Saturday, March 31, 2007


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BINGO Restaurant

Here is the BINGO Restaurant corner Verdun and Egan. Excellant food, had a Hotdog, fries and Pepsi for $3.15 on thursday. Notice the exterior of the building is being renovated.

72 Virgins.

Neither Catholics nor Moslems think this is funny.

Where to Live After Retirement

Where to Live After Retirement
You can live in Phoenix, Arizona where.....

1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
2. You've experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in
the toilet bowl.
3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the
face when you open your oven door.
6. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING

You can Live in California where...
1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house.
2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long
it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.
6. The 4 seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought

You can Live in New York City where...
1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan.
2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from
Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.
3. You think Central Park is "nature,"
4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own
language makes you multi-lingual.
5. You've worn out a car horn.
6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.

You can Live in Maine where...

1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco.
2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
3. You have more than one recipe for moose.
4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and

You can Live in the Deep South where...

1 You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. "y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.
3. "He needed killin'" is a valid defense.
4. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty
Jean, MARY BETH, etc.

You can live in Colorado where...
1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your
$500 car.
2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and he
stops at the day care center.
3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.

You can live in the Midwest where...
1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where's my coat at?"
5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was

AND You can live in Florida where..

1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind -- even houses and cars.
3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
5. Cars in front of you are often driven by headless people.

James Daniel Harrington

I am trying to find as much information as I can about m grandfather, James Daniel Harrington (known as Jimmy).  Born January 31st 1919 but I dont know where (he would never say) he lived on 1st Avenue from a small child until he came to England at the start of WW2 but his family lived there longer. His family consisted of mother Margaret (Irish or of Irish origin) and stepfather, Percival Harrington who was an architect. He had two sisters;Helen and Dorothy (Dorothy's married name was Moore) and a brother Arnold.
My grandfather went missing in Toronto in the mid 1960's. He left behind a wife and daughter who never found out what happened to him which is what I have been trying to do for the past three years without success. I wondered if he travelled home to Verdun.
It would be fantastic if anybody remembers him or his family, even better if there are surviving relatives

Hello from England

Hi and can I ust say what a great group you have here
Well, obviously I'm not from Verdun, I'm from the south coast of England but I came across your site in my search for my grandfather who went missing in Toronto in the mid 1960's.  He was raised in Verdun by his mother Margaret and stepfather Percival Harrington on 1st avenue.  His name is/was James Daniel Harrington (known as Jimmy) and I am trying to find out everything I can about him and his family as well, hopefully as what happened to him.
It would be great if anybody can help but in the meantime I am enjoying looking around your site and particularly the photographs, it is a great opportunity to find out more about where my grandfather is from.

Late Night Montreal Munchies

There's an article in today's Gazette,....talking about the Late Night Eateries,......and the swarms of People who Love to eat ,.after a night of partying,..........
    Maybe that's why ,a lot of us still get the urge for a late night snack,........
we come by it honestly,.in our training to be a Real Montrealer...........
How many meals have we all had after 2 or 3 am ,.while growing up & living in Montreal..................................

IAN HARRISON, Special to The Gazette

Published: Saturday, March 31, 2007

When hunger hits hard after midnight, where do we turn in our fair city? Montreal throbs with life around the clock but despite this universal truth that locals wear with a certain amount of conceit, good late-night eats can be so darn elusive. At curtain call, last call or the end of the graveyard shift, appetite and imagination are often inversely proportionate.

While some take substandard comfort in old haunts, in the case of The Main, old is new again. The charcoal grill has seen more cow than a dominatrix with a leather fetish and the coals stay hot until 5 a.m. as St. Laurent Blvd. hordes slake their drunken hunger on the best steak deal in town. Owner Peter Varvaro has been at the helm for 32 years.

"Business is better after 1 a.m.," says Varvaro, as he noshes on a rib steak. "The kids come from the clubs to have a bite. A lot of my old customers are not here anymore but some of my staff has been with me 25 years. We close at 5 but we used to be open 24 hours. There just wasn't money in breakfast anymore."    


you can read the whole 3 pages of this story ,at the above link ,if you like :

.............................................Montreal ,.we had it all...........


Welcome Jinxxy!
Who is/was your grandfather and how old was he when he went missing? Email me?

