Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Andre St Laurent

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Premier Auto Fabriquée au Canada-First Car Built in Canada

Voici un sujet intéressant, saviez vous que la première automobile construite au Canada à été fabriquée à Stanstead près de Sherbrooke par Henry Seth Taylor en 1867 et sa voiture à vapeur atteignait 24 km/h. Cette voiture exhiste encore et est au Musée des Sciences et de la technologie du Canada Ã  Ottawa et un timbre lui à été dédié en 1993.Veuillez consulter le site suivant pour plus de reseignements: www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca
Voir photo ci-incluse.
Here is an interesting fact, did you know that the first automobile built in Canada was built in Stanstead near Sherbrooke by Henry Seth Taylor in 1867 and his steam powered vehicule could make 24 km/h. This automobile still exhists and is at the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa and a stamp was dedicated in 1993. You can consult the following site for more information:
Source: La Presse 31/01/06
See attached photo.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Hockey tournament Auditorium yesterday

Grandson playing in tournament in  Verdun Auditorium yesterday, we left Ile Perrot, it was snowing lightly , along the 20 , heading for champlain bridge, turned off at Verdun exit and came to Church ave. near aqui , yup  two water holes are still there, taverns that is, turned down Galt and headed for LaSalle Blvd , turned left and passed new St hubert, with timmys not far away , went into the audi , and memories came flooding back, what a wonderful place, everything was bi lingual , and the friendship was outstanding, it made me so proud to be a Verdunite , grandsons team beat Cote St Luc , 3  to  0  and he scored the 3 goals, talk about a swollen chest, we were so well entertained and looked after by the Verdun people running the tournament, fantastic after noon . it was snowing when we left the arena , went up Church past Wellington  ,  Verdun and Bannantyne aves , over aqui , turned right and got on expressway along 20 to Ile Perrot , what a way to spend a Sunday afternoon, hope you enjoyed my day , next game  is  thursday evening at 5 30 , if you want me to check anything out for you just let me know,    hang tough   Jimmy Nairn ex  253 3rd ave. York 7143   hahaha , have wonderfull day   jim

Sunday, January 29, 2006


Mark Tite, and a few others are planning a reunion for the class of VCHS 1976, a web site has been created to inform everyone of the particulars, if you are a 1976 graduate of VCHS or know of someone who is please log onto the web site

Andy Rooney moment

I have tried to keep myself in check with our hotmail, because it is free, I guess. BUT, so many of you have been complaining about the same things that I have been complaining to myself about. Of course I have been complaining aloud about it to myself. (Not when the wife is around though because she doesn't like it when I *#@*&%@, and I rarely talk that way anyways). Have you ever noticed that some messages appear instantly, some others appear days and days late, some others never appear at all, and this one really gets me, some others appear over and over and over, and over again and again and again.What's up with that? But all in all, I can truely say that I have been more blessed with this site than I could ever imagine. There are many on this site that have gone above and beyond
with their Verdun stories and experiences. I would mention names, but am afraid I would leave someone out. But I can tell you that you are appreciated by many of us. One name I will mention, is my niece Connie who is a member of VC, and lives in Calgary. She is the one that told me about this site, and am I ever glad she did. Thanks Connie. Maybe I will thank individuals later. Winston Allison

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Frank Hanley

Thanks for posting part of Frank Hanley's memoirs. I met Frank when working at Tony The Taylor in the beginning of the 50s as he was a customer. He was quite a caracter and reflected the politics of the era. He was a friend of Tony Guinta who had a booky in the basement of the building which was in Frank Hanley's district at the corner of Notre Dame and McGill. There was a club also on ground level and we would get the artists as customers. Once the base player of the band gave us a counterfit $20. bill but our manager noticed it and had him replace it. Wally Aspell was a regular at the club. I must try and remember the name of that club.


Someone here offered to find out about Barbara Hastings and Jerry
Trudell. I don't remember who posted it, but how is that coming along?

Second Avenue.

"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."- 0000,0000,FFFFWalt Whitman

Friday, January 27, 2006

instant messages

I am signed up to recieve instant messages. I assumed (ASS*U*ME) I would be getting ALL the messages that anyone sent to Verdun Connections. I was wrong. (Oh no Mr. Bill....he was wrong). I just happen to go into a subject I think was called Third Avenue(?). All lo and behold there were a number of messages that I have never seen, and some of them were addressed to me and required an answer. SOOOOOOOOO, I guess each week I will have to go into each catagory of sent messages to see what I have missed, including those that I have sent, and have never seen. Maybe when we think our sent messages go into never never land, they really are there, but we never get them at our e-mail address. What do you think? Anything is possible. RIGHT?????  Winston Allison

The Stupid Bowl

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French Mac

OK I am curious - French Mac posted a message looking for Ronnie Probert - I contacted Ronnie Probert and he wonders who is this French Mac - anyone know his name - have not seen anything from him in a long time and I would like to put him in touch with his friend.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

CLASS OF 71-76-81-86-91-96

Fellow graduates:
If you attended James Lyng High School during these years, please contact us asap. We are trying to locate anyone who attended James Lyng during 71-76-81-86-91-96 for the Homecoming on Saturday May 20th.Simply contact us and leave your name, year graduated and phone number and a rep from your year will contact you.
Tickets are going so reserve yours now!

finding old friend

Hi I have an old friend I lost contact W/years ago she was A professional dancer born in Verdun the family name is McKechnie I have no way of knowing if any family might still be in the area it's been many years, the ladys maiden name is Rita McKechnie.There was A brother A few years older who was A pro hockey player,sorry it's been so long I can't recall his first name ,any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.Thank You Robert P.Perry

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Mashed Patatoes

Hey Dianne2, I mean does anyone remember the Girl from Verdun, who was
called Mash Patatoes as a pseudonym,or Nickname, I believe Slick gave her
this name way back when.....He came to only one Dance, saw her Dance & knew
he was out of his league, & went immediately back to working on Cars, Hot
Rods I do believe, in a little Garage on Verdun Av. across from St.
Willibrod's School, & near an old Undertaker's Salon??????...I foret the
Name of the Salon......However, this Girl, who is of course by now a WOMAN,
was really able to "Pick em up & lay em down".......The name "Mashed
Patatoes" stuck to her for quite a while........Anyone remember her???????


