Sunday, April 30, 2006

Angel's in Orangeville

We seem to have interest for a Verdun lunch at Angel's.  Details as follows:
Date:     May 7th. (Sunday)
Time:     11:30  A.M.
Gordon and Karen Gibbons     Confirmed
Carole                                      Tentatively Confirmed
Margo Allen                             Interested
Shane O'neill                            Interested
Murph                                      Interested
If you would confirm your attendance, I'll see if we can book a suitable table.


The Class of 76 is having a Reunion on Labour Day weekend.

For information email or
visit our Web Site:

Thursday, April 27, 2006

hi I'm new

Verdun has left me with great memorys, thanks Verdun

Martha Liddell & Norman Dawe

Who exactly were Martha Liddell & Norman Dawe? Does anyone know their stories?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006



william shattner,s bio,

check it out,
bill went to baron byng high school, i thought it was westhill,
check out his bio.well at least we know he did not go to

leonard cohen [singer composer]

there was leonard cohen, ken tobias, they sang at cafe andre.
can anyone add to this...
my favorite song, SUSANNE, by leonard.
i had a dream about flying byKEN TOBIAS[ST. JOHN CITY] N.B.

online calendars- great idea.

whoooose idea was this?
these calendars are great!

class pics, anyone out there

hey, anyone out there with class pics,
this is a fun thing to see each other when we were kids.
bahamas 865



Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Histoire de Verdun History

Verdun avait porté, en vertu d'une proclamation de 23 Octobre 1874, le nom de "Village de la Rivière Saint Pierre". La municipalité du village de Verdun, qui possède toute une histoire, fut érigée le 28 Décembre 1876. Cette municipalité du village de Verdun fut, à son tour, le 14 Mars 1907, incorporée en ville, Verdun fut enfin constitué en cité le 21 Décembre 1912.
Verdun was named, according to a proclamation of October 23rd 1874, the name of " Saint Pierre Village". The municipality of the Saint Pierre Village which has quite an history, was formed the 28th of December 1876. This municipality of the village of Verdun was in turn,on the 14th of March 1907, incorporated a city. Verdun was finally constituted a city on the 21st of December 1912.
Extrait de: Histoire Éconioique de Montréal et des Cités et Villes du Québec.
Ed. J.E. Laurin 1942.
Archives SHGV

I'm a new member

Hi all: I grew up in Point St. Charles, but went to Verdun High School and graduated in 1962. Although I am not actually a Verdunite I spent a great deal of time in Verdun during my high school years and afterward when I began working and went for shopping trips along Wellington Street.

Red Fridays

Red Friday
Just keeping you "in the loop" so you'll know what's going on:
RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people
wearing Red every Friday.  The reason? Canadians who support our
troops used to be called the "silent majority".  We are no longer silent, and
are voicing our love for God, country and home in record-breaking
numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no
liberal media coverage on TV to reflect our message or our opinions.
Many Canadians, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to
recognize that the vast majority of Canadians do support our troops.
Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity
and respect starts this Friday -and continues each and every Friday
until all the troops come home. This sends a deafening message that
every red-blooded Canadian, who supports our men and women afar will
wear something red.  By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make  Canada a sea
of red every Friday much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If
every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers,
friends, and family.  It will not be long before Canada is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than
the media lets on.
The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things better for you?" is...We need your support and your prayers. Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday.


The Worm Game

Here is a link for the worm game.
If you would like to try it.It is fun.
This is for those who like to explore things.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Back but for how long???

Misery loves company

pot holes in verdun

man i tell you the pot holes in verdun are driving me nuts

Canadian Women in Film.

Population Verdun

La population de Verdun en 1942 était de 73,293 âmes et  61,307 en 1991 soit une diminution de 11,986 âmes ou 16.35%.sur une période d'une cinquantaine d'année. 
The population of Verdun in 1942 was 73,293 against 61,307 in 1991, a reduction of 11,986 or 16.35%.over a span approximately 50 years.

New rules for men

Every Man's New Official Rules.. Listen up ladies!

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down ! We
always hear "the rules" from the female side. Now here are the
rules from the male side. These are our rules!

Please note... these are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE!

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up,
put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us
complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday = sports. It's like the full moon or the changing of the
tides. Let it be.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of
it that way.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work!
Obvious hints do not work!
Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it.
That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument.
In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days.

1. If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't
expect us to act like soap opera guys.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of
the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one..

1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want
it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it

1. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to
say during commercials.

1. Christopher Columbus did not need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings.
Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We
have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," we will act like
nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth
the hassle.

1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an
answer you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is

1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared
to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, or monster

1. You have enough clothes.

1.You have too many shoes.