Hello From Mark Tite

Hello, I am Mark Tite, brother of Robert, Ron and sister of Susan. I departed Verdun in 1978 and moved to Oshawa. In 1981 I joined the military and I am retiring in the next two weeks. I married Janet St.Amour in 1985 and we have two kids Matthew and Jessica. I hung around with Ed Boyle, Mike Gilligan, John Melanson, Glen Frappier, Jamie Araz, Ron St. Marie just to name a few of the old gang. If you wish to correspond my email address is

Last day to say so long for now

 Good Morning everyone!   Well it's
is tha last day for my internet services. I am going to miss cking in through
out the day, However I"LL be back .

I just wanted to take the time to tell you how much
you guy's helped me to get through the last couple of weeks.

Just knowing that you were out there helped alot.I
got some very good advice on several subjects. How to buy another computer and
how to deal with a relationship gone bad!

The photo's of home and all the good food and some
of my old haunts has sparked me to take a trip home in June for the Jazz Fest.!

I"m off to Sudbury today to speak for our treatment
facility here in North Bay! I"LL ck in again tonight for one last fix of Verdun
Connections.   YOU GUY"S ROCK!!! Thanks

Friday, March 30, 2007

Bannantyne School

This is the building that replaced the old Bannantyne School wich you attended. The building across the street where I lived in the 30s, 40s and 50s was also replaced with a similar building.

Quebec City

Here;a an old photo I just came across of Quebec City,...I imagine most of us have had a few visits to old Quebec:
A street railway car on a busy street in the old city of Québec
...........neat old signs on some of the business's..............and the streetcar track down the center ,should be of interest to a few of out resident experts on all things streetcar & rail stuff................................

Thursday, March 29, 2007


Hi, my name is Susan Harrower (Holdaway).  I  used to live on 2nd
Avenue between Verdun Avenue and Bannantyne.  I went to Bannantyne school and left Verdun High School in 1962.  My friends were Laurette Turgeon, Kay Neal, Linda Latimer, Larry Ouimet.  My old sweethearts were Johnnie Robertson (blacky), Larry Latimer.  If anyone would like to contact me by email address is

Surfing An Amazing Wave


Hi Maggie I did ck my emails and I did not see a
message from you as of yet.


Les Thanks for the tip on the Bed & Breakfast
It looks very nice it would be good to be back sleeping in the hood

levisjeans Try a Verdun B&B

Sunny and peaceful, located just 10 minutes from downtown Montreal and its museums, theatres and restaurants; our B&B features a private entrance for our guests and parking on site. Built circa 1950, our house used to be a duplex that we completely repossessed although we kept separate the B&B from our own lodgings. It is truly a home away from home and the ideal lodging accomodations for a family traveling together. For the Nature lovers, or the ones who just want to relax, we are just a few minutes away from a beautiful park with cycling/walking path along the beautiful St-Lawrence River. Easy access to airports and Highways. We give discounts on stays of 4 nights or more.  
.........................also there's another one on Willibrord........
This lovely 80 year old duplex and its owners are awaiting your arrival. A lovely garden is at your disposal in the back.
Might be interesting to stay in a typical old Verdun Home,...........
could spark some neat old Memories of Growing up in Verdun,
(some of them may also have internet access,.so you could tell us all about your trip).................................Good Luck Levisjeans


Laurie  Thanks alot for the phone Number of
the Rapheal

I called them and the rooms with 2 beds are $95.00
per Night.

Montreal Motels

Hi All I am trying to find the phone # for the old
Rapheal Motel on St Jaques St. In Montreal. I would like to book a room for the
Jazz fest. I called 411 and their is no listing same as the Internet.

I don't know if they changed the name of the place
or not. I am planing on coming with 3 other people < I thopught of the
Rapheal cause it's close to dowtown . and it is cheap.

I stayed there a few year's ago . It's just a place
to crash for a couple of nights.

Can anybody help me with the phone # or have any
better ideas.   Thanks

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

been there

The Lad I want to send you a message of

It helps to talk to someone who has been through

Your right I am a strong woman from Verdun. Our
people have seen some rough times, however WE are all stronger for

I know in my heart that this was a gift you could
say.Something that I need to learn from. I am willing to do that now.Thanks
again Thank you!!


