Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Free Guided tour of McCord Museum

Tomorrow is the free outing & guided tour of the McCord Museum. (Feb. 1st) sponsored by the Dawson Community Center, 666 Woodland, Verdun, and animated by Kathryn Harvey, PhD. I will be there with my camera. There will be a bus waiting for us at 1.00pm at the center.
Guy (Roxboro)

Family, relatives, friends

On the Aves, there were people who are related to me or are friends of my late family.
There are the Lows, the Duckworths, the Parrs, the Gangins...some of the spellings might be off, but am sorta sure its okay?

Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes

My late dad belonged to this group. Had all his metals when he died in 1975.
Can remember as a kid me mum saying dad is off to the buffs.


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Seldom Post

Hey Kung Fu, Hang in there Brother, a lot of us are not contributing to this
site verbally, but we read most if not all posts. I for one am moved to
write immediately sometimes, but then I "Chill Out". Change my mind & just
continue to read & Laugh sometimes & cry other times & get angry sometimes &
get very informed sometimes.... But, like you & I'm certain that I can talk
for most others, just have a hell of a good time on this site. Or is it a
Heaven of a good time on this site....We Love you & care very much for all
of us here & we all have one thing in common. Verdun was once & still is a
part of our LIFE, & we'll never forget it......


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A bus in Victoria, B.C.

Hi Les !

You originally posted this photo on 16/12/2006


Is the Victoria bus 8007 on Douglas Street ? what is the intersection ?

I’m now a member of the Canadian Public Transportation Discussion Board




My Dad started working for the C.N.R. as a porter on the trains in the late
thirties. He went off to WWII & after the War he received his job back &
continued to work their for I believe 45 years. He often brought me down to
the "Yards" in the Point & later on in the sixties I used to drive him to
work. He Loved the C.N.R. & all the workers. To this day these old Guys who
are left meet at least 4 times a year for a Breakfast Reunion in Montreal at
various locations...... I have been invited to go, but I haven't been there
in Montreal on these occasions......


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So You Think You Know Canada?

So, you think you know Canada?     eh?????  

Food from the Homeland

How's this for an inviting looking bunch of all dressed Hotdogs,......
and I'd have to say it's one of the few times that i would have a 'softdrink'
is when ordering some steamies..........
Thanks for the picture Metalman:.................I can't wait to get back for a visit,cause I think I'm going to drag Dannyb around Montreal to have some Steamies,.Fries,.Pizza., Smoked Meat,.& Beer of course ( after I've had some Spruce Beer first,.......and a Dillalo Burger, Ville Emard,....& of Course a quick trip to Magnan's,..............(and the Capri.just for comparison),....then
we'll have to have some Egg Rolls,...........(are you up for it DannyB)...........hahahahahah 
...........only 7 Steamies .......I could get through those myself,......
and maybe a Michigan too...................hahahahahahah Thanks for the pics


I know we had a similar thread but I can't find it. Here is a new one.


Lady Aster to her regular sparing partner, Churchill:  "Winston, you're drunk".

Winston to Lady Aster:  "I am madam and you are ugly, but tomorrow I'll be sober".

On another occasion....  Lady Astor to Churchill:  "If you were my husband, I would poison your coffee".

Reply:  "And if you were my wife, madam, I would drink it".

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

CNR shops..

I started with the CNR in 1956 as a messenger in the car side. Bid quite a few jobs there..back shop..electric shop..Turcot Rdhouse..and diesel shop..all as timekeeper. Ended up at HQ as senior timekeeper.Quit there on Dec 1969, had enuff of the bull.
Thirteen years of my life ..SRB 713372
My dad worked in the back shop as a  pipe fitters helper, till steam was killed off then he worked in the maintence shop. Then had a job in CNR stationery store where he retired from.
Nothing   as great as hearing the bells and see a steam locomotive being moved over head with the cranes..powerful..good memories they were, or watching locomotives at Turcot in the roundhouse.(Mr. Horseman)

BUMP if your around

I am here in MOntreal , just checking all thats going on , you may want to check in every now and then also     Jimmy

LES and all members

Sorry that I am not contributing to the site as of late, life is kinda tough, having said that , I wish to tell all here that I appreciate the fun and games that exist in all of our hearts regarding VERDUN , I come in often, but just don't have the get up and go to post , but the site is one of the best on the net , and I am PROUD to  be a member of VERDUN Connections, thanks Marge   Jimmy 253 3rd ave, apt 4   above Grovers . york 7143

Connaught Picture in Album

Hi Laurie,
You've just made my day.  Holy Toledo, yup, that is my brother sitting on the end left hand side.  What year would this have been.....1961/62????? 
Isn't he a little sweetie?  He had georgeous red hair which he always wore in a brush cut, but I remember when my mom brought him home from the hospital when he was born, and unwrapped the covers for us girls to see I asked my mom if we couldn't dye his hair (or shave it off)!!!!  How cruel!!!!   Anyhow, I love him to bits.

seniors ski

just had to share this one.....hope this works
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On Highway 109

A drunk man in an Oldsmobile  
They said had run the light  
That caused the six-car pileup  
On 109 that night.  
When broken bodies lay about  
And blood was everywhere,  
The sirens screamed out eulogies  
For death was in the air.  
A mother, trapped inside her car  
Was heard above the noise;  
Her plaintive plea near split the air:  
"Oh, God, please spare my boys!"  
She fought to loose her pinned hands;  
She struggled to get free  
But mangled metal held her fast  
In grim captivity.  
Her frightened eyes then focused  
On where the back seat once had been  
But all she saw was broken glass and  
Two children's seats crushed in.  
Her twins were nowhere to be seen;  
She did not hear them cry  
And then she prayed they'd been thrown free,  
"Oh, God, don't let them die!"  
Then firemen came and cut her loose  
But when they searched the back,  
They found therein no little boys,  
But the seat belts were intact.  
They thought the woman had gone mad  
And was traveling alone,  
But when they turned to question her  
They discovered she was gone.  
Policemen saw her running wild  
And screaming above the noise  
In beseeching supplication,  
"Please help me find my boys!  
They're four years old and wear blue shirts;  
"Their jeans are blue to match."  