1. I AM in shape. Round is a shape.

1. Thank you for reading this; Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the
couch tonight, but did you know men really don't mind that, it's like

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Dropped Ceilings

I am just finishing the installation of my dropped ceiling in the basement. I have learned the hard way that the main support beams should be firmly secured to the ceiling with wire, before installing any cross beams.
I am now going to instal some pot lights. Hopefully, I'll be finished in time to watch the Canadiens thrash Carolina.
Gord Gibbons

Friday, April 21, 2006

Verdun Dentists

As a kid in the 40s and 50s going to the dentist alone was always a
traumatic event. Both parents worked. There were two dentists I went
to. Both men had there offices upstairs. One on the south side of
Verdun Avenue near 4th or 5th -- he was the impatient one. I could
never keep my head still. The other doctor -- he was patient with
children (still frightening). His practice was on the north side of
Wellington Street some where around 3rd or 4th.

Thursday, April 20, 2006


I do not remember your Dad was he one of the younger one,Tell your aunts my name is Carol Turgeon had a sister Laurette and Francine also brother Peter maybe they will remember me is Francis still married to George Lee

2nd ave

Rainy day man 44.......I Knew Monica and Francis O'neil and Wendy Russell there were lots of kids Shirley Russell forget some of the names are you one of the brothers or one of the children.Francis was married to George Lee he worked for the Montreal Star so did I in circulation dept for 10yrs till they closed.There was also a big family closer to Bannatyne they were the Hayden's

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


I thought you would want to know about this e-mail virus. Even the
most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one.
       It appears to affect those who were born prior to 1965.


       1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice. done that!

       2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail ! that too!

       3 Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person. yep!

       4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you. who

       5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment. well

       6. Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished. oh no - not

       7. Causes you to hit "DELETE" instead of "SEND." and I just hate

       8. Causes you to hit "SEND" when you should "DELETE."

       Oh No!



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re 2nd ave

to unscathedbiga I remember the family that lived at 672 2nd ave were the Heaney's I remember a tommy Heaney which i think passed away are you one of the Heaney's 

Prix de l'Essence - Gas Price

Here are the gas prices compared to other countries which appeared in La Presse this morning. Were not so badly off after all. (And we still complain)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Sing Along

From: "john allison"
Subject: FW: Sing Along
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 08:22:56 -0700

Your going love this turn up the volume and sing along


Cabin in the woods ( ongoing)

Well, I find my thoughts turning more and more to the north these days , as I see the flocks of geese flying by , there are literally thousands in the sky, on the way back from the farm on Saturday evening , there were snow geese everywhere, the sky was grey but the sun was reflecting from afar and all you could see was the flashing of the white wings in the sky , thousands and thousands of  them , this is not their natural flyway , however there are now so many of them , they have to find food, this is a great area for corn, being grown and turned into ethenol, used with gasoline for the cars , so the geese come down to find the corn that dropped during last falls harvest , they are actually becoming a pest for the farmers, as the Canada Geese are already here and they number in the hundreds of thousands , fields are full of them , however the goodie goodies ( tree huggers ) do not want hunting , so they keep breeding and they make an awful mess, men are now not interested in hunting and so not teaching their children to hunt, hence an overflow of wildlife, there are deer everywhere , more accidents with motor cars, as matter of fact there are now areas where you have to have special insurance for deer accidents , tree huggers to the fore ,  once  a disease hits the herd of deer , they will all die , I know a lot of this because i used to roam with a chap who has a doctorite in wildlife biology , keep your eyes here if your interested , I shall post more .   Jimmy

Circus School

Last summer I took a cooks tour around Verdun, and came across a
rather large building just off the boardwalk. I think the sign
outside said circus school, but I could be wrong.
Second Avenue

Monday, April 17, 2006

unscathed Big A

Yes we lived next door to the Bakers I am trying to figure out where 672 was please tell me your name I also knew Russell and O'neil Family. My grandmother lived with us intil she passed away in 1965 .Love reading all the stories lived in Verdun till 1972 so if anyone knew the Turgeon's Carol Laurette or Francine drop me a line

Avenue Dupuis Avenue

L'avenue Dupuis a 챕t챕 nomm챕e en l'honneur de J.P. Dupuis, maire de Verdun, 1925-1929, marchand de bois et r챕sident de Verdun depuis 1909.
Dupuis Avenue was named in honnor of J.P. Dupuis, mayor of Verdun 1925-1929, wood merchant and Verdun resident since 1909.
Dupuis, J.P. Lt챕e
Lumber & Timber
1064 Church Ave.,
Tel. YO 0928
Branches: 5327 Drake,
               150 Beaubien West, Montreal
               89 Victoria, Lachine
              3779 Wellington, Verdun

Re: Fergie's Gang

What years are we talking about for Fergie's Gang????

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NY times article about Montreal&#39;s Waterways

My brother sent me this article.  I tried to send the link to the group, but it doesn't look like that worked.  So, I cut and pasted the article into here because I though some members would enjoy a tourist's perspective.  Sorry if it is too lengthy.

