Saturday, September 30, 2006

This Years Habs(pre-season)

Habs are already down to the Sens ,5-3 late in the 2nd,......but the Habs seem to be taking way to many penalty's,......
Huet not having a stellar night in nets,.........good thing it's the pre-season
One good thing ,Montreal trade Ribiero to Dallas for Janne Numinen(I spelled that wrong,I'm sure),..........but I'm glad to see Gainey get rid of Ribeiro,....and I think that pretty much completes the Change to Gainey's Habs ,now ,....I don't think they need to unload anymore 'old management habs'......
So I hope they get it together now,...........and  Go Habs Go

Remember these Old Ads

classic TV commercials........."From the Valley of
                               ------------Ho Ho Ho-------------   Green giant

classic TV commercials

This one's from the mid-sixties, as the food giant was moving into more specialized products.

The voice of the Jolly Green Giant was Elmer "Len" Dresslar Jr, he died in October, 2005


.............We did have some neat old ads........

.....and Remember the stuff that cleaned like a white Tornado...................................    AJAX


"Ajax cleans like a white tornado!" Yeah, just ask the folks down in Florida how clean a tornado leaves your home!

Ajax had some great campaigns during the Sixties and this was a long-running series. Don't you wish, you had nothing better to talk about than your floor cleaner?!?

Critics would often site these commercials as examples of what was wrong with TV advertising, complaining that they were infantile and condescending to women in particular. But they got results.

classic TV commercialsThis concept wouldn't work well today because there are no housewives left. These days, if you can afford not to work, you probably have a maid!


....................................There was lots of them ,.....Can you think of any??

Erin Fall Fair

Missed the Brampton Fall Fair as we were travelling. When is the Erin Fall Fair, I seem to recall that it is early October. Will likely visit the Fair and then head up to Angel's in Orangeville for smoked meat.
Gord Gibbons

Overpass Collapse

I see an overpass in Laval has just collapsed, word about any injuries,......but I seem to Remember not that long ago,..another overpass in Laval collapsing,...and in that one I believe one person was fatally injured,
What's with the Overpass's ,...I would think some engeinering inspections will have to be looked at,.....
They would have to take a serious look at all the other concrete structures on that highway,I guess
Also the Big O(we),........had a large section of it fall ,a few years ago,....too!!
Well I hope noone is hurt,.but I think there are some cars still under the overpass

I Have A Question

Maybe someone can give me the answer.....I was looking at the Member Information and it shows that VC has 679 members. Is this the actual number of members? I have noticed that several members post with different names. If this is the case VC actually has less than 679 members? So what is the actual membership?

Friday, September 29, 2006

Purina Diet. True story.

I have a Labrador retriever.

I was buying a large bag of Purina at Wal-Mart and was in line to
check out.

A woman behind me asked if I had a dog?

On impulse, I told her that no, and that I was starting The Purina
Diet again.

Although I probably shouldn't because I'd ended up in the hospital
last time,

but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward

with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet

and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with
Purina nuggets

and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry

and that the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it

I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by
now enthralled with my story.

Horrified, she asked if ended up in intensive care because the dog
food poisoned me.

I told her no; I'd been sitting in the street licking my balls and a
car hit me

Hmmm, We Can't Find that Page...

MSN is acting up again. I have a feeling they will shut down to
revamp the system.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Going way back to the 50's

Hi all -
Have been thoroughly enjoying reading all the messages on the Connections site - finally managed to get in on it too.
Anybody remember me???  Judy Grayburn
Probably between 1955 to 1960.......
Lived on Rushbrooke, Verdun Ave, 2nd Ave, 4th Ave, Valiquette.
Hung out at Kosta's on Bannantyne & Tazi's on corner of 5th & Wellington, the Nat almost every day of the summer.
Went to St Willibrord until October 1956...Sister Theresa told me I had to go. Some old friends would be:  Heather Milligan, Sam Carlin, Mary Smith, Barb Squires, Wayne Carlin, Gary Allen, John Perez, Roy Taylor, Maureen Magee, Eddy Condon, etc. etc. I'm in New Brunswick now-married 33 yrs!
Would love to hear from any old buddies. I'm at

Maria Monk

An author once ridiculed for her "fabricated" account of life and abuse in a Montreal convent. You can read it online....
  ....Would we be more inclined to believe her story today?
Do you remember some of the "stories" about Nun's Island when they started excavating for development?

Rents in Verdun??

Hi All...

I live in London, Ont. now and have for a long time but I did grow up in Verdun. We moved into a flat at 878 First Ave, across from the ball park, and my parents had to pay the princely sum of $35 a month, this was in 1947. I wonder what flats go for now?

I retired over two years ago and have the urge to move back to Verdun ... what are one or two bedroom apts. averaging these days?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Population of Verdun in 1963

The population of Verdun in 1963  was 86544.