This afternoon the air in Verdun was balmy and smelled fresh reminding of that first day in spring when we would step out the door and suddenly know that all was right with the world. The kind of day you just wanted to sit and soak it in. You knew that all the good ttimes had arrived, bicycles, baseball and all the wordly pleasures were out there waiting. I might have got that feeling today except that next week it's going back down to 7 below. There's no question that the message Al Gore is giving is the right one. I suggest we all listen.              Ed

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

chat room

Baby Kenneth

I hope that baby Kenneth is doing ok today. My
thoughts are with him.

Craig Ferguson Speaks From The Heart

Snow In The Hills

Taken today from Oak Bay area Marina Restaurant Parking Lot.
Lots of snow on Mount Baker in Washington State.
Ship coming out of the Stait of Juan de Fuca and heading north into the Strait of Georgia probable destination Vancouver.
Gary Mace
Saanich, BC 
ex 1045 Valiquette / 920 Moffat
1955 to 1962 

Monday, March 26, 2007

Andy Boyle

Hi Wendy:
I ran into Andy Boyle two weeks ago. He is working in Toronto for the Government of Canada in Labour Relations. He is living with his father in Brampton and maintains his primary residence around Ottawa, presumably with his wife.
I have his business card and can let him know you were inquiring.
Gord Gibbons
Brampton, Ontario

Grandsons hockey

Well , we are in the Area ( lac St Lous ) playoffs , my grandson that is, we played out here locally and lost 4 -2 , two losses and your out , we then played against Soulanges which is out near the Valley field area, and were down three zip, then scored seven goals and won that one 7  3
we then met Ville LaSalle and won 6 1 and now we are up against , ready for this  , VERDUN   , tomorrow night at 7 30   in Outremont  , I live in Ile Perrot , so its we agin dem bums from Verdun hahahahaa , I love all the kids and if you would like I shall give you a blow by blow discription tomorrow , you shall get it anyhow  , hang tough Jimmy

Drake Car Wash

You are right, the Drake Car Wash was owned by f Lucien Caron, the former Vedun councillor, Mayor and Provincial MP, who died a couple of years ago. I knew him, having gone to the same school, Notre Dame du Cénacle wich was on Bannantyne between Church and Hickson and was demolished to be replaced by an apartment or condo building. He also owned the Garage and Gas Station at the intersection of Lavérendry, Drake and Church. His wife donated his personal scrap book to our society, the SHGV, wich includes many  photographs of himself and colleagues appearing at various public functions.
Not to be forgotten, are the 2 taverns at the corner of Drake and Church wich many Verdunites are surely familiar with.
I am very familiar with this area, having been born on Joseph, lived on Bond now Évangéline and Galt corner Bannantyne. The gang used to cross the aqueduct bridge on Church to go swimming in the Lachine canal during the war years.
I am including a list of Verdun street names showing their original names, courtesy SHGV.

Need information

Hi There All I need some help on how to save all
the stuff I have on this computer. I am having the services cut off April
I don"t have another computer or funds to pay for one plus services.

So what is the best way to save all the good stuff
that you guy's have sent me .

Thanks for your help

David Fennario, Candidate Quebec Election

It is mentioned in this weeks Verdun Messanger that David Fennario is a candidate for today`s Quebec election, He is a candidate for `Qu챕bec Solidaire`wich is a separatist left wing party.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Final destations

 Winnie I can tell you how much your message
means to me! Thanks so much! The subject of this tread seems to

I can't wait to feel that happy again, but I first
have to be happy with me going solo for awhile. You have been a big