Urban Adventurers Take Montreal's Waterways

Rick Friedman for The New York Times

Running the Lachine Rapids in the St. Lawrence aboard a jet boate.

Published: April 16, 2006

IT was a spring Saturday in Montreal, and swelling the throngs along the Rue Ste.-Catherine were hipsters in low-slung designer jeans and gossamer tops, wholesome types in costumes straight out of the latest Roots catalog, fashionable families and chic older couples. French and English, Spanish and Italian filled the air. A lively group packed Le Paris, a popular bistro on Rue Ste.-Catherine with antique prints, cheek-by-jowl tables, and classic French dishes like poached salmon and grilled blood pudding.


Kayaking in the Lachine Canal.

As a chattering crowd swarmed the Contemporary Art Museum on the Place-des-Artes and the sidewalk cafes of Old Montreal, in another part of town Don Lindberg, his wife, Sue, and their kids, Brady and Ali, were donning full-body windbreakers and life preservers for a different Montreal experience — a jet boat ride into the Lachine Rapids in the St. Lawrence River.

"They call them Barney suits because they're purple," said Mr. Lindberg. "They don't keep you dry." But probably no suit would, because the jet boat hits a wall of water from 6 to 12 feet tall, as Mr. Lindberg describes it, and the waves "crash over you so that you're completely soaked."

"It was fantastic," he added.

The Lindberg family went through the rapids six times on jet boats run by Les Descentes sur le St.-Laurent on Lasalle Boulevard in southwest Montreal last May. "If we weren't flying home to San Antonio tonight," Mr. Lindberg said, "I'd do it again tomorrow."

Among the millions of travelers who visit Montreal each year, thousands are discovering that they can take a break from galleries and bistros with a taste of citified wilderness in the Lachine Rapids and the nearby Lachine Canal.

Daredevil whitewater boating and quiet canal kayaking lure many out onto the water, and the city is gaining even more fame as a major destination for bicyclists. As the Lindbergs stepped into their Barney suits, cyclists of the hard-core sort were out in force on the path bordering the canal, clad head to toe in expensive-looking biking outfits and gear, the sun glinting off the chrome of their shiny bicycles. The city and its suburbs have more than 200 miles of well-groomed cycling paths, a major reason why Bicycling magazine has twice named Montreal the No. 1 major North American city for cycling. One of the most popular routes is the one bordering the Lachine Canal.

The nine-mile canal, which runs from just west of the Old Port on the St. Lawrence and through southwestern Montreal to Lake St. Louis, opened in 1825 to take cargo ships around the rapids, which roil and churn smack-dab in the middle of the river. The name Lachine may have started out as a sneer. It is said that the 17th-century explorer, Ren챕-Robert Cavelier de La Salle, the first seigneur to hold land west of the rapids, was obsessed with finding a westward route to China, and that his repeated failed attempts led his fellow colonists to refer to his lands ironically as China, or La Chine.

The canal spurred the economic development of the Canadian West, and industry grew up along its banks. After being rendered irrelevant by the St. Lawrence Seaway, completed in 1959, the canal was closed to navigation in 1970. Refurbished, it reopened in 2002 for recreational boating. So now the St. Lawrence River, Montreal's raison d'챗tre, still runs wild through the city while the quiet Lachine Canal is filled with sailboats, canoes and other small craft.

Out-of-towners can rent small boats on the canal from companies like H2O Adventures across from Atwater Market, which has kayaks, pedal boats and five-seat electric boats that go no faster than 10 kilometers (six miles) an hour, the legal limit on the canal.

The canal slices through the city, framed by strips of parkland studded with picnic tables and rows of Lombardy poplars standing like quills. It splits off from the river where ships heading southwest from the ocean and northern Quebec came to the end of navigable waters.

At the canal's eastern end, near the first of its five sets of locks, boats put in close to a massive abandoned grain silo at the Old Port. A Montreal landmark, the Farine Five Roses sign, rises atop a flour mill. The industrial feel of this section of the canal recalls its origins.

Farther along, paddlers and sailors glide past old factories and warehouses, many now converted into lofts and co-ops. Another reminder of an earlier era are the occasional stacks of multicolored shipping containers sitting on Lachine's banks and creating checkerboard patterns against the sky.

Then there are the outskirts of the city, with fewer apartment buildings and more manicured open spaces, and at last Lake St. Louis — a wide section of the river.

The canalside path traces both banks of the canal, which are connected by bridges and locks, in some places; along other stretches, it appears on only one side. In-line skaters zoom along it, passing the joggers, and there's a separate trail reserved exclusively for walkers. The cyclists speed past in their own lane.

Though many of the avid bicyclists are Montrealers, others come from all over North America. The canal and its paths are busiest from April to October, but the most determined cyclists keep going deep into winter, cutting swaths through the snow alongside cross-country skiers.

More leisurely bike riders need not be intimidated by the Lance Armstrong wannabes hunkered down over their handlebars. Plenty of stateside visitors to Montreal rent bicycles for an afternoon of low-key riding along the canal.

