Sunday, December 31, 2006

Car Enthusiasts

...the annual Barrett-Jackson,   special car auction,will be coming up in January,.......generally it can be seen on Speedvision TV,........
they have some really beautiful cars,............and they go for all the Dough!
36th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event

Tuesday, January 16 - Sunday, January 21, 2007
Gates Open: 8:00 am
Some prices will amaze you,...........and this year ,there is 'No Reserve' bid
So these cars are going to sell.........
If you like cars ,you will like some of these ..............

Again, David Fennario

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Happy New Year


Saturday, December 30, 2006

Bumping into Verdunites

Doesn't it feel good when you're out shopping somewhere and you bump into a Verdunite or 2?  It was nice bumping into Gord & Karen in Brampton yesterday. We should try and have a luncheon get-together again, soon. Brampton, or any where anyone would like!   What'dya say?
Have a safe & healty New Year eveyone!

my new radio station

hello eveyone and happy new year !!  just wanted to tell you all that this verdun boy has his own radio station and im looking for dj's to fill up some spots .its a internet radio station and its fun to do ,or you can give me some sopport and tune in some time   your friend  stephen  ...oh yeah my dj name is dj stinkyman  soon i will have the times set for when all the dj's are on .. if you have any questions or know anyone who would like to join ? you can add me on my yahoo messenger  st1nkym4n478 or just shout back in here ...........

Refined Silver

Malachi 3:3 says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they
wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of

One of the women offered to find out the process of refining
silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an
appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about
the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process
of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over
the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver,
one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the
flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot;then
she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner
and purifier of silver." She asked the silversmith if it was true
that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the
silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there
holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the
entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too
long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the
silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"
He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy -- when I see
my image in it"

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire,remember that
God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His
image in you.

Friday, December 29, 2006

looking for audrey palmer -provost

hi, i am looking for audrey palmer - she lived on verdun avenue between moffat and beatty.  she went to woodland school and verdun high school.  has a son named terry and a daughter named shannon.  please help me find her.....darlene

Concrete Evidence

More pieces of concrete are falling from the Sources Blvd Overpass,....according to a radio report this morning, they have 'inspectors' checking it out,.for obvious safety reasons,.........
Geez what is happened to workmanship,....these overpass's are not that old,..
is the concrete mixture's just not very good these days? Makes you wonder if anyone should even buy a Condo in some of these new buildings (say built in the last 30 years).........that's not a very long lifespan,relative to some of the great old buildings in Montreal that have been there for well over a hundred years...................
the Big O ,....section that fell off a few years ago,.was not actually surprising ,due to the 'payola' & gouging that went on ,during construction,.......diligence was not part of the idea then,.it was let's get rich
and who cares about the building,.........but when it comes to overpass's that seriously needs some look at the engineer's plans,..
Hope it isn't as serious as it possibly could be,...cause an overpass on the 2/20(do they still call it that) ........if they have to close that for repairs ,or renewal,that would create real traffic nightmares for the commute to & fro the's busy as it is:

Doug Wilton 3rd Ave

Got news from Jim Miller that we've lost another Verdunite Doug Wilton 83yo of 3rd Ave. This is the email Jim sent me and I pass it on to the group. "RIP Doug" I will say he was a hell of a nice man. He and I shared a common friendship namely Bill W. and Dr. Bob for which we both were forever grateful. I shall miss him. I don't know if many here will remember Doug but I thought I'd share the passing of another soul who had the joy of having lived in Verdun.

Hi Gary,

Doug Wilton passed away Christmas day, I saw him 2 weeks ago and he asked me to pass along his regards as well as his buddy George Smith.

Doug and I go back to the 40's I grew up at 842 3rd ave Verdun he lived with his sister Betty and his Mum upstairs at 838 he was a older brother to me always a very pleasant fellow we lost contact over the years but during the ice storm of 1998 I met up with him again when he brought in the Shriners generator that would not start when he told me his name I asked if he was from Verdun you bet he said well I'm the kid you lived downstairs and did all your mothers errands he said not Jimmy Miller you bet I said well that was a start to a new friendship we stayed in touch over the years and talked from time to time, he was the very first person to visit me at the hospital other than Barbara when I came out of the operating room.