Is MSN down.

Is MSN down?

Starbucks X rated.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

How old are you?

You're how old? Have you ever been guilty of looking at others your own age and thinking, "Surely I can't look that old!"

Well, you are gonna love this one. I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist when I noticed his diploma hanging on the wall. It bore his full name and I suddenly remembered a tall, handsome dark-haired boy with the same name. He had been in my high school class some 40-odd years before and I wondered if he could be the same guy I had a secret crush on way back then??

When I got into the treatment room I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was much too old to have been my secret crush.. or was he???

After he examined my teeth I asked if he had attended Morgan Park High School.

"Yes, I did. I'm a Mustang!" He said, gleaming with pride.

"When did you graduate?" I asked.

"1959. Why do you ask?" He answered.

"Well, you were in my class!" I exclaimed.

Then that ugly, old wrinkled SOB asked, "What did you teach?"

The Hit Parade on CKVL

Hello Everyone:

I have fond memories of time spent listening to the Hit Parade on my hometown station, CKVL in the fifties and sixties. I was proud of the fact that our own station had such good taste and listened to it rather than the Montreal stations, which didn't play much music in the afternoons. At night, of course, nothing could beat the American stations, such as WKBW from Buffalo and WPTR from Albany.

As I recall, the show was called "Hits on Parade" and started at 2:00 PM. It was hosted by Hall Wardell. Later on there was the "Palmares Americain", hosted by Leon LaChance, and finally the "Palmares canadien," after "les nouvelles Ipana" at six o'clock.

Correct me if I'm wrong.

Regards from NickO

[Fwd: Fw: Statement from a Tennessee football game -- Very nice]


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>Subject: [Fwd: Fw: Statement from a Tennessee football game -- Very nice]
>Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 20:48:35 -0700
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>Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2006 6:05 PM
>Subject: FW: Statement from a Tennessee football game -- Very nice
>From: Charles Cauthorn
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>To: ; Thomas Fankhauser; Tom
>Leahy; Janet Frizzell;
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>Sent: September 24, 2006 5:44 AM
>Subject: FW: FW: Statement from a Tennessee football game -- Very nice
> Subject: Statement from a Tennessee football game -- Very nice
> A statement that was read at a Tennessee football game
> This is a statement that was read o ver the PA system at the fotball
> game at Roane County High School
> , Kingston, Tennessee, by school Principal, Jody McLeod.
> "It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football
> games, to say a prayer and play the National Anthem, to honor God
> and Country."
> Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a
> Prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law.
> As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility
> to approve of sexual perversion and call it "an alternate
> lifestyle," and if someone is offended, that's OK.
> I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing condoms
> and calling it, "safe sex." If someone is offended, that's OK.
> I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing
> an unborn baby as a "viable means of birth control." If someone is
> offended, no problem...
> I can designate a school day as "Earth Day" and involve students in
> activities to worship religiously and praise the goddess "Mother
> Earth" and call it "ecology."
> I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that
> depicts people with strong, traditional Christian! convct ions as
> "simple minded" and "ignorant" and call it "enlightenment."
> However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to ask HIM to
> Bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, then Federal
> Case Law is violated.
> This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical.
> Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone, except
> GOD and HIS Commandments.
> Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and
> students to abide by rules with which they do not necessarily agree.
> For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst,
> hypocritical... I suffer from that affliction enough
> unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional
> transgression.
> For this reason, I shall "Render unto Caesar that which is
> Caesar's," and refrain rom praying at this time.
> "However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD and
> ask HIM, in the name of JESUS, to Bless this event, please feel free
> to do so. As far as I know, that's not against the law----yet."
> One by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands
> with one another and began to pray.
> They prayed in the stands. They prayed in the team huddles. They
> prayed at the concession stand and they prayed in the Announcer's Box!
> The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court of the
> United States of America - the Seat of "Justice" in the "one nation,
> under GOD."
> Somehow, Kingston, Tennessee remembered what so many have forgotten.
> We are given the Freedom OF Religion, not the Freedom FROM Religion.
> Praise GOD that HIS remnant rem ains!
> JESUS said, If you are ashamed of ME before men, then I will be
> ashamed of you before MY FATHER."
> If you are not ashamed, pass this on.
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The Black Rock

This is an article I happened upon while researching Verdun History. An interesting piece by David Fennario. The link is also posted in our "links" section.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Tall Towers on Montreal's Historic Rapids (Nuns’ Island)

Tall Towers on Montreal's Historic Rapids (Nuns’ Island)



It seems that Verdun projects about 2 500 units on the South Point. This means more than 6 000 new residents needing services and thousands of cars pouring into a little country road. Public safety concerns getting on and off the island cannot be met.