It's a very easy ride," said John Hayes of Dedham, Mass., a tour operator whose company, Student Travel Vacations, leads trips to Montreal every year that include Lachine Canal cycling excursions. "There are no hills, so the path is flat, and it has a white line down the middle so that bicyclists, Rollerbladers and runners don't collide, even in summer when it can get busy."

A family outing along the canalside bike path, which is shared by joggers and in-line skaters.

One good place to stop for a break is Atwater Market, a combination produce market, boulangerie, boucherie, charcuterie, patisserie and fromagerie where Montrealers shop — and with cafes where they dine. The market is steps from the canal in a tiled, vaulted mustard-brick hall topped by an Art Deco clock tower.

The rider with plenty of time can also stop along the path to read signs and maps highlighting local history and landmarks like the 300-year-old Saint Gabriel House, which now holds exhibits on rural 17th-century Quebec life. Near the western entrance to the canal at Lake St. Louis is a cluster of places to park the bike and visit: the Lachine Museum, in Montreal's oldest complete house; the 17th-century Maison Leber-LeMoyne, with collections of Colonial-era artifacts and documents; the Fur Trade at Lachine National Historical Site, in an old stone warehouse with bales of pelts and other trade goods; the Lachine Canal Visitors' Center; and Ren챕-L챕vesque Park, an open-air sculpture garden.

"Lachine is where you go to escape downtown Montreal with all the high-rise hotels and office buildings," Mr. Hayes said.

"It's a very scenic, peaceful ride, and I look forward to doing it every time I come up here."

If You Go

Several companies cater to Montreal visitors who want to experience the Lachine Canal and the Lachine Rapids.

Ça Roule Montréal (27 de la Commune Est; 514-866-0633; rents bicycles, inline skates and stand-up scooters. Bike rentals are $6.50 an hour, $21.75 a day, on weekends; $6 an hour and $19 a day weekdays. (Prices here and below are in U.S. dollars, calculated at 1.19 Canadian dollars to the U.S. dollar.)

Kayaks, pedal boats and electric boats can be rented across the canal from the Atwater Market at H2O Adventures (514-842-1306; A one-person sea kayak rental is $13 the first hour, $8.70 for each hour thereafter; pedal boats are $8.70 and $7; electric boats, $30.50 and $26.

A more leisurely kind of canal boating can be had on L'Éclusier, a glass-roofed boat resembling Paris's bateau-mouche (514-846-0428; Two-hour guided tours, starting from Atwater Market and going to Peel Basin via the St. Gabriel Lock, are given in English and French daily June 24 to Sept. 4; on weekends and holidays May 20 through Oct. 9. The cruises are $14.50; ages 5 to 12, $8.50.

Les Descentes sur le St.-Laurent (514-767-2230, takes visitors rafting and jet-boating on the Lachine Rapids. Rafting trips are $35; ages 13 to 18, $29.60; ages 6 to 12, $20. Jet-boating costs $41.75, $33 and $24.50.

For more information on the Lachine Canal, contact the Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada (514-283-6054;

Steamie report

I meant to post this just after I got it from my brother visiting Montreal, but I have been out of town quite a bit lately.  Anyways, he provided me with his review of Emile Bertand's  compared to the Griffintown Cafe, compared to Bingo's (which is on Verdun Ave corner of Obsorne, I think).  Here it is...

"Anyway, on Wednesday I came downtown on the bike (through "the Griff") and had a chance to check out Emile B’s hot dog/spruce beer shop (both the original location at 1308 Notre Dame, which is now a fairly nice/semi-trendy boulangerie/coffee shop, and the new location, just a little further west and south on Aqueduc—which is a short, one-block street which runs north-south, perpendicular to Notre Dame. Further down Notre Dame, just a half-block past Aqueduc, there is an interesting coffee shop/snack bar called the Griffintown

Caf챕.) Anyway, the new Emile B. location is pretty much as Guy described.

There was a cop car parked out front when I drove by and a couple of Mtl. cops inside, no doubt scarfing down some steamers, fries, and biere d’epinette—which probably means that the food is fairly decent (or some aspect of the place is, although I couldn’t quite figure out what that would be). Anyway, what struck me that I didn’t like too much was the pricing (maybe the cops got complimentary

meals): five bucks for the two steamer, fries, and spruce beer (apparently all you can drink, according to Guy) trio, compared to about $3.50 (now) at Bingo’s (Pepsi instead of spruce beer), which seemed a little high to me, even given the funky setting in "the Griff". (The one steamer, fries, and spruce beer trio at Emile’s is $3.85 which is still higher than Bingo’s, although I’m not sure if the $3.85 even includes GST/PST—Bingo’s includes the GST/PST in the $3.50, approximately—never sure exactly how much it is at Bingo’s now, because around Christmas they seemed to raise it every month—I believe it was $3.45 at the beginning of January, 2006 and had just gone up to $3.25 from $3.00 in November, 2005). Anyway, I did check it out, but I didn’t go in or have anything to eat there—I think part of the charm for Les is just sentimental or nostalgic. I mean there are a lot of those types of places around (most of which charge a lot less for the "steamer" special); I guess the only competitive advantage Emile B’s has is the spruce beer (although apparently that is not that good, according to Guy, even though they have a "bottomless cup" policy, which Bingo’s doesn’t)."