MSN Grrrrr!

Now MSN tells my I cannot sign in because someone else is using my
email address. Is MSN psychotic?

Monday, January 29, 2007

Seniors Should Drink wine

New Wine for Seniors

California vintners, in the Napa Valley area, which primarily produces Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio wines, have developed a new hybrid grape that  acts as an anti-diuretic.

It is expected to reduce the number of trips older people have to make to the bathroom during the night.

The new wine will be marketed as ...









Sunday, January 28, 2007

Connaught School

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The following I copied from a wonderful British site


BUT HERE'S SOME ADVICE FOR GIRLS (from Suzie and Katie)....

If you want someone who will bring you the paper without first tearing it apart to remove the sports section ....

then buy a dog.



If you want someone willing to make a fool of himself simply over the joy of seeing you ....



then buy a dog.





If you want someone who will eat whatever you put in front of him and never says it's not quite as good as his mother made it ....



then buy a dog.







If you want someone always willing to go out, at any hour, for as long and wherever you want......

then buy a dog.

If you want someone who will never touch the remote, doesn't care about football .....


then buy a dog.











If you want someone who is content to get up on your bed just to warm your feet and whom you can push off if he snores



then buy a dog.







If you want someone who never criticizes what you do, doesn't care if you are pretty or ugly, fat or thin, young or old, who acts as if every word you say is especially worthy of listening to, and loves you unconditionally, perpetually ...


then buy a dog.









But, on the other hand, if you want someone who will never come when you call, ignores you totally when you come home, leaves hair all over the place, walks all over you, runs around all night and only comes home to eat and sleep, and acts as if your entire existence is solely to ensure his happiness ......










For those who are missing Verdun, I will send an envelope full of Verdun snow for
only 50 cents. Please add $ 39.95 for shipping and handling.            Ed

Does Anyone Know What Has Become of the Following Teachers ?

     Hello Members !
          A beautiful Sunday afternoon, and I am home cleaning, thought I would take a coffee break, and go on line to ask if any members ever heard what happened to these teachers, and where they may be now ???
           Mr. Ronald Cummings ( Use to teach grade five in Bannantyne School, and taught at VHS as well )
           Miss Harris ( Mrs. Broadbent later, I knew that she lived on Lasalle Blvd many years ago )
           Mr. Fab   ( Bannantyne School )
           Mrs. Trower   ( Gym Teacher  Bannantyne School )
           Mrs. Cuevas   ( Bannatyne School Librarian )
           Mr. Gregory   ( Art Teacher VHS )
           Mrs. Lindner   ( Sewing Teacher at Bannantyne School )
           Miss Munroe   ( French Teacher VHS )
          Would love to hear from anyone if they know . Did anyone have any teacher sightings over the past years ?
            Thanks !
           Sweet _N_Gorgeous Anna         

Not from Verdun, But...

hey everyone...
I`ve been a member for a little bit..and have read almost all posts on here ..very interesting little site you all have goin on here.
My name is Rena..and I am not from Verdun..but My mom has hung out in verdun, and when she was in high school.she went to the old Argyle School ( verdun high I believe it was called.)
Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone knew my mom...her Name is Kathleen Holland, She used to live on Egan, Across the the bridge on Woodland.
   She had younger siblings (george,peter,John,Trisha,Anne,Tracey,Chris,and Robbie) all of whom went to the same school also.
  I am just really curious to know who my mom hung out with and what she used to do and stuff, especially since she hasn`t told me anything, not that she doesn`t want to, just hat she doesn`t really talk much about High school . or any other time for that matter.
 She also used to live somewhere around the brault street area.
if anyone could give me any info on my mom or her brothers and sisters, I would greatly appreciate it.
 thanks guys and have a great one :)

Lorne "Gump" Worsley

The "Gump" has passed away.
Rest in Peace and my condolences to the family.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Montreal Bands

Here MaggieMck,....wasn't it these guys you went to see a few years back or was it RUSH????
a message board & website too..................
(I was actually looking for stuff about the '
Moustache'..............and found this .....................................................

Verdun Memories

Historian Kathryn Harvey will have her first event of the year, namely a visit to the McCord Museum, Thursday February the first (02-01-07), The event is free and you are invited to join the group at the Dawson Community Center where a bus will be waiting at 1,00pm. Enclosed is the announcement as well as the other activities  of this project for the year.

Birthday girl

Where is the birthday girl today? I hope she is out celebrating. Let us know how your day is going, or gone. Winston Allison

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Your neck of the woods

Here in Victoria it's a bright Sunny Day,
........the bad news ,I'll have to wash the car (it needs it),.................
and even more scary is ,the lawn & stuff will now need attention,.....YIKES
the work will have to start soon,......but for the next few days at least we can enjoy some Sun Shine............................................