Projects built:
• 4 towers, 25-floors (66 m high) Sommets sur le Fleuve 619 units
• Jardins des Vosges 100 units
• 125 single-family homes, townhouses 125 units.
Projected construction:
• 2 additional 25-floor towers (75 m high) Les Sommets 280 units
• Verre sur vert, 6-floors plus penthouse 140 units
• 5 towers, 25-floors (75 m high), 4 6-floor buildings, townhouses 1 046 units
• Phase 1, 2 Domaine du Cloître, Maisons riveraines 115 units






September 27, 2006

7 p.m.

Centre communautaire Elgar

All residents concerned by the development of the Southern tip area

on Nuns’ Island are invited to attend an information meeting. Property

developers will be outlining their respective projects at that time.

These presentations will be preceded by a short statement to be made

by Verdun Borough Mayor Claude Trudel, on the actions undertaken by

the Borough to ensure preservation of green spaces and ecological

balance in the Southern tip area on Nuns’ Island.


• Claude Trudel, Mayor of the Verdun Borough

• Dany Tremblay, Director, Aménagement urbain et

Services aux entreprises, Verdun Borough

• Matthew Calpakis, Groupe IGG -

Trinit챕 ecological golf course

• Sam Gewurz, Proment Corporation - Le Vistal project

• Jacques Chénier, Construction Pointe sud -

Symphonia project

A question period will follow.


One cannot stop progress !


Sunday, September 24, 2006


We have now received de 2007 Calendars printed for the SHGV.
Some members have expressed interest in this calender, namely Les-F and Ruth Armstrong. The photos shown  where exhibited last year at the Verdun library and show the old and the new, such as Desmarchais Boulevard during construction in 1938 and today, Church ave. in the 1920s and today and many others.
The funds collected will help finance our society which is totally administered by volunteers such as myself. The premisses are owned by the City of Verdun but we have to finance the operation of the society. 
Those interested may contact me on my internet for full details.
Please note. We have tons of documents, photos etc. at the SHGV and I will continue to share some of them with you in the future.
I hope that I am not breaking any of your rules by soliciting the sale of these calendars.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

1002 Brown

here is a picture of 1002 Brown where you used to live as you requested. I was surprised to see that it is right next to the Verdun Library where is also situated the SHGV which has its entrance on the left side of the building facing your old address. All I had to do was park the car, take a picture and go to work.Quite a coincidence.

So You Think You Know Everything.....

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right. (Bet you tried this out mentally, didn't you?)

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable. (I'll bet you're going to check this out.)

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "MT". (Are you doubting this?)

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet. (Now, you KNOW you're going to try this out for accuracy, right?)

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes). (Yep, I knew you were going to "do" this one.)

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. (You're not doubting this, are you?)

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious." (Yes, admit it, you are going to say ...... a e I O U)

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard. (All you typists are going to test this out)

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (Some days that's about what my memory span is)

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years. (I know some people that could do this too.)

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

If you are average, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag. (however there is no longer a Canadian two dollar bill....they are coins)

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. (Good thing he did that)

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
...Now you know everything!

Notice for Norman Brooks

Message: Another Verdun boy.

Please visit the Notice for Norman Brooks.

Click on the above link or cut and paste the url into your browser's address bar.

Strongest Dad in the World

Strongest Dad in the World
[From Sports Illustrated, By Rick Reilly]

I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights
to pay
for their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots.
But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck.

Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in
marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a
wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while
swimming and
pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the
same day.

Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back
mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. on a bike.
taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?

And what has Rick done for his father? Not much--except save his

This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years ago, when
Rick was
strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him brain-
and unable to control his limbs.

``He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life;'' Dick says doctors
him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. ``Put him
in an

But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes
followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the
engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was
anything to help the boy communicate. ``No way,'' Dick says he
was told.
"There's nothing going on in his brain.''

"Tell him a joke,'' Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns
out a
lot was going on in his brain.

Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by
touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally
able to
communicate. First words? "Go Bruins!'' And after a high school
classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a
charity run for him, Rick pecked out, "Dad, I want to do that.''

Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described "porker'' who never ran
more than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles?
Still, he
tried. "Then it was me who was handicapped,'' Dick says. "I was sore
for two weeks.''

That day changed Rick's life. "Dad,'' he typed, "when we were
it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!''

And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with
Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly
shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.

"No way,'' Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't
quite a
single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair competitor.
For a few
years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway,
they found a way to get into the race officially: In 1983 they ran
another marathon so fast they made the qualifying time for Boston
following year.

Then somebody said, "Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?''

How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike
since he
was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon?
Still, Dick

Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour
Ironmans in Hawaii . It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud
getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy,
don't you

Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? "No way,'' he says.
Dick does it purely for "the awesome feeling'' he gets seeing
Rick with
a cantaloupe smile as they run, swim, and ride together.