I sold him many Honda products over the years and got the Shriners set up with a new and better generator at the temple on Sources Blvd.

He called me a few weeks ago and asked about getting his equipment serviced before the winter as the guys who bought my shop have closed it up and there is no Honda dealer in the western section of Montreal, I told him I would take them to a very good dealer in Montreal north which I did then returned them to him a week later, he had a very serious stomach operation in August this year and it knocked the heck out of him, I visited him and he was really happy to see me we talked about all the years on 3rd ave and what happened to both of us since, it was a great afternoon.

When I was leaving his home 2 weeks ago he was out of breath and told me he had a hard time to get air I asked him not to use the snowblower and get his neighbor to do it he said he would, I offered to take him to the hospital but he declined he said he would go see his doctor, his sister Betty called me on Friday night last week to let me know he was in the Lakeshore General and not doing too well but was ok, I called the hospital Christmas morning to make sure he could receive visitors the nurse told me he passed away at 4:30am.

I talked to George Smith last night he was Doug's best friend he saw him on Thursday last week after visiting the doctor, the doc told him to get his affairs in order so he called George and they did just that then Thursday night he went in to the emergency, they got him on oxygen and had planned to send him home on Sunday but the CLSC could not get the oxygen set up at his house due to the Christmas holiday so the hospital said we will have it done on Wednesday, well he never made it and I will miss his chatting, he was a good man.

I thought you would like to know.

Happy new year to you and Judy and be well.




Thursday, December 28, 2006

Verdun Messanger

There is an article in the Verdun Messanger in the English section under the heading of:
For people who are interested, there is a website called Verdun Connections on the net wich brings people who where born or grew up in Verdun, Google in: Verdun Connections, and you will find old friends who played with or went to school with.
Info: Ed 514 768 4198

Fire on 3rd Ave.

There was a fire at a sixplex at 169 3rd ave. on Dec. 17th. The fire started in the hangar in the rear and spread to the sixplex causing severe damage to 4 flats. There were no injuries. This was reported in the Le Messager de Verdun on the 22nd of Dec.

The Queen

I listened to the Queen's Christmas message, it was very insightful. Particularly the part about the old have much to give to the young. As I read the posts from you all on this sight I realize the knowledge out there is tremendous. Her messages are always down to earth. In spite of what anyone thinks of the Queen she has lived an exemplary life and has earned the right to speak out.                                   
(Any figurehead that sets a good example gives people something to look up to.Al Smith, History. Verdun High) 

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Turkey Soup & Sandwich's

Ok ,......I've just had two large bowls of Turkey Soup & Bread & a glass and a half of wine (mamasan got the other half)..........hahahahaha
Now I know many of you must have been feeding on the same diet,.
Care to to say......???        C'mon I know you have........hahahaha
After an hour I'll be Ok to have a drink with my son for the B-day ....

Lost Wages

Winston,.....have fun in Vegas,...and try to 'take' not 'put' ......$$$$
Remember what my oldman always told me ,.the best way to 'double ' your money,is to fold it in half,& put it back in your pocket,
I haven't been there for quite a while,.it is a fun place,....all the shows,,food,..
etc etc..........
Get those bells ringing...................hahahahah
...............Enjoy New Years,......I'm sure it will be a  blast

Looking for/Eileen

The only Eileen I knew in the 50'S was Eileen Rutherford from 2nd Av. in
LaSalle... She had a sister named Helen & I believe a younger brother,
although I can't remember his name.... I believe this particular Eileen can
be found on the School site, if you pull up Bronx Park School.... I hope
this will help you, however if the Truth be known, I haven't been in contact
with her since the early fifties, so I wouldn't even know if she was married
or not... Good luck in your search...


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William Shatner/Dawson College

Hi Bryan, Merry Christmas to you & Your's..... Concerning Leon Jacobs, I
believe He taught Sociology, so I don't think that Pre-calculus or Calculus
is covered in this Course..... He is quite brilliant, so I wouldn't put it
past him to have been able to teach this particular subject... I haven't
spoken to him since I saw him in the Wonderful city of Montreal this past
September... However I will ask him if He ever taught Calculus, while at
Dawson..... btw, we went to His favourite Restaurant in Montreal, which is
in the Point called Mangnon's. I trust I have spelled this correctly, if not
I didn't mean to offend you.... I am enjoying this conversation... Talk to
you again soon..... A very Happy New Year to You & Your Family, as well as
all the Great People on this here site....


