Thursday, May 31, 2007

funnies....or not!

Subject: funnies....or not!

Wife: "What are you doing?"
Husband : Nothing.

Wife : "What do you mean, nothing...? You've been reading our marriage certificate for an hour now."

Husband : "I was looking for the expiration date."

Wife : "Do you want dinner?"

Husband : "Sure! What are my choices?"

Wife : "Yes and no."


Wife: "You always carry my photo in your wallet. Why?"

Hubby: "When there is a problem, no matter how impossible, I look at your picture and the problem disappears."

Wife: "You see how miraculous and powerful I am for you?"

Hubby: "Yes! I see your picture and ask
myself what other problem can there be greater than this one?"


Stress Reliever Girl: "When we get married, I want to share all your worries, troubles and lighten your burden."

Boy: "It's very kind of you, darling, but I don't have any worries or troubles."

Girl: "Well that's because we aren't married yet."


Son: "Mom, when I was on the bus with Dad this morning, he told me to give up my seat to a lady."

Mom: "Well, you have done the
right thing."

Son: "But mom, I was sitting on daddy's lap."


A newly married man asked his wife, "Would you have married me if my father hadn't left me a fortune?"

"Honey," the woman replied sweetly, "I'd have married you, NO MATTER WHO LEFT YOU A FORTUNE!"


Father to son after exam: "Let me see your report card."

Son: "My friend just borrowed it. He wants to scare his parents."


Girl to her boyfriend: One kiss and I'll be yours forever.

The guy replies: "Thanks for the early warning."


A wife asked her husband: "What do you like most in me, my pretty face or my sexy body?"

He looked at her from head to toe and replied: "I like your sense of humor."


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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Oldest Auto mada in Cabnada in 1867

I may have posted this photo before, nevertheless, here it is again. It is on exhibit at the Museum of Science and Technologie in Ottawa and I am hoping to see and photograph it on my next trip to Ottawa.

Hi I am new to the connection

My name was Barbara Brunke, went to ST Gabriels's Academy for Girls i;n the old days  I remember the old days early 50.s when we would take  log walks out to Tasse.s and have bananna splts or strawberry shortcake
 then take the long  walk  home. or he steamed hot dogs in Ville la Salle.
 later on used to walk out to Ville La Slle and swim out by the power house where by the way i met my husband who is now deceased.  I am trying to find anyone who may know an old friemd of mime who also lived in the Point her name was Margaret Conlon she lived on Ryde St. she married an American and moved to the US first she lived in Plattsgurg and later i beleve moved to Florida but she divorced this person and i have not heard of her since
 Would love to know if anyone either knows her or her current name or the State she lives in
 Thanks sof any help you can supply and hello to anyone out there from the Point or Verdun or Ville La Salle.
Barb C

Looking fro Margaret Conlon

I am looking for someone who may know Margaret Conlon who used to live  on Ryde Street in Point St Charles . She would be around 70 yers old
 I would appreciate hearing from anyone who may knoww of her or her current name or state that she may live in.   An old friend from the Point.

Great Irish Catholics

Will this thread get legs? Maybe not.

Second Avenue.


It's the birthday of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy (books by this author), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (1917). In 1960, he was the youngest person ever elected president of the United States, and many people saw him as a symbol of freshness and youth. Part of his personal story was that during World War II, he was serving on a ship that got torpedoed, and he saved several of his crewmen from drowning. He towed one man in the water for three miles to safety.

But something that almost no one knew about John F. Kennedy was that he had suffered from numerous medical problems for most of his life. He had Addison's disease, which required frequent injections of cortisone. He also suffered from mysterious digestive problems and terrible back pains. He had to wear a corset-like back brace at all times.