Is there any one that can fly
a helicopter?Try your skills at.

Sunday, April 16, 2006



1920 1979

This is for those born 1920-1979!



1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we
rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends,

From one bottle and...

NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank lemonade made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because .


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.

And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down
The hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms..........

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
Lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,

Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang
The bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned




If YOU are one of them . . CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as
Kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives

For our own good .

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?! Or the office.....


Griffin Town.

I do not know how I missed that heart warming article on the G.T.
home of my grandparents within which was successfully raised 7 sons
and daughters, one of which was my dad. Great stuff.
For some strange reason I cannot post on the oldest 'Remembering
Verdun' thread. Not a problem.
Second Avenue.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Chocolat Lowney&#39;s Chocolate

Voici un article dans La Presse de ce matin concernant la conversion de l'ancienne manufacutre de chocolat Lowney en loft à Griffintown ou était fabriqué la fameuse pallette de chocolat Cherry Blossom. Y en a t'il parmis les membres qui se rappellent de cette manufacture et qui y ont peut être même travaillés.
 Here is an article in the newspaper La Presse concerning the conversion of the old Lowney's chocolate factory in Griffintown into lofts where they used to make the famous Cherry Blossom chocolate bar. Are there any members who remember this factory and who perhaps even worked there.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Montreal historic photo.

I've been googling up on the above hospital and they apparently have
a very dark reputation from the past.

Montreal historic photos.

Did you know there was an electrical tramway inside the corridors of
St. Jean De Dieu Hospital? Also rare pictures of trains and street
cars from many years ago.
I have a PPS attachment I could send to anyone interested and maybe
they could post them on Verdun Connections. Unfortunately I do not
have that ability with my operating system.
Second Avenue.

Thursday, April 13, 2006


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BBQ Season

Okay. I just have to forward this from my niece Connie, who is a member of VC. YUP......There is just no pleasing some women. That's my story, and I am sticking to it. Winston Allison

BBQ Season

After 4 (or more) long months of cold and winter, we are finally coming up to summer and BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking as it's the only type of cooking a real man will do, probably because there is an element of danger involved.

When a man volunteers to do the BBQ, the following chain of events are put into motion:


1) The woman buys the food.

2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.

3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man, who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand.

Here comes the important part:


5) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.

6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.

Important again:


8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces and brings them to the table.

9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

And most important of all:

10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.

11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed "her night off." And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women....

God and the Girl

Reality TV show "God or the Girl"  about four young men with a calling to the priesthood who must decide whether to enter the seminary or serve God as laypeople.  

Greetings Family-
I was contacted two weeks ago and asked to assist  in marketing a reality-TV 
series coming to A&E, premiering on Easter Sunday  (in little over one week).  
It was presented to me as the real drama of  four young men navigating 
through the decision of marriage or priestly  life.   Naturally suspicious of 
another presumptive attempt to unpack  Catholicism by a major secular media 
provider, enhanced even more by the title  "God or the Girl" -- I held out hope and 
asked them to
forwarded the  episodes.

Here I am after many hours of reviewing the series. speechless,  overwhelmed, 
moved to humility, praise and frequently even tears for what God  has done 
and is going to do with this series.  You all know my appreciation  for media, 
both secular and religious.  You know that as a devout and  passionate Catholic 
and former seminarian, as one who knows the beauty of  married love, as one 
who has seen the best and worst of the "Catholic  institution"-that my antennae 
is up pretty high
for poor programming.   Without question, just past the title is the most 
powerful television  programming I have ever been privileged to experience.  If 
there has never  been a place in the lives of scrupulous, devout Christians for 
popular  television programming, for "reality television," this series opens 
the  door.   

This is what I write in the primer:

These young  men are the real deal. They share an unmistakable love for God 
and their  Catholic faith.  They're well balanced and share the general 
experience of  their culture.  One of them leaves behind a high-paying job and 
attends a  tail-gate party to share with frat buddies his interest in priestly life. 
Instead of the awkward culture clash one might expect, we're given witness 
of  how the faithful can authentically engage culture.  Another young man has a 
relationship with his girlfriend.  They are an attractive  couple who 
represent the dreams of young, middle America. Yet they profess  chastity, and agree 
to put God first when it comes to vocation.  The  counter-cultural message is 
unmistakable: attraction to the opposite sex alone  is not a determinant of 
one's vocation.  Another young man
is clearly  the attractive, All American kid whom everyone likes.   He  
acknowledges past sexual immorality, but evidences a contagious joy of living  for 
Jesus Christ in the present.  Vocation is clearly for the now.   We're taken 
to his house, called "Fort Zion," where he and housemates  enthusiastically 
lead a youth group.  In a particularly moving scene we see  them kneeling 
together before an abortion clinic and praying the rosary.   Hardly the "on the 
fringes" zealot one might
expect, one connects with him as  a modern day Paul. His witness validates 
the beauty of living for God.   