Diamond Handy Store

A note from Ross Sauve.......
Corner house
This is the home that my family lived in.  My parents owned the store.  My sister, Faye and I spent a lot of time working in it during our teen years.  We lived in the small flat above the store until 1977 when my parents sold the property.   The name of the store was DIAMOND HANDY STORE.  At an earlier time, there was a Diamond Taxi Stand nearby and hence the store name.  My parents were often called Mr.and Mrs. Diamond and my sister and I, the "diamond kids".  Rather than confuse customers and tell them our name was SAUVE we allowed the name DIAMOND to stick!  The address is 3539 & 3543 Lasalle Blvd.  It is between Strathmore and Regina.  The lane that cuts behind the property is Victor Lane.  The building definitely has a triangular-shaped floor plan!    The area that draws so much attention is actually a bedroom with three walls!  My parents bought the building and store in 1955 from my father's older brother, HECTOR SAUVÉ.  My Uncle Hector and Aunt Dorothy owned the business for 10 years prior to my parents owning it.  After my uncle and aunt sold the store to my parents in 1955 they moved to Santa Ana, California.  They had one son, RAYMOND SAUVÉ who went to the school just a stones throw away on Rushbrooke Street.
   When my uncle bought DIAMOND HANDY STORE, his family was not living in the flat over the store.  They lived in the duplex on Rushbrooke Street  owned by  Mr. and Mrs. Hendy.  I have seen their son's name, JIMMY HENDY, mentioned a few times in Verdun Connections.  Jimmy Hendy would probably be in his 60's today and the last we heard, he was out west.
   My uncle and aunt, HECTOR AND DOROTHY SAUVÉ are 88 and 89 years old now and are living in a retirement community in Laguna Hills, California. 
   My cousin, RAYMOND SAUVÉ, passed away about 10 years ago in his early 50's.  He was twice-married and enjoyed a great life from Montreal to Los Angeles, to Washington, DC, St. John, USVI to finally Washington state.

Planet Earth

Hi all, There's going to be a new series starting to night on the Discovery channel at 8pm. I've seen a few trailers for it.Some real beautiful footage.Looking forward to see it.Check it out if you can.

Today&#39;s Gazette

What was this nut thinking.............................. Man on air mattress plucked off river ice above Niagara Falls

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 25, 2007

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — An apparent illegal immigrant was rescued from an ice floe about 1.5 kilometres upstream from Niagara Falls, authorities said.

Guards from Ontario Power Generation said they heard the man screaming for help at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday near the company’s water intakes near Chippawa, Ont.

Peter Larsen, a control dam operator at the intakes, said if the man hadn’t been discovered, “he would have gone through one of those gates and then very likely could have been swept over the falls

Rescuers inboats plucked the shivering man from the ice floe and got him ashore.

Authorities said the unidentified 42-year-old man had an inflatable air mattress with him and was apparently trying to get to the United States. The ice chunk he was on apparently broke loose.

The man was treated for mild hypothermia before being charged by Canadian immigration authorities. air mattress YIKES

My sister

Hi all My sister came up to North Bay to visit this

and she brought with her a Quebec Pizza, which her
and my niece ate . They couldn't wait for me.

Oh no I'm on the pity pot again!!!

Looks like I'll have to use their A##es as a bike
stand also!!

Ha Ha hee hee !

Just an old photo

Snowdon Junction circa 1904,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
.......................over a hundred years ago..................

Montreal Highways

Montreal always had a lot of highways,.....................
Recognise this one ??                 through Laval

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Final Destination

Remember how huge the cemetary's on the mountain were,..could only be seen from certain vantage points,.but it was always a captivating view,...You couldn't help but Wonder at allthe Montrealer's passed ,and the lives they must have lead (led)?
allée enneigée
la rangée psychadélique
le dos des tombes
              "Terminus everybody off".................................................

Victoria Town (Goose Village)

If you like Montreal stuff,.& history,.You owe it to yourself to checkout the Point Saint Charles site today,....they have an incredible bunch of old pictures of Goose Village,......many of you would be familiar with this are of course,.
Check  it there is a Direct Link to the Point Site ,.run by George McCrae & Wesley Dryden.......and they do a great job,........(the link is available onder 'Links' section on the left hand side of Our  Verdun Connections frontpage,.......
hope it's of some interest to you................................
many of the buildings and backyards are the same as we had in Verdun,.the Point,.Griffintown,.etc etc .......

Little house on woodland

 Does anyone remember that lovely little house
on Woodland between Verdun Ave & Wellington walking up the street it would
have been on the left hand side. It was white brick I think It just didn't look
like it fit in with the rest of the houses, more like a country cottage.

I know my decription of it is'nt the best , but I
allways wondered who lived there.

Another thing that sticks out in my mind was that
beautiful Weeping Willow tree on Demarshais between Bannatyne & Verdun ave
on the left hand side. I loved that tree and said that one day I'd love to have
one in my own front yard.

Have a great day every

Friday, March 23, 2007


Why Labor Unions

An old school in Verdun

Hello !

Is there someone who remembers that school in Verdun ?

Its location ?



