Tuesday, July 31, 2007

marion ryan and lorraine dillon

is there any chance of locating these 2 classmates.

apprecitaion to the originators of this site

its beyond words, expressing appreciation is never easy,
so bouquets, kudos, oscars, to all those who contribute to this site, we are in far off places, and love you,
you fill the gaps,
carolyn benett.

Maurice Richard

During my time in Verdun. The Rocket



This was sent to me by a Catholic priest with a phd in Physics.

New Element on the Periodic Table

The National Institute of Science, a major research institute, has just
announced the discovery of the densest element yet know to science.
The new
element has been named 쨀Bushcronium.짼 Bushcronium has one neutron, 12
assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons and 224 assistant deputy
giving an atomic mass of 311.

These particles are held together by dark forces called morons, which
surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. The
symbol for Bushcronium is 쨀W짼.

Bushcronium쨔s mass actually increases over time, as morons randomly
interact wit h various elements of the atmosphere and become
assistant deputy
neutrons in a Bushcronium molecule, forming isodopes.

This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to believe
that Bushcronium is formed wherever morons reach a certain quantity in
concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as a 쨀critical

When catalyzed with money, Bushcronium activates Foxnewsium, an element
that radiates orders of magnitude more energy, albeit as incoherent
since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

When sending email to more than one person, put all their email
addresses in the BCC column (Blind Carbon Copy). This way all your
recipients receive your message, but they only see one email address.
Remember, once those addresses arrive at a computer, they are his to
address junk mail or viruses to.

Monday, July 30, 2007

la vache qui rit


Interesting info...
Because  of recent abductions in  daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation...
This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, everyone you know.
After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about.
It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.
1.  Tip from Tae Kwon Do:
The elbow is  the strongest point on  your body. If  you are close enough to use it, do!
2.  Learned this from a tourist guide in  New Orleans:
If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss  it away from you....chances are that  he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for  the wallet/purse.
3.  If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and  start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but  everybody else will. This  has saved lives.
4.  Women have a tendency to  get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and  just sit (doing their checkbook, or  making a list, etc. DON'T  DO THIS! The  predator will  be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for  him to get in on the passenger side, put  a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
a. If  someone is in the car with  a gun to  your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF!
Instead  gun the engine and  speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If  the person is in the back seat they  will get the worst of it. As  soon as the car crashes bail  out and run. It is better than  having them find your body in a remote location.
5.  A few notes about getting into  your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.)  Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat
B.)  If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by  pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C.)  Look at the car parked on the driver's side of  your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in  the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE
THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6.  ALWAYS take  the elevator instead  of the stairs.
(Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)
7.  If the predator has a gun and  you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!
The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4  in 100 times; And even then,it  most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!
8.  As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP. It may get you raped or killed.
Ted  Bundy, the serial killer,was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
*************  Here it is *******
9.  Another Safety Point:
Someone  just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last,and she called the police because  it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her "Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door."
The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to  the street and get run over.
The  policeman said, "We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door."
He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking  that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.
Please pass this on and DO  NOT open the door for a crying baby ----
This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on America's Most Wanted this past Saturday when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana .
I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle.
I was going to send this to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it onto them, as well.

Latenight Talk Show Host

Remember the latenight talk show host Tom Snyder,.spoofed on SNL many times for his mannerisms and interview style,...He has died at the age of 71
I seem to Remember him always with a smoke going while doing his show,...
..........He conducted John Lennon's last interview,.also many others ,one with Charles Manson,.......etc etc
 His show was cancelled to make room for the new up & coming David Letterman....1982........

how to add a photo

please give me step by step info
on how to
add a photo

Escapes......even for a week

Just had a good visit  for the last week,.as Harrison HotSprings,.........and Chilliwack Lake,......and of course in the same area Cultus Lake,..
Recommende for any of you ,shouls you decide to visit BC,......lot's of neat places here,...........the weather was good ,....and got to eat the Chilliwack Corn as it became available...........Great Stuff,.......
....................but Victoria here has a good supply of Corn on the Cob too,
one from a farm called Silverill,.............and the 'Peaches & Cream' corn should beready very shortly ,..........so if you have a penchant for travelling then,.........Vancouver Island or just BC in general ,should make your list,
....................................except we had a bomb scare on our Ferry System the other day,...what a pain,.delaying everyone for a few hours,......I guess the weirdo world has come to us too...............
     like the license plate says,......  'Super Natural ,BC'
ps:..the (BC) stands for Bring Cash.................not getting any cheaper here,
but I suspect that 's like everywhere....................YIKES

Top Recipients: US Health Industry Lobbists

Something to keep in mind.


Sunday, July 29, 2007

This week's new members

chris, tometoe, Cocopuff_2007, len_beast1,
whuups1, dillybar_15, and KULEKO;
I would like to extend a big welcome to the newest members of Verdun Connections. I hope you will all find Verdun Connections to be a comfortable place to find old friends, make new acquaintances and share memories of Verdun.
Of course, this welcome extends to any previously "new" members that I missed as well.

hello from the rock...nfld.!!!