Husband of the year

A relative from California sent me this e-mail.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Musée Maison Saint Gabriel Museum

Pour ceux qui sont intéressés dans l'histoire du Canada, pourquoi ne pas planifier une visite au Musée de la Maison Saint Gabriel dans le quartier Pointe St Charles cet été.. Je l'ai visité il y a 2 étés et j'ai bien aimé l'expérience, toutefois, il faut payer pour entrer. Cette vieille maison date du début de la colonie et est étroitement reliée à l'histoire de l'Ile des Soeurs et de Verdun.
For those interested in the History of Canada, why not plan a visit this summer to the Maison Saint Gabriel Museum in the Point St Charles district. I visited the Museum 2 summers ago and enjoyed the experience. However there is an entry fee. This old house goes back to the beginning of the colony and is closely tied to the history of Nun's Island and of Verdun.


trying to find old friend from Verdun family name McKechnie rita who was A professional dancer we lost touch during wwII any info you might be able to give me would be greatly appreciated,she also had A brother who played professional hockey,don'tremember the team or his first name,Rita danced in the area of St Catherine St.also in the Boston,Providence area this is mainly A shot in the dark after all these years just thought I would give it a try .Thanks in advance for your help in this matter.                                                      Sincerely    
                                                               Robert P.Perry

Kelsea or Danny Tibbo

Restarting an old message thread.............
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From: MSN Nicknamemarlene1970  (Original Message) Sent: 4/4/2005 1:27 PM
I am looking for Danny Tibbo and I recently found out about someone named Kelsea Tibbo who might be able to help me get in conctact with him. If any of you know this person, please let me know and please let me know how to contact her. The only info I have about her is that she has a brother. They both have brown hair. Also, she used to live in Verdun but now she moved to Chateauguay. Thanks.

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From: MSN Nicknamemarlene1970 Sent: 4/4/2005 1:27 PM
meant to say kelsea, not kesea

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From: MSN NicknameShirleyBH2 Sent: 4/4/2005 9:22 PM
Maybe a coincidence but worth a call
K Tibbo
460 Manning
Verdun  767-4985

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From: MSN Nicknamemarlene1970 Sent: 4/4/2005 9:51 PM
thanks anyway but she is not in verdun anymore, they lived on valiquette, but they moved to chateauguay.

Legion Dart Tournament

Just to let you all know that on Feb 4th Sat. there will be a dart tournment at the Verdun legion Branch #4 for Legion Branches Will begin around 10 o'clock. or so (Verdun Branch 4
4538 Verdun Ave) See you all there

God Bless Canadian Women.

Three men were sitting together bragging about how they had given

their new wives duties after marrying.

 Terry had married an American, and bragged that after marrying, he

had told his wife she was going to do all the dishes and house

cleaning that needed to be done at their house. He said that it

took a couple days but on the third day he came home to a clean

house and the dishes were all washed and put away.

Jimmie had married a woman from Australia. He bragged that after

marrying, he had given his wife orders that she was to do all the

cleaning, dishes, and the cooking. He told them that the first day

he didn't see any results, but the next day it was better-his house

was clean, the dishes were done, and he had a huge dinner on the


The third man, Steve said he had married a Canadian. He boasted

that after marrying, he told his new

wife that her duties were to keep the house clean, dishes washed,

lawn mowed, laundry washed and hot meals on the table for every

meal. He said the first day he didn't see anything, the second day

he still didn't see anything, but by the third day most of the

swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left

eye. Enough to fix himself a bite to eat, load the dishwasher, and

call a landscaper.

3131,0101,FFFF"To keep your marriage brimming, /
With love in the loving cup, / Whenever you're wrong, admit it; /
Whenever you're right, shut up."

third ave verdun

Hi, I'm Ruth Broniszewski I used to live at 846 third ave from '58-'65 just wanting to hear from anyone who lived around us at that time. My sister is June and brother's Frank and Arthur.

anyone know the wherabouts of....

  a couple of people...from 1980 up....ralph jenkins.or colleen lemay,she used to live in the teen haven on lassalle blvd near the mcdonalds...curious thks

Monday, January 23, 2006

Valentine Day

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Protect your keys

Ladies, read and take heed. Gentlemen, inform the ladies in your



I would like to warn women, especially young women, about the
danger of giving their car keys, with their house keys attached, to anyone.
A good friend's daughter went to a well-known tire company to have
a flat repaired while she waited. Without thinking, she handed her key ring with all her keys on it to the serviceman and waited. What she didn't know is that most of these places also have machines that make copies of keys.One of the servicemen copied her apartment key, and two days later entered her apartment late at night and raped her.  This was a business she frequently attended, and they had all the information in their computer about where she lived, her phone number, etc. The man was caught months later and the police found out that he had done this before. He is now in jail, and my friend's daughter is trying to go on with her life. I called my daughter right away and told her this so she could learn from it, too.

Please, Abby, warn your readers to have their personal keys on another key ring or have a key ring that separates the car keys from one's personal keys.
Perhaps this will save another woman from tragedy.


You may never know how many tragedies you have prevented today.
Your letter is a chilling reminder, and I hope my readers will read it.




Take care, God Bless


Sunday, January 22, 2006


[Verdun flag]



Verdun, a city in Jacques Cartier county, Quebec, on the St. Lawrence river and on the Canadian National Railway. It is a suburb of Montreal, with which it is connected by street-car. Verdun was first known as C척te de Gentilly, and it was given its present name later, probably by La Salle, in honour of the historic Verdun in France. In 1830 it was named La Rivi챔re-St. Pierre, but an Act changing the name again to Verdun was passed in 1876. The city was incorporated in 1912. Although primarily a residential suburb, west of Montreal, Verdun has a number of industrial establishments. The electric lights, water works, and fuse works are municipally owned. There are numerous churches, several theatres, a large general hospital, and a hospital for the insane. Two weekly newspapers are published in English (Free Press and Guardian), one in French (Le Chroniqueur), and one (Messenger) in French and English.