Favourite Toys of Days Gone By

This had to be the scariest doll going. The Chatty Cathy Doll.

St Catherine St

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No peanuts on this flight.


Friday, January 26, 2007


We used to stand on the tables & sing CANADA as loud as we were able. The
Moustache was owned I believe by the same fellow that owned the Esquire Show
Bar. Place Pigalle was another place we used to frequent. I didn't
particular like to go to the Bars in LaSalle or surrounding areas. I Loved
the fun in Montreal, & the ride back from stateside or St Johns. I recall
the Go-Go GIRLS in the late sixties, they brought a lot of fun into the mix.
Did they change the name of PARK AV.? I'll tell you all the TRUTH, I never
would have left the Great City of Montreal in 1975 if it had remained the
same..... I chose to leave, but believe me I didn't want to... I still miss
my Great City.... But, we can never turn back time......


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I lived near Melrose park and on a cold night you
could hear the puck hit the boards for blocks. I still think of  that when
I am out walking on winter nights.

Thanks for the shots of the Hockey rink.


Many a good night was spent on skates. I can
remember crying in pain cause  my feet were thawing out after taking my
skates off. We would were our skates for hours. we would walk to the rink in

Husband Problem

Subject: Husband Problem


A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, right up to the
pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, "I would like
to buy some cyanide."
The pharmacist asked, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?"
The lady replied, "I need it to poison my husband."
The pharmacists eyes got big and he exclaimed, "God! Are You Crazy"? I
can't give you cyanide to kill your husband! That's against the law!  I'll
lose my license! They'll throw both of us in jail!  All kinds of bad things
will happen. Absolutely not! You CANNOT have any cyanide!"
The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband
in bed with the pharmacist's wife.
The pharmacist
looked at the picture and replied, "Well now! That's
different. You didn't tell me you had a prescription."




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Wm.Shatner graduated from West Hill .....

Hi folks
I had a look at "The Ghost of West Hill High"
Year book project - 1948 Graduates section. Page box 55.
Lo and Behold - you will see William "Toughy" Shatner looking a whole lot  cuter than he does now.
Laurie Etienne.

Re: William Shatner

I sent this last Month but, I don't believe that you received it?????


>From: "synerrgize"
>Reply-To: "Verdun Connections"
>Subject: Re: William Shatner
>Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 08:37:07 -0800
> New Message on Verdun Connections
> William Shatner
> Reply
> Reply to Sender
>   Recommend
> Message 27 in Discussion
> From:
> synerrgize
>Hey, everyone interested in whether Bill Shatner went to Verdun High or
>In the old days in the late 40'S & early 50'S, the kids who Graduated from
>the area High Schools in Grade 11, would often go to Verdun High School to
>do their Grade 12 or 13. It was the only Protestant School on the Island
>taught Grade 12 or 13. In those days there wasn't any Junior Colleges or
>CEGEP'S. if you all recall, they only came in the early 60's.
>I believe Edward Nurse was one of these guy's who came to Verdun High to do
>his final High School Year, before going to Sir George Williams University.
>I know because I knew Eddie Nurse from downtown & when I saw him at Verdun
>High I was surprised..... By the way, I am not shown in any of the High
>School Yearbooks, as I never wanted my picture taken & in those days if you
>didn't attend the Photo Session, you weren't in the High School Book......
>I hope that you look only for Grade 12 or 13 Year students, & you just may
>find, not only Bill but many Protestants that came to our School & went on
>to be famous or acheive, achieve great things for our Country, Culture, &
>standard of life...... I trust that this may clear up this situation....
>As Les says....H.F. & R.V. Please have a safe & Merry Christmas & a Happy &
>Prosperous New Year...
>Remember we are always listening & Watching this Great Site......Keep up
>good work... What a marvelous place this is......Junior Waterman.....
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Keep laughing


I got a kick out of the way you decribed how events
unfolded with your ex wife. You know what they say about resentments (They are
the number 1 offender)

It seems to me you have a good handle on it

It is allways so refreshing to her from

Keep laughing



Montreal Bars

It sounds like we all went to the same bars. It
sounds like Verdun had a good drinking team!!!

Thursday, January 25, 2007


I am trying to send Verdun Connections this photo.
Hope it works.

The Mustache

Good Day The Lad


I too used to go to the Mustache every Tuesday
Night. They had some kinda special on Beer I never drank it though cause I
thought they saved all the old beer out of the emptys, and sold it to
you in a pitcher on Tues. Anyway we had alot of fun there alot of Verdun people
would go there. It was just one Bus ride up Atwater hill.

I still talk about the place. Thanks for bringing
it up.



The Wackers

Just found some discussions on the Wackers. Remember them well from the Moustache.
The nite a couple of guys got tossed because they did not like the look of them. Came back next night to finish it but all the waiters formed a semi circle behind them and when the band hit
a chorus of Ain't that Pecuilar lunged forward towards the guys who just then happened to notice small army behind them..they got the boot and the band played on....good times had by all....I heard all the waiters had to be 6ft or over to work there....
Turned on Q107 in Toronto and found Bob Segrani hope I spelled it rite working there. He would talk about the old days and who and where he played with..CSNY and so on...this was interesting...Not there now not sure what happened...guess they shook up the staff..
Anyone remember their ablum Wack and Roll..not sure if it ever got released....
This was a great band...spent alot of time at the Moustache..too much...but good times...