Kennedy was in terrible pain and didn't complain about his back or his stomach problems while he campaigned for a House seat in 1946. In 1952, he ran for the U.S. Senate, and he was one of the few Democrats to win a race in a year when Eisenhower swept a lot of Republicans into office. But soon after the race, X-rays showed that parts of his spine had collapsed. He couldn't tie his own shoes or walk without crutches. He finally decided to try a risky operation to fuse his vertebrae. He fell into a coma during the procedure and was given last rites. He recovered, but had to spend six months in bed.

The surgery made it possible for Kennedy to walk, but he could not bend his back forward or backward at all, and could barely turn himself over in bed or sit in a low chair. The media reported that he had recovered completely. During the election of 1960, Nixon operatives apparently tried to break into Kennedy's doctor's office to steal his medical records, but the records were stored under a code name, so they were never found. No one but his closest family members and his doctors knew of his true condition.

Not Sure How Accurate this is

.....but here's some Stats,  (which can never be relied upon)

Minimum Wage in Canada

Updated: 05/01/07

Province General Wage More Information
Alberta $7.00 Alberta Employment
BC $8.00 B.C. Ministry of Labour
Manitoba $8.00 Manitoba Labour
New Brunswick $7.00 New Brunswick Employment Standards
Newfoundland $7.00 Labour Relations Agency
NWT $8.25
Nova Scotia $7.60 Environment and Labour
Nunavut $8.50
Ontario $8.00 Ministry of Labour
PEI $7.50 Community and Cultural Affairs
Quebec $8.00 Commission des normes du travail
Saskatchewan $7.95 Saskatchewan Labour
Yukon $8.37

Related Resources

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Ducks in my Neighbors Pool

Look what flew in my neighbor's pool about an hour ago, a pair of ducks. Wonderfull sight. I did not reduce the size so as not to loose details.

Verdun Photo Collection

Click on the link to view an online photo collection of Banks, Schools, Churches, Public Buildings and Streets of Verdun.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Schools in Verdun (May 2007)

Schools in Verdun (May 2007)

Easy to identify the street in the upper photo. But what about the church with two green steeples ?

Photo at the bottom: do you remember the original name of Verdun-Elementary ?


Locating a bus in Verdun (May 2007)

Hello !

Is there someone able to locate this photo taken in Verdun on 23 May 2007 ?


Wednesday, May 23, 2007


This should apply to the Canadian immigration policies as well I think.
Second Avenue.

The year is 1907, one hundred years ago Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on
Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes
here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us,
he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it
is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed,
or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's
becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an
American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says
he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all.
We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for
but one language here, and that is the English language... and we
have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the
American people."

Montreal in October

My brother and I will be visiting Montreal in October and staying at
the Queen Elizabeth Hotel from the 5th to the 9th. After looking over
our old haunts in Verdun, we want to see as much as possible of the
mountain. Other than that we are open. Any suggestions for the
limited amount of time left?
Second Avenue

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Josie Colangelo

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Kenny Bourgouin or Kenneth Gale

In Montreal Tue, May 22 for a week , staying Maritime Plaza on Guy St. Malcolm Scurrah

 I was just wondering if anyone has been using this site.I have been
able to hook with people I have seen in years

add me to the list

I look forward to this every Sunday and have not received this for the past 2 Sundays.  Nick Name is SLAPSHOT, Originally from 2nd Avenue, 1940 to 1958 and then to the US Air Force and still in the US.  Tx Pat

Eagle doing it's Job

Wow watch this deal, Eagle just checking out what's on the menu before maybe changing the Take Out Menu...................................Yikes
Yikes , this thing strong or what,....just got this sent to me ,.& thought it was cool enough to show here,.....................(hope it was a Verdun Eagle)
Look's like the carcass on the ground has pretty much been picked over,....
(almost looks like it was picked over by a bunch of late night visitoe to the Chalet BBQ............or something,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,not much left indeed

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Turcot Yards

They have started to demolish the Turcot Yards at the corner of Angrignon and Pullman. The building behind pictures 1, 2 and 3 was completely demolished. I think they may keep the front building on Pullman since they did not touch it. Perhaps they will demolish the other old  blue roof  receiving and shippping docks in the other 2 pictures. I am curious to know what they plan on doing with this stragically situated land. It is cetainly taking a lot of time to develop this area.