Verdun is a former city on the Island of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, Canada. It is now in the Borough of Verdun. It was amalgamated into Montreal in 2002.

Verdun was founded in 1671, making it one of Canada's oldest cities. In 1956, Île des Soeurs (Nuns' Island) was amalgamated with Verdun, which is on the Island of Montreal. In 2002, the municipality of Verdun was merged with the city of Montreal.

Although very close to downtown Montreal, it is separated from it by the Montreal Aquaduct. It is also located next to the Champlain Bridge, the main bridge from Montreal to the suburbs on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River. On 3 September 1978, Montreal's metro system began operating in Verdun.

Verdun is a working-class area. In the early part of the 20th century, it had a majority English-speaking population. It is now predominantly French-speaking. It is one of the very few areas in Quebec to ban bars within its borders, although restaurants with bars are allowed.


looking for Philippe Schmidt

I'm looking for Philippe Schmidt.  He used to live in Verdun on Gertrude strreet (if I remember correctly) and work for the CN.  Hi father's name was Napoléon and he had an aunt named Aiméee.  My name is Christine and I live in Casselman Ontario.  I met Philippe in the spring of 1983 when he was working in Casselman and staying at the Restaurparc motel and restaurant where I was working.  I'm not looking to disrupt his life, just curious to know where he is now and what he's doing.  If he wants to contact me, great, if not I understand.  You can write to me at xtineb55@hotmail.com
Christine :)

Ladies can you identify?

Poem: "Bloody Men," by Wendy Cope from Serious Concerns (Faber & Faber).

Bloody Men

Bloody men are like bloody buses
You wait for about a year
And as soon as one approaches your stop
Two or three others appear.
You look at them flashing their indicators,
Offering you a ride.
You're trying to read the destinations,
You haven't much time to decide.
If you make a mistake, there is no turning back.
Jump off, and you'll stand there and gaze
While the cars and the taxis and lorries go by
And the minutes, the hours, the days.

Glenn Harris

Hello Everyone
I'm looking for a buddy by the name of Glen Harris (grad of '75). He has two younger brothers, Scott and Roy. They lived on Brault St below Bannantyne.
PLease email me at ironmanc@hotmail.com
Paul Christie

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Jolly Rogers

Margo Allen:
I ran into Bill Butler a couple of months ago and mentioned your name. He remembers you as "Margaret".
Interestingly, Bill recently shot his age in golf; and extra-ordinary feat.
So have I, unfortunately it only took nine holes.
Gord Gibbons

ant and the grasshopper m, ( sadly so true )

The Ant & the Grasshopper - A Modern Fable

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer
long, building his house and laying up supplies for
the winter.

The grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and
dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the Ant is warm and well fed.

The shivering grasshopper has no food or shelter, so
he dies out in the cold.



The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer
long, building his house and laying up supplies for
the winter.

The grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and
dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

So far, so good, eh?

The shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and
demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be
warm and well fed while others less fortunate, like
him, are cold and starving.

The BBC shows up to provide live coverage of the
shivering grasshopper, with cuts to a video of the ant
in his comfortable warm home in Hampstead with a table
laden with food.

The British are stunned that in a country of such
wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so
while others have plenty.

The Liberal Party, the Respect Party, the
Transvestites With Starving Babies Party, the Single
Lesbian One Eyed Mothers Party and the Coalition
Against Poverty demonstrate in front of the ant's

The BBC, interrupting a Rastafarian cultural festival
special from Grimsby with breaking news, broadcasts
them singing "We Shall Overcome."

Ken Livingstone laments in an interview with Panorama
that the ant has got rich off the backs of
grasshoppers, and calls for an immediate tax hike on
the ant to make him pay his "fair share".

In response, the Labour Government drafts the
Economic Equity and Grasshopper Anti-Discrimination
Act, retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant's taxes are reassessed, and he is also fined
for failing to Hire grasshoppers as helpers. Without
enough money to pay the fine and his newly imposed
retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by Camden

The ant moves to France, and starts a successful
AgriBiz company [funded by the EU] (although within
weeks, his business is threatened with Compulsory
purchase by the state unless he marries a French ant).

The BBC later shows the now fat grasshopper finishing
up the last of the ant's food, though Spring is still
months away, while the government house he is in,
which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles
around him because he hasn't bothered to maintain it.
Inadequate government funding is blamed, Diane Abbot
is appointed to head a commission of enquiry that will
cost 짙10,000,000.

The grasshopper is soon dead of a drug overdose, the
Guardian blames it on the obvious failure of
government to address the root causes of despair
arising from social inequity. The abandoned house is
taken over by a Gang of immigrant spiders, praised by
the government for enriching Britain's multicultural
diversity, who promptly set up a marijuana growing
Operations and terrorize the community.


Friday, January 20, 2006

Avenue Melrose Avenue

Nommée par Alex Ramsay, propriétaire de la ferme à travers laquelle les avenues (rues) Melrose et Argyle furent ouvertes.
Named by Alex Ramsay, owner of the farm through which the avenues (streets) Melrose and Argyle where opened.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Boul. Desmarchais Boul.

(28 Septembre 1936)
Nommée en l'honneur de feu Julien Desmarchais, peintre et manufacurier de Montréal. Lorsque la ferme Desmarchais fut subdivisée en lots de construction, la Succession Desmarchais céda cette lisière de terre à la Cité de Verdun. La partie du boulevard (avenue) Desmarchais allant de l'avenue (rue) Bannantyne au boulevard LaSalle ne sommait anciennement avenue Desmarchais et l'autre partie de l'avenue (rue) Bannantyne au boulevard Champlain était connue sous le nom de 7e avenue.
(28th Septembre 1936)
Named in honour of Julien Desmarchais, deceased, painter and manufacturer of Montréal, When the Desmarchais farm was subdivided into construction lots, the Desmarchais Succession gave away this portion of land to the City of Verdun,. The portion of the boulevard (avenue) Desmarchais from Bannantyne to LaSalle boulevard was formerly named Desmarchais avenue et the other portion from Bannantyne avenue (street) to Champlain boulevatrd was known under the name of 7th avenue.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Member Update

