Sunday, October 31, 2004

Ever notice.....

Ever notice that when you're retired, and time is not of the essence, you never, ever forget to turn back the clock?  But when you're younger and have appointments, or whatever, you usually run 1 hour late for everything.  Life sure is funny.
Happy Hallowe'en and take care of the little ones.

Friday, October 29, 2004

Remember when??

Hello to all Verdunites:
For those of you who relish the nostalgia brought on by "remember when..." sayings from the past,  visit the following site:

The site brought back a lot of great memories for me.  It should do likewsie for many of you also. 
Cheers from the desert southwest.  Bill--formerly on 1st Ave and Allard Ave. also.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Christmas reunion 2004 Toronto

I've just found this site - can anyone tell me about the Strathcona Christmas reunion. Is it well attended - I'm a class of '68 graduate - what are the chances of meeting my peers at this event?

Lancaster, Ontario

Lorna Reid:
I see you live in Cornwall. We visited my wife's mother at the Chateau Gardens nursing home in beautiful downtown Lancaster last weekend. I expect that we will be making regulars visits for the immediate future.
I went for a walk in the Cooper Marsh Conservation Park on Saturday. It is an impressive facility.
As for Lancaster, how does this community survive? I expect that a number of residents live in eastern Ontario and work in the west island of Montreal.
Gord Gibbons

Hello Verdunites.

I just got back from visiting my granddaughters in Calgary (photos in
my album 'Verdunite at heart'). Missed the snow by one day!
I also joined the US navy in 59. Went to the Great Lakes basic
training, and sent to the USS Bausell for a few months, and to the USS
Ammen. This ship had a collision with another destroyer and the
survivors all got choice of duty. I picked Japan and stayed there at a
naval air station for three years. A year after my discharge I joined
the US merchant marine and serviced the Vietnam war with tanks, armored
personnel carriers, and napalm for ten years. Yuk! I retired in 98.
My dad served in the Canadian army during WW2. He spent the entire war
overseas. Wounded in Italy and recovered in England. I was 5 when I
seen him for the first time.
Bill Cooper.

"The moon gives you light, and the bugles and the drums give you music,
and my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, my heart gives you love."-
Walt Whitman

Tuesday, October 26, 2004


I need the recipe for bottling pickled green beans.
can u help ?

Monday, October 25, 2004

Norm Zubis

I made an original Post in Music Matters concerning Norm Zubis and I don't know that many of us visit that particular Message Board so I thought I might add some additional info in this Posting.
I must admit that I did not know Norm Zubis well but knew of him, he was from my era at VHS. Some time ago on this Board or another someone requested info about Norm. Thus after searching the Web found a website with info about Norm and his music and I got in touch with Chris Gore. Chris being a good friend and fellow musician informed me that Norm Zubis died at age 52 of Lymphoma in, he thought, 1996. Norm apparently played music in a nightclub called, Upstairs, which was owned by Chris Gore.
"R.I.P." Norm - and for those of you who enjoy music check out the site it is mentioned in my post in Music Matters.
I have attached my email exchange with Chris Gore about Norm.
Regards all,
Gary Mace
Victoria, BC

Saturday, October 23, 2004

SecondAve Concerns

Hello Bill , SecondAve............what seens to be your problem posting pics, if I can be of help,then I would be happy to help you..........Ask your question and I'll try to help........if I can't then I know that Maggie or Sharon would be anxious to help..........I don;t profess to know all the in 's & outs of the workngs of this site,      ............but I will do everything I can to asisst you...........What's Your Query?.............

Friday, October 22, 2004

Captain Kirk wants to go to space

Shatner Wants In on Space Tourism
October 22, 2004
"Star Trek" star William Shatner and Red Hot Chili
Peppers guitarist
Dave Navarro are among thousands of people who want to fly
on Virgin's
proposed commercial space flights, company chief Richard Branson


Branson said more than 7,000 people had registered
their willingness to pay the
$210,000 fare for the service, which promises
to send passengers 70 miles above
the Earth.


Speaking from California's Mojave desert, Branson
told Britain's Press
Association news agency there had been "tremendous
take-up" of the idea since he
announced it last month.