This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th
Marathon , in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters.
Their best
time? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992--only 35 minutes off the world
record, which, in case you don't keep track of these things,
happens to
be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair
at the

"No question about it,'' Rick types. "My dad is the Father of the

And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he
had a
mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his
was 95% clogged. "If you hadn't been in such great shape,''
one doctor told him, "you probably would've died 15 years ago.''

So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life.

Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in
and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass.,
find ways to be together. They give speeches around the country and
compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this
Father's Day.

That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really
to give him is a gift he can never buy.

"The thing I'd most like,'' Rick types, "is that my dad sits in the
chair and I push him once.''

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The oldest message on Verdun Connections ?

Remembering Danny Kennedy 1962-2006

For those who knew Danny Please visit,and for those who didnt visit anyway.Also visit the memoriam for Danny and leave a note in the guest book.Thanks

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Miltary Coup in Thailand

Sounds like were gearing up for some Dangerous times,.....I just heard about this Miltary uprising in Thailand,.........meanwhile there Prime Minister is in NYC addressing the assembly,...............the World's Rumbling more & more,.....I would hope cooler minds prevail (everywhere),.......Seems like an awful lot of HotSpots,

First date Jitters.

In 1955 I had one memorable date with a drop dead gorgeous teenager
with long silky strawberry blond hair, who I think I met at a Verdun
High School dance in the gym. I remember the sound of her name alone
was enough to cause my 15 year old heart immediately to erupt into
convulsions. God she was so cute! Her name was Judy Roy, and she
lived on west end of Verdun in the newer avenues. I walked from 2nd
Avenue to pick her up (I would have walked to La chine for her), and
brought her back to a friend's flat down the avenue from me for what
was supposed to be party. She couldn't leave fast enough. A few
possible reasons why I was horribly rejected: 1. she didn't care for
the environment of the east end, or 2. I was a dork for not having a
motorcycle or at least bus fare. Oh well, life's a journey. Judy,
where ever you are, I send you love.

Monday, September 18, 2006

VCHS between 80 and 86

Just wanna say hi and see if there are any members that went to VCHS at the same time as me. I used to hang around at that Dawson place, (with all those activities) can't remember the exact name of it. Ate alot of french fries at Woodland Restaurant. Oh ya, there was a place on Wellington near Woodland that had video games. Sound familiar to anyone?????

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Love and tolerance of others is out code.

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Verdun Library and Park at Rear

Enclosed are 5 photos of the Verdun Library  and surrounding area as you requested:
Rear of Library with Tennis Court                               Left of Library on Brown Blvd looking towards aqueduct
Rear of Library                                                          Front of Library from Bannantyne ave.
Front of Library from Bannantyne

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Verdun's Walter Young

Hi Verdunites!

I found this story on a Verdun High School site, just searching and it tells the story of Walter Young, during the 1930's/Depression Daze. A poor Verdun boy who eventually RAN his way to a first place in the Boston Marathon, then worked as a Policeman and Fireman in Verdun. I went through High School with his son Stanley, we played Basketball together at VHS in the early 50's.Turned out that my Mother knew his Mother , back in the 30's and at an exhibition game in Cowansville, one weekend in 1952, they were reunited. (Parents drove Stanley down for the game.) Ahh, memories from the past. Thought I'd share.  Victah

Boston: The Canadian Story - By David Blaikie

They were alone at home in the Montreal suburb of Verdun, living on welfare. ... At the end of grade eight, the first year of high school in the Quebec of the 1 ...

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Verdun 1948 Encyclopaedia Entry

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia




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.

Source  : W. Stewart Wallace, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. VI, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 398p., p. 234.

Merchant Navy Veteran's Day

I came across this article while searching for information on the Verdun Spy Mystery. I thought it was suitable for our site. Here is the URL for the full article:
September 03, 2006.
Today is Merchant Navy Veterans Day, which pays homage to the "unsung heroes" of the Second World War whose losses, at one in eight, were the highest of any of the services. Professor Jack Granatstein stated that without them, the Allies could not have won the war.

The ceremony in Ottawa will also honour Hannah Baird, a Verdun, Quebec, native and merchant seawoman who was the first Canadian casualty of the Second World War. On September 3, 1939, her ship, SS Athenia, was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat, one week before Canada declared war and one week after the merchant service and military were placed on a war alert.

Hannah Baird is commemorated on the Women Mariners Memorial, which graces Veterans Park in Langford, BC.





Thursday, September 14, 2006

George W. Bush stamp

The United States Postal Service has created a stamp with a picture of
President George W. Bush to honor his first term achievements. 
Unfortunately, the stamp has not been sticking to the envelopes. This
has enraged the President, who has demanded a full investigation into
the matter.