I am truly baffled, yet that is not very difficult when it comes to computers. For the past year I have been unable to access this site - everytime I tried I immediately ended up in the phantom zone, known as the MSN Home Page. Fortunately Krypton blew up and I escaped, actually I paid some computer guru $80 to clean up my computer.
When I tried to access this site, I was told that I must apply for membership, even thought I already was. I dutifully reapplied and was told that I required a nickname, which I submitted and was accepted.
I then went to Member Info to update my personal information, mainly my new nickname and my "em" age. At this point I was told to hit the icon beside the information that I wanted to change - nothing happened. Does this now mean that I cannot correct my original membership information and that I must re-enter as a new member?
Guidance please!
Gord Gibbons


hello just wanting to know if  there any new bands in verdun willing to play some shows this summer (all kinds of music)if so you know where to reach me im here ....ty and god love you all

Monday, January 16, 2006

Walking Turcot Yards

I 've started a blog regarding the abandonement and eventual re developement of the Turcot Yards.

It is at neath.wordpress.com

It s been a bit difficult getting started because

1) recent changes in my personal life have left me without any of my own photograhs on this computer for the time being, and
2) there is an astonishing lack of historical information regarding Turcot on the net

So it looks like I may be doing some "hard" research in the coming months. However, I would really appreciate any "leads" any one can provide and, of course, photgraphs are always welcome.


Ken McLaughlin

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Galt, Gordon, Rielle, Willibrord

Avenue Galt: situé sur une partie de la ferme appartenant autrefois à feu Sir A.T. Galt.
Avenue Gordon: en l'honneur d'Aim챕e Gordon, 챕pouse de feu Sir A.T. Galt, propri챕taire de la vieille ferme Galt.
Avenue Rielle: en l'honneur de feu Joseph Rielle, Maire du Village de Verdun 1904-1905 et l'un des arpenteurs les plus en vue de la Cit챕 et du district de Montr챕al.
Ave Willibrord: avenue sur laquelle est situé l'Église St Willibrord, desservant les catholiques irlandais, autrefois avenue Rockland.
Galt Avenue: situated on a part of the farm previously owned by
Sir A.T. Galt, deceased.
Gordon Avenue: in honour of Aim챕e Gordon, wife of Sir A.T. Galt,
deceased owner of the old Galt farm.
Rielle Avenue: in honour of Joseph Rielle, deceased, Mayor of the village of Verdun 1904-1905 and one the better known surveyors of the city and the district of Montreal.
Willibrord Avenue: avenue on which is situated St Willibrord Church, serving irish catholics, previously Rockland Ave.
                                                                                                     I also have a document dated June 10 1968 which says that a parc on Nun's Island is to be named  PARC WEST VANCOUVER to commemorate the twinning of the City of Verdun with the municipality of West Vancouver.
All this information is in french and I have to translate it. Keeps my mind active

Wayne Martin

Happy Birthday Wayne!


I took my girlfriend, Jean Atkinson (5th Ave) and her friend, to the
Savoy to see Elvis Presley in 'Love Me Tender'. They insisted on
sitting in the first row! Looking up!
I was immediately electrocuted into another dimension. These two 15
year olds, began screaming at the top of their lungs when Elvis
appeared on screen. This embarrassed 15 year old left the theater with
face on fire, and I might add, neither one of these darlings could care
less. Young love - ouch!

I may rent that movie just to see what I missed.
Second Avenue.

Love cures people--both the ones who give it and the ones who receive
--Karl Menninger

Saturday, January 14, 2006



Before You Go


October 22, 2005


The elderly parking lot attendant wasn't in a good mood.


Neither was Sam Bierstock. It was around1 a.m., and Bierstock, aDelray
Beach,Fla., eye doctor, business consultant, corporate speaker and
musician, was bone tired after appearing at an event.


He pulled up in his car, and the parking attendant began to speak. "I
took two bullets for this country and look what I'm doing," he said


At first, Bierstock didn't know what to say to the World War II
veteran. But he rolled down his window and told the man, "Really, from
the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you."


Then the old soldier began to cry.


"That really got to me," Bierstock says.


Cut to today.


Bierstock, 58, and John Melnick, 54, of Pompano Beach - a member of
Bierstock's band, Dr. Sam and the Managed Care Band - have written a
song inspired by that old soldier in the airport parking lot. The
mournful "Before You Go" does more than salute those who fought in
WWII. It encourages people to go out of their way to thank the aging
warriors before they die.


"If we had lost that particular war, our whole way of life would have
been shot," says Bierstock, who plays harmonica. "Every ethnic minority
would be dead. And the soldiers are now dying at the rate of about
2,000 every day. I thought we needed to thank them."


The song is striking a chord. Within four days of Bierstock placing it
on the Web, the song and accompanying photo essay have bounced around
nine countries, producing tears and heartfelt thanks from veterans,
their sons and daughters and grandchildren.


"It made me cry," wrote one veteran's son. Another sent an e-mail
saying that only after his father consumed several glasses of wine
would he discuss "the unspeakable horrors" he and other soldiers had
witnessed in places such asAnzio,Iwo Jima,BataanandOmahaBeach. "I can
never thank them enough," the son wrote. "Thank you for thinking about


Bierstock and Melnick thought about shipping it off to a professional
singer, maybe a Lee Greenwood type, but because time was running out
for so many veterans, they decided it was best to release it quickly,
for free, on the Web. They've sent the song to Sen. John McCain and
others inWashington. Already they have been invited to perform it
inHoustonfor a Veterans Day tribute - this after just a few days on the
Web. They hope every veteran inAmericagets a chance to hear it.