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I know we all had a Great Christmas,      & I imagine we all had super get----   -togethers & Christmas Meals with Our Families & Friends,......
I've mentioned throughout all of my Christmas related msgs' or posts,...that We should Remember & Appreciate Our Families & Friends, many of these posts were prompted by this past years events  ,that were closely related to me,.......I have learned more this year about what having a 'Heavy Heart' is .
After Christmas dinner at my house,I got a call that my favourite Uncle had died a couple of hours before..........My whole family is heartbroken,& I had to tell my family this news,'s not a fun thing:
My favourite Aunt is already in a hospice,and so we were almost expecting my Uncle to call us about her.......................He Died on Christmas Day,after having had a Really Good visit with his wife,& then a great dinner and laughs with his longtime friends,....His son (my cousin Steve) was driving Uncle Scott home ,when he complained of a sore back,& Died........
as kids My favourite Aunt & Uncle used to invite us Verdun kids to come & spend the summer at their beautiful cottage in the Muskoka Lakes region,.every Summer we got to swim .hike ,play on the raft ,.paddle the canoe,or row the other boat,..and explore the surrounding area,........
here's a picture taken only two weeks ago,at Their Home,....on the Lake
it is presently my desktop picture:
taken from the deck of 'the cottage' favourite escape from Verdun,when I was a kid,..........this view is one of the last views my Uncle would have seen,.as they only went to the cottage to accomodate my 2 sisters & my Mom,....who wanted to see the Cottage ,(one last time),.while they visited my Aunt to say Goodbye to Her..............Just goes to show us all,that we Never Really Know ,what's going to happen next........I suspect my Aunt will not last long now ............but You Never know:
                           .......Appreciate Your Family & Friends.........
       My Uncle Scott & Aunt Dot ,...taught us(my family) much throughout our lives,
......and I have a lot of Respect for them,......I wish you could have known them........................................
the reason I mention this is I think it really does Help.//////sort of sharing something,& I encourage anyone ,that when they feel the need ,Share it,it can't hurt & you may feel better...........

Pres. Gerald Ford has died

Just heard that President Ford has died.  Another in a string of good people who has died this year.....hoping that 2007 fares much better.
 Here's to a healthier and happier 2007, while keeping in mind those who have passed on before us.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

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Monday, December 25, 2006

VCHS 1965 -

Hi All,
I would love to hear from some old "Young" school friends & some new friends.
I lived on Monteith St., but now live on Vancouver Island, B.C.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

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canadian blues man

Canadian blues mans Dutch Mason,...who was influenced by BBKing,.....has passed away ,I think he was from Nova Scotia ??,.......
.........................................................................................see ya Dutch!!

VC friends, a recommended site from winnie - "Merry Christmas My Friend"

Hello VC friends,

Merry Christmas to each of you. May this be a
joyful season for you.May God bless you all, and
May Christ touch each of your hearts.

winnie stopped by our site and thought you would enjoy a visit to "Merry Christmas My Friend":

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Site Design

Merry Christmas All
Just want to let you know sis that I think the site design is wonderful.Great Work. Thanks to you all for keeping this Group going. Also the Christmas ones are Breath Taking. If anyone else helped my Thanks go to you also.

Christmas Eve

T'was  the Night before Christmas:(it's already Christmas Eve,Wow)
...................and Verdun Connections ,would like to Wish All of You ,a Really Great Merry Christmas,...................and with any Luck ,We Can All Have a Really Fantastic,.........Healthy ,  Safe  & Better New Year in 2007...........
                         ........Thanks to all of you ,for your participation,whether it be ,by reading or posting Our Messages,............keeping a Connection to Verdun,......and everything we've done ,is Important:
  You can't know ,where your going,..if you don't know where you've been:
and Our Common Denominator,  is Our Hometown,.....and of course ,
-----all of us people from there,....(& I include Montreal in there ,as we've all moved around the Island a bit)
.and I 'd like to Thank MaggieMck ,for her insight to create Verdun Connections,..........and for her tenacity to 'make it work'  through all of it's 'Growing Pains'.....................&..Keeping Our Collective Memory's of Verdun,
not only Alive ,......but 'Remembered' all the time, well has having been the medium for old friends to meet again,and keep a VerdunConnection.
                                                ...another year Maggie.......Thanks !!
                                                                        Merry Christmas---
                                                            --Take Care of your Family's--

night hawks

any night hawks out there lurking???