I was pleasantly surprised t o see Fr. Brian Bashista in the first  episode-a 
mentor of one of the young men.  Fr. Brian is a former  fellow-seminarian 
(Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg,Maryland), and now director of  Vocations for 
Arlington.  He was involved with my establish ing Mount 2000  in 1995.  I 
contacted him and he had nothing but great things to say about  the production 
itself, and the experience.  He was one of a handful  permitted to view the final 
episode.  He writes:

As a participant in  the A&E TV mini-series `God or the Girl' I had the 
privilege of seeing all  five shows several weeks ago.  Immediately after the 
viewing I commented to  the producers that, from my perspective as a Vocation 
Director, they did an  incredible job of capturing the reality of vocation 
discernment with all of its  twists and turns, ups and downs, highlights and 

Contrary to  popular opinion, this series will no doubt reveal to its viewers 
what many in  the Church have already know for years, namely, that numerous 
outgoing, affable,  balanced,  intelligent and attractive young men are 
seriously considering a  call to serve Christ and His Church as a future Roman 
Catholic priest.   Many of these men are, or are well on their way to become, 
`highly successful'  in the `eyes of the world'.but are willing to give up 
everything for a life  which
points to a reality `beyond this world'.   Despite what their  friends, 
family, classmates or co-workers might think, they are willing to  seriously 
explore this `road less traveled'.  Despite their mixed motives  and normative 
questions, fears and doubts, they are to be admired for their  courage and faithful 
witness to take note of Lord's invitation to "Come follow  Me".

Here's what Harry Forbes,  of the USCCB, has to say:
With a potential reach to over 88 million  homes, this is going to impact 
individual lives and our culture. It's going to  be the kind of program that many 
young men and women are going to speak of years  down the road-as the 
beginning of their conversion to Jesus Christ, for getting  on the path to 
sacramental marriage or priesthood.   I'm asking you to  be an instrument of this effort 
by simply passing this along.   Please  help me in getting the Word out 
(please delete any
headers so your forward is  clean).  This is absolutely a triumph for the 
authenticity of Jesus Christ  alive and present in the Catholic Church, revealed 
in the most engaging way- the  lives of "ordinary-yet-extraordinary" young 

The showings as  revealed at the site,
Easter Sunday, April 16, 9-11  p.m. - Episodes 1 and 2
Easter Monday, April 17, 9-11 p.m. - Episodes 3 and  4
Sunday, April 23, 9-10:00 p.m. -- FINALE

Fergie&#39;s Gang

Anyone remember Fergie? I played hockey for him one year at Wilibrord
Park, and we lost every fun game. He would ask if you had a pair of
skates and if you did, you were on the team. Many boys ungifted as
hockey player (like myself), had a chance to play because of this
gentleman. God bless him so many years ago.
Second Avenue.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

MPU&#39;s &quot;Walk With Me&quot;

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Monday, April 10, 2006

Heroes - Pierrefonds-Roxboro Fire

As promised, enclosed is the photo of our 4 heroes. Unfortunately, it does not show the two girls who where also present. For those who cannot read French, I translate as follows:
The elected of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough honored 4 young boys for their heroic act  performed during the fire on March 5th. These college students evacuated 4 handicapped residents from their house on Lalande Street, threatened by fire.
When firemen arrived, the building was already in flames, but the most important acts had already been performed, everyone where alreadty safe.
The assistant director of Fire Security for the City of Montr챕al, Jacques Proteau, and the chef of division Norman Ledoux where at the City Hall of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough monday to hail this extraordinary act of spiritideness of these 4 young men we can qualify of heroes. Sara Dagostino and Melissa Noury were also honored for their comfort and assistance which they brought to the viictims.
Thanks to their bravory and their extraordinary cood-headed behavior, by ignoring their own safety,, these youngsters have saved lives, commented Monique Worth, the mayor of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough. Monique Worth said to their parents, you can be proud of your children.


Hello Everybody!


Mark you calendars... book your agendas... the party is ON!


We are making an effort to get everyone together one more time

to celebrate the fact that this year, most of us will turn, if haven't already turned... 


What better way to celebrate than in a BAR....  CHEERS!!


DATE:  Saturday, July 1st, 2006

PLACE:  CHEERS Bar - 1260 Mackay

Downtown Montreal, between Ste. Catherine & Rene Levesque Blvd. 