After a month of testing, a special Presidential Commission has made the
following findings:

1. The stamp is in perfect order.

2. There is nothing wrong with the applied adhesive.

3. People are just spitting on the wrong side.

VC challenges not resolved

The three challenges of Verdun Connections still not resolved:

1) A photo of the cow (logo) in front of Elmhurst Dairy ?

2) The address of the soviet spy who once lived on Bannantyne or Church ?

3) Who remember the Tramways Building located on the South side of Wellington ?

3980 Wellington, Verdun. (This bldg was demolished).



Can't remember where the thread was

Les, I don't know if there is a word limit on posta. Twice, I have typed this post on Frank Hanley and twice it disappeared when I hit send. I'll try again, this time through word..

Frank "Banjo" Hanley. Has been a jockey, prize fighter, soft shoe dancer, politician and never missed being in the St. Patrisk's Parade. He was ejected phisically by police from Montreal City Hall meetings. In the Depression while working for a coal company he would fill 100-pound bags with eighty pounds of coal. Westmount residents would pay the full amount for their bags while the missing twenty pounds of coal went to the needy. Frank Hanley always maintained that his boys just liked baseball and that was why they brought their bats to work with them at election campaign headquarters. If his opponent looked too good he was usually invited to play baseball. If a man approached Frank needing a job to feed his kids, Frank would call a local trucker for example and tell him, "I know you don't need him but if you hire this man, I'll see that the police let you park your trucks on the street and not bother you." On election days we headed for The Arawana club on Bridge street as soon as the polls closed. The only club Frank owned, the rest were taverns. The password was 'I voted for Frank'. They would ask your name and check the list and usually answer, "Yes, you did. Three times." There must have been Ed Brown's in the point since I lived in Verdun but it always worked. Ed

Dawson College

I see the news of the shootings at Dawson College.  Is that college in Verdun?  The news presenter spoke about it being in the centre of Montreal.

Terry Fox Run 2006

Hi Verdun Connections members,

Many of you don't know me (BrownBlvd) personally, but I plan to run in the 2006 Terry Fox Run in Saskatoon. If you haven't been invited by anyone to pledge a donation, but would like to, you can do so on my behalf.

Please support my participation by clicking on this link and donating:

Also, please have a quick look at the website before you make a final decision. At that link, I describe how I actually met Terry near Marathon Ontario during his westward trek back in 1980.

Let's work together to end cancer and keep Terry's dream alive. All money raised goes to cancer research.

(Ray Alisauskas)



 Every ten years, as summertime nears,
An announcement arrives in the mail,
A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
Make plans to attend without fail.

 I'll never forget the first time we met;
We tried so hard to impress.
We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
And wore our most elegant dress.  

 It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
It was held at a fancy hotel.
We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,
And everyone thought it was swell.

  The men all conversed about who had been first
To achieve great fortune and fame.
Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became.

  The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.

  No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping tycoon.

  The boy we'd decreed "most apt to succeed"
Was serving ten years in the pen,
While the one voted "least" now was a priest;
Just shows you can be wrong now and then.

  They awarded a prize to one of the guys
Who seemed to have aged the least.
Another was given to the grad who had driven
The farthest to attend the feast. 

 They took a class picture, a curious mixture
Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties.
Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
You never saw so many thighs.

 At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd all gone to pot.

  It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
Then most of us lay around in the shade,
In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans. 

  By the fortieth year, it was abundantly clear,
We were definitely over the hill.
Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
And be home in time for their pill. 

 And now I can't wait; they've set the date;
Our fiftieth is coming, I'm told.
It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.  

  Repairs have been made on my hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.

 I'm feeling quite hearty, and I'm ready to party
I'm gonna dance 'til dawn's early light.
It'll be lots of fun; But I just hope that there's one
Other person who can make it that night.

Author Unknown





Bill Brown

Can anyone help me find the whereabouts of Bill Brown...His wife Shirley has since passed...He has a younger brother named Gary...I would appreciate any help...His email listing here at VC is no longer valid...thanks in advance   kat

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

In The News

Dawson College, Sept. 13, 2006
1 student has died of injuries from a shooting spree. The lone gunman was killed in a gun battle with police.
Nothing to say.............a sad day in Montreal.