Friday, January 13, 2006

VHS Class of 1958

I have taken the liberty of scanning the VHS Annual for the Class of 1958 with the intent of uploading the pictures.  If any member of the '58 class would rather I withhold the upload, them please send me a PM at the address listed in the Contact List and voice your objections.  I'll wait until the end of January and if no objections are received I will upload the pictures.
P.S. I have altered the pictures to remove all the endearing comments signed by classmates. :)

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Verdun Hangouts

Talking about the Pool Hall on Hickson & Wellington, I used to hang there with a friend who was a pool shark, Bob Hainey.......He could play a really good game of pool......In those days, guys like Tony P. used to play everyday when he was in town, with Bob McArdle, Freddie Clermont, & quite a few other guys that were a bit older & more Worldly than we were....They were always very entertaining, with the way they used to talk.....Tony P. taught me that it was O.K. to call a guy "Darlin", his favourite name for everyone.....That was in the early sixties I believe.....I once left the Pool hall with a friend on his Motorcycle & we drove all the way to Laconia N.H. for only one day.......I have forgotten his name.....Although Jimmy Hendry would know it....He thought we were nuts......We had very little CASH.....But we went anyway.......What Spirit we had in those days.....

V.C. Photo

pogues5 that photo, which I assume Maggie posted, of a young mother
holding her child in a Verdun lane is reminiscent of every memory I
have of Verdun. I lived at 457 Second for the first 18 years of my
humble life, and spent much of my childhood in the lane between 1st and
2nd. I can recall pictures very similar to that one lost forever. Thank
you for this one.
The lane traffic, in which the iceman (river ice to eat -yuk!),
roofers(tar to chew -hmm), ragman (to wonder about), police -(run like
Second Avenue.

"To keep your marriage brimming, / With love in the loving cup, /
Whenever you're wrong, admit it; / Whenever you're right, shut up."

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  • Wednesday, January 11, 2006

    My name is Norm

    My name is Norm, and I am Canadian  ...

    I am a minority in Oakville,Toronto, and every casino in this country.

    I was born in 1935, yet I am responsible for some native's great great
    grandfather who screwed himself out of his land in the 1800's.

    I pay import tax on cars made inOntario.

    I am allowed to skydive and smoke, but not allowed to drive without a
    seat belt.

    All the money I make up until mid July must go to paying taxes.

    I live and work among people who believe Americans are ignorant. These
    same people cannot name this country's new territory.

    Although I am sometimes forced to live on Kraft dinner and don't have a
    pot to pi.. in, I sleep well knowing that I've helped purchase a nice
    six figure home in Vancouver for some unskilled refugee.

    Although they are unpatriotic and constantly try to separate, Quebec
    still provides my nation's prime ministers.

    95% of! my nation's international conflicts are over fish.

    I'm supposed to call black people African Canadians, although I'm sure
    none of them have ever been to Africa, or east of Halifax for that

    I believe that paying a 200% tax on alcohol is fair.

    I believe that the same tax on gasoline is also fair.

    Even if I have no idea what happened to that old rifle my grandfather
    gave me when I was 14, I will be considered a criminal if I don't
    register it.

    I often badmouth theUnited Statesand then vacation there three times a

    I believe spending $15 billion to promote the French language in the
    rest of Canada is fair when the province of Quebec doesn't support or
    recognize the English language.

    I'm led to believe that some lazy ass unionized broom p! usher who
    makes $30 an hour is underpaid and therefore must go on strike, but
    paying $10 an hour to someone who works 12 hour shifts at forty below
    on an oil rig is fair.

    I believe that paying $30 million for 3 Stripes ("The Voice of Fire
    painting in Ottawa) by the National Art Gallery was a good purchase,
    even though 99% of this country didn't want it or will ever see it.

    When I look at my pay stub and realize that I take home a third of what
    I actually make, I say "Oh well, at least we have better health care
    than the Americans."

    I must bail out farmers when their crops are too wet or too dry because
    I control the rain.

    My national anthem has versions in both official languages and I don't
    know either of them.

    Canada is the highest taxed nation in North America, the biggest
    military buffer for the United States, and the number one destination
    for fleeing terrorists.

    I am not an angry white male. I am an angry taxpayer who is broke.

    My name is Norm, and I am Canadian.

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    V A P A

    VAPA, who remembers it and what does it stand for?

    Tuesday, January 10, 2006


    You all know that we all read everything thats published here, even though
    we may not comment on the topics.....The very first time I ever ate Pizza
    was at Trevi Pizza on Church Av. I don't think the owners even knew how to
    speak good English in those days......We were uptown at the Esquire on
    Stanley St. & Ronnie Duynes said lets go for some Pizza, so we all jumped
    into his Daddy's 1959 Powder Blue Mercury, & he drove us to this Pizza
    Parlour, which was of course Trevi's Pizza....I told him that I had never,
    ever tasted Pizza, & he asked me if I was from another World....But you have
    to know that Pizza hadn't come out as far as LaSalle at that time & I didn't
    have any exposure to this kind of food before......I didn't think that I
    would eat any, but, went along anyway....I must tell you that since then the
    only Pizza I have ever tasted, which I consider "Top of the Line", is Trevi

    Btw..I always thought that Swartz's Smoked Meat, was the World's Best....But
    I found out about Smoke Meat Pete's on Ile Perot, just this side of
    Montreal, & I haven't been back on St. Lawrence Blvd. since tasting Smoke
    Meat Pete's....It is the World's Greatest as far as I'm concerned....This of
    course is simply one Man's opinion......Hey do you like the term I
    used....Btw.....Being from LaSalle we pick up so


    Can you relate


    Sometimes in our lives, we come across a hurdle that stands in our way of getting to where we want to be. We usually take one look at that hurdle, and automatically think, I cant do this, there is no way I’m ever going to reach my goal.

    We end up backing away, leaving our dreams, defeated once again, by our own fear.

    If we carry on this way, where will we get, who will we be?.. We will literally be standing still in time, we all have the emotional strength deep down to conquer anything, but fear stops us from doing so. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of humiliation, fear of being hurt or fear of being rejected.

    Time and time again we let this feeling win, only to stop ourselves from moving forward.

    You in yourself are not a failure, not trying is though.

    Are you scared to contact a loved one you haven’t spoken to in a long time?, what stops you? Is it the fear of the unknown or being rejected?, How do you know that will happen unless you try?

    Are you scared of looking for a new job , leaving the house, getting in a car, finding love?, if so, there it is again, the defeating “ fear” feeling that overpowers all other feelings, takes over your body every time you go to try.