Bad News..

Did anyone remember or know of Holly Duncan?  I just received news that she passed away from complications of cancer, service is in Innisfil, ON. We used to hang out. She was a unique individual. I thought at that time she had a great vocabulary compared to the rest of us. 
May she be remembered well, and may she rest in peace.

Low life SCAM artists

Here's a good one I just recieved an email,that came through a direct result of signing a Guest Book  ,in the Obits for a friend of mines Mother,.....
and this Bum is trying to solicit some Do-Re-Mi, from me ,,,,,,,,,,,,hahahahaha
Read This :
Message: greetings,

i will first of all console
you on the death of your loved
one,i know how you are not
feeling right now as death
have also stolen my loved ones
and the feelings of emptiness
and sorrow has not left me
uptil this really
sorry if my mail will offend
you,i really needed assistance
and came to the cyber cafe
close to where i am staying
because i do not know much
about computers and internet
and asked the lady assistant
to help me locate my godmother
and former school teacher when
i was in the seminary school
who was so fond of me and who
taught me the basic things
that i knew in
and the fear of God,she
relocated abroad and i lost
her contact,i trusted her.

I will beg to ask you a few
questions,do you have the fear
of God in you,do you have
human sympathy for the less
fortunate victims of disasters
like tsunami and hurricane
Katrina and lately hurricane
Rita that left a lot of people
homeless and dead.

please write back if you have
a heart for others

.................................. Guess He doesn't know ,"I see Dumb People"...hahaha
I won't post my reply , I'd have to 'censor it myself'           hahahahaha
it had a lot of very recognizable words in it,..........(in any language)
.....  To Avoid this I would suggest ,that when & if any of you sign those online guestbooks for the Obits,.that you Do Not click or check the 'Contact Me ' box which allows anyone to send you an email,........they can't see your email,but they can contact you through clicking on your 'Contact Me' deal,........
...............          Just thought I'd Mention it....................

Classic American Cars ...

Classic American Cars ...

Hello !

Do you remember this car (make, model, year) ?



Walter Cronkite

I think everyone knows this man,..............  Walter Cronkite
......there is a very good show on CBS right now ( for me here on te Westcoast),,so many of you may have already seen it,......but it's an interesting

Celebrating Cronkite At 90

Honoring The Legendary Newsman With Stories And Remembrances From The Biggest Names In News, Politics And Entertainment


.,This guy looks like he could still do the news every night,.....and he comes across as very genuine,....Even when I was a kid ,.We listened to Walter Cronkite tell us the world news,...............  and "That's the Way it Is"


...........This guy is really been intrumental in many world situations,.......

I doubt there are many people with his natural sort of integrity...............

Friday, May 18, 2007

Canadian Snowbird

One of Cananda's precision acrobatic Snowbirds as Crashed in Montana,.they were to do an Airshow this weekend,...............I haven't heard if te pilot could bail-out or not,.......................This is a tragic deal for a tightly knot team such as these guys,..........
I also think that one of te Amercan Blue Angels planes crashed within the last mont or so,.....This is not a good start to te Airshow Season,which I think just starts with this montana Show
I hope the pilot made it out,.....................................

Nat must be opening soon?????

I think it's June isn't it when the Nat opens again for the Summer, seems not long ago we were speaking of this , we have many times,..but the natatorium was a large part of all our lives,.........
.Just thought I'd post that aerail of Verdun,............
but I am sure we can fill this thread with Natatorium Photos and Memories,....
........................................Remember those days running over the burning hot cement,..........or having chips up on the roof,.along with a Toasted or Toastee??  hot Dog,......Remember those flat hot dog buns from Weston's
hahahahahhaha  ..................................Pics to come I'm sure
                     Have Fun & Remember Verdun

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Halifax what's going on????