Shorts on History of Verdun

The name Verdun comes from "SAVERDUN", a town in south-west France where Zacharie Dupuis originated, to whom was given a piece of land which included actual Verdun.
Nun's Island was originally named ÃŽle Saint Paul: it was inhabited and farmed by French colonists as early as 1664.
The village of Rivi챔re Saint Pierre was founded in 1875 and the name changed to Village of Verdun the following year.
The Prince of Wales who later became King Edward VIII, visited Verdun in 1919.
In the 1920s, Verdun was a city which had the quickest growth in Canada; it more than doubled its population to reach 60,000 in 1931, mainly due to British immigrants. Verdun ws then the third largest city in Québec, the 12th in Canada.
During the first world war (1914-111918) and again during the second world war (1939-1945), Verdun supplied the largest amount of volonteers of all the towns of equal size.
ARCHIVES SHGV (translated from french)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Verdun in the 40s

This is an ABSTRACT from a book on Verdun that we have at the SHGV and I thought  might interest members on the history of Verdun:
This work examines the effects of the Second World War on Verdun, Qu챕bec, an urban, working-class community with a 1941 population of 67,000. Verdun was the third largest city in Qu챕bec and the thirteenth largest in Canada. This study assesses the military, civilian and industrial contribution of this community to the national war effort. No comprehensive study of Canada's 'home front' war has ever been approached from the perspective of a community study.
         Verdun's population was 58% English speaking and 42%
French speaking. Nearly on-third of Verdun's English-speakers were born in the British Isles. Verdun's exceptional British character and its linguistic mix remain sub-themes throught this work, which concludes that French-Canadians partitipation in the war effort at the local level was significantly greater than historiography has suggested.
        Verdunites of both language groups exhibited an exceptionally strong sense of community identification and civic pride and the city's wartime responses were influenced by the shared feeling of local identity. Some of the characteristics of wartime life in Verdun followed national trends; a detailed examination of these themes provides new insight into the wider Canadian home front experience.
       This study intends to provide an innovative addition to the literature of Canada's participation in the Second World War and to enhance existing knowledge of Canadian and Quebec social and cultural dynamics existing at the time.

Flutter By ~ by Jacquie Lawson




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Flutter By - animated Flash ecard by Jacquie Lawson

Monday, September 11, 2006

Twin Towers.

On this day in 2001 terrorists flew two planes into the Twin Towers
in New York City, causing both towers to collapse. In the hours after
the collapse, healthcare officials in New York City expected that
they would have to handle a huge surge of injured patients. They
asked people to donate blood, and they took volunteers to help staff
makeshift hospital stations around the city. But it turned out that
very few of the survivors of the attack had suffered serious
injuries. And when cleanup at the site of the attack began, there
were almost no identifiable bodies of victims. Almost everything had
been buried.

For weeks, no one knew how many people had died in the attack. It was
as though thousands of people had just vanished. Relatives of the
victims had no way of knowing if their loved ones were even dead.
Missing-person posters began to appear all over the city, around the
entrances of hospitals, on storefronts, bus shelters, and lampposts,
asking for help in locating the missing people in the photos. It was
believed that some of the victims might be unconscious in unknown
hospitals, or wandering the streets in the wake of the attack. The
posters kept appearing, even days after it was clear that few, if
any, of the missing would be found. Many of the photos were wedding
pictures, or pictures at birthday parties, or pictures of the victim
holding a new baby.

Journalists at The New York Times quickly realized that there
wouldn't be an official list of the dead for weeks or even months,
and so on September 14th, a half-dozen reporters divided up 100
missing-person fliers and began calling the phone numbers on the
fliers, interviewing the friends and relatives. And on September 15,
2001, the Times began publishing portraits in a section called "Among
the Missing." The title was eventually changed to "Portraits of
Grief." The journalists involved decided that they would try to write
portraits of every victim of the attack whose family they could
reach. And they decided that the stories would focus on how the
victim lived, not how he or she died.

The portraits were shorter than the average Times obituary, at about
150 words, and they skipped things like college degrees, jobs held,
and names of surviving family members. They just tried to capture
some detail or anecdote that would express each person's
individuality. There was a firefighter who wore size 15 boots; a man
who put toothpaste on his wife's toothbrush when he got up before
her, almost every day; a grandmother who wore pink rhinestone-studded
sunglasses and a metallic gold raincoat.

Ultimately, 143 reporters worked on the project, and they managed to
write about 1,910 of the 2,749 victims. They would have written about
every victim, but some families didn't want to participate or
couldn't be found. The portraits were collected in the book Portraits
9/11/01 (2002) (buy now). Two other Times reporters, Jim Dwyers and
Kevin Flynn, set out to tell the story of the final moments inside
the Twin Towers, and the result was their book 102 Minutes (2005).
(buy now)

The New York Times won six Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of the
terrorist attacks that year, including one for the section of the
paper devoted to the Portraits of Grief. It was the first time in the
Pulitzer's history that any paper won more than three awards in a year.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Hard Liquor Prices in the 30s

How do you like the prices of hard l;iquor in the 30s.
Ad in The Tennis Bulletin August 2-9, 1934, Verdun Tennis Club.