I trained at the Douglas in "67/8, wondering if any east coast crowd still in Verdun. ?Of course there are "newfs" everywhere on the planet. Hope some say  hello.............I'll keep an "eye out" for you .

Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Lawtons

There were 5 kids in the family. 2 girls (Shirley and Margaret) and 3
boys (John, Eric and Tommy). For the entire time I lived at 457 2nd
Avenue (1941 to 1959) they lived a few flats down at 433. Shirley
married Ken harris and moved to Toronto, Margaret married Lammy
(don't know the last name), and moved closer the Wellington. John
married worked at the CNR, Eric married Rita and had 7 kids. He was a
wild one, and Tommy moved to Toronto as far as I know. I heard Eric
had passed away but have no idea what happened to the rest of the
family. Just a curiosity. Anyone remember this family?

Friday, July 27, 2007

Corner Verdun and Church Avenues

I recently became the owner of the big building at the corner of Church and Verdun, the one with the restaurant in it. It has 36 apartments upstairs. It appears to have been built in 1957. Does anybody have any memories of the place? Nowadays it's a peaceful quiet nice place. I think there was cookie shop downstairs for a long time, but not sure.

(BTW, I have a 1 1/2 to rent there all included, even cable, fridge, stove, heated, and futon bed, curtains included, spotless, 514 436 5830 megaforce@gmail.com)

Oscar, cat with the purr of death


Thursday, July 26, 2007

Verdun Floods

Looking for photos of Verdun Floods and Nuns barge. I know they are in the site somewhere.                            Ed

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

a new tv for group home found

thanks for giving this thought, as i know you all did.
with all seniors, no family members left, we are a small group in verdun that send gifts at christmas, and try to contribute to these challenged adults.
they no longer are part of workshops, and love movies.
 it really is a long storey, as during bryce mackasey,s tenure, i assisted in opening the first group home in verdun.
so my interest here as a behaviorist.
now i reside in florida,
thanks for friends in far off places like verdun, dorval, laval.
carolyn bennett

Monday, July 23, 2007

Italian Police Lamborghini Video



Does anyone remember Horlick's? No Les, it doesn't mean  French kissing a prostitute. It was supposed to be a drink to make drunks sleep better.  Ed

VHS 1970

Hi, DebbieWard here, I graduated in 1970 and was wondering if any one from Verdun lives in Alberta?

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Long Lost

I am looking for anyone who knows the Mundy family. It has been since 2003 that I have been trying to locate this family. I appriciate and respect truthful answers from everyone. Anyone who can help me, e-mail me with the info,please. Thank you.

Eaton's pumkin head doll

I am looking for a Pumkin Head Doll the rubber one you could only get from Eaton's back in the 50-60's. Remember on those letter's from Santa that used to come from the Eaton's store, Pumkin head was always sitting near Santa checking his list.
If anyone knows where I can get one of these dolls please let me know, condition doesn't matter.thanks.



The Latin Mass

To the cradle Catholics or anyone interested in current affairs: Any word of Pope Benedict's edict 'allowing' churches to perform the latin mass in Verdun or Canada in general? It would be nice if my church would go back to the traditional mass which was for me very beautiful. Every Sunday we could have one mass in latin and the other four in the vernacular. I personally believe the one mass in latin would be we attended.
Second Avenue


Saturday, July 21, 2007

Brenda Davidson

Still looking for Brenda.  VHS class of 58.. Worked at Northern Electric for some time.. Registered in Classmates

LaSalle Blvd and 2nd Ave, 1907 - 2005

These photos were taken at Lachine Road, now LaSalle Blvd and 2nd Ave. This is where the Leblanc wharf was situated. What was then called  the Lachine Rapids circuit, was the first tramway circuit wich crossed Verdun along the Lower Lachine Road. The Leblanc wharf as well as the quai de la Tortue (Torchy wharf) was the area that received the farmers from the across the river who went to the Bonsecours market to sel their products. 
The 2005 photo shows the Ch창teau Isabelle and Riviera appartment buildings built in the 1960s and precludes the condominium era.
    ARCHIVES SHGV                     

horse and buggy, who had one around 1949

there was a guy i remember used to drive a horse and buggy along bannantyne ave around 1949, any input on this, was it pennisten or gary allan.
thanks to anyone with this info,
i was just a kid 6yrs at that time but it has left a footprint in my mind as well as the hollyhocks and wild rhubarb in the lanes.



Friday, July 20, 2007

elmhurst dairy cows a big deal!

we chatted many moons ago re.
sam seltzer,s family bought most of them, brought them to reside in front of each SAM SELTZERS STEAKHOUSE AROUND florida.
no kidding.
ill find a photo.
now where the antiquated originals are    dah.
in the dairy museum of canada.
you see
canada has everything.
in case no one knows of the seltzer family of cote st. luc,
well ,
look it up.

All The Girls We Loved Before!

 All The Girls We Loved Before

Hook a Canuck


Thursday, July 19, 2007

CFL -- Timmy Chang

Timmy Chang was a great quarter back for University of Hawaii. I've
seen him play. Hope he does well for the Ti-Cats b/c he'll be watched
here if ESPN puts some CFL games through to us.
Second Avenue.