3rd floor, Sports Bar

TIME:  7:00 p.m. 'till whenever....


Please feel free to invite whomever you wish to join us and, if possible, confirm to me how many individuals will be coming! 


I have sent this to the email ID's that I have; and I will post this date on our VCHS '73 & '74 sites as well.


Looking forward to seeing all of you again!




Debbie <> or <>

Sunday, April 9, 2006

popdogs show truck

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Grandson&#39;s hockey

All the area's make an elite team from their district, My grandson has made the team from Ile Perrot to the Ontario Border team , there is also teams from Verdun , LaSalle , Lachine , combined ,  the Lakeshore ,and all districts in the Province, they are 10 and 11 year olds Today he is playing in Ste Martin , which is down below Chateauguay , so we , wife and I , shall leave Ile Perrot at 1;15 pm as game starts at 2:30 , not sure who the competition is , but will cross the bridge at Ste anne de  Bellevue, Dorval, up through Ville LaSalle , over Mercier Bridge , Through Caugnawaga and then into Chateauguray through  to  Ste Martin , takes about an hour on a Sunday, game is one and a half hours long , then home for a glass of wine and watch the end of the masters,  shall report in later , hang tough , have a great afternoon   Jimmy  

Saturday, April 8, 2006

Canadian humor


1. Vancouver: 1.5 million people and two bridges.
2. Your $400,000 Vancouver home is just 5 hours from downtown.
3. You can throw a rock and hit three Starbucks locations.
4. There's always some sort of deforestation protest going on.


1. Big Rock between you and B.C.
2. Ottawa who?
3. Tax is 7 per cent instead of approximately 200 per cent for the
rest of the country.
4. Flames vs. Oilers.
5. Stamps vs. Eskies.
6. You can exploit almost any natural resource you can think of.
7. You live in the only province that could actually afford to be
its own country.
8. The Americans below you are all in anti-government militia groups.


1. You never run out of wheat.
2. Cruise control takes on a whole new meaning.
3. Your province is really easy to draw.
4. You never have to worry about car roll-back if you have a
standard transmission.
5. It takes you two weeks to walk to your neighbor's house.
6. You can watch the dog run away from home for hours.
7. People will assume you live on a farm.
8. Buying a huge John Deere mower makes sense.


1. You wake up one morning to find you suddenly have beachfront
2. The only province to ever violently rebel against the federal
3. Hundreds of huge, horribly frigid lakes.
4. Nothing compares to a wicked Winnipeg winter.
5. You don't need a car, just take the canoe to work.
6. You can be an Easterner or a Westerner depending on your mood.
7. Because of your licence plate, you are still friendly even when
you cut someone off.
8. Pass the time watching trucks and barns float by.


1. You live in the centre of the universe.
2. Your $400,000 Toronto home is actually a dump.
3. You and you alone decide who will win the federal election.
4. There's no such thing as an Ontario Separatist. Separate from
what? You are the centre of the universe.
5. The only province with hard-core American-style crime.
6. Much Music's Speaker's Corner - rant and rave on national TV for
a dollar.


1. Racism is socially acceptable.
2. The only province to ever kidnap federal politicians.
3. You can take bets with your friends on which English neighbor
will move out next.
4. Other provinces basically bribe you to stay in Canada.
5. You can blame all your problems on the "Anglo *#!%".


1. One way or another, the government gets 98 per cent of your income.
2. You're poor, but not as poor as the Newfies.
3. When listing the provinces, everyone forgets to mention yours.
4. The economy is based on fish, cows, and ferrying Ontario
motorists to Boston.
5. No one ever blames anything on New Brunswick.
6. Everybody has a Grandfather who runs a lighthouse.
7. Just as charming as Maine, but with more unemployed fishermen.
8. You probably live in a small seaside cottage with no television.


1. Everyone can play the fiddle. The ones who can't, think they can.
2. You are the "only" reason Anne Murray makes money.
3. You can pretend you have Scottish heritage as an excuse to get
drunk and wear a kilt.
4. The economy is based on lobster and fiddle music.
5. Even though it smells like dead sea animals, Halifax is
considered Canada's most beautiful city.


1. Even though more people live on Vancouver Island, you still got
the big, new bridge
2. You can walk across the province in half an hour.
3. You were probably once an extra on "Road to Avonlea".
4. This is where all those tiny red potatoes come from.
5. The economy is based on fish, potatoes, and CBC TV shows.
6. Tourists arrive, see the "Anne of Green Gables" house, then
promptly leave.
7. You can drive across the province in two minutes.
8. It doesn't matter to you if Quebec separates.
9. You don't share a border with the Americans, or with anyone for
that matter.
10. You can confuse ships by turning your porch lights on and off at


1. If Quebec separates, you will float off to sea.
2. In the rare case when someone moves to the Rock, you can make
them kiss dead cod.
3. The economy is based on fish, seafood, and fish-related products.
4. If you do something stupid, you have a built-in excuse.
5. You and only you understand the meaning of Great Big Sea's lyrics.
6. The workday is about two hours long.
7. You are credited with many great inventions, like the solar-
powered flashlight and the screen door for submarines.
8. It is socially acceptable to wear your hip waders on your wedding

My kinda girl

Sophia Lauren   is still so beautiful , she must have been born in Verdun .