Metalman&#39;s Pictures

Hey Metalman
                       Thanks to you & your pictures, all that good food is going to cost me well over $500.00 (Airfare & Car rental in early April). That's OK, I'm sure it will be worth it (Lickin-my-Chops)!

Jessie Hill (Davis)

This is my mother.  I would appreciate anyone telling me about her.  I last saw her about 30 years ago.  I went to live with my father after their divorce and don't really know much about her.  I know that she graduated VHS in '54 or '55.
Thanks in advance.

Riverview School &amp; Godin

I lived at 1273 Godin during the early '60's.  I was just wondering if anyone was out there who lived on Godin or who went to Riverview at the same time?

Springtime Verdun ...everything&#39;s new

Remember the streets would start to be cleaned ,.the sidewalks swept to rid them of all the sand used over the Winter,.......and the City Workers would actually walk block after block sweeping the sidewalks, the curb where the big Street Sweeper would come along to stir up that dirt & sand,and get those Verdun Streets ready for everyone to walk again,........without wearing big boots,....and shedding the big coats too...........
  Verdun was a fairly clean City (not counting the lanes)...........hahahahah
Soon the Boardwalk ,would be pressed back into service,with afternoon walks by the old folks (probably younger than most of us are now).........hahahahah
but the Redtops,.....and the French Frie spots would be getting ready to fire up their business's .....................a bag of Fries (again loaded with the Vinegar & Salt)...............and walking down Wellington Street.....................

VHS Yahoo Group

The VHS yahoo Group is becoming quite active again. For anyone that would like to check it out, here is a link:
It is also posted on our links page.

Quebec Provincial Election

Ed, and all other Quebec VC do you think the election is going to turn out on Monday?

Thursday, March 22, 2007

878 1st Ave (Circa 1950)

Tommy your slice of 1st Ave from Lovell's Directory 1950. Enjoy
Gary Mace
Saanich, BC
ex 1045 Valiquette / 920 Moffat
circa 1955 / 1962

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

$3 dollar bills,You know who you are

Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people." -
  --  Eleanor Roosevelt



VCCHS Class of &#39;87 reunion

As per the subject, we are trying to find members of the VCCHS class of '87 for a reunion sited for June 23, 2007. you can e-mail me and I'll add you to the mass mail list:

re humor

Laurie I laughed till I peed my pants with the dog
house joke Thanks again . What a hoot

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Dancing With The Stars

Good morning, anyone watch the new season of DWTS?Looks like it could be interesting.My husband is only watching to see if Heather Mills leg goes flying.It was funny when Billy Ray pulled his partners hair piece off. I think Joey Fatone was the best dancer last night. I thought Mario should have won last season,he was much better than Emmit.

Canadain Spiders On Drugs

Monday, March 19, 2007

Tim Clancy

Mike Stark and Ron Larman:
I seem to be getting a lot of mileage out of my Woodland School Grade 4 picture (refer to my pictues on Page 5).
You will see Tim Clancy in the back row - 7th. from the right. I'm sure you can still see the resemblance to the current Tim.
Say hello to Tim for me.
Gord Gibbons
Brampton, Ontario

Verdun Catholic class of &#39;87

As per the subject, we are trying to find members of the VCCHS class of '87 for a reunion sited for June 23, 2007. you can e-mail me and I'll add you to the mass mail list

Sunday, March 18, 2007


Magnan's serving up 75 years of memories


Published: Sunday, March 18, 2007

When Magnan's tavern first opened in 1932, the world was in the midst of the Great Depression.

One-quarter of Montrealers were lining up at soup kitchens, the factories along the Lachine Canal were languishing and prohibition in neighbouring Verdun meant workers couldn't even drown their sorrows in a pint of beer.

But in Point St. Charles, Armand Magnan - himself newly unemployed - decided to open a tavern anyway, catering to the workers with homespun meals cooked by his wife, Marie-Ange.


I guess the rest is history!!!!!!!!!!

Gary Mace

Saanich BC

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Kenneth Stone

Ken Stone of  San Marcos, California, passed away at age 73. Ken was born and raised in Verdun, was a graduate of VHS, and lived there until approximately 1960. If memory serves, he lived on 6th Ave.
Anyone who was a friend can contact his daughter Wendy Wirth at
Wayne Youngward (his cousin)

LES Computer help appreciated.