Dawson's Boys club


I know you remember Mr Sharron's Glee Club, but do
you remember who else was in it? I know The two Scot"s Brothers we in it Joe
& Richard Sweeney. Can you name some other's?

How about all those Tap Dance lessons who were are
teacher's? All those shows we were in At Dawson's I thought for sure we"d be
famous stars by now!

you know your a montrealer when


 I enjoyed your joke. If it were a test I
passed with flying colors.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Map Coral Springs

 It is great to see the map of Florida. I have
a much better  idea were Wendy lives. I've been sending her Xmass cards for
year's .



Star Sightings Eaton's Toys

Hi Lad
My Mom was a part time Eaton's employee for many years.  At Christmas time she worked selling Dolls in the toy Dept.  On year when there was a PATTI PAGE DOLL,  Patti Page herself came to the store and my Mom spent the day with her.  There was also a Marilyn Bell Doll, She was the girl who swam across Lake Ont.



Very interesting about some people who think they are Canadian Citizens, but thru some government B.S., they are not.


Winston Allison

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Re Hovercraft

 Thanks to all who sent the photo's of the
Hovercraft Expo67.

It was great fun to see them. Boy oh boy does time
fly when your having fun.

I was talking to somone this morning who knows
Montreal.How much we miss it . I live in North Bay now and not too much happens
here. The big thing right now is the ice fishing on lake Nipissing and Coffee at
Tim Horton's.

It is a simple life that I am grateful for.,
however I sometimes miss the big city.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


 I remeber that umbrella so well. Because it
had the union jack on it.Mom was afraid to take it outside during the FLQ

I guess she thought that we would get hurt or some
thing like that. Maybe she was right!


Little sis


From the Montreal Gazette,- January 23, 2007.
At the Royal Victoria Hospaital on Saturday January 20,2007. aged 78 years. Father of John and Bruce (Cathy). Brother of Joyce Smith. Funeral on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 11am in St.Clements Church.
I have never met this man personally but have heard from friends who spoke highly of him. I have often read his letters to the Editor in Tthe Gazette which were always insightful, sensible and well represented Verdun.  Perhaps some of our members know more.                                                            Ed


Can anyone remember the hovercraft that used to zoom along the St Lawrence. I believe it started in the early 70s.
I guess it used to break up the ice but other than that what was it's purpose.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Verdunites in BC

Nice to see there are so many   of us on the island
Duncan here.....

Eaton's Employees

A bit of news. I f you know anyone that worked for Eaton's....pass on the info.

Eaton's went out of business in 1999, ending an era in Canadian retailing history.

The Toronto law firm acting on behalf of 30,000 former Eaton's employees and retirees in the company's insolvency proceedings says it's looking for almost 6,000 people who have not yet received their share of $1.1 million up for grabs.

Those who think they might be eligible for the money must make a claim by the July 13 cut-off date, when the money will return to a liquidator and then be paid to other creditors, Hatnay said.

There is no set amount of money involved because each claim is based on the years worked and other conditions, he added.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Re: Gord Gibbon's grade 4 photo

I just guessing but the kid on the right end of the middle row looks like he might be Wayne Sewell - used to live  on 5th Ave. just above Verdun.

A tribute to Verdun

Since a few of you were discussing books I have one called ROOTS BENEATH THE PAVEMENT
It was written by M. Laurel Buck about Verdun in th 30's and 40's although before my time Bannantyne School is mentioned and also one of the teachers memtioned did become Vice-Principal of VHS. Also a mention of Buzz Burling.  I enjoyed it.  Are there any other books out there on Verdun. 

What are the titles of the bookss . .


I am interested in knowing what you are writing and
the titles.


Since I am somewhat of a computer illiterate, I need help. So someone out there...
I tried to add another picture to my album of 5 pics, and the message from MSN was that I would have to buy more space. But  I can't find out how to do this.

Dances at the Wreck

Hi fellow Verdunites, who remembers doing the grind at the Wreck next to St Thomas Moore church on Sat. nites? That was the place to hook up with your boyfriend for the nite and turn around and quit him 2hrs.

My Grandpa-


Many of us unfortunately were born after our own

Grandpas had passed on and never had the opportunity

to enjoy moments like this. I hope this will again confirm

that the most important information in your life won't come

from a teacher, the library or the Internet. It comes from a

mentor and always on a very personal level.


My long-passed grandfather's birthday is coming up and

for me it is a time to reminisce. We used to take long walks

and drives together. He would make special trips to pick

me up so I could spend weekends with him.


I was young when he died. If he were living today and

sharing his pearls of wisdom, I'd be a better man.


The one I remember best came from him when I was

only 12.


We were sitting in a park, watching children with their

mothers enjoying a beautiful spring day. He told me that

one day, I'd find a woman and start my own family. Then

came the jewel in the crown of grandfatherly advice when

he said, "And be sure you marry a woman with small




"Why should I do that, Grandpa?" I asked.


"It makes your pecker look bigger."

It kinda brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it?

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Welcome Wendy

Hi Wendy

I knew you could do it!

Congrads! Have fun I know I do

Take Care    Your Buddy

Birthday Party for Peter Lazure

  Hi all Sammie here...he he he .....To anyone who is still in the Montreal area who knows Peter Lazure...we will be having a Birthday Dinner for him  ( 65yrs old)  at Pharoahs Restaurant in Lacolle on the main road. I know how to get there but I do not know the name of the Rd.     No would be nice to see a few of his old friends.... If anyone wants more info please email me at

please mention birthday in the subject line.

