Wednesday, June 30, 2004

to Joan

Hi Joan,
I tried to answer your message but it bounced so am answering it here .....
Hi Joan,
I graduated in 1959 and had Miss McPhail in homeroom. I am in NDG, am divorced and went back to my maiden name. I get to Verdun every so often because my son is 6'5" and Grover's is about the only place we have found where we can get clothes that fit him! 
Nice to hear from you

New to group

Hi there!  just joined--the messages bring back lots of memories.  I graduated VHS in  1961.  Left Verdun in 1967.  Would welcome any info regarding Linda Lee and Wendy Waters--both attended VHS in late 50's/early 60's. 
More to come!  Bill Kononetz, now in exciting Las Vegas, but I miss Verdun and the ol' VHS days.

Monday, June 28, 2004


To our brothers and sisters in Canada.  Don't forget to vote today. So  get out there and vote, and vote often. Winston

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Sunday, June 27, 2004

Beaver Lake

Hi Les,  With all the talk about parks etc. nobody has mentioned Beaver Lake. When we were in Willibrord School they brought us there as outing. My cousin and I took off from the group and ended up locked up in the jail house until the class could come and get us. We got a good tour of the place and the rest of the kids got to see us in jail. Lots of good times up at the lookout and that walk up to the cross. Skating in the winter and taboganning. All the way up there on the bus caring the sled. And skies if you were rich. Dannyb

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Michael Moore.

Michael Moore.

If you do not want to 'support' Michael Moore and you want to see the
movie anyway, buy a ticket for a different film showing at the same
time then jump theaters in a multi plex. Your money will go to another
movie maker. BTW, I own his other DVDs, and like them but this new one
is way too exploitive I think. Just a thought.

"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It
is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a
worthy purpose."
- Helen Keller

Verdun YM/YWCA

Hanging in the Y in Verdun, several years ago, there were hockey photos and other sports photos hanging around.  I was wondering if they were moved to the new Y when it moved to its new location.  Does anyone have any recollection of these photos?

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Going the way of the Forum

Gardens ice melts away
Council endorses Loblaws conversion
Rink not
likely in supermarket plans

The only ice at the new Maple Leaf Gardens will likely be in the
seafood department. Yesterday, city council gave its blessing to convert the
former hockey shrine on Carlton St. into a Loblaws supermarket.

At the behest of Mayor David
Miller, council sought one last look at including a skating surface in the
project, but the chances were rated as slim.

"It's a very, very remote
possibility," said Robert Hunter of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

Councillor Kyle Rae said
he has tried since 1999, when the Toronto Maple Leafs moved to the Air Canada
Centre, to keep an ice rink at the Gardens.

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene
Melnyk had shown interest in the Gardens for junior hockey but that went
nowhere, said Rae (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale).

Rae said proposals have included
an entertainment centre, a venue for Cirque du Soleil, condo towers rising
through the roof, a Home Depot and, finally, a supermarket.

"I would love to have an ice rink
on that site," Rae said. "It has always been on the agenda. Each of them has
gone away and looked at it and said it is far too expensive. I've been told four
or five times that it's not possible."

However, in talks with the grocery
giant, agreement has been reached to keep the exterior, including the marquee
and rooftop Maple Leaf logos, and to continue calling the building Maple Leaf
Gardens, he said.

Rae added the new development will
include not only a three-level supermarket and two levels of parking but a
fitness centre, liquor store and post office.

"It will be jobs back into the
neighbourhood. It will be services back into the neighbourhood. It will be more
people visiting the neighbourhood."

Hunter said Loblaws could start
work as early as September and open the supermarket 20 to 24 months later.

Hunter added he was "happy
and relieved" the five-year quest to find a new life for the building has been
endorsed by city council in a 25-1 vote.

The lone opponent was Councillor
Joe Mihevc (Ward 21, St. Paul's), who described the planned makeover as
inadequate for a building of such historic significance. "I don't think the
Loblaws proposal is the worst thing that could happen," Mihevc said. "However, I
don't think it's the best thing that could happen to Maple Leaf Gardens. I think
we could have done more."

all of US

O K , We shall go through the alphabet , saying one word about Verdun , I will start  with A    Auditorium    next   B , have a go  Jimmy

AS " EYE " see it

Being brought up in Verdun was a privilige.
My grandfather used .to make me follow the horse and wagon to pick up the manure for his garden .
The lanes were safe in my day , why , we did not even lock the doors .
Used to use old  magazines for shin pads to play hockey at willowbroad Park .
Remember the yo  yo   tournaments .         your turn  Jimmy

Beam me up

Oh Canada, Kaybec and Star Trek


Shatner and Leonard Nimoy
were interviewed just before Star Trek premiered in 1966. In the interviews,
they explained what was then the strange and exotic concept of the show to a TV
reporter see:



Wednesday, June 23, 2004


I  would go to my grandparents house for the summer vacation and
I would go to the pierrette's store on verdun ave. get a whole bunch of
popsicles and sip sacs for under .10 cents those were the days.

