Tuesday, November 30, 2004

looking for Ed Baryluk (Jr)

Looking for a childhood friend Ed Baryluk Jr, Lived on Conde St. in the Point then moved to Bannantyne Ave. in Verdun along with his cousin Richard Prendergast older brother of Kevin.
I went to Sarsfield School With Jr .and Richard. Like to touch base after all these years.

Remembering Verdun and Victoria, BC


Many years ago, 1970 1971, I too lived in Victoria on Government Street (at
Beacon St. if I remember correctly) about a 10-15 minute walk from the
Legislature not far from Beacon Hill Park.      It was Retirement Capital of
Canada (for the wealthy) at that time. 
Is it still?


  I celebrated my 19th




  Friends and family were constantly sending me newspaper
clippings of the soldiers on tops of buildings along Dorchester and the


had a little miniature poodle when I lived out there and we walked all over
that city together.  There was a snow
storm, which shut the city right down for about 3-days, schools closed, roads
closed but there was Rudy (my god) and I out there romping in the storm. 


I just loved Beacon Hill Park and the one thing I remember that amazed
me was there was holly growing.  I
had never seen holly growing before and there were signs around the park
stating $50.00 fine for picking the holly (and probably anything else as well)
so there I was out at midnight with my knife/sisters cutting branches of holly
to send back east for my parents and grandparents.   
I tried to preserve it for the long trip by lining boxes with tin foil
and liberally sprinkling water over the holly but I never thought it would take
over a month to get to Montreal. 
Boy, have times changed!



As for Elmhurst Dairy and the laughing cows, I just received an e-mail
from Peggy Curran of The Gazette. 


 Have a great day. 




"If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without
soul, life ceases to have meaning.... The creative process shrivels in the
absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life
worth living."

-- Marion Woodman


Monday, November 29, 2004

1978 graduated from Polyvalente MGR Richard

I lived in Dorval, but went to school in Verdun at Mgr Richard to learn a trade as a hairdresser, which I was for 10 years.There was a friend who I lost touch after graduating since I moved in Montreal, her name was Linda Comeau who also studied as a haidresser, I would just like to know how she's doing if you see this Linda send me an email.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

laughing cows-la veche quit rit

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Debbie Hoey

At our reunion in Lasalle a few years back (3 or 4?) we chatted and Deb sent me an e-mail but her return e-mail address never worked. Does anyone have a contact e-mail address for her?

Elmhurst Dairy




"When I let go of what I am,

  I become what I
might be."

-- Lao Tzu


Saturday, November 27, 2004

Verdun High Year Books

Someone must have saved their VHS year books from the 50s. I lost mine
in the many moves I made over the years. I think I can talk for the
'senior citizens Verdunite' here in saying, we'd appreciate going down
memory lane. Try scanning one or two pages, we would like very much to
see ourselves as teenagers I'm sure.

"If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and
essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of
thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a
successful day."
- Alex Noble

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Outdoor rinks

I used to play hockey for Norman Dawe
On the Egan park rink(it ran between Egan & woodland above Bannatyne) there was the bakery right behind it.U used to sit inside the shack with a potbelly stove in it for heat eating fresh bread.This was in the 50tys.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

anti virus

both my hubby and i have pc. and are running norton 2005. he was forever getting his broser hijacked and trojans, he just had his pc redone again and the tech recomened avg free. if he goes anywhere it will automaticall block trojans, and  virsus. i noticed it scans all my email as it is comming in better than norton. best of all it is free patsy

Monday, November 22, 2004

May Jimmy Tapp rest in peace...

OBITUARY JAMES ANTHONY (JIMMY) TAPP Peacefully, on November 20, 2004 at Oakville-Trafalger Memorial Hospital, in his eighty-seventh year. Dearly loved husband of fifty-eight years to Mary Moroney Tapp. Dear father of Nancy Featherstone (Paul), Rourke Tapp (Anne Marie), Judith Tapp, Colleen Tapp (John Grant), Stephen Tapp (Heather Gordon). Cherished "Pa" of Ben Featherstone (Laura Cornish), Kate Featherstone, Patrick (Karine Jolicoeur), Lauren, Kathleen and Liam Tapp, Clare and Pearse Grant. Great-grandfather of Meagan and Jacob Tapp and Simon Featherstone. Dear brother of Marie, Audrey and Shirley, and the late George, Bettie and Eileen. Sincere thanks to Dr. Joel Spector and the wonderful nurses at the Oakville Hospital. Friends and family will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 109 Reynolds St., Oakville, (905) 844-3221 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, November 22, 2004. Mass to be held at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, 47 Reynolds St., Oakville, on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the O.T.M.H. Charitable Corporation, 327 Reynolds St., Oakville, ON, L6J 3L7, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
Published in the Montreal Gazette on 11/22/2004.


Sunday, November 21, 2004

Grey Cup Fever

Who do you the will win B.C or Toronto my pick Toronto.We just have
to see now get the brewkies and chips now

Saturday, November 20, 2004

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Back in '54 and the other Maurice, Etc

1954: Quebec
Tax Dispute.