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Lionel - All in the Family/Jeffersons

I'm sure most of us remember Lionel Jefferson buddy of Meathead. R.I.P.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - Actor Mike Evans, best known as Lionel Jefferson in the TV sitcoms "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," has died. He was 57.

Evans died of throat cancer Dec. 14 at his mother's home in Twentynine Palms, said his niece, Chrystal Evans.

Evans, along with Eric Monte, also created and wrote for "Good Times," one of the first TV sitcoms that featured a primarily black cast.

Michael Jonas Evans was born Nov. 3, 1949, in Salisbury, N.C. His father, Theodore Evans Sr., was a dentist while his mother, Annie Sue Evans, was a school teacher.

The family moved to Los Angeles when Evans was a child.

He studied acting at Los Angeles City College before getting the role of Lionel Jefferson in 1970s situation comedy "All in the Family."

Evans kept the role of Lionel when "The Jeffersons" launched in 1975. The hit show was a spinoff featuring bigoted Archie Bunker's black neighbors in Queens who "move on up to the East Side" of Manhattan.

Evans was replaced by Damon Evans (no relation) for four years, then he returned to the series from 1979 to 1981.

He also acted in the 1976 TV miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" and made guest appearances on the TV series "Love, American Style" and "The Streets of San Francisco." His last role was in a 2000 episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger."

In recent years he had invested in real estate in Southern California.

1966 VHS Yearbook

Here are some more pages from the 1966 VHS Yearbook. Sorry for the poor quality. I can recopy the photo of the classes at the SHGV if requested. It would be interesting to get comments or annecdotes regarding these pages wich trigger members memory.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Don't drink and drive.


Principles Before Personalities

From time to time, the newcomer will go to a meeting of Alcoholics
Anonymous and hear things from the so-called “old-timer” that has
them leaving the meeting more confused than when they arrive. Let
that be a reminder to us that quantity has very little to do with
quality; in other words, just because someone has been “dry” for a
long time, that does not mean that they are necessarily well.

The fact that I feel compelled to create this document may well be an
indicator of just how well, or unwell that I may be.

It so happens that there are times when a member will “need” to come
to an AA meeting and talk about how they are “feeling”. As a result
of these comments, there may be an “old-timer” who is extremely
flammable that may make a comment like: “Sometimes I think I’m at a
meeting of Emotions Anonymous”. My Big Book reminds me of one of my
greatest liabilities in Appendix II, Spiritual Experience. The
following is what it has to say:

"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which
is proof against all arguments and which can not fail to keep a man
in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to

Anger, apprehension, awe, bitterness, boredom, comfort, confidence,
confusion, contempt, contentment, courage, depression, desire,
despair, distress, elation, embarrassment, envy, fear, frustration,
grief, happiness, hate, hope, horror, humility, interest, jealousy,
joy, kindness, loneliness, love, nervousness, patience, peace,
phobia, pleasure, pride, remorse, self-pity, shame, shock, terror,
unhappiness, wonder, worry.

These are all words that are found in the “Big Book” of Alcoholics
Anonymous to the tune of two-hundred and sixty times. These are words
that describe emotions of which we all should be able to identify
some in our own lives, either from the past or in the present.

When encountering “fire hazards” in AA, I always try to remember:
“There are those too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental

So please, get a sponsor who is familiar with our literature, who has
a sponsor themselves and who lives this program so that when these
events happen in your life (and they will!), there will be someone in
it to explain, if you only ask them.