QB Timmy Chang has reportedly signed by the Ti-Cats and may report to
camp. He has impressive college numbers but not so impressive
attempts at making the NFL. Maybe he will be well suited for the CFL

Timmy Chang - He currently holds the NCAA Division I-A all-time
interception record with 80. He also holds records for total
offensive yards (16,910), most passing yards (17,072), most career
plays from scrimmage (2,587), most passes attempted without an
interception (70), and is second to Ty Detmer's 121 touchdown passes

Chang was MVP of the 2003 Hawaii Bowl and also coached by by former
CFL QB June Jones

To a Daughter Leaving Home

To a Daughter Leaving Home, by Linda Pastan

When I taught you
at eight to ride
a bicycle, loping along
beside you
as you wobbled away
on two round wheels,
my own mouth rounding
in surprise when you pulled
ahead down the curved
path of the park,
I kept waiting
for the thud
of your crash as I
sprinted to catch up,
while you grew
smaller, more breakable
with distance,
pumping, pumping
for your life, screaming
with laughter,
the hair flapping
behind you like a
handkerchief waving

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


 More pictures I took today while bicycling on the boardwalk.

Thought for the Day

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Two Solitudes

While bicycling in Verdun today, I came upon this view and just had to photograph it.

NYC Manhattan

Big Explosion in Manhattan............................


Any one need a Bridge Token for the CHAMPLAIN BRIDGE?  Ihave about 12 of them Where can I get A refund??  They make good ball markers for Golf    Ron

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

CVT Transmission

Any members familiar with the CVT Transmission. The system operates with a metallic belt and variable diameter pulleys. These transmissions are used mainly on Skidoos and small cars. This system seems to me to be a very smooth and efficient system for automatic transmissions as the pulleys  operate automatically according to the engine demand. This subject may not  necessarely be appropriate for this site but based on some past postings, some members may have an opinion on the subject. My concern would be the life span of the pulleys, belt and labor cost for replacement. 
The enclosed article mentions that a company in Quebec  is developing this system to be used on heavy duty vehicules.

Scot lang

Bill, I am sending this to you because you have a way of copying
these stories without all the gobbeldey gook that I get. Scot died in
the Verdun General on LaSalle Blvd. Ed

Session guitarist who was a favourite among stars reached great
Sought-after musician accumulated hundreds of credits as a sideman
with the McGarrigle sisters, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt
and by his sister, folk singer Penny Lang
Special to The Globe and Mail
June 14, 2007

MONTREAL -- The night he performed with Kate and Anna McGarrigle at
Carnegie Hall in New York was a bittersweet dream come true for Scot
Lang. When he arrived backstage that night in 1980, just moments
before the McGarrigles were scheduled to take the stage, two bouncers
blocked his path. They assumed that Mr. Lang, who looked a decade
younger than his 28, was an adoring fan and refused to let him pass.
Mr. Lang grew frustrated and attempted to push past the beefy guards.
Unfortunately for Mr. Lang, the bouncers pushed back and the guitarist
found himself tumbling, head-over-heels, down a flight of stairs.

By the time the concert started, Mr. Lang had been identified.
Battered and bruised, the guitarist took to the stage, but the lustre
of playing at Carnegie Hall had been tarnished. To use a metaphor that
speaks volumes about his life, he would climb to great heights, only
to discover the wax melting from his wings as he plummeted from the

Born into a musical household with older sister Penny Lang, who has
been described as Canada's first lady of folk, young Scot had mastered
the guitar and piano by age 12. A virtuoso, he began performing at
Montreal's famed Yellow Door coffeehouse as a teenager and dropped out
of high school in 1970 to play guitar in the Montreal production of
the rock opera Hair.

His reputation as a top-notch guitarist spread quickly and Mr. Lang
was invited to perform with Edith Butler in Osaka, Japan, at the 1970
world's fair. Playing the Canadian pavilion proved to be a real eye-
opener: At a gala dinner, the working-class kid discovered just how
high into the stratosphere his talent could carry him when he found
himself seated at the same table as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and
Emperor Hirohito.

His former companion, John Lutz, said the Emperor made a toast and all
the guests raised a piece of sushi into the air. To a young musician
from Quebec, it was all a great mystery. "Scot was unaccustomed to
Japanese cuisine and found the raw fish so unpalatable he very
discretely emptied the contents of his mouth into his napkin."

Whereas many youngsters might have found themselves carried away by
their own hype, Mr. Lang was void of hubris. Grounded by circumstance,
he was a down-to-earth young man who found himself in the role of
breadwinner - while Scot was still a teenager, his father suffered
from a nervous breakdown and was unable to work.