"We are extremely pleased because it just means in
a sense that the gamble we
took seems to have paid off," he


Branson, 54, said he had committed $110 million
toward spaceships and ground
infrastructure for the new service, Virgin
Galactic. He also plans to spend up
to $26 million to license the technology
of SpaceShipOne, the rocket-plane that
made two successful suborbital space
flights earlier this month to capture the
US$10 million Ansari X


Virgin hoped to offer flights — lasting about 3 1/2
hours including six minutes
of weightlessness — by 2008.


Branson said he would go on the first flight, along with family members

including his father, now 86.


"My dad has put his hand up and will be 90 at the time, my kids definitely
to come and if there is room for my mum she will come as well," Branson
told PA.


But he said his wife Joan "will have her feet firmly on the ground, I
trying to encourage the kids to stay on the ground."


Branson is one of Britain's best known and most colorful entrepreneurs. His

Virgin Group (search) began as a record label, and now sells everything from

soft drinks to bridal gowns, and even runs a train service and mobile phone




Debbie Toohey

Just wondering if anyone is still in touch with Debbie Toohey. It would be nice to know if she is still in Verdun. She used to live at 1st Ave and Bannantyne, across from Willibroad Park 

Anyone remember the Sanders +/or Minchinton families?

Hi. My grandmother grew up in Verdun. She remembers when most of the area was still covered in fields! I was wondering if anyone remembers the Sanders family, children were: Mimi, Alec, Marge, Albert and Gladys. Also interested in any memories of the Minchinton family. Would love to hear from anyone with a connection to these families. Thanks. Kelly

Anyone remember Sanders +/or Minchinton Family?

Hi. My grandmother grew up in Verdun. She remembers when most of the area was still covered in fields! I was wondering if anyone remembers the Sanders family, children were: Mimi, Alec, Marge, Albert and Gladys. Also interested in any memories of the Minchinton family. Would love to hear from anyone with a connection to these families. Thanks. Kelly

Thursday, October 21, 2004

jolly rogers motorcycle club

  I'm a new member, just wanting to know if anyone remembers the
  above club,believe it was around the 1947-50s.
  I lived on Rushbrooke St. next to Rene's resturant.
  Most of the members also were part of the ball club that Rene sponsored. Some of the names are  Chubby Thompson, Cliff Moron, Vern Roberts,  and many others.


After submitting the below poem to the Montreal Star and then the Montreal Gazette for 29 years, had to miss the 30th year. Reason, they had my ad weeks before and called me yesterday to tell me they needed. $131.00 cash/credit credit card to submit the ad. First time in 30 years. Guess they really need the cash..(ya right, as if)
Barbra Jayne Worsley
We all miss your cheerful smile, Barbra
Our memories of you will never fade away
You held the love that was offered
and the friendship in our heart
What you gave was much more precious
You gave us a brand new start
For awhile we lost our answers
And we said what should be said
Then there were others trying to show us
To take their way instead
But you listened and you touched us
with your body and your mind
And you saw in us the person
That we almost left behind
Though you are no longer with us
And our bodies are apart
The memories of your ways
Will Always be in our heart
Oct. 21, 1964 --Oct 21, 1974

Monday, October 18, 2004

looking for Jim Miller

Does any one know of Jim Miller, he lived on 3rd Ave. Was born in 1941 would make him 62 of 63


Sunday, October 17, 2004


hi does anyone info on jennifer  if she is still montreal (verdun)
any help will be greatly appericiated
thanks kindly
johnny piskopos

Saturday, October 16, 2004

"Torchies " Wharf

Does anyone remember this place? I used to go fishing there with my Grandfather...all I remember catching was a gross looking the Verdun Boat Club still in existence (those tiny shacks all in a row on the waterfront?

Friday, October 15, 2004

Norman Zubis

Anyone remember Norman Zubis. I recall someone asking about Norman Zubis either here or on another board.
I knew of him and vaguely recall that he was a muscian and attended VHS - late 50's early 60's.
I did a bit of searching on the net and found the following site with reference to Zubis and his music thought it might interest some of us. I believe Zubis died some years ago and this web site gives me that impression. and go the Zubis reference. I have also attached a photo of Zubis a two of his friends that iI downloaded from the site. Might jog some memories.
I have attached to this message hope it works.
Gary Mace
Victoria, BC

Sunday, October 10, 2004

What was There?