Disappearing Montreal

As we know many recognizable Montreal area buildings ,signs,places,.etc have been slowly slipping into the History books,........
as to whether they are 'landmarks'  (eg: Five Roses,Ogilvy's ,harbourfront sign).......that is entirely up to the individual,but whether they are readily recognized as parts of Montreal can't be disputed,......and now another
reasonably well known Restaurant ,will be 'Closing it's Doors'  Jan 07 ,2007
"Bill Wong's Restaurant " is closing shop,..........better take some pictures of the building and signage, just for nostalgia sake...
Wong's has been a familiar spot up on Decarie Blvd,.....since 1963,
                             Montreal had quite a few Chinese Restaurants,.all over the city,..........seems like next to Pizza places,..Hotdog Spots,.....Chjinese was right up there............................OhWell................
                  -----that's how the fortune cookie crumbles..........hahahahahah,

Ruth Armstrong Dec 15, 2006

It was just a week ago that Ruth wished us all a Merry Christmas. She was packing for an exciting trip from Florida to the frozen north (Edmonton). There was going to be an Xmas reunion with her Mother and two brothers.
Ruth died that very day.
Ruth married and moved to Plattsburgh around 1960. After many years there, She and her family moved to Florida where she opened and ran a diner until just a few years ago.
She never became a U.S. citizen. She always missed Verdun, her family and the friends of her youth.
Ruth was part of the Melrose Avenue Gang. We all graduated around 1957 and 58.
Three of our group have passed away this year 2006.  Ruth Armstrong, Don Dougall and Jimmy Adams.
Ruth loved being part of Verdun Connections, It kept her memories of Verdun alive.
Thank you all for being there
Wayne Brien

Roots - Genealogy

I saw this on Television last night and it leads me to believe this process will turn genealogy on its ear. A project that will enable one to trace their roots through DNA research you can trace your maternal and paternal parentry back thousands of years.
I suspect we may learn at last, Verdun is in fact the center of the earth - forget the Garden of Eden. Eve might have actually bitten into the apple at what would become the corner of 3rd Ave and Wellington !!!! Check it out - it isn't free but to date 350,000 people have subscribed.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Hi trying to find some Woolworths ols store pictures,and came across this site ,that has an interactive site,so you can revisit the past,.....
I haven't found the Montreal area stores (Yet),.....but this one does have some readily recognizable shots,......of the product counters,.Remember those flat bin like counters? .................(you probably stole something out of one..........hahahaha)
anyway here's the link ,.check it out if you like:

The toy counter in Woolworths of Portsmouth in 1950  (Image: Paul Seaton)

The toy displays in Woolworths at Leeds (No. 5) in 1959

The record counter boasts a wide selection of Embassy Records - the Company's famous cover version music


Travel back in time,..and try to Remember walking on that 'creaky old wooden floor'...............hahahahaha      the snack counter onthis site looks different from the counter at the store on Wellington,.....but it's still neat to see..................................

Eaton's 9th Floor Restaurant

Some photos from the abandoned Eaton's Famous 9th Floor Restaurant,....
not a bad view of TimotthyEaton's  neighbour & competitor Henry Morgan
)now the Bay of course)...........
.....a view over the decades of Montreal's changing landscape,Imagine all the different people who sat in the restaurant and looked out over the City
not all shots are from the 9th floor,.but thought you like some of these
essentially the Heart of Montreal,   along time ago.........
only a shell of it's former self
.................and the beat  goes on,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Notice the ornate wood mouldings around the old elevator doors.....
........The old Lobby of the Ninth Floor,......................
                              hope you enjoyed your tour.................


Winston , I see that MSH had a minor blast of Steam & Gas yesterday, looked great in the pictures yesterday,..with a plume of white steam ,shooting straight up,..with a crystal blue sky for a backdrop,........
Did you guys see it from your place (or hear it)?,,,,,,
I think it has settled down now,......but it's hard to see ,since today's weather is more grey & cloudy ,than yesterday.....
It looks a little chilly up on the mount:
I understand we are to get hit with another windstorm tonight,.....from the SE again, I guess you guys will experience it again too,.....Not quite as severe as the other day,with winds only getting to the 100km mark,...but strong enough to make us lose a few more trees,.especially the weaker ones left over from last week,..........Mother Nature doing some Natural Pruning:

Holiday Eating Guide

1.  Avoid carrot sticks.  Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit.  In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately.  Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

 2.  Drink as much eggnog as you can and quickly.  You can't find it any other time of year but now.  So drink up!  Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip?  It's not as if you're going to turn into an "eggnog-aholic" or something.  It's a treat.  Enjoy it!!!! Have one for me.
Have two.  It's later than you think.  It's Christmas!