Seems today in the HAlifax area,..there has been several schools evacuated,.from some sort of threat,.......the news I just heard mentioned about 3 separate schools recieving some sort of threat,.........???
I wonder what's going on,...........just mischievous kids most likely ,.but that usually only happens with maybe one school (possibly two)   Remember the old 'bomb scares' when we were kids in school,.it always alloed for a day off from school,.......... Yikes .........this Halifax threat has 1000's of students ,kept out of school .....

Montreal Bridges (for whom the bell TOLLS) lol

this mornings Gazette reports that MAyor Tremblay wants to start using 'tolls' on the Bridges again, Dig out those old Champlain Bridge Tokens,
and get ready to pay.........................................

City unveils new public transit plan

The Gazette/ Presse Canadienne

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2007

The city of Montreal delivered a new public transportation plan today which calls for a tram system, the return of tolls on bridges and highways, 400 kilometres of bike paths, and new metro stations on the eastern part of the island.

In all, the plan includes 21 projects.

The city is counting on new sources of revenue to fund these projects, including the tolls, which  would bring about $300 million in revenue, Mayor Gerald Tremblay said

The transportation plan will be submitted to the city and agglomeration councils in June, followed by a public consultation in June. Tremblay said he expects to adopt the plan in June.


                  I owe ,I owe ,it's off to work I go,.........hahahahahah

                                                                     Have Fun & Remember Verdun


What a difference 50 years make.

Scenario: Jack pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack.

1956 - Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack's rifle, goes
to his car and gets his to show Jack. Talk of new firing range in
next town.

2006 - School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail
and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for
traumatized students and teachers.


Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1956 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end
up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.

2006 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark.
Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started
it. Anger Management seminar at School.


Scenario: Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.

1956 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by Principal.
Sits still in class.

2006 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Ongoing
sessions with school counselor. School gets extra money from state
because Jeffrey has a disability.


Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father's car and his Dad gives
him a whipping.

1956 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to
college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2006 - Billy's Dad is arrested for child abuse Billy removed to
foster care and joins a gang. Billy's sister is told by state
psychologist that she remembers being abused herself and their Dad
goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.


Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some headache medicine to

1956 - Mark shares headache medicine with Principal out on the
smoking dock.

2006 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations.
Car searched for drugs and weapons.


Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.

1956 : Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

2006 : Pedro's cause is taken up by state democratic party. Newspaper
articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a
requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit
against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English
banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up
mowing lawns for a living because he can't speak English.


Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the 4th of
July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed

1956 - Ants die.

2006 - BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with
domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from
home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list
and is never allowed to fly again. PETA targets incident, surrounds
Johny's house with demonstrators chanting "Murderer...murderer."


Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his
knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary, hugs him to
comfort him.

1956 - In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2006 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job.
She faces 3 years in State Prison.

"HEY" Bo Diddley...........

Yikes ,...old Bo as suffered a stroke,.........this is the man who was incredibly instrumental in spreading the bluesy .rock n roll ,.side of music in the early 50's
My brother put me onto his music (when I was just a kid) in the early 60's)......I knew then that this was a great musician ,.......and I have most of his albums to this day,.....................( I think I posted pics of some of them a few years back)
In anycase a sad day for Bo,............(Ellis McDaniells..............if you look on his album credits),........................Good Luck Bo ,....Hope you survivie this :
& Thanks for all the Tunes,.............and such  a recognizable beat that many other artists, including the Stones ,.chose to use,...............   Hey Bo Didley....
Posted on Wed, May. 16, 2007
Bo Diddley hospitalized after stroke

The Associated Press

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Legendary musician Bo Diddley performs at B.B. King's Blues Club in New York, in this file photo from Aug. 2, 2006. The famed guitarist has been placed in intensive care after suffering a stroke in western Iowa, publicists said Wednesday May 16, 2007.