Monday, June 21, 2004

St.Thomas More & V.C.H.S memories

Can anyone tell who were there first princials,any info dated back before
1990. I know that St.Thomas More was 51Years old  my youngest son
attended it last year. and MR.Quinneville is still teaching  my son has him

Sunday, June 20, 2004

For anyonewho may be interested in space

 The first privately funded manned spaceflight remains on schedule
Monday morning. The flight is a part of a collaboration
investor and philanthropist Paul Allen and aviation legend Burt
whose company Scaled Composites designed and built the

A carrier aircraft dubbed "White Knight" will ferry the
rocket plane from the Mojave Civilian Aerospace Test Center to
launch point high above the California desert.

SpaceShipOne will
be released just east of Mojave from an altitude of
50,000 feet. The pilot
will fire the craft's rocket engine for 80
seconds and climb vertically,
sending the craft to an altitude of 62
miles (100 km) before falling back to
earth. The pilot will experience
zero gravity for more than three minutes.
SpaceShipOne will reenter
the atmosphere glide back to a runway landing at

The timeline for tomorrow's flight is as follows (all times are

06:30          White


SpaceShipOne landing

10:30 - 11:30  Post flight press

If the weather is clear, observers in Mojave and the
desert should have an opportunity to view the historic flight.
Composites has announced that it will allow the public to view
flight in person. Information on public viewing is posted at

Flight-related radio communications from the White Knight
aircraft and SpaceShipOne may also be audible over a wide

My apolgy again for those who may feel this has
nothing to do with

Verdun.  They would be correct of

Father's Day.

Today is Father's Day, a holiday which we celebrate because of a woman
named Sonora Smart Dodd. One Sunday morning in May of 1909, Dodd was
sitting in church in Spokane, Washington listening to a Mother's Day
sermon. Mother's Day was still a fairly new idea at the time, but it
was catching on quickly all across the United States. Dodd was a mother
herself, so she liked the idea of Mother's Day, but she and all her
siblings had been raised by her father after her mother died in
childbirth. She thought fathers should get recognition too.

She decided to ask the minister at her church if he could deliver a
sermon honoring fathers on her father's birthday, which was coming up
in June. The minister agreed, and the tradition of observing Father's
Day caught on, though not quite as quickly as the tradition of Mother's
Day. Mother's Day became an official holiday in 1914, but Father's Day
wasn't officially recognized until 1972.

Fathers in the United States often get the shorter end of the stick.
Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for florists, restaurants,
and long distance phone companies. Father's day is the day on which the
most collect phone calls are made.

Robert Frost said, "You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You
have to deserve your father's. He's more particular."

chesnut fights

Where would you find the best chesnuts for chesnut fighting?
(hint: avoid the security patrols or you would be commited :) )

Looking for...

any VCCHS, VPH , or WHS from the years of 1980-84. Or anyone who played for the Verdun Maple Leafs.
Anyone remember Kostas? The best fries and gravy in the world! lol.

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Crime & Punishment Anywhere

I know this site was designed to allow former
Verduners to communicate with each other but it can also provide some good
to the communities in which we now live. I suggest that we use the power of the
internet to combat heinous crime in our community beginning with the recent
murder and dismemberment of Holly Jones in Toronto. The ISP's say they are not
responsible to inform police when customers are using the internet to access
pornographic web-sites but was as private citizens are responsible and in fact
can be charged by Police if we know of crimes and do not report same. I say we
begin by sending our respective ISP a message telling them we support Police and
they should/must report such conduct. There is a huge difference between looking
at adult photographs than child photos. This is not an invasion of
privacy on the law abiding user, it is catching those people and stopping child


For those who do not know who Holly Jones she was a
10 year old female who was recently murdered by a middle aged man who was
addicted to child pornography. He spent hours looking at such sites then one
night grabbed this young child who was on her way home off the street, sexually
assaulted her, murdered her and dismembered her body, a gruesome crime. The
internet service providers say they have no responsibility to identify such
web-site users. This activity is illegal no matter where we live


If I am out of line let me know. If you agree that
ISP's should report these people let your ISP know. Maybe Verduners can bring
some social good to our communities