Since Quebec is the only province in Canada
which bases its jurisprudence on the Code Napolý▒Ľon, Quebec's Premier Maurice
Duplessis believes this allows him prior rights in (provincial) income tax
amounting to 15 per cent of federal taxes. Duplessis wanted all the provincial
levy deductible from federal tax bills. Canada's Prime Minister St. Laurent
allowed only 5 per cent to be deductible and as a result Quebeckers had to pay a
double tax of 10 per cent.

In a speech given in September St. Laurent attacked Duplessis' policy,
saying the real issue was Duplessis' continuing feud with the federal
government. He rejected federal aid for Quebec universities; he refused federal
grants to build the Trans-Canada Highway in Quebec; and he was the only premier
who refused to sign a tax agreement with Ottawa.

Several weeks later Duplessis and St. Laurent came to an agreement.
Duplessis would submit a definite proposal to Ottawa, probably agreeing to lower
provincial tax rates to 7.5 per cent. Ottawa would then raise the deductible
limit to 7.5 per cent and thus wipe out Quebec's double tax. Duplessis will
withdraw his claim of prior rights in income taxation.




On November 8, two by-elections were held, one in St. Antoine, Westmount,
in which the successful candidate was George Marler, Liberal; the other in St.
Lawrence-St. George, in which the successful candidate was Claude Richardson,


New Iron-Ore Development.

In August, at Seven Islands, the Iron Ore Co. of Canada sent its first
load of iron ore from Quebec's Ungava iron fields.


Half a century ago geologists were sure iron ore lay buried beneath the
lichens of Ungava but there seemed no practical or profitable way of moving it.
In 1942 James Timmins, a Montreal gold-mining magnate, decided to take the
challenge. It took 12 years, more than $250 million, and 7,000 men to make his
dream come true. He raised more than $10 million to survey the Ungava property
and had to prove the ore was of sufficiently high grade (50 per cent or more
iron content) to be attractive to steelmakers. They were able to block out 400
million tons, assaying nearly 60 per cent iron, and to estimate that there are
at least another 600 million tons in the area. With the help of George Humphrey,
president of M. A. Hanna Co. of Cleveland, the Iron Ore Co. of Canada was
founded. A 17-plane airlift, flying as many as 96 flights a day, began
transporting men and freight into the Ungava wilderness to lay out town sites,
build power plants, and dig ore pits. Bulldozers scraped a network of roads out
of the rugged ground. Docks for ocean-going ships were built. A 357-mile private
railroad was pushed across rivers and through mountains from Seven Islands
northward to the mine site.

In August the whole project was completed. Nine 100-car trains a day
roll from the mine to the Seven Islands docks, and iron ore is sent to
Baltimore, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. By 1957, about 10 million
tons of ore a year will be coming out of Ungava's veins.


New Power Projects.

The Iron Ore Co. of Canada plans other vast new projects, including
development of the estimated 4,000,000 hp hydroelectric potential of Hamilton
Falls; the establishment of a new aluminum smelting industry using the power
from Hamilton Falls; and a continuation of the Quebec North Shore and Labrador
Railroad from Schefferville through to Fort Chimo.




Area and Population.

Land area, 594,860 sq. mi. Census, 1951, 4,055,681; June 1, 1954 est.,
4,388,000. Quebec, cap., 164,016 (1951); Montreal, 1,021,520; Verdun, 77,391;
Sherbrooke, 50,543.



Legislative assembly, 92 members (67 Union Nationale, 22 Liberal, one
Independent, 2 vacancies). Lieut.-Governor, Hon. Gaspard Fauteaux; Premier,
Maurice Duplessis. Finance. Ordinary revenue (1952-1953 fiscal year, in Canadian
dollars), $283,617,541; ordinary expenditure, $254,729,722.



Gross value of agricultural production (1952), $472,292,000; cash
income from sale of farm products, $386,000,000 (including, principally,
livestock, $125,328,000; dairy products, $127,974,000; forest products,
$46,589,000; poultry and eggs, $35,951,000; fruits and vegetables, $10,980,000;
maple products and honey, $7,751,000. Gross value of products of pulp and paper
industry (1951), $524,164,254. Value of mineral production (1952), $270,739,552.
Total value of fur production (est., 1951-1952 season), $2,343,787. Gross value
of products of industrial establishments (1951),

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Did you know.....

In order to save my mail account from getting clogged beyond belief while I am away on vacation, I turned off the message forwarding feature of MSN groups.  One thing I noticed was that this group averages 140 messages per day.......  So I guess this is a new cultural event.. The "Verdun GabFest Online"


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Back Then Sounds

Here are a couple of web page sites with all kinds of songs. We all danced to at Dawson's Boys & Girls Club, The YMCA or VHS dances. Check them out and enjoy.
http://www.doo-wop.org and http://www.singingman.us/DYR.htm follow the links I think you'll have some fun and enjoy the memories.
Gary Mace

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Tommy Mann

A while back someone was asking about Tommy Mann.      The last he knew of Tommy he was living
in Chateauguay and he used to drive the zamboni for the Verdun Auditorium.    His brother Donnie and family are
living in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. 
  My brother,
Gordon, sees and hears from him frequently.