    Find the courage in yourself, fear isn’t everlasting, fear can be defeated instead of it defeating you. Courage cant die, but fear can.

    As I read once, look at the cliffs, the rocks on the edge of the ocean, look at how they are battered with waves, yet the rocks remain intact, still standing as strong as they were before. We too can stand strong against such thing, we just need to let ourselves. Fear is your worst enemy, and if you let it rule you for too long, it becomes habit. Take a step forwards, set out to do what you mean to do, and if fear appears in front of you, close your eyes, breathe, relax, and keep trying. I know you can do it, just like I know I can too(i hope


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    Wild to name Mackasey Dir. of Scouting

    Blair Mackasey

    Blair Mackasey

    TSN.ca Staff

    1/9/2006 8:44:12 PM

    Blair Mackasey has accepted a position as Director of Pro Scouting for the Minnesota Wild, TSN has learned.

    The deal is over four years, the remainder of this season plus three more. An official announcement is expected to be made on Tuesday.

    Mackasey has been the Canadian Hockey Association Director of Player personnel for Team Canada's Under-18 and World Junior Championship teams since 2002. He served as assistant coach for Canada's 1994 Under-18 team as well as the 1996 World Junior team that took home gold in Boston.

    Drafted by the Washington in 1975, Mackasey attended the Capitals camp before being sent to Richmond of the American Hockey League. Prior to the following season, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, getting into his only NHL game with the Leafs during that season and recording a minor penalty.


    The Pav

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    It was nice reading your reminising . "Au Trois Bleu " on the
    left hand side of the highway on the straight stretch of the
    road .I seem to remember your buddies names .
    At one time I used to periodically go to LaSalle .One guy
    from Verdun that hung out there was Mike Doyle .....

    In the time period that you mention you may have remembered
    the incident when . Dave CMAN on his way home from the
    Trois Bleu was dragging his 56 ford , with a TBird engine .
    I don't remember who the other car was .....anyway , Dave
    was booting her out at about 120 .....and after he figgured
    the race was over he slowed down.....

    Very drunk he explained after in the hospital , all encased in
    a cast for his broken neck , "I don't know what happened ."
    he struugled to talk with all the medications and painkillers ,
    " I was driveing along and then I stopped the car and tried
    to get out ."
    As the cop took notes he interjected " You were drag racing
    along the highway ? "

    "Not really officer ." Dave said .
    "We have reports that you were going over a hundred and ten miles
    an hour ."

    "I don't know what happened , I was trying to get out of my car
    and next thing I know I'm here in the hospital .

    As Dave later explained to his friends he really didn't know what
    was happening . He remembered doing a hundred and twenty MPH,
    and then he remembers slowing down and having a hard time
    getting out of the car......when he thought he was stopped .

    The car following him explained that Dave had slowed down to
    about fourty MPH and struggled to get out of the car .
    And that he had to swerve to avoid running Dave over .

    Dave later said that with all the booze and poppers at fourty
    MPH it felt like he was standing still .......

    >>>>>>>Note to Les ....I got a three day convention
    comming up in Vancouver , jan 21 ,22,23.
    So were gonna have to plan to Coffee excludeing those dates .

    >>>>>>Note to Bubbacut ( Bob Pilon ) Maybe my message
    didn't get to you and Glen......I'll repeat it.....
    I have some old movie stock of GRACE at a wedding in
    the 1950's Pete is not in the shots . If you , Glen,
    Barry , Barb , would like I may be able to copy the images
    for you . The images are a little grainy but you can make
    Grace out ......

    >>>>>>>Note to French MAC (MArc Pacquin )
    Maybe you didn't get my message also .
    I have some mementos from JOHNNY that
    he gave me . They are some tools that he made
    when he was young .....for fixing office machines .
    I kept them cause I though he was a memorable
    guy ...but now that I see you here .....maybe you
    could value them more than a stranger.....

    Thats it my body is too craped out for anymore

    Synergize , ya remembered the shad flies but
    the bees at sixty MPH gettting implanted in
    the forehead was an awakener ......


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    Monday, January 9, 2006

    Remembering Verdun.

    Hi Cookie, I think this post will be sent to the wrong thread, but
    anyways so be it. I've read the 3 Frank McCourt books including his
    latest 'Teacher Man'. The Irish Catholic Church has made some important
    changes since McCourt's day in Ireland. Also his brother wrote a few
    books which are easy reading. I'll check out Brendan O'Carroll. Thanks
    for the tip.
    Second Avenue.

    A God who allowed Christians to believe that they were better than
    savages was a God he wanted no part of.
    - Mark Twain.


    Today we had 10 to 15 cms of snow 4 to 6 inches, and it was fantastic, it brought me back to my days of youth in Verdun when we used to be so happy to see snow, no long range weather forecasts, so snow was often a surprise, myself, Ralph McNiff, my best friend, Billy Lawlor , Garry Baker, Jimmy and Reggie Keirnan , Ewen Cameron  would  shovel with wooden shovels , a pile big enough to reach the sky , and climb way up there and jump into the pile of snow in the lane between 3rd and 2nd, we would be at it all day , if a weekend , or as late as we could if during the week , imagine, no toys , but who needed them , and you know , I don't remember any grown ups yelling at us to stop , oh was VERDUN , ever special , I hope you all realize that , hang tough   Jimmy

    The Pav.

    Hey Everyone, Today is the first day back from my Christmas Vacation, & I
    already need a rest from my two or almost three week vacation......Speaking
    of "The Pav" when our gang or crowd hung out their, the restaurant wasn't
    always open, I used to think that whoever ran this place was not looking for
    business. The place itself was very cool, the park was always busy with
    folks, the Tennis Club close by was a place that I favoured. We hardly
    stayed & hung around for very long, we were always driving off to some other
    place, like the, I hope I'm saying it or writing it correctly, "The Twoit or
    Troit Blue", on the way to Plattsburgh N.Y. The Motorcycle crowd hung out
    their, & it was always jumping, with Rock-N-Roll in the late Fifties & early
    sixties.....It always appeared to me that we were a restless crowd, always
    looking for something else to do....The dance at the Y on Tuesday nights,
    the Dance at Dompolski Hall in the Point on Friday nights & the Boys & Girls
    club in the Point, with Mike Stevens from CJAD on Saturday nights......Our
    time was always filled with much too much to do........Then we discovered
    "Girls" in the early sixties,, suddenly the working on our Cars, or
    Motorcycles or playning Sports wasn't so "Kewl"......The question I have is
    where were the "Drugs" in those days, or was it our activities that kept
    most of us "Drugged".......