    Bo Diddley is in intensive care after suffering a stroke in western Iowa, a publicist said Wednesday.

    The 78-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was listed in guarded condition at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., said Susan Clary, a publicist for the musician's management team.

    Diddley, who has a history of hypertension and diabetes, was hospitalized Sunday following a concert in Council Bluffs in which he acted disoriented, she said.

    Tests indicated that the stroke affected the left side of his brain, impairing his speech and speech recognition, Clary said.

    Clary said she has no other details on Diddley's condition or how long he would be in intensive care.

    Diddley, with his black glasses and low-slung guitar, has been an icon in the music industry since he topped the R&B charts with "Bo Diddley" in 1955. His other hits include "Who Do You Love," "Before You Accuse Me," "Mona" and "I'm a Man."

    Diddley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and was given a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1998.

    ...................I don't know how recent this news is,.but I just got it in the last few minutes............................................................          (old school Bo Diddley)
    .........................Your Welcome .................................hahahahha   HF&RV language=JavaScript1.1>
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    the Future as seen in &#39;69

    How about Zager & Evans , hit wonder,or extremely prophetic..???????????
    Who is Denny Zager?
    Denny Zager is part of the legendary recording duo "Zager & Evans" who wrote "In The Year 2525," the #1 smash hit of 1969, and the biggest one-hit wonder of any artist at any time in recording history selling over 20 million copies world
    ................Play the song ,if you like ,..........................Do youn Remember it?
    ..........Rememeber 1969 when we lived in Montreal,.and were ready to take on the world........................?????????

    Bo Diddley

    Bo Diddley suffered a stroke in Western Iowa and has been admitted to The Creighton University Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit. The stroke has affected the left side of Bo's brain, impairing his speech and his speech recognition. Many of us remember Bo from the days when he used to perform at The Esquire Show Bar. Bo was the best. This is so sad. Prayers for Bo.

    Wednesday, May 16, 2007

    Do You Remember Love?

    chessnut tree

      I lived on sixth ave. the tree was in our yard  had many fond memories in the fall when all the school kids would come and throw rocks etc  just missing our windows  my mother watched that tree flower in spring for over 30 yrs  then the neighbour next door filed a petion to cut down the 2 big beautiful trees ...... and that was it ,they were gone , such a wonderful site to see every spring . i guess it was easy in those days and people didnt care to much for the evoriment etc....
    anyways they were beautiful and i wont forget my brother and his friends climbing the big old tree and shaking it , all the chessnuts would come falling likes candies from a pinata .........memories..

    Dogs-best friends

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    Tuesday, May 15, 2007

    Ben&#39;s Sold

    Ben's, owned by the Kravitz family,  was sold to the Sidev Corp. for 6 million dollars.The building will be demolished and a new one will contain a Boutique and a Hotel. The property has a municipal value of $2.6 m and has 6000 sf.

    Internet Petitions

    Snopes Warning

    Pass this one on to all your e-mail buddies and take the time to read
    the article above. It is full of good advice especially
    about the "cookies."

    Just a word to the wise. E-mail petitions are NOT acceptable to any
    municipality. To be acceptable petitions must have a signed
    signature and full address.

    Almost all e-mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to
    others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to
    send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break
    the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was, and all
    this type of e-mail is, to get names and "cookie" tracking info for
    tele-marketers and spammers to validate active e-mail accounts for
    their own purposes.

    Any time you see an e-mail that says forward this on to "10" of your
    friends, sign this petition, or you'll get good luck, or whatever, it
    has either an e-mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies
    and e-mails of those folks you forward to, or the host sender is
    getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get
    lists of "active" e-mails to use in spam e-mails, or sell to others
    that do.

    Please forward this notice to others and you will be providing a good
    service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting 30,000
    spam e-mails in the future.