I have heard that there is going to be a reunion for those who attended St. Willibrord's, however, am having difficulty obtaining any info.  Can anyone out there help me?

Onward Mission

TO; JH....Many thanks for the pic of Onward Mission on Galt Ave. I attended there in the early 40's and remember it with great fondness. If any of the members knows of anyone who attended, I would appreciate hearing from them...Again, many thanks. Jacqueline Leclerc from Galt.


When and where did you learn to drive? Did you have fun with the standard shift? How far back does your memory go? Does anyone remember when cars went from hand to foot feed or automatic advances? Crawford Park was a great place to teach a learner. Wide streets, little traffic.   Ed

Saturday, September 9, 2006

Sweet Caporal Cigarettes

How many remember this make of cigarettes.

Misc. Photos

New thread.

Friday, September 8, 2006

Collen MacCambrige

Would like to say high from an old friend.

Live to be 80?

Will I Live To Be 80?"

I recently picked a new primary care doctor.

After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, he said I was doing
"fairly well" for my age.

A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't resist asking him,
"Do you think I'll live to be 80?"

He asked, "Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer or wine?"

"Oh no," I replied. "I'm not doing drugs, either."

Then he asked, "Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?"

I said, "No, my former doctor said that all red meat is very unhealthy!"

"Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, sailing,
hiking, or bicycling?"

"No, I don't," I said.

He asked, "Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?"

"No," I said. "I don't do any of those things."

He looked at me and said, "Then, why do you give a shit?"

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Verdun City Hall

There is a photo of City Hall in the picture albums.  Is this the same building and location as Verdun City Hall in 1950?


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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Desmarchais Photo

Is the new photo on the front page the south-west corner of Desmarchais and Verdun where Kostas used to be?
Gord Gibbons

Looking for Dale and Alan May

I am looking for my first cousins, Dale and Alan May. Both graduated from Verdun Protestant High School. Do you know where they are?
Brad Atchison
Victoria, BC


For those who love the philosophy of hypocrisy and ambiguity....

1. Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

2. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.

3. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

4. If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?

5. The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.

6. I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

7. What if there were no hypothetical questions?

8. If a deaf person swears, does his mother wash his hands with soap?

9. If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

10. Is there another word for synonym?

11. Where do forest rangers go to "get away from it all?"

12. What do you do when you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?

13. If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?

14. Would a fly without wings be called a walk?

15. Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?

16. If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is he homeless or naked ?

17. Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?

18. If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to start speaking?

19. Why do they put Braille on the drive-through bank machines?

20. How do they get deer to cross the road only at those yellow road signs?

21. What was the best thing before sliced bread?

22. One nice thing about egotists: they don't talk about other people.

23. Does the Little Mermaid wear an algebra?

24. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?

25. How is it possible to have a civil war?

26. If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest drown, too?

27. If you ate both pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?

28. If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

29. Whose cruel idea was it for the word "Lisp" to have "S" in it?

30. Why are hemorrhoids called "hemorrhoids" instead of "assteroids"?

Monday, September 4, 2006

"Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin dead at 44...

Wow, this was a shocker. May he rest in peace. Sad that he leaves a wife and 2 young children behind.  Some people may not have liked him but I did for the simple fact for all that he did for wildlife conservation. He always had the best interests of whatever animal/reptile he was handling in mind at all times too...
My hubby  caught a stingray just 2 weeks ago while we were away on Ocracoke Island. He always removes their stingers before he releases them back into the water.  They grow back.

Tropical Storm Ernesto (and what else I've been up I've

We got slammed here pretty good in Virginia by Ernesto. A good 10 inches of rain in my area but even worse in other areas. Norfolk had some terrible flooding.
Just the day before Ernesto landed here, we had been enduring a drought to the point where our little Rush River at the end of our driveway wasn't completely dry. In the 6 years that I've known my husband and then moved here, I had never seen that happen. But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise because the river is definitely not dry any longer but it didn't overflow it's banks.
We had a lot of downed trees that caused us to lose power and telephone for about 15 hours and a lot of debris everywhere but all in all we think we fared very well. The only casualty was one of our lilac trees that got blown down. My daughter had started school just last Monday and already has a "hurricane day" they have to make up
I had taken the summer off from my job at The Inn because I couldn't find a babysitter for my daughter over the summer and refused to dish out 3/4 of my pay for childcare for my 10 year I'm lucky that financially we were able to do that because I know a lot of people don't have that luxury. But darn, my daughter feeds herself and has been toilet trained for many years now haha and it's hard to part with my pay like that when I work my butt off (literally! I lost 20 lbs. in 3 months there! Not necessarily a bad for my money. My daughter is worth it of course and if I plan on keeping any seniority at the job I will have to dish out for the daycare next summer but I digress..
We just got back from our annual family trip - 2 weeks on beautiful Ocracoke Island in North Carolina. The ocean rejuvenated me and the sunsets energized me, and catching a CITATION POMPANO (which means...ahem...record size which I will be receiving a certificate from the North Carolina Fisheries for hehe hubby is SO jealous ) just made the trip fantastic. I have many pics which I plan on sharing a little later as soon as I'm
Nowwwwww I am back to work tomorrow after being off for 3 months and ooooh my legs are gonna be killing me on Wednesday and Thursday, I just know it haha. But I am a Verdunite after all, so I'm tough and will get it thru it, right?
What have you all been up to this summer? Anything exciting happen?