For more than 14 years Mr. Lang performed as a sideman with Tex
Lecor's band and was featured on the international hit single Le
Frigidaire. He collaborated with singer-songwriter John Lutz to create
the band Frontrunner and later released three acclaimed solo compact
discs: Moods Vol. 1, Scot Lang Live and Zebra. He also produced
Rockabayou with Danielle Martineau, which won Mr. Lang the Quebec
music industry's ADISQ award. Along the way, he developed into a
sought-after session musician who accumulated hundreds of credits as a
sideman with such musicians as James Taylor, Jefferson Starship,
Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy and many others.

He also knew first-hand the perils that accompanied a career in music.
He'd witnessed how drugs and alcohol could undermine an artist's life.
His friend Gordon Aronoff, a humanities teacher, recalled a story
about Mr. Lang during a time when he was touring as a bass player with
James Taylor. It was some time in the early 1970s and Mr. Taylor, the
singer of Fire and Rain and How Sweet It Is, was featured on the same
bill with Joni Mitchell at an outdoor music festival.

"At one point, Scot found himself relaxing in a trailer with Taylor
and Mitchell between sets when Taylor begged his bass player not to
leave him alone with Mitchell," said Mr. Aronoff, who explained that
the singer had just left a rehabilitation centre and was concerned
that he might not be able to maintain his sobriety if left alone with
her. "When Scot told me the story, I thought he was pulling my leg,
but his nephew asked Joni when she was in Montreal promoting a new
record and she confirmed the whole story."

Penny Lang described her younger brother as a sweet and tender man who
loved the camaraderie of creative people. She should know: She has
multiple records and CDs to her credit and was accorded top honours at
the Canadian Folk Music Awards in December. As a musician, Ms. Lang
appreciated her brother's guitar skills and liked to use them on her
own recordings. But as a sister, she also understood his limitations.

"He was an all-round kind of player who could stand behind any musical
form of roots music and do a good job," she said. "But he took some
hard knocks in life."

Severe arthritis was one of those hard knocks. Toward the end of his
life, pain in his finger joints made playing a burden instead of a
joy. And for a musician who prided himself on his work ethic, to find
himself unable to perform was a bitter pill to swallow. But unlike Mr.
Taylor, whom he helped avoid temptation, Mr. Lang fell head-first into
his own addictions.

His brother Pat said the world was too tough a place for someone as
sensitive as Scot. "He always worked, he always performed, he was
almost manic, it was always go, go, go. But he got beat so much
because he was so polite - he couldn't stand up for himself."

A gifted guitarist, he accumulated hundreds of credits as a sideman
over the years, but he ultimately had trouble finding his way. Alan
Hustak of the Montreal Gazette described Mr. Lang as "a multitalented
Quebec musician, who, to paraphrase the lyrics from one of his songs,
stumbled often as he followed stars through darkness."


Scot Lang was born in Montreal on Sept. 2, 1952. He died in Montreal
from cirrhosis of the liver on April 29, 2007. He was 54. He is
survived by his brother and sister, Patrick and Penny.

Jean Henson,,,,3rd Ave.

Jean passed on last Friday ,,,,I posted in the other threads but I don't know how often they are checked. She will be remembered for her courage and spirit,,,,a true Verdunite!!!
Mitakuye Oyasin

Ralph Thomson

Looking for Ralph Thomson. The family lived at 1012 Riverview, attended Riverview and Verdun High and St.Johgn the Divine Church. Ed info edbrown@videotron.ca

Monday, July 16, 2007

Jean Henson

It is with great saddness that I write of the passing of Jean Henson on July 13, 2007 in Port Coquitlam B.C.  I'm sure that many knew her and her family from 3rd Ave. Heartfelt condolences to Jim Allaway and all of her family.
Mitakuye Oyasin

Elliott Goldsborough

Ellie passed away at Verdun Hospital on the afternoon of July 15 2007.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

When Children Learn

"When children learn that happiness is not found in what a person  has but in who that person is, When they learn that giving and forgiving are more rewarding than taking and avenging, When they learn that suffering is not eased by self-pity, but overcome by inner resolve and spiritual strength, When they learn that they can't control the world around them, but they are the masters of their own souls, When
they learn that relationships will prosper if they value friendship over ego, compromise over pride, and listening over advising, When they learn not to hate a person whose difference they fear, but to fear that kind of hate, When they learn that there is pleasure in the power of lifting others up, not in the pseudo-power of pushing them down, When the learn that praise from others is flattering but meaningless if it is not matched by self-respect, When they learn that the value of a life is best measured not by the years spent
accumulating possessions, but by the moments spent giving of one's self – sharing wisdom, inspiring hope, wiping tears and touching hearts, When they learn that a person's beauty is seen not with the eyes but with the heart; and that even though time and hardships may ravage one's outer shell, they can enhance one's character and perspective, When they learn to withhold judgment of people, knowing everyone is blessed with good and bad qualities, and that the emergence of either often depends on the help given or hurt inflicted by others, When they learn that every person has been given the gift of a unique self, and the purpose of life is to share the very best of that gift with the world, When children
learn these ideals and how to practice them in the art of good living, they will no longer be children – they will be blessings to those who know them, and worthy models for all the world."
~David L. Weatherford

John Ferguson

John Ferguson dead of cancer
NHL tough guy had heart of lion.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Dancing on the Boardwalk

In front of the Douclas Hospital, there is a dance floor where you can dance for free every evening, weather permitting, situated where the City of
Verdun had their greenhouse. The dance floor is of a covered 5500 sf rubber coated cement floor. All kinds of dancing are practiced, in line, country, salsa, tango, square dancing and swing. As much as 400 people attend on saturdays.  Sounds like a lot of fun.