    (If you have been sending out the above kinds of email, now you know
    why you get so much spam!)

    someone looking for the &quot;Greg&quot; guys?

    I think I came across a post, which I can't find now, where someone was wondering about, or looking for one of the Greg boys (haha at "boys").

    I was talking with my Mom, trying to remember their names. We believe they are Danny, David and Derek.

    I can't remember which, Danny or David hung out with my brother, Garfield. The last we knew of him is that he was in BC.

    Hope that helps.


    &quot;Expo&quot; 17

    Well Expo 67 was a resounding success,.i wonder if in this day & age,.of high prices re: construction costs,.land values,.....etc etc .......but if the plan is well thought out & not just a Nostalgic Attempt to recapture the Past,.then maybe it would Have Some Merit,...........???  What do you think??
    this morning 's Gazette article:

    Group wants another Expo in Montreal

    The Gazette

    Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2007

    An independent group thinks Montreal can pull off the huge success of Expo 67 again for the occasion of Canada's 150th anniversary.

    The group has submitted a proposal to the city of Montreal for it to hold another world's fair in 2017, to be called Expo 17.

    Their plan involves using existing Expo grounds at Jean Drapeau Park, the harbourfront at Cite du Havre, as well as parts of the southwest shore of Montreal. It would involve a large-scale cleanup of the St. Lawrence River.

    Drawing on surveys conducted among Expo 67 visitors, the group wants to make architecture a big part of Expo 17. Unlike Expo 67, their plan calls for pavilions that are constructed to outlast the exhibition    this is a link to the groups website: (I haven't checked it out at all,.yet)  .......cause I'm heading back out to finish some pressure washing,............................................... 

                                       Have Fun & Remember Verdun

    Sunday, May 13, 2007

    Happy Mother&#39;s Day

    I hope all the mothers on this site had a wonderful day!!

    Friday, May 11, 2007

    Lookin for Diane Ledoux

    Hi Diane.....would really like to hear from you.  I went to St. Willibrord with you.  It's me Wendy Capstick.

    looking for diane ledoux

    Would like to hear from Diane

    Thursday, May 10, 2007

    Nun&#39;s Island

    Here are some pictures I took today on the "Boardwalk".

    Wednesday, May 9, 2007

    One of the Last Canadian WWI Soldiers

    Percy Dwight Wilson dies today,..........................................see ya Percy(& Thanks)
    Here's an article from a month or so ago:..but today one of the oldest Vets Dies,

    Dwight Wilson, 105

    From Saturday's Globe and Mail

    November 11, 2006 at 12:16 AM EDT

    Imbued with the unquestioning patriotism that caused so many young Canadians to sign up for a far-off war they had no idea was a living hell, Percy Dwight Wilson was determined to fight for King and Country.

    The fired-up farm boy from the Ontario hamlet of Vienna was so eager, in fact, that he signed on at the tender age of 15, a full three years shy of the legal minimum.

    Lest recruiters think he was too young, Mr. Wilson fudged his age by a whole year. He told them he was 16.

    ............that was the story last Remembrance Day,.................

    full story here at this link:

    ................................I just heard this news of his passing, ...and thought I'd post it up here.....................Now from what I understand the oldest Canadaina Veteran ,.now is Mr John Babcock,.who as I understan it ,.lives in Spokane ,Washington:

                            ..............We will Remember them............

    Tuesday, May 8, 2007

    Name changes

    Saw on t.v. for all you old Woodland School Alum. out there like me they now call it Verdun Elem. My other old school Bannantyne is gone..
    Time marches on...

    Monday, May 7, 2007

    On This Date

    May 7th ,1945:

    Victory celebration, Piccadilly Circus
    London May 7, 1945
    ...............................There were some very Happy people all over the World,
    as Germany officially surrendered,to old Dwight,.............and the Hell of 5 or 6 years was finally over again,...................
    However the news sparked a riot in Halifax ,by over exuberant service men,.(most likely a few lunatics ,ransacking & robbing stores,.and just generally taking advantage of the situationn)..................certainly not indicative of most of the People of the Time:
    ..............................good News is Worth Repeating......................HF&R

    Park Theatre on Church St.