Papa3times      (which means I have 3 grandchildren who call me

Friday, June 18, 2004


Just following the instructions, new to the group, and I am not a bot*fell like it some days at work:)*
Would like to say hello to all, and to  Sandi, Maggie, Jim, Willy (McKiernon), and Sharron Edwards.
Still living in Quebec (Brossard)
Well hope to hear from old friends or new friends soon.
Have a great weekend!
Gary Cullen

Only three words, really

from Winnipeg I have several 3 word phrases to
express our feelings today


it's too cold, it's too wet, there's no sun, were
fed up, it's June already, what about July, still the same, mosquitoes are huge,
more to come, enough is enough


I think you get the message. The weather in the Peg
has been the worst since October 2003 and there is no sign it will get any
better. I surely hope things are better in good ole Verdun



Wednesday, June 16, 2004

New here and happy to see familiar names

I finally see I can get here without a hassle, good to see old friends & read about Verdun.  I still get there a couple of times a year.  I will never forget it.
Dina Steenhorst Penning

Looking for Cindy Young

If anyone knows what happened to her, I would appreciate any clues to her whereabouts.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Mr. Gerry O'Neill

I wish to express my sincere condolences to the O'Neill Family. Mr. Gerry O'Neill was the best teacher, friend and pal anyone could ever have.
I was fortunate to see him two years ago at the Irishman of the Year dance. And I was grateful.
Well here on earth we will miss you, up in heaven their having a great party just listening
to your songs and stories.
Love, Kelly

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Sign in for June

Hello hockey fans from coast to coast!

Friday, June 11, 2004

Old Hockey pictures

I just posted two old hockey pictures in the Sports album.  My dad is in both pictures and I'm trying to find out the names of the teams and the year.  Hoping someone out there recognizes them.  Maggie, thanks for your instructions on posting these.


Hoax warning

I hate hoax warnings, but this one is important.

Please send this to everyone on your e-mail list.

If a man comes to your front door and says he is conducting a survey
and asks you to show him your ass,

DO NOT show him your ass.

This is a scam. He only wants to see your ass.

I wish I'd gotten this yesterday. I feel so stupid and cheap.

Thursday, June 10, 2004


          Could never forget the humbugs or smoked meat or steamies or maple syrup.Will be going to Quebec City as well.Will take pictures  and post.

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Search for old friend

I'm looking for an email address for Ginette De Serres.

Friday, June 4, 2004

Posted new picture - 1942 Reburial of Remains at the Rock

I just posted a picture of the November 1942 ceremony of the burial of the remains of those Irish who perished of Ship Fever in the "fever sheds" as they were called 1847-1848.
This picture came from  Sony Imagestations Goose Village site

Dee Merandi/SHW is out of the office.

I will be out of the office starting 06/03/2004 and will not return until

I will respond to your message when I return. If you need immediate
attention, please contact Sue Brooks at ext. 2443.

Thursday, June 3, 2004

St. Thomas More Memories

any info about this school from before 1990

 Annual Irish Stone Walk.

Thank you Shirley. There are only two kinds of people, Irish and those
who want to be. I heard that saying many times when I was a child on
2nd Ave. There is some interesting history about that rock. I believe
it was moved some distance away from its original location to build
the foot of Victoria Bridge. Apparently the Irish bridge workers
discovered this once forgotten memorial stone, and demanded the city
relocate the stone rather than discarding it as was intended. As long
as I lived in Verdun I never went to see it, but when I next visit,
this will be one occasion I will not forget to say a prayer for the
Irish families from the Emerald Isle who died by the thousands in
makeshift hospitals (shacks) near the waterfront. I would not be here
had my grandmother and her family died of this terrible illness after
disembarking in Montreal in the 1800s.
Bill Cooper

- Irish saying

Wednesday, June 2, 2004


I'm here for June


Hello to everyone....I am a 27 year old male who grew up in Verdun (Second Avenue) and lived there for the first 23 years of his life. I moved out to BC in 1999 and am living in Chilliwack now with my wife. This group is awesome! I am learning stuff about my old town I didn't even know when I lived there...and it's been a real treat. Reading these messages and looking at the pictures has filled a big gaping nostaliga in me, so thank you to everyone who posts pictures and stories!

sign in for june

    Gary here.

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Looking for Susan James

HeyGang, The reunion went well. It was good to see some old classmates. We were talking about some of of old friends and the name Susan James came up. I seem to recall that Susan was mentioned here before, perhaps by a cousin. Anyways if anyone knows her e-mail could you ask her to contact Andrew Henderson at or she could contact me at  
Gerry Jones

Lets all sign in for June

Time to sign in and find out who is here , interesting to see how many people visit the site    I am here     Jimmy

Annual Irish Stone Walk.

Photos of the walk to the stone.