 3.  If something comes with gravy, use it.  That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand-alone.  Pour it on.  Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes.  Fill it with gravy.  Eat the volcano.  Repeat.

 4.  As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk.  If it's skim, pass.  Why bother?  It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

 5.  Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control  your eating.  The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free.  Lots of it.  Hello???

 6.  Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

 7.  If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge.  Have as many as you can before becoming the center
of attention.  They're like a beautiful pair of shoes.  If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

 8.  Same for pies.  Apple, pumpkin and mincemeat - have a slice of each. Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three.  When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?  I think not.

 9.  Did someone mention fruitcake?  Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost.  I mean, have some standards.

10.  One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention.  Reread tips: Start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body.  But rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO what a ride!"

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Remember the Dispaly Windows

We mentione the Christmas Display windows ,a little while back,...I've come across a few samples.......Remember Toyland
Photo: Santa's Toyland window display, November 15, 1951
........or how about this jolly guy:
Photo: Santa's Workshop window display, 19??
.......You couldn't have forgoten  Santa's Workshop,..............
Photo: Santa's Toyland window display, 1953
..........I hope these help you all Remember what a fun hing it was to be a kid,
especially at Christmas Time,................(& I think were all,still like kids a bit..........hahahaha at least when we look at little kids ,who 'still beleive in the Magic"'s real if you want it to be,......Appreciate all around you,...........Merry Christmas to all of you & to all your family's
            ..and don't forget to stay Safe,.....and make someone laugh,

The Big O(we)

Well who says ,there's no fiscal accountability from politicians,.......

The Big O is the Big Owe no longer

only $ 1.5 BILLION,     for a Stadium estimated to cost no more than $120M

Here's the story in todays Montreal Gazette:

Now I wonder where they will channel the money now,......fixing potholes,might be a good start,.building bridges & overpass's that last a little longer than the last ones which collapsed,......Montreal is full of buildings and structures dating back hundreds of years,...and didn't cost ridiculous sums to build,.... but billions spent on the Stadium ,and overpass's and they all had there incident of chunks falling off less thab 35 years:


Laurentian Spots

Remember escaping the city ,..if you didn't headt to the Eastern Townships, could head into the Laurentians,,,at all times of the year,.the Season's all showed off the little towns & villages,..usually we drove,..but some may have taken the train,...and stopped at all those little stations,.....they seemd to stand still in time ,always looking the same,
Here's a shot of the Train Station,in SteAgathe,...........
There always a whacj of little towns to visit,......I Remember going to SteDonat,    and swimming in the lakes up there,......plenty of different lakes to visit,.....Quebec dose have a certain charm to it's small towns.....
That's what was great about living in Montreal,....there were so many places to go & visit,all within a short time frame of the City,........and in any direction, made going for a Sunday Drive ,always interesting in any season........

Monday, December 18, 2006

Robert MacPherson (Bob)

Just wanted to let you guys from 3rd avenue know that Robert (Bob) MacPherson passed away on Jan. 8th, 1999.  He lived at 728 Third Ave. all his life till we married in 1968.  I lived at 663 Third Ave.  My name was Linda Ayotte.  I recognize alot of familiar names on the site.  If anyone wants to contact me, my e-mail address is:
Linda MacPherson

1946 VHS Rugby Teams

I did not see any football teams in the 1946 VHS yearbook but here are 2 Rugby teams. Sorry for the poor quality.

Terry Tate


What a beautifull picture, I just had to post it.

An Internet Christmas

An Internet Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Net,
There were hacker's a surfing. Nerds? Yeah, you bet.
The e-mails were stacked by the modem with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The newbies were nestled all snug by their screens,
While visions of Java danced in their dreams.
My wife on the sofa and me with a snack,
We just settled down at my rig (it's a Mac).

When out in the Web there arose such a clatter,
I jumped to the site to see what was the matter.
To a new page my Mac flew like a flash,
Then made a slight gurgle. It started to crash!!

I gasped at the thought and started to grouse,
Then turned my head sideways and clicked on my mouse.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
My Mac jumped to a page that wasn't quite clear.