Hi I'm new

Hi, my name is Wendy Rinder.Graduated from VHS in 72.I've been living in Fl. for the past 20 yrs. This looks like it going to be fun.

Our own language

Does anyone remember the expresion "Finder keepers
losers sweepers" ?


It's funny that we would say we were from Verdun,
but Verdun Ave was pronounced differently.

Friday, January 19, 2007

The Mommas & The Poppas

Just heard that Denny Doherty just died.  What I didn't know is that he was born in Halifax.  Guess that only leaves Michelle still alive from that group.  They were one of my favourite groups.
R.I.P. Denny

Places I remember

Hey there Lad

Iam trying to remember what years I hung out at the
whole & the monument. For the life of me I can't recall.

My parents shiped me off to the country every
summer so I hung out at those places in Sept.


I do remember hanging out at St Willowbroads

Chances are we know each other . Lynn Yetman is my
name .

thick as pea soup

Mom 1945


We called our livining room the double parlor.. It
was also a bedroom.We also had a gallery . In the summer it became
"Balcony Beach"

There was alot of Verdun expressions.

I remember being at the sir Winston Churchill pup,
after someone heard me speak they said 'You must be from

People in Calagry

Thanks Connie


That would be so much fun. Iam talking year's ago
that I knew Wesley.

Welcome to Verdun Connections

The Lad


I like your I.D. The Lad my Dad would call all you
guys the lad weather you were old or not.

I've been having lot's of fun on this site. I hope
you do too.

Hitler's ???

I notice in some of the postings - great times were had at  HITLER's  in Verdun.
What and Where was Hitler's ??
Maybe it was before my time.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Montreal Eateries

FYI - Pete's Smoked Meat is in Ile Perrot and not Ste Anne de Bellevue.

Free Alerts : Be smart - let your information find you !

Happy Birthday Gloworm



I happy that afew people on this site are
celebrating your Birthday!!

You are a wonderful Gal, and your Birthday should
be as special as you.

Luve Ya

Your kid sister Lynn

Verdun Food/World's Greatest Restaurant?

The first time I ever had Pizza, was from a Restaurant on Church Av. called
Trevi's Pizza. So I became hooked on Trevi's Pizza. The only Pizza that I'll
eat today is Pizza Hut. I find the rest of the Pizza World is out of step.
But then, that's only my opinion......
The first time I ever feasted on a T Bone Steak was at a Restaurant on 5th &
Central in LaSalle called Therese's it was owned by a Man named Marco, I
believe he went on to make Millions of Dollars, not in T Bone Steak, but in
Spruce Beer..... I still can taste that Steak.... My...My...My///
Montreal still has some of the best Steak Houses on the Planet....


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Hey Sister Sole Sister!

HAPPY BIRTHDAYI guess this means I"m getting older

Have a great day& don't do anything I would'nt

Love you lot's & Thanks for dragging your
little sister all around the streets of Verdun. I remember you taking me to
Frankie's for a coke I didn't know how to use a straw then.


Your little sister


My Brother

Ken My brother lives in Ontatio. He works for the
Fire Dept.

I will mention your name & Cantic.


Not a Good Sign

......I see the clock has been moved forward,.............
                                                              ...................... Hope there wrong:

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Greatest

..............looks whose 65,       Happy Birthday to Ali,
Sure was entertaining..........................................


Here's a piece on Wellington & it's probable chance of becomming the 'new Plateau ??

Wellington is a feisty lover. Golden oldies are piped onto the street from high, mounted speakers, and sidewalks diverted by wooden ramps make room for terrasses in front of places like Nick’s Pizza, one of my favourite souvlaki joints. Although Wellington buzzes as the Ste-Catherine of lowerland, it’s indifferent to city ways, as proven with its recent country music street festival.

if you want to read the whole piece ,then here's the link,it originally appeared in the Montreal Mirror

                   ........Have fun & Remmeber Verdun

Remember when


 I guess you caught me in that special 
place were all that good stuff can bring tears to my eyes.


Yes I remember most if pretty near all of what you

Thanks so much I did need a break from my grown-up


I sent off the school picture's to my sister we
will have to get them to Bill when he knows what he is doing on the computer HA
HA HA He does'nt know what he is missing


Thanks again Gary     


Wax Lips, licorice laces, 5 Cent chips

Remember what you could buy for a dime in the 60s. The greatest thrill was finding an empty pop bottle, trading it in, and getting 2 cents to buy candy at Bud's in Crawford Park.
We could buy black balls,  jube jubes and other penny candy at 3 for a cent.
Bottles of pop were ten cents. Popsicles were five cents and in those days they had great flavors not like now.  Remember the  wax lips, belly button candies. licorice laces - the green ones were terrific. Fizzies. Mallo Rolls. Remember those little Weston pies for a dime.
Archie Comic Books were  12 cents. WOW.   

The Haunted

Morning Les


I received a email last night from my cousin Dale
who is married to Jergen Peters from the Haunted  she was saying that they
get fan mail from as far as Italy, and that a company in New York wants to
release their record . I forwarded them The photo's you sent.