    Sunday, January 8, 2006


    There has been occasions when I have posted opinions that were very negative, critical, and directed at Les F. Each time that I did so I realize that he was able to delete these posts. But in fact he did not and left them out there for all to read. This shows character and has given me respect for him as the assistant manager. Maggie is right he does a good job and is very deserved of his position. I just thought I would post this publicly as he has always left my negative posts for public view.
    ps. This in no way mean that I will behave in the future...HAHAHA...




    Anyone still listen to Gordon Lightfoot? I have every L.P. album he
    recorded in the 70s & 80s. I also have the software to transfer these
    songs to CD, but haven't developed the motivation as yet.
    I saw him perform here years ago. He had an attitude on stage, as if he
    was doing us a great favor with his presence. He disappointed me, and
    lost a few fans to boot. I expected more personality I suppose, from a
    Canadian artist if you know what I mean.
    His records are somewhere in my loft, and I may some day dust them off
    and transfer them or not.
    Second Avenue.

    "Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful
    stroke of luck."
    - Dalai Lama

    Brown Park

    Did anyone out there hang around Brown park 1979 -1980?
    Sure was a good time.

    Elvis Presley.

    It's the birthday of Elvis Presley, born in Tupelo, Mississippi (1935).
    He learned to play the guitar when he was twelve but never really
    learned to read music. He just knew how to mimic what he heard. He
    loved all kinds of music and his friends said that he could reproduce
    perfectly almost anything he heard on the radio.

    But he'd grown up in a strictly religious family and his favorite music
    was gospel. He sang in his local church choir and later took his
    girlfriend to see local gospel performances. She later said that she
    was embarrassed by how he would sing along with the performers.

    He had no clear ambition to become a professional musician. After high
    school he got a job as a truck driver for the Crown Electric Company
    and he began studying to become an electrician. His career as a
    recording artist only came about because of his love for his mother.

    At the time, the Sun Record Company had a special recording studio
    where anyone could come in and pay a small fee to record personal
    records for themselves. In the summer of 1953 Elvis scraped together
    four dollars to record two songs, "My Happiness" and "That's When Your
    Heartaches Begin" as a present for his mother. When the woman at the
    front desk asked him what kind of a singer he was he said, "I sing all
    kinds." She asked him who he sounded like and he said, "I don't sound
    like nobody."

    The recording engineer that day liked Elvis's voice and somehow those
    recordings made their way into the hands of producer Sam Philips who
    specialized in recording "hillbilly music." Philips called Elvis back
    into the studio to see if he might have some real talent. Elvis sang a
    few slow ballads, which were his favorite songs to sing, and Sam
    Philips wasn't too impressed. And then, in between takes, Elvis and the
    other musicians started fooling around and singing a blues tune called
    "That's All Right, Mama." Sam Phillips asked them to start over from
    the beginning and recorded the song. He then rushed the record to the
    biggest DJ in Memphis.

    When Elvis found out that the song, which he considered a joke, would
    be on the radio, he was so embarrassed that he hid in a local movie
    theater until his parents made him come home. That night the DJ in
    Memphis played Elvis's new song on the radio for the first time, and he
    received forty-seven phone calls and seventeen telegrams asking to play
    the song again. In the following week Memphis stores sold some 6,000
    copies of the record. A few weeks later Elvis sang the song at a local
    music show at an outdoor park. He was extremely nervous while singing
    the song and started shaking his leg in rhythm to the music. The girls
    in the audience went crazy.

    Elvis went on to record 149 songs that made the top 100 in the
    Billboard's pop charts including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog,"
    "Jailhouse Rock" and "Are you Lonesome Tonight?"

    Elvis Presley said, "Some people tap their feet, some people snap their
    fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do 'em all
    together, I guess."

    Saturday, January 7, 2006

    Hello Verdunners

    I've been reading some of the postings on the group and see lots of names
    from my past .
    I went to both the protestant and the catholic schools in the 50's and 60's
    They each told me not to bother to come back for my certificates ......

    So there are names that I recognize on this site from all over

    Pilon , Redmond , Hastings , Dall , Sullivan , Allen , Archibald , Mace
    ,just too many
    to list right now .

    I was born in 1946 on 3rd avenue ...then moved downtown to Mackay street
    .......from there we
    moved to Moffat , then to Rolland , Bannantyne , Argyle , Bannantyne .

    My spots were Downtown , The PAV , Kosta's , Ma's "Miss Verdun ", Crealey's
    , Curries ,
    Hickson Pool Hall , Wellington Street , Juvenile detention center , Crawford
    Pard , Ville LaSalle,
    Ville Emard , Lachine , Montreal North , RoseMount , Little Burgundy ,
    Chateauguay .......

    Schools attended , St.Thomas More , Willibroad , VCH, VPH....
    On one of the postings someone asked what color jacket did someone
    Well in the early sixties Summer was a white nylon wind breaker , fall was a
    suede jacket ,
    winter was a blue bomber jacket with those weird seams that made your arms
    look like the
    michelin tire man ........Desert boots , flyght boots , mocassons , smelly
    sneakers ,

    I wasn't a team player , I got in trouble at my second B&G football
    practice.......chased the
    puck on Brown Blv'd rink......pick up games only....... referee's couldn't
    survive those rules .
    I got hockey teeth ......so they say . I got excused from gym at VCH after I
    beat the gym teacher.
    So athelitics weren't that important to me after that ........

    Fished in the Ackey ., on the river ......from the shore , in the hole in
    the rapids ........
    Did the swamp in Angrignon before they drained it ........