Seniors Joke


An 80 year-old man went to his doctor for his quarterly check-up.


The doctor asked him how he was feeling and the 80-year-old said "Things are great and I've never felt better. I now have a 20 year-old bride who is pregnant with my child. So what do you think about that?"


The doctor considered his question for a minute and then began:


"I have an older friend, much like you, who is an avid hunter and never misses a season. One day when he was setting off hunting, he was in a bit of a hurry and accidentally picked up his walking cane instead of his gun.


"As he neared a lake he came across a very large beaver sitting at the water's edge. He realized he'd left his gun at home and so couldn't shoot the magnificent creature but out of habit he raised his cane, aimed it at the animal as if it were his favorite hunting rifle and went 'bang, bang’. Miraculously, two shots rang out and the beaver fell over dead.”


“Now, what do you think of that?" asked the doctor.


The 80-year-old said, "If you ask me, I'd say somebody else pumped a couple of rounds into that beaver."


The doctor replied, "My point exactly".

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Jacques Plante 1929 - 1986

The legendary Jacques Plante (1929 - 1986) started his carreer with a company hockey teem in Shawinigan. In 1954, he was the goalkeeper for the Canadien de Montr챕al. He received the V챕zina trophy seven times between 1956 and 1969, and the Hart trophy in 1962 given to the most valuable player of the league. During his career, he also played for the NY Rangers, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers then retired in 1975.
Having been injured in the face by a puck in 1969, Jacques Plante was the first goalie in the National Hockey League to wear a mask regularly. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1978.
He lived in Swizerland during the last years of his life where  he died in 1986 of cancer.
               Planète Généalogie

Griffintown, 1949

Good afternoon !

I’m sure many of you will remember this place





(Griffintown, 1949)





Does anyone else use the calendar?

passing of larry barrett sr. in his 88th yr.

a long time employee of dominion engineering works [lachine]
larry rose from humble beginnings to greatness,
 he is survived by his son larry barrett jr. of toronto, and one sister margo of cotes des neiges.
he was my godfather.
carolyn bennett.
ex verdunite,
palm harbor ,fl.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Honest Ed

If you've ever been to toronto,.you may know this old character,.
  He started an ran Honest Ed's ,...a store every bit worthy to have been on Wellington,.or the Main...........  it was a real neat store ,with everything you could think of cheap,....it became popular enough that people would almost treat it like a 'must see' when in toronto:
Sort of like Sam the Record man,.for being well known"
              in this mornings National Post,....there are some story's on old Ed
He dies ,.........and was 92,.........

Toronto loses a legend with the death of Ed Mirvish

CanWest News Service

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2007

After a life devoted to theatre, "Honest Ed" Mirvish has taken his final bow.

Edwin Mirvish died early Tuesday at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto at the age of 92, his family said in a statement.

The entrepreneur and theatre impresario was just shy of his 93rd birthday.




Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Subject: retirement


Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.


Well for example, the other day my wife and I went into town and went  into a shop. We were only in there for about 5 minutes. When we  came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket.


We went up to him and said, "Come on man, how about giving a senior  citizen a break?"


He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. 


I called him a turd. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires.


So my wife called him a shithead. He finished the second ticket and  put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket.


This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused him, the more  tickets he wrote.


Personally, we didn't care. We came into town by bus.


We try to have a little fun each day now that we're retired. It's  important at our age...






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Canadian Artists.

It's the birthday of short story writer Alice Munro (books by this author), born Alice Laidlaw in Wingham, Ontario (1931). She grew up on a farm in the poor part of town. Her father tried to make a living raising minks and foxes. She said, "We lived in this kind of ghetto where all the bootleggers and prostitutes and hangers-on lived ... a little town where nobody was interested in writing or the world of literature." She was though, and she loved to make up stories. She said, "You were never praised for the things you could do well. You were taught to pay attention to whatever you were bad at." Every day on the way to school she told herself a new story, though she never told them to anybody else.

She ran away to go to college, University of Western Ontario, and studied journalism. She dropped out after a couple of years, got married, and had children. She became a housewife in the suburbs, a life which she did not care for. She said, "So many things were forbidden, like taking anything seriously." She was trying to write fiction, but her schedule was very tightly managed. She couldn't find time to do it, though she did try to get her kids to nap a lot.

She was in her 30s when she and her husband opened a bookstore. That, she said, made her feel as if she had a function in the real world. She locked herself in the bookstore on Sundays to write, and after nearly 20 years of struggle, she published her first collection of stories, Dance of The Happy Shades in 1968.