Friday, April 7, 2006


Made by an acquaintance.

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Pierrefonds Fire in old peoples home

A couple of weeks ago, there was a fire on Lalande Boul. in Pierrefonds in a home for old people in wheelchairs and the home caught fire around midnight I believe. 4 young boys and 2 young gilrs happened to be going by and noticed the fire, one of the girls called 911 on her cell phone and the whole group entered the house and saved all the people At the council meeting on monday night at the Pierrefonds/Roxboro city hall which I attended, their heroic acts where commemorated  and where presented with special trophies as well as flowers for the girls. Their proud parents where present as well as a local newspaper reporter so there should be a picture available soon which I will post.
The whole community is very proud of these young heroes.


Larry Leopardi is my brother's brother in law.

HONOLULU — The glum expression on Colleen Groat's face said it all.
The 48-year-old Canadian had spent six months planning her first
vacation in Hawaii, and not once during two weeks here did she set foot
in the water.
Her trips to the beach were met with signs that read: "WARNING. No
swimming. No fishing. Sewage contaminated water." The famously blue
waters of Oahu remained brown through most of Tuesday, tainted by 48
million gallons of untreated wastewater spilled during one of the
rainiest stretches in Hawaii's recent history. Many of the most popular
beaches on the island, including Waikiki, were closed to water
activities until late Tuesday afternoon. At that time, officials
announced some of the beaches would reopen, but tourists remained wary.
The seemingly constant downpour caused floods and mudslides, damaged
homes and businesses and burst one earthen dam on the island of Kauai,
killing seven residents March 14.
Early damage estimates range from $40 million to $50 million statewide,
though repair and recovery costs probably will end up much higher.
Officials say it's too early to tell how tourism — the state's biggest
industry — has been affected.
The sun shone all day Monday, but clouds and showers returned early
Tuesday, casting doubt on official proclamations that the storms had
passed. Meteorologists remained noncommittal: The worst part is probably
over, they say, but who knows?
"It would have been nice to go in the water," said Groat, from Kelowna,
British Columbia. It was her last day in Honolulu, and she and her aunt
lay on beach chairs on Waikiki, trying to catch a little sun before
going home.
"You hear so much [about Hawaii], and you come here thinking you'll be
spending all this time on the beach," Groat said, her voice trailing
off. "I have to go back to work tomorrow." What's it like coming to
Hawaii and not swimming at the beach? Frustrated visitors offered a few
analogies: It's like going to Disneyland and not riding a single ride;
like visiting the Grand Canyon and not peering down the hole; like
touring Kansas City, Mo., without trying the barbecue.
Dana and Chad White traveled here from Kansas City, to spend their first
stretch of time alone without their 5-month-old daughter, who was
staying with grandparents. "It poured every day," said Chad, 34. The
couple opened the balcony doors in their hotel room each night — at
least for a little while.

Highway Snakes

Is there anyone out there who remembers a group called "The Highway Snakes"or belonged to the group in their very younger years.  They use to frequent a little store on 1st. avenue between Verdun Ave. and the laneway called Hitler's.  If I remember correctly, there weren't too many guys who had motorcycles and I think they all wore denim jackets with a crest on the back.

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

looking for michel ross

looking for michel ross

Monday, April 3, 2006


Isn't there an old timer that remembers those preachers that would gather at some corners on Wellington Street in the 40s and maybe also the 50s. They would have a group of about 6 to 10 followers who would gather and preach the gospel, They might have been members of one of the Verdun protestant churches. Just one of my many old memorie of Verdun.

Sunday, April 2, 2006

the prank

you got all of us,


we love you anyway.

have a nice day!!

all of you who are focusing on this, drop it.

gotta be some news out there.



Saturday, April 1, 2006

Thanks for the Memories

I am saddened to have to pass on this information to you all. Here is an excerpt of the notice that I received from MSN today.
We deeply regret to inform you that as of Monday, April 3rd, 2006, Verdun Connections, the MSN Group, will be terminated and deleted by MSN. Group activity has surpassed the allowable bandwidth for our free sites......etc. In the last few months we have been offered "upgrades" but chose not to accept as they had a cost attached. Now we are paying the ultimate price, Verdun Connections will be no more.  Please take the next day or two to save any favourite posts, pictures or documents..(and be sure to send an up-to-date email address to )..... We'd like to take this time, on behalf of all who participated in keeping a connection to Verdun, to thank you all for making Verdun Connections what it was. 
 Remember Verdun..........................
MaggieMck, Les_F and ///Sharon Star///