Let's keep rocking Les


John, I think that I remember a little "Shack" on LaSalle Blvd. around
Alepin St. It was on the side of the River, many people owned this place
from time to time. In the early 50'S, I thought that they sold the best hot
dog's & fries that you could ever feast upon. In those days it wasn't open
in the Winter. It would only be open in the summer. Further west along
LaSalle the Knight's of Columbus would have, what they called a "Tombola",
every summer, where we kids would go & hook up with each other & just run
amok. The whole Town would come out to this event. It was a lot of fun.
Across from the power house on 8th Av & LaSalle a restaurant opened in the
sixties. They sold ice cream & the usual dog's & fries, But they weren't
nearly half as good as the "Shack" on Alepin.
Also on 9th Av. & Edward across the St. where I believe LaSalle Catholic
High is presently, or it might be 9th & Central, there was a field between
the Bronx & the LaSalle Golf Club. Well for a couple of years they brought
in an Amusement Park. Now that was even more fun than the Tombola.... Does
any one remember these things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Percy Saltzman First T.V.Weatherman Dies . .

  Good Morning.
 I just read that Percy Saltzman has died at the age of 91. He was Canada's first T.V. Weatherman, and First Person to appear on Canadian Television.
He pioneered alot of techniques in weather forecasting and reporting, which still hold to this day ! He was the first Canadian weatherman to to use radar, and satellite. Percy Saltzman also was the first to report road and forest fire reports.
 I remember seeing him on our  faithful black and white television . I can still hear his distinctive voice announcing the weather forecast as if it were yesterday. I am wondering if anyone else  out there remembers him ? 
 Sweet_N_Gorgeous Anna

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Days of B&W

We've all seen these before,but someone sent me this today,.and I thought I'd post it up.............just for Nostalgia Sake
My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.
My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can't remember getting ecoli.
Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.
The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.
We all took gym, not PE... and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now..Flunking gym was not an option...even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.
Speaking of school , we all sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention. 

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.
I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.
I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.
Oh yeah... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!
We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked. 

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.
We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked there and then we got butt spanked again when we got home.
I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.
To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family How could we possibly have known that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive?

Snow Banks

Just drove into Montreal today a day after the first big snowstorm, what a mess.  I had forgotten what it was like to try and park in the snow banks.  Cars all parked which way  people trying to shovel out before towed away.  Anyone out there remember the big snow storm of 1971.  It is so vivid in my memories of getting around in Verdun.  It is right up there with the 1998 Ice Storm.


Power House

Hi Melvin, I learned to swim at the old powerhouse at the bottom of 8th Av.
in the Bronx. We used to walk across on the level power house until we came
to the other side. Just before the Island we only had a steel beam to cross
on, there were I believe three across at one point then I think two then
one. It was a real treat for some of the guys & gals in our crowd, (which in
those days we were always a gang), to cross as they weren't so surefooted &
it was always a challenge for some of us. We were called "Chicken" because
we wouldn't stand up & walk over without being frightened. At the beginning
of the walk we had to stretch our bodies to get a good foothold or toehold
or we would swim over to the first ladder & climb up, then walk to the other
side. It was always fun. On the Island this particular Island was where I
received my first real "French Kiss". I'll never ever forget that
Island..... This was in the mid 50'S......Ahhhh Such Sweet Memories!!!!!!!!!
If I could turn back time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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The PowerHouse Dam

 Did that plenty of times,.when it was in a state of ruin,.....and the test was to walk over the tall yellow beams that stood above the last two sections of the Dam,.......and then know the route across the last few feet of floating logs trapped on the high side of the dam,.....
Also scale down the bricks ,into the old building,....Amazing more people didn't get hurt over there,..........(or getting over to the island) wasn't known as Black Bank ?.............  once they filled it in ,it just wasn't the same,.Although it was always neat to checkout the rapids from that vantage point,....I understand it's a bird sanctuary now?
 .....I took this shot in the early 70's at the end of Island....(nearest Verdun side),.......the neat thing is George McCrae took this next shot about two years ago, looks very similar:
....a very similar shot taken in roughly the same location,..........
                     ......Those Were the Days......    

does anybody know

does anybody know the following people from verdun:
brian ranger
bobby campbell
norman longely(lloyd george)
norman zubis( now deceased)
jean stuart(clemenceau st)
the lausons( clemenceau st)
o'riellys (foch st)
pedders ( foch st)joyce still lives there
billy bissonette( teacher)
furies ( fred, ingrid)
diane boyd
shirleyann bates
so on so forth
Would like to know how they are faring..hope they all are well

Looking for cousins

Ronald Pope and Howard Hughes, both lived in LaSalle..visited me in Verdun on occasion

How Cold is it??

Morning everyone

It's -20 in the Bay this morning. I love some of
those old expresions , It is so cold .....Lets see how many we can up up with
that can in fact be printed!

I can come up with a few but I don't think they are
too appropriate.


Keep warm Lynn


 What a great shot . I enjoy black & white
the most. Love the bike. I wonder what a bike like that is worth?

Lot's of good action in this picture

Thanks Lynn

Monday, January 15, 2007




I know the Westlakes ,John Westlake's Sisiter lives
here in North Bay her name is Barb. I also know the Dobbie's I was friends with
their Daughter Laurie. Do you still go to Val_David ?

I was there this past summer and stayed at a place
that rents rooms across from the old Condor Hotel. Very good rates also . I had
a good time visiting childhood friend's.

Val-David is like Verdun you can go
away,  but you always return to visit.