When the image resolved, so bright and so quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick!
More rapid than mainframes, more graphics they came,
Then Nick glanced toward my screen, my Mac called them by name;

"Now Compaq! Now Acer!", my speaker did reel;
"On Apple! On Gateway!" Santa started to squeal!
"Jump onto the circuits! And into the chip!
Now speed it up! Speed it up! Make this thing hip!"

The screen gave a flicker, he was into my "Ram",
Then into my room rose a full hologram!
He was dressed in all red, from his head to his shoes,
Which were black (the white socks he really should lose).

He pulled out some discs he had stored in his backpack.
Santa looked like a dude who was rarin' to hack!
His eyes, how they twinkled! His glasses, how techno!
This ain't the same Santa that I used to know!

With a wink of his eye and a nod of his head,
Santa soon let me know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, gave my Mac a quick poke,
And accessed my C drive with only a stroke.

He defragged my hard drive, and added a "Dimm",
Then threw in some cool games, just on a whim!
He worked without noise, his fingers they flew!
He distorted some pictures with Kai's Power Goo!

He updated Office, Excel and Quicken,
Then added a screensaver with a red clucking chicken!
My eyes widened a bit, my mouth stood agape,
As he added the latest version of Netscape.

The drive gave a whirl, as if it were pleased,
St. Nick coyly smiled, the computer appeased.
Then placing his finger on the bridge of his nose,
Santa turned into nothing but ones and zeros!

He flew back into my screen and through my uplink,
Back into the net with barely a blink.
But I heard his sweet voice as he flew from my sight,
"Happy surfing to all, and to all a good byte!"

Christmas Cake recipe


You'll need the following:

  1 cup of water
  1 cup of sugar
  4 large brown eggs
  2 cups of dried fruit
  1 teaspoon of salt
  1 cup of brown sugar
  Lemon juice
  1 bottle of whisky
Sample the whisky to check for quality.  Take a large bowl. Check the whisky again.  To be sure it's the
highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat.  Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter
in a large fluffy bowl. Add one  teaspoon of sugar and beat again. Make sure the whisky is still OK.
Cry another tup.  Tune up the mixer. Beat two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried
fruit.  Mix on the turner.  If the fired druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it goose with a drewscriver.
Sample the whisky to check for tonsisticity.  Next, sift two cups of salt.  Or something.  Who cares?
Check the whisky.  Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.  Add one table.  Spoon the sugar  or something.  Whatever you can find.  Grease the oven.  Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees.  Don't  forget
to beat off the turner.  Throw the bowl out of the window.  Check  the whisky again and go to bed.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!                 

Sunday, December 17, 2006

David Fennario

I did not find any David Fennario in the 1966 and 1967 yearbooks. If this is his pen name, I will need his real name to further my search.

Corner Manning & Beurling

Another Verdun intersection:
Corner Manning & Beurling looking towards river.
Same corner looking north towards Montreal. Notice 4th ave. Bridge in background
Same corner, Old Style corner store
Close up, D챕panneur du Coin
Yesterday was an ideal day to take pictures as it was bright and sunny. It would be interesting to hear from present or former Verdunites who are/where familiar with this intersection and incidents that sparked their memories.

NDG Schools

Hello Everyone,
My name is George.
I am new to this group.
As a young boy I spent some time over the years  in the Verdun area with my parents.
I attended Kensington and Rosedale elementary schools in NDG  1956 to 1964.
My family and I moved to Vancouver BC in 1969.
I am trying to locate any class pics or other pics or info of my classmates.
I'm sure others would enjoy seeing them as well.
I know there is a Benny Farm site but it does not have as much participation as this site and I have had no luck finding any one who has class pics to post from when I attended school there.
Does anyone know Glen Nobes, Diane Smith, Pamela Bussell, Susan O'Mara to name a few?
Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Corner Manning and Bannantyne

As promissed, he is a picture of the corner of Manning and Bannantyne. There is a Caisse Populaire now in a reletively new building wich replaced the corner store mentioned by Arbutus. This is the north west corner looking towards Montreal. The Thomas Moore Church is in the background I believe.