Her marriage broke up. She took a trip back to her home town to care for her aging father. She was only going to stay for a year, but she found that the landscape she had hated so much as a child suddenly seemed like the most interesting place in the world. She said, "People's lives in [my home town] were dull, simple, amazing, unfathomable—deep caves paved with linoleum. It did not occur to me [as a child] that one day I would be so greedy for [my hometown] ... to want every last thing, every layer of speech and thought, stroke of light on bark or walls, every smell, pothole, pain, crack, delusion, held still and held together—radiant, everlasting."

Returning to her hometown gave her the material that she needed, and she's gone on writing about ordinary people in small town Canada ever since. Munro is the author of Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You, The Moons of Jupiter, Open Secrets, and many other books.

Upstate New York

Yikes:...........now I've seen a atory stretched before,....but apparently a movie is being filmed here on Vancouver Island ,.Cowichan  actually ,.a very nice place,...and it's supposed to represent Upstaet New York,........so maybe we do have something for everybody here,................
Fresco your an Upstat New York fan aren't you? .........and we have a few others on here that frequent the NYstate areas'...........  Sammie's has a trailer camp-site spot,.(I think)   Btw: Sammy could you post your web address again,.for us SVP:......
and a couple of other members live in the area,.I believe,...............Sandy works in NYC (is that right??),.or just out side of it,........
In anycase ,.this movie is being filmed (at least in part).....just north of us here,.in a very nice part of Vancouver Island (it's all nice actually)
Here's part of the story in today's paper:

Behind the Screen: Starring Vancouver Island

Cowichan valley gets to play upper New York state in a TV movie featuring a young actress who started life in Nanoose Bay

Michael D. Reid, Times Colonist

Published: Monday, July 09, 2007

For its second big Hallmark moment here in less than a year, North America's most venerable family entertainment empire is putting a literal spin on the term "moving pictures," with an all-star cast and an Oscar-winning actor/director at the helm.

Six-time Oscar nominee Sissy Spacek (Carrie, Coal Miner's Daughter, In the Bedroom) is heading the cast of Pictures of Hollis Woods, a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation based on Patricia Reilly Giff's Newbery Award-winning young people's novel.

Spacek plays Josie Cahill, an eccentric, increasingly forgetful elderly artist who befriends and inspires 12-year-old Hollis Woods, a trouble-prone girl named after the town where she was abandoned as an infant. Since then she has spent her life being shunted through a series of foster homes.

Sissy Spacek plays the eccentric old artist who befriends the troubled girl in the title role.

Sissy Spacek plays the eccentric old artist who befriends the troubled girl in the title role.

Pictures of Hollis Woods is being directed by Tony Bill (Flyboys, My Bodyguard), who co-produced George Roy Hill's 1973 Oscar-winner The Sting. He's directing from a screenplay by Anne Peacock, with additional writing by Dan Petrie Jr. and Camille Thomasson.

The film co-stars Emmy Award-winning actress Alfre Woodard (Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Cross Creek) as Edna Reilly, the social worker who describes Hollis, who has trouble fitting in and often runs away, as "a mountain of trouble."

It also features Judith Ivey (Compromising Positions, Designing Women) as Beatrice Gilcrest, Josie's quirky best friend; and Nanoose Bay-born actress Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill, Good Luck Chuck) as the introverted title character who dreams of belonging to a loving family and expresses her feelings through art.

The Regans, the family who attempt to give Hollis the home she dreams of, are played by Ridge Canipe (I Walk the Line, The Bad News Bears), as her pal Steven, and James Tupper (Men in Trees) and Julie Ann Emery (Hitch) as Steven's parents.

Pictures of Hollis Woods is being shot by a director of photography with a local connection. Paul Sarossy (The Wicker Man, Where the Truth Lies), the Genie Award-winning lensman is known for his collaborations with Victoria-raised Atom Egoyan.

"We're spreading our wings on this one," said Ted Bauman, the Vancouver producer collaborating on the film with executive producer Brent Shields, producer Dan Paulson and Hallmark producer Shawn McClaren.

Bauman said almost half of the film's principal photography, already under way in the Cowichan Valley, is taking place outside of Victoria, including locations in Saanich and near Duncan and Ladysmith, with the region masquerading as upstate New York.

Pictures of Hollis Woods is a perfect fit for Hallmark, said McClaren.

"We try to find strong character dramas, and every kid we've talked to knows that book," said the boyishly enthusiastic production supervisor as he was on his way to catch a plane back to Kansas City to spend the weekend with his family.

"They [Hallmark] really encourage that, which is wonderful. They're very family-friendly."

Although Giff's book -- required reading in many schools -- is aimed at children aged 10 to 12, the movie will aim to reach not only that demographic but also an "older adult female audience," said McClaren.

He said the film also reflects Hallmark's mandate to try to feature actors who are on their way up.

Being able to cast Emery (Commander-in-Chief, E.R.) reminded McClaren of another star Hallmark helped launch.

"It was Catherine Zeta-Jones. We were her first domestic film," he said. "We're going to be seeing a lot more of Julie."

McClaren said it made sense for Hallmark to return nine months after wrapping its maiden production voyage here -- Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness, an inspirational anti-road racing movie starring Dean Cain and Peri Gilpin.