Lovelle Dicectory



That was us Arnold Yetman was my Dad. We lived at
1058 Melrose. Were did You find that?

Thanks for [passing that along.


Looking for Belanger

Hi everyone, I haven't been here in forever.

I am looking for my father, David J Belanger. His DOB is Feb. 4, 1955.

Last I heard, his family was living in Lachine.

If anyone has any info, please contact me. judgejenn_2000 at hotmail dot com

Thank you




I am about a 4hr drive from Oshawa it's a long
drive to get a steamie, however I could get there on my way down to

Do you know the name of the place.

I think I should buy a steamie machine and open a
stand down by the water. I wonder if it would take off here in North





Do you remember what year you went to Val-David,
Which side of the tracks did the McGowans stay. I don't recall the name 'but I
might know the house do you know the name of the street they lived on? Boy it is
a small world, but I'm glad I don't have to paint it


Sunday, January 14, 2007

friends from the 70's

Just wondering if anyone has any news about Norm and Beattie's been a LONG time but I'd love to know how they're doing and if they still live in Montreal... Also, Ron MacLaren and Neil MacFarlane...thanks!


Another great restaurant is Petes Smoked Meat in Ile Perrot.  Awsome food and good prices.
There are no really top notch restaurants here in Kingston Ontario. Swiss Chalet is about the best. I miss Montreal  also.

slow response from M ucho S low N etwork

Well it's back to the Football Games for me,....the response time is terrible ,whether trrying to read the messages,or opening any feature,......seems to me that the whole MSN experience has been less than stellat ,for a few days now,......just slows right down,(if it works at all)
lost messages,.etc least that's been my experience here in Victoria BC,...........but some of you are getting through, maybe it's just out here?????
Hope this one goes through,as typing twice is P*^^**ng me off..........hahahah

Verduners everywhere

Cheers to all and the Best for 2007 Just a few people I have meet who were from Verdun, Mr. Bob Peel a friend since 1967 now lives in Cornwall,, My good neighbour Brin Spence who lives accross the street and then last night sitting in my local pub (Tartan here in Two Mountains) Ken Ramsey I have known for years played darts with some golf and we get to talking about where he lived and you guessed it Verdun well it is a small world after all.


Does anyone remember Rex Pizza at 2nd avenue and Wellingon (I think).  The owner was Nick. When you asked for extra anything, you got extra !!   The french fries were out of this world also.
Ah.....the smell of Kentucky Fried Chicken wafting through the air  at Lasalle and Verdun Avenues.  Another memory.
Any comments. ?

This week in Verdun

I enjoyed the new picture's . I liked the xmass
lights .


The streets in Verdun would be lit up. Westmount
didn't look that that. I also enjoyed the places Barry's fish & Chips, Oh my
god that hot dog, you just can't get a stemmie in ONT.

Boy do I miss them. Dont' get me going on the food

The first thing I do when I go home is get a pizza
from Woodland's, then a smoked meat from down on the main, Back to verdun for a

all those who are around 40

hey all...remember when we were 13  14 and so on.... we ran the streets with little or no fear.....we all enjoys seeing  every one else....If you had no one to play with all you need do is wait on soe corner till some one  came by and the you had all kinds of shit to do....  no all the kids want to do is  break things  and play  ps2   Xbox  and stey home on the computer...Go out side and way they say...I miss the  old was simple and with 2 kids of my own and a step not so easy....we thought we knew it all back then...just like our kids bills to pay and make sure all are safe...not like back in the day when the biggest problem was was was bringing the beer and who had smokes...We al had fun with out defacing every thing...I drove by  VCCHS only to see all the paint on the walls from kids and the spray paint...I was sad to see what kids have done to what I held close...I am prode to have come from verdun now and always...What we held so close other  have taken for granted and ruined..It not the same...We did not grow up as our parents  and our kids have growen up different also..But we respected our parents and the adults around us..and the stuff around us...We worked for what we had...nothing was givin to us...Now the kids are given every thing they want  and when they get into trouble they blame the parents  and the people around them...Never the kid fault anymore...YEA RIGHT  !!!....may be if they got a good kick in the ass like us  they would not be as they are...Not all kids are bad but  what it goona take to make us all start understanding may be our parent were right to slap us when we got out of line....never kiled us  DID IT  !!!....Well this quick quote turned into a book...thats it I guess

Saturday, January 13, 2007


Hello Ken, welcome to Verdun Connections.

Budding Pirate (newfydog)

I had a good laugh at the budding pirate, and so
true about saying "Charity Please" We would bring a pilloew case out with us and
load it up with candy. We would start on my street Melrose and head toward the
Ave"s we would still have candy at xmass left over from Halloween. Verdun was
good for that, some of the neighbours would make us sing for it!


Thanks for reminding me of the

Friday, January 12, 2007

Eh I got the fever

Thanks Winnie


I have the fever . My mind has been reeling ever
since I found this site.  I thought I had losted my long tearm

I guess you never forget your roots. I met this
fellow here in north bay who also grew up in Verdun. It's funny we had never met
before I had moved here.


He jokes with me saying "You can take the gril out
of verdun but you can't Verdun outta the girl"


I hate to ask him just what he


VHS 67-71 ....73


I Left VHS in 73. Maybe we do know each other I
grew up on Melrose not far from the school. I was good friend's with theRinder's
I hung out with Wendy.