4 Tiny Tina

Hi Tiny Tina, are some pics of a Restaurant that has been around Victoria for a long long time, is a converted CP Ship,.....
the Princess Mary, is closing up ,...and Powell River has purchased it to display in your Maritime Museum,......I understand that museum already has some artifacts from it eg: the ships Bell,.etc etc .....
part of it ,(the ship part ,obviously) will be barged up to your part of the world in Jan,.... so before it disappeared for good from here I thought I'd take some shots of it now,.........
They must be filming a movie nearby ,.or perhaps filming a documentary on the final days of this ship's history here inVictoria,....??? but there was quite a few mobile dressing rooms,,and canteen trucks here too,.(but it's not unusual as movies are being filmed in Victoria,with great regularity)Just thought I'd ad one more picture:
Have a good Christmas up there Tina.............................

Film About Verdun



My name is Rob Santaguida.  I’m a documentary filmmaker and a former resident of Verdun.  I’m presently making a documentary film about life in Verdun. (Perhaps you have seen my camera crew wandering around town in the last few days.) The film is sponsored by the Government of Quebec, Government of Canada and the City of Montreal.  I’m still looking for more characters for the film, and I am very open to suggestions for events that will be going on in the area in the coming month.  If you have any recommendations or for more information or if you would like to appear in the film, please don’t hesitate to reach me at roberto_santaguida(at)hotmail(dot)com.  Thank you.



 JMH  a few weeks back ,you posted a picture Downtown Victoria,....yesterday I walked around Downtown ,and took some pics,........

Friday, December 15, 2006


I just heard on the radio that Ben's Deli in Montreal has closed. I didn't realize, but they apparently were closed since July due to a labour dispute with the staff who wanted a 40 cent an hour raise. So, today the Kravitz family decided to shut down. I spent many an hour there eating smoked meat and my all time favourite, potato latke's with sour cream.


Verdun/Montreal Places & Stuff

Remember when Nuns Island had only the farm & ruins of the Nuns residence/convent???
I wonder why it stood in such ruins,why was it only partially torn down,.was this the result of people dismantling it a little at a time or ???

Remember the Irish Famine

An account of the Big Black Sone at the Victoria Bridge,....and the reason it's there, Important Historical Note ,to many Montrealers:'s a quick excerpt from the story.......
In Montreal the gravesite remained unmarked for 12 years, until the workers who built the Victoria Bridge between 1851 and 1859 pulled a huge black boulder out of the river like a bad tooth and placed it on top of the common grave as a memorial. The "Irish Stone" is now stuck between a two-lane expressway that leads onto the bridge--a stone that the Canadian National Railway tried twice to remove as a traffic impediment, once in 1903 and again in 1965. Each time, the Irish community of Montreal raised hell and the stone remains where it was first placed, down in the Verdun-Pointe St-Charles district of Montreal where I grew up.
If you like to read the rest of the story,.....then check out either through teh 'Links Section' here to your right ,where the all the other features of this site are,,....memoriams,.....message boards,...etc etc ......
You may find it of interest,...........maybe not,........I believe it was originally titled "Kill me I'm Irish".............................

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Message to the Gainey Family

On the CJAD site ,for those interested ,you can send a message to the Gainey family,expressing condolences etc etc     for the story
or go direct via the shortcut below....


It looks like we are going to get hit really hard down here in Washington and Oregon. We are expecting 100mph(160km per hour) winds on the coast, and 75mph (120km per hour) inland where I live. The creeks are really flowing again already. Will keep you long as we don't lose our electricity. I may have to get the old PC out, and use that. Hopefully the battery is still working. Winston Allison

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Another holiday stress reliever!



Pick up the snowglobe & give it a shake!!!  (Turn your speakers on 




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Sunday, December 10, 2006

A prayer for Bob Gainey

My thoughts and prayers are with you Bob and family wish they find
Laura soon.

Don Marshall 1947 Yearbook

Another picture of Don Marshall this time in the 1947 VHS yearbook. Perhaps some members (old timers) will recognize someone.

Saturday, December 9, 2006

Don Marshall 1946 Yearbook

Here is another picture of Don Marshall in the 1946 Yearbook.

Advertisements 1946 VHS

I made a copy of this advertising page from the VHS 1946 yearbook. I recognize Verdun Stamp & Hobby Shop and J.A.Gagnon Deparmental Store. These stores may bring back memories.