Wednesday, October 26, 2005

A cabbie picks up a Nun

  A cabbie picks up a Nun. She gets into the cab, and the cab driver
won't stop staring at her. 
She asks him why he is staring. 
 He replies: "I have a question to ask you, but I don't want to offend
 She answers, " My son, you cannot offend me. When you're as old as I
am and have been a nun 
 as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about
everything. I'm sure that there's nothing 
you could say or ask that I would find offensive." 
"Well, I've always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me." 
 She responds, "Well, let's see what we can do about that: #1, you have
to be single and #2, you must 
be Catholic." 
 The cab driver is very excited and says, "Yes, I'm single and
"OK" the nun says. "Pull into the next alley." 
 The nun fulfills his fantasy with a kiss that would make a hooker
blush. But when they get back on the 
road, the cab driver starts crying. 
"My dear child," said the nun, why are you crying?" 
 "Forgive me but I've sinned. I lied. I must confess, I'm married and
I'm Jewish." 
 The nun says, "That's OK, my name is Kevin and I'm going to a
Halloween party." 

Monday, October 24, 2005


There's a band name I haven't seen for a while. Out here on the west coast nobody's ever heard of Mashmakan. As I remember they were originally called Trevor Payne and the Triangles, also a band nobody has ever heard of out here. They did lots of dances in Verdun in their days.


Hi Jimmy,


I know this is a little after the fact, but I am a fan of George Carlin and
that message seemed to be out of character for him. The article regarding New
Orleans was NOT written by George Carlin. That same message has had several
names attached to it & Carlin vehemently denies writing it. In fact he was
recently on TV with Bill Mahr and expressed his sentiment for the people of NO
and his opinion was the complete opposite of that message. You can get the
particulars regarding it and a lot of others at:


Just though you might be interested!





Sunday, October 23, 2005

Message Count

How come the message count jumped from 15137 on the 21st to 13857 the following day ?

Vedun Auditorium

Well. off to watch grandson play against Verdun in the Auditorium , leaving at 11 15 from Ile Perrot, along  2  and  20   over bridge to Ste Anne de  Bellevue , Dorval , Ville St P:ierre and head towards Champlain Bridge, exit for Verdun to Galt , one way down to LaSalle Blvd. , turn left and there it is on the right hand side. takes about half an hour, rain and windy here in Montreal Typical fall day , hang tough Jimmy

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Bill Monroe at the Pavillon June 7th 1929

Bill Monroe and his Orchestra where at the Pavillon in June 1929 per attached advertising in the Verdun Guardian.
Bill Monroe et son Orchestre 챕taient au Pavillon en Juin 1929 tel qu'annonc챕 dans le Verdun Guardian.

Corona Bottling Works

Jean Marie,
Regarde ce que j'ai trouvé dans un vieux journal du Verdun Guardian, daté le 7 Juin 1929, La fameuse compagnie d'embouteillage "Corona Bottling Works" situé au 3159 Ave Verdun, qui embouteillais la liqueur HIRES. Je vais confirmé que c'est à l'endroit de la photo que je te faisais parvenir récemment. À noter les ingrédients.
Jean Marie was looking for the CORONA BOTTLING WORKS and I finally found it for him. They bottled the HIRES soft drinks and notice the ingredients.

Hurricane Wilma

Hurricane Wilma

Burmese Python.

Click on the link and check out a python which tried to eat a alligator
in the Florida Everglades. The author of the site is concerned with the
humans releasing these PETS into the wild because they become to much
of a burden. Amazing. Click the article of the Burmese Python

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Anyone between the ages of 39 -42?

Looking to get intouch with anyone who night remember me from back in the day.
Ages 39 - 42, please respond if you will.
Thank you
June McKiernon

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

read this its great

 Olny srmat poelpe can.

   cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

   if you can raed tihs psas it on !!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Maynard Ferguson - Pavillion

I found the enclosed add in the Guardian in a  1945 edition, of Maynard Ferguson appearing at the Pavillion. Of course Maynard went on to become a famous jazz musician throughout Canada, the U.S. and worldwide. Does anybody remember him? He was born and  in Verdun. He would be in his late 70s today and wonder if he is still playing.He is/was known for playing very high notes on his trumpet. (SHGV Archives)
J'ai trouvé l'annonce ci-incluse sur Maynard Ferguson apparaissant au Pavillion sur le bord de l'eau, dans le Guardian de Verdun dans une des éditions de 1945. Maynard est né à Verdun et est devenu un grand musicien de jazz connu au Canada, au États Unis et à travers le monde. Y en a t'il qui se rappel de lui ? Il est né  à Verdun. Il serait dans les 70 ans +  aujoud'hui et je me demande s'il jou encore. Est ce que quelqu'un le sait. Il est/était connu pour pouvoir jouer de très hautes notes avec sa trompette. (Archives SHGV)