Who remembers what the name of the building that was located at the very end of Woodland, if you went past it, you were on the Boardwalk looking at the Mighty St Lawrence. My Mom and Dad worked there in the mid 40's and I hung out there in the mid 50's.
By the way, I put together a family web page a few months ago, you all come by now, you hear, your all welcome to visit.  Take a look, surf around and oh yeah, if you have a few seconds sign my guest book. 
I really like this site, really active and full of good readings
C U All later 
Bob Gaboury

Faded Photographs

Hey NavyBob, why don't you add that great photo of your parents to the Faded Photographs Album in the Pictures section. That way people can still view it long after your message gets lost way back there.

Saturday, October 9, 2004


Hi there.I am more than amazed that there is actually a group for Verdunites.I have lived here for a year now.It took some getting used to. I grew up in the west island,and lived downtown for 8 years b4 coming here.I hope to talk to you in the near future.

Hello Verdunites

Just want to say hi to all of you group members. I may know some of you.
I came about the group while surfing for info on Verdun.
I was raised in Verdun and lived there from 1940 to 1960.
I lived at 470 Gordon and reading some of the trivia sure brings back some good old memories of Verdun and it's surroundings. 
Went to St Willibroad's from the 1st grade to the 7th.
My folks owned the store at the corner of Bannantyne and Gordon, it was called Mado's then.
I left Verdun in 1960 and joined the US Navy, spent 20 years running ariund the world and finally settled down in California, "No Winters"
If any of you want to send an email, it will be very welcome, Looking to maybe find some of my old friends from that era.
Best Regards to all,
Bob Gaboury   

Friday, October 8, 2004

Riverview School

Dear Verdunites and Riverview Alumni:

I am trying to get any information that anyone has about Mr. Hebb, who was a principal at Riverview for several years circa the late 1920s to the 1930s.

Anyone who knows anything about Mr. Hebb while he was at Riverview or is, or knows, someone who was a student during the Hebb years can contact me at:

I'm also looking for anyone who has access to records from the school during the same period that might tell us anything about Hebb while he was there.. My Mom still lives in Verdun, so I can visit and collect information from anyone who can help. (I went to Woodland (but don't hold that against me).

For those who are interested, the young Mr. Hebb went on to become one of the most influential psychologists-neuroscientists of the 20th century.



Dr. Bryan D. Fantie
Associate Professor
Director, Human Neuropsychology Laboratory
Department of Psychology
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC 20016-8062

202-885-1790 (Office)
202-885-1023 (Fax)

Monday, October 4, 2004

Do you ever ask yourself these questions?

Try checking out the history to find out where your kids have been. Or if
you are close with them they will give you thier pass word. I have my
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Sunday, October 3, 2004

Saint Helens history


Saint Helens, Mount, active
volcano, southwestern Washington, in the Cascade Range. The volcano, which had
been dormant since 1857, began to show signs of renewed activity in early 1980
when a column of magma began pushing up inside the mountain, causing the north
face of the mountain to bulge out. On May 18, 1980, an earthquake caused a
landslide on the mountain’s north face, taking off the top of the mountain. The
landslide triggered the main eruption by “uncorking” the column of magma that
had been building up. The eruption spewed a cloud of ash and gases as high as 19
km (12 mi). The blast killed 57 people and damaged life in an area of some 180
sq km (some 70 sq mi), and a vast area was covered with ash and debris. As a
result of the eruption, the mountain's elevation was decreased from 2,950 m
(9,677 ft) to 2,550 m (8,365 ft). A minor eruption occurred in 1982, and the
last magma-producing eruption was in 1986. The Mount Saint Helens National
Volcanic Monument was established there in 1983.

Dr. Battersby?

Did anyone hear that Dr. Battersby passed away?
I believe the following obituary that appears in today's Gazette is the same old doc that used to have his office in that small basement room on Wellington St. in the Point...May he rest in peace. That old doc cured me of many ills in my childhood.
Obituaries (10/02/04)
BATTERSBY, Lawrence Henry. Physician, died peacefully September 14, 2004. Much loved husband of Ruth. A beloved brother-in-law and treasured friend of many. In accordance with his wishes there was no funeral.