"You have a multitude of looks and the incentives in Canada are still stronger than they are domestically in the U.S.," he said, noting that there are only a few places stateside, like New Mexico and Louisiana, that can compete with such incentives.

Even so, there are drawbacks.

"New Mexico is a one-horse town, so you'd better have a Southwest-looking story for that location to work," he said. "And we could shoot in Wilmington and those places in Carolina, but you have to dodge hurricanes."

Pictures of Hollis Woods will be aired as a CBS Sunday Night Movie during an upcoming holiday season, he said.


      I never realised that Sissy Spacek has been Nominated 6 times,quite an achievement for a very unassuming gal:...............

Maybe it'll be a good film,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,



Monday, July 9, 2007


Our Father, who art in Heaven." Two little children prayed.
Kneeling by their bedside at the close of day.
"We know you're up there Daddy, Reverend William 'splained it all.
He said you're safe with Jesus, that you must have heard his call.
He said that Jesus loves us and would help us see it through.
Well we need a lot of help now so we really hope it's true.
We hope that you found Mama, we know that's why you went.
We know you missed her terribly since she was heaven sent.
Tell Mom we do our best Dad with the little that we got.
Auntie Sue tries hard to help us, but she cries an awful lot.
You took us to the circus Dad, you took us to the Zoo.
We wish you took us this time Dad, we'd rather be with you.
Your rifle rack is empty now, there's nothing on the shelf,
Since you took that old thing down that day and used it on yourself."                 Ed
I've been asked how I could write such a dreadful thing
Well this actually happened in Verdun on Galt street, but
the reason I wrote it was to wake people up to the tragedy of suicide.
Suicide may be a way out for the perpetrator but it devastates the lives 
of those that love them. I showed this to someone who told me they were
considering ending it all. He said it changed his mind as he could never do that to his family. He started to cry and asked me to show it to as many people as possible.
Use it as you will.                  Ed 

Edward Slattery ( Eddy )

Passed away peacefully at home in June 2005

Elanor Wiffen

Date unknown

Shaun Harquel sister of late Jenny Harquel aka Billingsly

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Stephanie Beauregard

I am not sure about Steph's passing year but it was with in the past 10 years. Condolences to her Mother and her Son...

Jason Saunders

Jason Saunders passed away in Verdun in front of Verdun metro in 1996 or 1997. Please donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Thank you..

Derek Luker

Passed Away in June 2002

Mackey Macdonald Family

Tammy Nussey and Mackey Macdonlad lost their 3 children in a LaSalle fire on May 1 2004. I want to send my sincere sympathies to them, even though there is nothing to say at a time like this. You have lost 3 children but you have gaind 3 beautiful guardian angels.May they always be with you...

Francois Paiement

Passed away 1992

Aurore Paiement (Tessier)

Passed away August 2003

Harold Steele ( Steele)

Passed away suddenly February 28 2007

Dorothy Duplantis (Foster)

Passed away suddenly on October 22 2000 at her mother's house, peacefully.

Margaret Barber ( Aggie)

Passed away 2002

Helen Steele ( Beatrice Gandey)

Passed away in August 2001

Bernard Paiement

Bernard Paiement passed away March 21 2002 after a battle with cancer. He was an incredible person with a big heart. A very well known taxi driver and adapted transport company owner. Dad, you are deeply missed by me. I would give anything to hear your laugh or jokes again. You were my best friend even though you are my Father. I love you and miss you. Please visit me in my dreams and bring me comfort, guidance and protection. Please be my and Sam's guardian angel... I love you infinity!!!

Old Pics Wanted!!!

I am looking for as many old pics of Verdun as possible. I f  you have any, feel free to post them. Thanks!!!

Anyone who knows...

I am looking for anyone who knows James Mundy aka Jimmy, who also has a son named Dale Mundy. Please Help.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Joe Canada

Joe Canada:

Hey, I'm not a lumberjack, or a fur trader....
I don't live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled....
and I don't know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada,
although I'm certain they're really really nice.

I have a Prime Minister, not a president.
I speak English and French, not American.
And I pronounce it 'about', not 'a boot'.

I can proudly sew my country's flag on my backpack.
I believe in peace keeping, not policing,
diversity, not assimilation,
and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal.
A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch,
and it is pronounced 'zed' not 'zee', 'zed' !!!!

Canada is the second largest landmass!
The first nation of hockey!
and the best part of North America

My name is Joe!!
And I am Canadian!!!