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Écoles de Verdun Schools

4 écoles de Verdun. Je sais que l'école Bannantyne et Model school n'existent plus mais je ne sais pas si les écoles Rushbrooke et Woodland sont encore là.Est ce que quelq'un le sais ?
4 Verdun schools.  I know that Bannantyne and Model school no longer exhist but I dont't know about Rushbrooke and Woodland. Does anybody know ?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Lost Cousins

I am looking for  Myrna Higgins,   Kay Duckworth,  John Livingston
If anyone knows of these people please   let me know

Sunday, October 9, 2005


I found out that the City of Montreal (the island) is divided into 27 boroughs, as follows, and it seems like each has their own mayor, etc.  Seems like Verdun is also a borough of Montreal.

Montreal borough

The city of Montreal is divided into 27 boroughs (in French, arrondissements), each with a mayor and council.


The borough council is responsible for:

  • Fire prevention
  • Removal of household waste and residual materials
  • Funding of community
  • Social and local economic development agencies
  • Planning and management of parks and recreational
  • Cultural and sports facilities, organization of recreational sports and sociocultural activities
  • Maintaining local roads
  • Issuing permits
  • Public consultations for amendments to city planning bylaws
  • Public consultations and dissemination of information to the public
  • Land use planning and borough development.

List of Montreal boroughs

Boroughs or parts of boroughs listed in italics are former municipalities that have voted to return to being independent, effective in 2006. In cases where a borough contains parts that voted to stay and others that voted to go, it is unclear how the remaining areas will be reorganized.

Pte J.R. (Rolly) Costigan, Wounded, WW2

I found the enclosed notice from the Guardian dated Nov. 9, 1944 at the SHGV yesterday. He is no doubt related to Allan Costigan who died in a motorcycle accident in the late fifties. Can anyone enlighten us on this.?

Saturday, October 8, 2005


What does Shamcats mean? I checked Google and nothing came up that
would match. Could it be 'Shamrock' and cool 'Cat'? just curious.

"A bit of perfume always clings to the hand that gives the rose."

- Chinese proverb

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

L'shana tovah tikatevu

L'shana tovah tikatevu -- Happy New Year to all Jewish subscribers to Verdun Connections.
May you be inscribed for good.
(This message was passed on from Dave Pinto)

Monday, October 3, 2005

Two Wolves

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Sunday, October 2, 2005

Recent Movies Seen.............

Saw Flight Plan this evening. Good movie, excellent acting by Jodie Foster & Sean Bean. A big change for Sean from his role in National Treasure. Anyone else see this movie?
Last week saw  An Unfinished Life. Again great acting by Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer Lopez................yes she can act, and she looks great too.


Hi all,
Does anyone know any info on the Verdun Reunion in Toronto this year? Place? Date? Cost? ETC.
Thanks Chris

École St Willibrord School - Photo

Here is a picture of the St Willibrord School which was demolished and replaced by the E. Sauv챕 French Primary School at the corner of Willibrord and Verdun ave.
In 1918, the school was built to accommodate both the boys and girls with double residence for the religious Brothers and Sisters. It was destined for the english speaking children of the new Saint Willibrord Parish founded in 1913.
Archives SHGV

Saturday, October 1, 2005

Bannantyne School Teachers , Anybody Remember Them ?

Hi Everyone !
  Just thought I would mention these Prinicipals, and  Teachers names,  hope they bring Memories back to some People who attended Bannantyne School . Maybe someone out there would know information  about any of these teachers. ( Living or Deceased )
Mr. Norman Ellis ( Bannantyne's First Principal )
Miss Lawton ( Mr. Ellis's Secretary ) ) Mr. Patrick ( Principal )
Miss Martin
Miss Lambshed
Miss Bruce
Miss Turnbull
Miss Schwartz  ( later Mrs. C. Klein ) Met her , and she is now working In Hollywood Film Industry ) She still looked Great !
Miss Syvertson
Miss M. Pie
Miss Harris ( Later Mrs. Broadbelt )
Mr. Morgan
Mr. Ron Cummings
Mrs. Trower ( Gym Teacher )
Mrs. Trudel
Mr. Art Douglas ( Met Him many years later  working at McKay Center Camp, and At Eatons  before it closed , still pleasant and nice )
Mrs. Cuevas ( Librarian )
Miss Tafler
Mrs Lindman ( Sewing Teacher )
Mr. Fab
 I cannot remember all of them , but these definately have been etched in my mind , maybe one of you Old Bannantyne students can Help me remember other teachers? Feel Free !  Waiting to hear from any of you