"A good friend - like a tube of toothpaste - comes through
in a tight



Verdun early 50's

I well remember the Savoy theatre ... we used to get a "big kid" that could pass for 16 to go in and open the side door on Willibrod I think, and let us sneak in... we would then buy 5  cent bags of Duchess potato chips   ...  lol
I also had two old maid aunts who owned the Fifth Ave. Theatre ... Noreen and Sylvia Kelly.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Christmas just around the corner

Is it just me or Christmas seems to be rushing in this year I can,t believe that
it almost mid-November with the Santa Claus parade yesterday brings a little
spirit of Christmas in the air But Wheres the Snow! were always digging a
few inches buy now right.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Verdun reunion - Toronto

I understand that there may be an annual reunion of Verdun-ians in Toronto. I'm looking for the date and place. Can anyone help? (Bob Francoeur)

Class of 74

Hope you have the time of your lives tonight tell us all about
show pictures Enjoy yourselfs take care

Peter Mcderment

Wondering if anyone knows if Peter is still around. He lived on Brown and has a sister Janet. He was a Beurling boy. I went to the Verdun grad with Pete. Haven't heard anything of/about him in close to 20 years.......

Friday, November 12, 2004

Lighten up.

Have you been guilty of looking at others your own age and
thinking, "Surely I can't look that old?"
I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment
with a new dentist. I noticed his DDS diploma, which bore his full
name. Suddenly, I remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the
same name had been in my high school class some 40-odd years ago. Upon
seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such
thought. This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face 'was
way too old to have been my classmate. After he examined my teeth, I
asked him if he had attended Lawton Senior High school. "Yes. Yes, I
did. I'm a Wolverine." he gleamed with pride. "When did you graduate?"
I asked. He answered, "In 1961. Why do you ask?" "You were in my
class!" I exclaimed. He looked at me closely. Then, that ugly, old,
wrinkled son-of-a-bitch asked, "What did you teach?"

Thursday, November 11, 2004



Wednesday, November 10, 2004


 hahaha I have not been in for ages now. and loooky looky I return. right along with the beginning of the""snowbabies"  ARE YOU ALL HAPPY its that time of yr again.....hahahaha"

Tuesday, November 9, 2004



Remembering Verdun - Mat Night

We used to love Mat Night. 
One year my girlfriends and I, I guess there was about 6 of us, gathered
the mats from most of the flat on Manning, Moffat and Beatty (between Verdun Ave.
and Bannantyne) and lined them up, starting at the front door of St. John the
Devine church on Moffat.  We had
them coming down the front path and then turning right and left of the path along
the sidewalks. 




"LEST WE FORGET" - Rememberance Day, November 11, 2004


Class of 1980 LaSalle High

Looking for the class of 1980, LaSalle High. There is a reunion in the planning! Can you help them find their classmates? http://www.geocities.com/lasallehigh2005/index.html

Sunday, November 7, 2004

Autumn in Montreal

Its been awhile since I've contributed - time sure flies by.
I've posted some photos I took while in Montreal the 1st wk of October.
I've also posted a pic of my great nieces Kiera and Ainsley they're mom is Cindy Hunt and they granparents are Marty and Sheila Hunt(nee Gilligan)
I've also posted a pic of their family with my mom as well. Please show your mom.
Thanks and I hope you enjoy the views of the fall.
Take Care, Kelly

old gang

Anyone here that used to hang around Cosy Lunch in the 1950's?

First and Bannantyne Ave.

Hi, looking for friends from the 50's and before, from First Ave,,such as Albert Mitchell, Harold Porter, Cammie Smith and anyone else.

Friday, November 5, 2004

History of the Boardwalk



I hope you or someone will place this on the History of Verdun section
of Verdun Connections, it is well worth keeping.




"LEST WE FORGET" - Rememberance Day, November 11, 2004


Wednesday, November 3, 2004


Looking for Thomas (Tommy) Mann, brother of Donald Mann, used to live on Egan st. any info would be greatly appreciated

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

BC Hwy webcams

Mom 19451 (Linda) & TinyTina of course ,and anyone who's interested , here's a website with webcams of Hwy condintions throughout our province (Our 2nd Prov. that is)  it shows some real changes in the weather from the Vancouner Island to Revelstoke & Fort St John.......plus Whistler etc etc ...  http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/bchighwaycam/index.htm     Hope it's of some interest.particularly if you have to travel............

Monday, November 1, 2004

Christmas Shopping

Well folks Halloween over what a bad
night for the little ones last night with that rain
I crossed my fingers for them . well that over now
its time to shop Christmas but I started in July
just have a little left and then I,am done if you
are one of those last minute shoppers get cracking.