I have a brother Bill and a sister Gloria let me
know who you hung out with maybe we can remember the faces or


Hi Pauline,
I lost your e-mail address. Could you please e-mail me again?

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Check In

I am here too.  Laurie

Check In 2007

I'm checking in as a still active member.  There are now 700 members of Verdun Connections. Some are silent, some are deceased, some forgot they joined and some post regularly. Who else is still here? Post here (just say "I am here").

Back to the Boardwalk

Going through my files I came apon these photos of the boardwalk wich may have appeared previously. Upon examination of the older top photo, it is the original wooden boardwalk wich ends abruptly. The caption mentions that part of the dam was erected in 1916 and the photo is probably of that period. The bottom photo is more currant although taken before the big changes took place.

way to cute

>This is waaaaaaaaay too cute!  Enjoy!!!
>Wishing you
>In your busy life .
>Time for Relaxation
>Good Sleep
>Good Health with Exercise
>Someone to Dance With
>.. a Bit of Adventure
>Good Looks
>But Most of All ...
>I Wish You ;Lots of Bear Hugs
>And The Comforts of Real Love
>May you always have love to share, health to spare, and friends that care.
>But watch out for those darn penguins!
>Do you ever feel like doing this to someone?
>Enjoy the day!!!!!

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I really enjoy hearing about Verdun, but could you please not forward me all the e-mails. Most of them I am not interested in. Thanks, Jackie from Galt

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Please Doctor, I know I'm too stout.
I'm surprised that I haven't got gout.
I'm feeling as big as an overstuffed pig
And too much is now hanging out.
Now Doctor, I'll tell you no lies.
I've cut out all ice cream and pies.
Now when I dine, I just have some wine:
With steak, baked potato and fries.
To a diet I've finally come round.
And I see that I've lost half a pound.
At least it's a start but only a part
Of the thirty I recently found.
So Doctor, since you are so wise,
Tell me how can I bring down my size.
Please help me get thin cause the chair I sit in
Gets up with me now when I rise.
Ed Brown

There are faces & Places I remember

This site makes me think of the Beatles Song Places
I remember.

I guess thats what happens when you hit fifty you
start to get nostalgic.

I was thinking of those dilevery boy's who rode
their bikes through the winter storms to bring the goods to your home that you
got on credit, or as Dad would say I got it on the cuff.

Those grocery stores had SAWDUST ON THE

There was one on the corner of Bannatyne &
Argyle near

Barry's Fish & Chip. You could get the best
fish in mtl wraped up in news paper.Just around the corner from there was
Johnny's Snack Bar. Johnny was so big hae could't fit behind his counter. I
think we went there just to see if he'd get stuck.

Across the street was Jacques Patate, I think back
to his grand opening he was giving free hot dogs, the kids were lined up around
the block.
 I remeber one Sunday our dog ate
the roast my mom left on the counter and we all went down to Jacques to have hot

It's not like I can't get out of the past . It's
just that I have such fond memories of my home town.


Lynn North Bay.

The Pope of Verdun

Does anyone remember seeing the Pope of Verdun at any big parades.  He would be sport  some very interesting costumes.
Was he just a "character"  or did he have some religious affiliation ?

Global Warming (I dun thin so Lucy)

This will warm the hearts of Our Members in the East,.....where your able to Golf these days,...
It's snowing here in Victoria.............hahahaha  We had a little overnight,.but it's been snowing steady for the last hour and a half,.....the Big Flakes (good snowball ones)'s supposed to let up shortly, time for some Cold Arctic Air, move in,.......that will last a day,then back to normal they say.................
How come the weather forecaters are 100% right on when they call for bad weather,......but are batting less than 50% when forecating the Nice Stuff..........hahahahahah
Where's this Guy when you need him,........and all he had was a huge piece of Chalk,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,no computers or doppler radar.............hahahaha
.............Looking out the window ,is probably the most accurate.........

A Letter to the Editor.

I think that this certainly is true of the USA too.

 A Letter to the Editor :


So many letter writers have explained how this land is made up of immigrants.  Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people why today's Canadian is not willing to accept the new kind of immigrant any longer.


Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to Canada, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in Halifax and be documented.  Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground.
They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times.  They made learning English a primary rule in their new Canadian households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.  They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture.


Nothing was handed to them.  No free lunches, no welfare, no labour laws to protect them.  All they had were the skills, craftsmanship and desire they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.  Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out.  Canadians fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Sweden, and so many other places.  None of these first generation Canadians ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from.


They were Canadians fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan.  They were defending the Freedom as one people.  When we liberated France, no one in those villages was looking for the Ukrainian-Canadian or the German-Canadian or the Irish-Canadian.  The people of France saw only Canadians.


And we carried one flag that represented our country.  Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were.  It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.  These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be a Canadian.


And here we are in 2006 with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges.  Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes a Canadian passport and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country.  I'm sorry, that's not what being a Canadian is all about.
Canadians have been very open hearted and open minded regarding immigrants, whether they were fleeing poverty, dictatorship, persecution, or whatever else makes a person adopt a foreign country.  And, I suppose when we say adopt, we think of those aforementioned immigrants who truly did ADOPT our country, and our flag and our morals and our customs.  And left their wars, hatred, and divisions behind.  I believe that the immigrants who landed in Canada in the early 
1900s deserve better than that for the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life.  I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags, fighting foreign battles on our soil, making Canadians change to suit their religions and cultures, and wanting to change our countries fabric by claiming discrimination when we do not give in to their demands.