    One of my colleagues at the Dawson Cultural Centre gave me an article wich appeared in the Oct. 26th 1997 edition of the Gazette on the fire at the Park theatre wich ocurred 2 weeks previously. The only victims were 7 firemen due to a collapsing wall and roof.  
    The theatre was converted to a TV theatre, a church, an ice-cream parlour and a music venue.
    By coincidence, I was in the process of doing research on the 4 theatres that existed prior to their conversion.
    The theatre opened in 1915 and once was praised as one of Canada's most beautifull theatres, was founded by S.J. Dunning. The theatre had a large balcony, a beautiful decorated lobby, a four-manual pipe organ and 1,172 seats. I saw many movies in this theatre in the 40s and 50s. It is interesting to know that a pioneer by the name of Léo.Ernest Ouimet was the first to build a theatre in Canada and perhaps in North America in 1907, named Ouimetoscope.  We have a book on the subject written by one of his descendants, at the SHGV. (in french)
    The theatre also had a stage wich presented from Vaudeville acts to choirs, ballet and orchestras. Dunning preferred distributing circulars and at one time had 20,000 printed.
    The article is too long to quote every interesting facts as it takes 3 pages of the Gazette written by Mark Abley and will be kept in the SHGV archives.

    Sunday, May 6, 2007

    Population of Verdun 1876 to 1980

    I have found the following information at the SHGV yesterday on the population of Verdun wich may interest some members:
    1876 Population 200
    1881       "          278
    1901       "         1898
    1911       "         11,629
    1920       "         25,674
    1925       "         34,802
    1930       "         54,911
    1935       "         60,871
    1940       "         64,314
    1945       "         74,087
    1950       "         77,986
    1955       "         82,711
    1960       "         86,233
    1965       "         88,900
    1970       "         91,109
    1975       "         81,279
    1980       "         68,000
    As you can see, the population peaked in 1970 and is presently in the 60,000 range.
    Obviously, people are not having childtren any more.

    Friday, May 4, 2007

    Yamaha R6 165 mph Run Hawaii.

    This guy is an incredible motorcyclist and very nuts.

    Thursday, May 3, 2007

    Ron Manfield

    Graduated from Verdun High School in 1965.

    Have just found this site and it is great to touch my roots somehow.

    I was known as the pianoman back then and still play and publish music......................

    My web site is for any one that remembers me.

    Bus in BC

    Bus in BC

    Hi Les !

    An old question:

    The trolleybus is on 41st Avenue, corner Oak St. in Vancouver.

    BTW, can you (or is there someone who can) localize this two-deck bus in Victoria, B.C.


    Electric Car

    Wednesday, May 2, 2007

    Scott Lang

    In today's gazette. Wasn't this family mentioned a while ago?
    LANG, Scott. Passed away in Verdun on April 29, 2007. Mr. Scott Lang aged fifty-four years. Son of the late John Lang and the late Patricia McViker. He leaves to mourn his brother Patrick (Lise Pellerin), his sister Penny (Nancy Howell), his nephew Jason Lang (Michelle Lalancette) and many friends. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Funeral entrusted to Rodrique Montpetit et Fils Inc., 170, rue Chateauguay, Huntingdon.
    Published in the Montreal Gazette on 5/2/2007.


    Well who else out there watches this show,...........................'s actually quite funny ,.....and borders on risque, well as Politically Incorect,...........................................   which seems to be more likeable everyday,...seeing the (powers that be) these days ,are Idiots.
    hahahahaha.....................What Say you??????????????

    Tuesday, May 1, 2007

    Relay For Life (Canadian Cancer Society)

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