Historical Note

It was on this day in 1886 that Geronimo, the last major Native
American military leader to fight against the U.S., surrendered in
Arizona. Geronimo wasn't ever officially a chief. He was a medicine
man. But after his mother, wife, and children were killed by Mexican
troops, he joined leading raiding parties, attacking Mexican and
American settlers in the Southwest.

By the early 1880s, the Apaches had largely been defeated by American
troops. Their chief, Cochise, was dead, and the U.S. government
forced them to live on a barren reservation in San Carlos, Arizona.
As a last-ditch effort, Geronimo organized a group of warriors to
fight one last war of resistance. He fought for five years, and many
military historians believe he was one of the most brilliant guerilla
warfare strategists in history.

For the final five months, Geronimo led a band of only thirty-seven
men, pursued by five thousand soldiers, one quarter of the entire
U.S. military. Geronimo kept eluding capture. His men left no
footprints because they walked only on rocks.

But Geronimo and his men finally got tired of living in the
mountains, and so they surrendered on this day in 1886 to General
Nelson Miles in a place called Skeleton Canyon.

Geronimo was essentially a prisoner of war for the rest of his life,
but he became something of a celebrity. He made a living by selling
the buttons off his jacket and autographed photos of himself, and he
appeared at an exhibit at the St Louis World's Fair in 1904. He never
saw Arizona again. Much of the land that he fought the Americans for
remains uninhabited today.

verdun high school; class of 81 reunion

A 25 year reunion has been planned for the class of 1981 of Verdun High School. A lot of time and effort has gone into this and unfortunately a very small group of people have replied or shown interest. We are now about 4 weeks away and if not enough interest is shown or replies received in the next two weeks, we will have no choice but to cancel. (Due to the fact that we are responsible for paying for a minimum of 100 people, the cost will be too great for us to absorb.)
Come on guys!! It's 25 years! Even if there's only a few people you'd like to see or remember fondly....why not??? We're in our forties and we'll probably be surprised at how good it is to see each other even if we weren't close back then. I know I'm looking forward to seeing ALL of you. Sound corny?? Well, it'll most likely be the last time. Come on,,,take a chance...It'll be a blast!!  Send in your replies or contact Donna. Or contact me at 514-989-8351. Really, really hoping to see you all there!!
Tara Gingera
(remember me??? LOL)

Companion Wanted

Here's an ad just as it appeared in the Atlanta Journal.

seeks companionship,
ethnicity unimportant.
I am a very good looking girl who LOVES to play.
I love long walks in the woods,
riding in your pickup truck,
fishing trips,
and cozy winter nights lying by the fire.
Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hands.
Rub me the right way and watch me respond.
I'll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me.
Kiss me and I'm yours.


Call 404 875-6429 and ask for Daisy.

Over 15,000 men found themselves talking to the
Atlanta Humane Society about an 8 week old black Labrador.

Sunday, September 3, 2006

Maynard Ferguson

Their playing Maynard Ferguson records on 91.9 FM Jaz radio station in Montreal at this moment, registration of a concert held in Montreal in 1967.

Where's Les_f

I haven't seen any comments lately from Les_f particularly regarding the new Mini Verdun Connection site.

Another landmark in Verdun to go

The Verdun Post Office on chruch ave (d eglise) is the next one to go.

Mount Royal Cross

An article in today's Sympatico/MSN homepage
Canadian Press
Here is a photo we took after a very long walk around Mount Royal on our recent visit:

Steve Christophe

Lost you on my radar Steve, where'd you go?


? are you still with us Danny?

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Maggie your site super

Your site is super it taught me alot about Verdun that I didnt know Keep up the good work .

I don't thihnk this is a hoax

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Las Vegas

Friday, September 1, 2006

Mini Verdun Connection

What is this Mini Verdun Connection from Bubacut all about. Are you involved with this ?

30 years of sobriety.

This is my 30th sober birthday in AA. Put the plug in the jug August
31st 1976 in Hensall Ontario. I had blood coming out of both ends and
diagnosed with an enlarged liver -- lucky to be alive today. Born with
the Irish Virus. Was a member of the C.I.A. Catholic Irish Alcoholic.
Second Avenue.