Saturday, October 2, 2004

Crotchety Harry Truman remains an icon of the eruption

Les .. you may recall this ...

If it turns out he is right. Will "Oh Canada" be booed at sporting, Etc., eve

Landry predicts Quebec independence

Les Perreaux

Saturday, October 02, 2004

QUEBEC -- Quebec will be an independent country in five years, Parti
Quebecois Leader Bernard Landry predicted Friday at a meeting of Quebec

Though Landry has made similar predictions in the past, his comments raised
the spectre that another sovereignty referendum might immediately follow a PQ
win in the next Quebec election.

There are more than three years remaining in current premier Jean Charest's

"Five years from now we will achieve national independence," Landry, 67, said
in a speech to a Quebec sovereignty group.

"If it were much longer, I wouldn't have the time to lead this extraordinary
movement. Believe me when I say five years, it's because I believe five years."

PQ leaders have been reluctant to commit to a sovereignty timeline since
their razor-thin defeat in the 1995 referendum. Former premier Lucien Bouchard
said he would wait for "winning conditions" before calling another referendum.

A tearful Bouchard quit as premier in 2001, saying he had failed to achieve
such conditions.

Landry also adopted the go-slow approach to sovereignty when he replaced

But he has routinely fired up sovereigntists in recent years by starting
countdowns to take Quebec out of Canada, without declaring a referendum date.

In September 2001, Landry said he would love for Quebec to be a full-fledged
country participating in the Summit of the Americas to be held in Buenos Aires
in 2005.

At a party meeting in September 2002, he said he wanted Quebec

independence within 1,000 days, or three years.

But the deadlines were cast to the winds when the PQ was trounced by
Charest's Liberals in last year's election.

Following his election loss in April 2003, Landry launched a so-called
"season of ideas" to debate the PQ's approach to sovereignty and governance.

The debate within his party has put into question Landry's leadership and the
PQ's sovereignty strategy.

Former premier Jacques Parizeau proposed an aggressive new strategy that
would see the party move directly toward Quebec independence after a PQ election

The plan would eliminate the need for the sovereignty referendums that were
held in 1980 and 1995 and have long been the main element in PQ strategy.

Landry and other longtime PQ stalwarts suggested Parizeau's strategy is too
risky. Federal leaders said it's also illegal.

PQ legislature members have recently questioned the sovereignty movement's
appeal among young Quebecers.

Three young PQ members spent the summer interviewing young Quebecers and
wrote in a report that the movement is "outmoded, outdated and dilapidated" and
doesn't respond to the aspirations of young people.

Landry and Parizeau said Friday that sovereignty is the best tool to protect
Quebecers from the ravages of globalization, an issue that appeals to many

"Our health care system, our water, our cultural industries, these things
concern us all, will be debated at international forums this year, next year and
the year after," Parizeau said during a video-taped interview that was played
for the meeting.

Quebec is not at the table," he added. "Everyone understands that the
nation-state is the best protection against globalization."

Sovereigntist leaders said recent recycled buzzwords that have surfaced to
describe Quebec's relations with the rest of Canada won't satisfy nationalist
aspirations in the province.

Sovereigntists scoffed at Quebec's recent side deal on health care, hailed by
federalists as the dawn of a new era of asymmetrical federalism.

Federalists have used the term to describe a flexible arrangement that
recognizes Quebec's distinctiveness.

"They are drowning Quebec's specificity in distinctions without any
difference," said Gerald Larose, president of the Conseil de la souverainete du

"It just confirms that Canada does not recognize the Quebec nation or

The 10-year, $41.3-billion health deal stipulates that provinces co-operate
in establishing common standards to measure wait times, for such things as
surgery, by the end of 2005.

But the federal government signed a side deal with Quebec that allowed the
province to get the new federal funding with no strings attached.

For Les and friends

ALERT: Mount St. Helens in Washington is spewing ash and steam,
scientists say a bigger eruption could happen soon. This means sky
in western North America should be alert for blue moons in the
weeks ahead.
Airborne particles from volcanoes can act like a
color-filter, shading the
moon (or even the sun) blue.

Mt St Helens

Mt St Helens is still rumbling as of 10:00pm Pacific time. Does that mean another eruption is on the way?  No one knows for sure. Life is full of surprises. Winston Allison

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