    I've lived all over Canada , however I always made the choice to exclude
    Toronto from
    my list of domiciles.......currently I live in Victoria BC......down near
    Clover Point .
    I think that Les posted a web cam that shows the waves near my place
    .......they come
    smashing over the road whenwe get "WEATHER."

    I think I can entertain most of you with some stories that will touch each
    of you personally.

    That has been my hobby for the past umpteen years...collecting anecdotes
    about VERDUN .
    Ah....my fingers are starting to crap out ....so , gonna have to call it a
    day for now.
    Soon I'll post a link to my WEB site where you can choose to download some
    of the stories .
    It is easier for me that way ......Oh ya I got some pictures also.
    The reason that it'll be easier to post the stories is cause I am useing a
    UNIX system and
    it doesn't work with the MSN network , so I've got to use someone else's
    computer to send you
    mail and all that stuff ....so it's easier posting to a WEB site for me

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    Friday, January 6, 2006

    Little Christmas !

    Today is Three Kings Day...Little Christmas. Happy Three Kings Day & Happy New Year to all. I hope everyone has a fantastic 2006!

    Danny and Jerry

    Hey Danny. I wonder if you could find out if it would be ok to give Doug Jerry's phone number. He asked me to ask you if you could send it along to me if it was ok. You can send it to my email box. Thanks.

    Thursday, January 5, 2006

    Meeting the Holdaways

    Meet my two cousins for the first time after 45 years and this was made possible by (Verdun Connections) as we all were from Verdun, Len and Jim were longer residents of Verdun as I left when I was two but I do have connections still with the city have a aunt who lives on 2nd ave.I live now in Two Mountains, so thanks once again for the web site it allows people to, keep in touch. Happy New year to all for 2006

    Cindy Sheehan.

    Went to see Cindy Sheehan tonight in Honolulu. No comment.
    Second Avenue.

    "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they
    say, Lo here! or Lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within


    The last reunion took place on Sept.27/2001 in Verdun..are there any interest in having another?

    Wednesday, January 4, 2006

    BBQ Recipes

    Hi Bob,


    I didn't have a chance to post it in the recipe folder but here you go! Let
    me know what you think of it!


    Sweet &
    Spicy Corn Bread




    cup of melted butter

    cup of white sugar


    small can of kernel corn

    small can of creamed corn

    small can of chillies, chopped

    cup all-purpose flour

    cup cornmeal (yellow)

    tsp baking powder

    tsp salt

    Optional: 1 cup shredded cheese (I use Cheddar &
    Monterey Jack)




    While heating your BBQ up to about 300 degrees, grease a
    13x9 baking dish (9x9 makes the bread thicker). In a large bowl, mix thoroughly
    the butter & sugar. Beat the eggs in the same bowl adding them to the
    sugar/butter mixture, then blend in the corn and chilies and cheese. In another
    bowl, mix the flour, cornmeal salt & baking powder and slowly add that to
    the wet mixture. Once well mixed, pour it into the baking dish. I keep one side
    of my BBQ lit and put the baking dish on the unlit side. Depending on how
    accurate you can keep your temperature, it usually takes about 45 minutes to
    cook. Test it in the center with a toothpick until it comes out clean.

    Little David

    Little David / BeerTroubleshooting Chart

    Little David is in the 5th grade. Yesterday morning when the teacher

    asked the children what their fathers did for a living. All the

    typical answers came up; fireman, policeman, salesman, etc.

    The teacher noticed that little David was being uncharacteristically

    quiet and so she asked him about his father.

    "My father's an exotic dancer in a gay bar and takes off all his

    clothes in front of other men. Sometimes, if the offer's really good,

    he'll go out to the alley with some guy and do it with him for money."

    The teacher, obviously shaken by this statement, hurriedly set the

    other children to work on some coloring, and took little David aside

    to ask him, "Is that really true about your father?"

    "No," said David, "He plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, but I was too

    embarrassed to say that in front of the other kids."
    From my brother who lives in Philly, and is a HUGE Eagles fan. If you
    watched the Redskins & Eagles game a week ago you'll sympathize.
    Second Avenue.

    Tuesday, January 3, 2006

    happy new year

    have a wonderful new year

     Recent Movies Seen.............

    Well I've watched every scrap of info on 'The Last Waltz'. I have no
    idea what more I can say except if you are a music lover, and have not
    seen this documentary, then you are deprived of a musical experience
    Par Excellence.
    Second Avenue

    "Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be
    alcohol or morphine or idealism."
    - Carl Jung

    place to stay,,,.

    I stayed in this duplex in Verdun. Ann, the owner, is a nice lady, and
    very very helpful.
    Highlight the URL below and paste it to a search engine.
    Second Avenue.


    place to stay,,,,

    Hey all you Verdunites and Lasallers......please
    tell me where is a good place to stay other than family....as family no longer
    lives in Verdun! or Lasalle!  Just need a few days ....let me



    Monday, January 2, 2006

    Arrived in Paris

           An elderly gentleman of 83 arrived in Paris by plane. At the
    >French customs desk, the man took a few minutes to locate his passport in
    >his  carry-on bag.
    >           "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer
    >asked,  sarcastically.
    >           The elderly gentleman admitted he had been to France previously.
    >           "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."
    >           The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to
    >show  it."
    >           "Impossible. Americans
    have to show your passports on
    >arrival  in  France!"
    >           The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
    >quietly explained. "Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in
    >1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to  show
    >it to."

    Sunday, January 1, 2006

    CLASS OF 76 (VCHS)

    Since the year of 2006 will mark our 30th anniversary John Melanson and I thought it would be a nice thing to get together with our fellow classmates from 1976 for an reunion.
    What do you think? Comments/suggestions. Please let me know if anyone is interested in helping me organize this event.
    Mark Tite
    Living in the home of the first place Ottawa Senators
    P.S. Janet St. Amour and I have not lived in Verdun since 1985 and 1978 respectively.

    Happy New Year To Verdun Connections !

       Happy New Year To All Of Verdun Connections !
          Hoping this Year is Good To Everyone, and that this site keeps bringing in members from the past ! Great Site, have not regretted getting connected !
       Best Wishes To All !          
          Sweet_N_Gorgeous Anna