our website: for more information. Tinie Evans on behalf of the G-Moms Second chance to attend symposium Dear Editor The Scugog Housing Advisory Committee would like to thank Focus on Scugog for the excellent coverage of the second annual Housing Symposium held on Saturday October 22. We would also like to thank the many Scugog citizens who contributed to the discussion about the Draft Housing Plan that the committee will finalize and present to the council early in the New Year. We had an excellent turnout of “more mature” Scugog residents, but we are also very interested in hearing from the under 40 crowd regarding their needs for affordable and suitable housing. Therefore we are holding a second event to present the Draft Plan on Wednesday January 18, 2017 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Old Flame Brewing Co., 135 Perry St., Port Perry. Early RSVP confirmation of individuals between 18 and 39 will result in an Old Flame “surprise”, which will be donated by a local resident, to the first 40 callers. To RSVP please contact Lindsay Burnett by telephone at 905 985 7346 x 120. ID will be checked to validate age. However anyone who wishes to attend will be welcome at the presentation. Thank you again to the editor and staff of Focus on Scugog for your continuing support of the Scugog community. You do a great job! Martha Casson Chair, Scugog Housing Advisory Committee