Saturday, July 7, 2007


Here's a question. How far back in your life can you remember? Someone asked me when I first started trying to write. I said it was in Miss Airds class in Grade I at Woodland School. I wrote A B C and she said, "Edward you have to keep the letters between the lines." Frustrating! I was having trouble getting them all on the paper. I solved the problem later in life with unlined paper. Miss Aird left at the end of that year and I went on to Grade 2. Miss Burgess left at the end of that year. That's all I remember about elementary school.  I think I sorta slept through I - 7 and suddenly woke up to find I was in High School. What a shock, they expected us to stay awake and learn. I remember when the teacher would fill both blackboards with notes and tell us to copy same. I'd ask, "Mr.Francham, ya got any paper without lines."             Ed

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Maiaon Nivard-de-Saint-Dizier

The SHGV is again inviting everyone this year to visit the Maison Nivard-de-Saint Dizier at 7244 LaSalle Boulevard, corner Loyd George in Verdun. For the time being, only the exterior  can be visited and our expert historians will inform you on the folllowing subjects:
1- Étienne Nivard-de-Saint-Dizier and his descendants
2- The origins of the name Verdun
3- The land purchase of Verdun
4- The agricultural development  and promotion of the Verdun farmland
5- The fort of Verdun
6- Zacharie Dupuis
7- Ville-Marie and the Iroquois menace
8- Les Argoulets*, solitary colonists
9- Le camp Volant in Verdun
10- The Nivard-de-Saint Dizier house
12- Marguerite Bourgeois, founder of the Notre Dame congregation
13- The heritage of the Verdun farm
14- Joseph Chapman, beer maker
15-  A new owner, John Crawford
16- The historical house, propeerty of the City of Verdun 
July 1st to October 7th 2007, Sunday 1.00pm to 3.00pm
July 4th to August  29th 2007, Wenesday 6.00pm to 8.00pm
* This is the name given to the first colonists who settled in Verdun. As a matter of fact, my wife who's maiden name is Campeau is a direct descendant of Étienne Campeau one of the first colonist who settled on lot no. 533 wich is between Hickson and Church right up to the river. All the Campeau's are descendants from this same first colonist.

Fire on 3rd Ave

On the first of July, a fire broke out at 169 - 3rd Ave. This is the second time a fire broke out at this address. The last time was in December 2006.
Source: The Messenger


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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

We Get What We Pay For

SURPRISE, SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 300 employees and has the following statistics:

30 have been accused of spousal abuse.
9 have been arrested for fraud
14 have been accused of writing bad cheques.
95 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses.
4 have done time for assault.
55 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit.
12 have been arrested on drug related charges.
4 have been arrested for shoplifting.
16 are currently defendants in lawsuits.
62 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year!

Can you guess which organization this is?

It is the 301 MP's in the Canadian Parliament!  The same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws designed to keep the rest of us in line?!

Which one did you vote for?

(Pass this on to every Canadian you know)

CN Tower


Monday, July 2, 2007

Canada Day Parade In Montreal

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Feel like a burger now & then,................................try this one

Bob's BBQ & Grill of Pattaya, Thailand has smashed the current record for producing the world's biggest cheeseburger. The landmark in cheeseburger history was created in celebration of the king of Thailand's 60th year accession to the throne and was part of a wide range of events being held all year in Thailand to mark the occasion. The unveiling of the burger was witnessed by a local TV crew and officials from Ripley's Believe it or Not who recorded the burger's weight at a whopping 78.5 pounds which eclipses the previous record of 50 pounds held by Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Pennsylvania, US. Measuring 60 CM (23.5 inches) in diameter and 35 CM (13.75 inches) in height, the burger has been named Big Bob's Texas Belt Buster and is on the regular menu and can be ordered 12 hours in advance. “You can order it in the morning and it will be ready to eat in the evening“ says Bob Schindler, founder of Bob‘s BBQ & Grill. Bob, originally from Houston, Texas founded the restaurant just over 2 years ago to bring authentic American cuisine to Thailand and his oversized burgers have been a hit with locals and tourists. He was aiming to build a burger that hit the 60 pound mark but a few miscalculations resulted in the burger going well over the target weight.


Now That's   BIG  Mac,......................................

 Montreal had some great Burger places too................but one of these at 3am might be just alittle much,....................................Sure would need a whack of Beer to wash down that baby.........hahahahaha




Well all kinds of ratings,....but when here's another one of them
For almost a decade (up to the year 2001), Canada was ranked number one among 175 countries in the United Nation's Quality of Life survey
now trying to get a little closer to todays date:
About Canada

"The best country in the world to live in"

(United Nations Human Development Index).

Canada's Flag

A country larger than the USA, immediately to the north of it with incredible resources, and a system of excellent health and social services, an open democratic and progressive society where newcomers are welcome to share in the country's prosperity and community life and are invited after 3-4 years to become Canadian citizens, equal with all other Canadians

......not a bad stat:  almost always rated right up there,.

      Have Fun & Remember Verdun


Sunday, July 1, 2007

Ivy Hewittson

Karen and I were in Montreal for the weekend and made the required tour of Verdun. Whilst driving down Fayolle, we met Ivy Hewittson (ex of YMCA Saturday Night Dance Fame) standing outside her home. I'm not sure if she actually remembered us, although she was delighted that we stopped to say hi. A lot of people went through the Y dances in the 60's and 70's and I doubt if they would have been successful had it not been for Ivy.
Considering her age, she seemed fairly spry, although she was still mourning the passing of her husband Jack last year.
Gord Gibbons

Happy Canada Day

                  HAPPY CANADA DAY !!