I have discovered something on my postings and I don't know where it comes from and how do I get rid of it.
&Nbs seems to be popping up everywhere.
It makes no sense. My daughter uses this computer for her MSN teenage  chat stuff, and she gets  the  &Nbs  business also.
I figured you  might know.  You have helped me before.  Thanks   Laurie (and no I haven't been nipping at the green beer. )      

Hi There

After fihting with an old computer for over a year I finally broke down and got a new one. I have been checking in every other day. niuce to be able to post HI to all.
Roy molyneux

St. Patricks day

Today is St. Patrick's Day, the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. There will be parades and celebrations in cities all across the world, but the holiday has always been most popular in the United States, especially in cities with large Irish-American populations. In Chicago, they dye the Chicago River green every year. And in New York City, there's a huge parade that goes up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street, past St. Patrick's Cathedral. And it's all to celebrate the man who brought Christianity to Ireland.

St Patrick&#39;s Day .

 Happy St  Paddy's  Day, March 17, 07 to all our Irish  (or Irish wannabee)  VC People out there. 

Laurie O'Etienne.

Friday, March 16, 2007


Hi there from south Florida,
Killer bees have finally arrived. I've been hearing about them for yrs.and they have found 3 hives sofar.One huge one with about 10,000 yesterday right near a daycare center. They have attacked 2 people and a dog so far.The dog almost didn't make it. They are heading north, but you probably wont see them for a long time. Just giving you'll a heads up.Ha, Ha

St. Patrick&#39;s Day Wishes

An Irish toast, wish I was there!
May your troubles be less,
And your blessing be more.
And nothing but happiness,
Come through your door.

Summer Vacation in Verdun

We're half way thru March and I'm sure some people are talking about summer vacation. Are any planning to vacation or just visit Verdun? If you tell us your plans I will compile a list and post it once a week of who's coming when. People can then make arrangements to meet or some May use it for planning when to come. If several coming want to get together I will coordinate a meeting place for you. Think about it. When I discussed this with Maggie she approved.  We are not necessarily talking about a reunion all though it could work out that way.  Ed 

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Forwarding email

Try putting your friends' email addresses into the BCC column and
spammers wont get our addresses to bombard us with junk. Just a
thought. Actually it isn't necessary to put any address into the 'TO'
Second Avenue

Kensington School

Hello Everyone,
I just created a new album Kensington School Class pics.
I know it's closer to Benny area but.... Verdun connection has a large active membership. I attended both schools 1956 to 1964. I have yet to find a pic that I am in??
If any one can list the who's who in the pics I'm sure all would be interested. Especially me. If anyone has or knows anyone who attended and has pics please post or contact me.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A.A. Thoughts For The Day.

Thoughts that may be appropriate for all men and women.
Second Avenue.

A.A. Thoughts For The Day


"The attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of
each of AA's Twelve Steps. For without some degree of humility, no
alcoholic can stay sober at all.

"Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 70

Thought to Consider . . .

As I thus get down to my right size and stature,
my self-concern and importance become amusing.

Bill W., Box 1980: The AA Grapevine, June 1961
As Bill Sees It, p. 106



False Expectations Appearing Real

*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*

From "He joined A.A. at age 66:"

"It's never too late to enjoy sobriety. Gone are the cravings and
the preoccupation with the 'next drink.' I feel and look a lot
better. My step is lighter, my mind is clearer. The depression and
the gloom are gone. I feel much more at peace with myself and --
more importantly -- with others. I no longer feel the need to please
others to prove myself. Yet I get much satisfaction from helping
others, especially when done anonymously."

c. 2001, A.A. for the Older Alcoholic -
Never Too Late (A.A. Pamphlet P-22), pages 31-32

*~*~*~*~*^Daily Reflections^*~*~*~*~*

He is the Father, and we are His children. Most good ideas are
simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant
arch through which we passed to freedom.


A keystone is the wedge-shaped piece at the highest part of an arch
that locks the other pieces in place. The "other pieces" are Steps
One, Two, and Four through Twelve. In one sense this sounds like
Step Three is the most important Step, that the other eleven depend
on the third for support. In reality however, Step Three is just one
of twelve. It is the keystone, but without eleven other stones to
build the base and arms, keystone or not, there will be no arch.
Through daily working of all Twelve Steps, I find that triumphant
arch waiting for me to pass through to another day of freedom.


*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*

Two-Way Tolerance

"Your point of view was once mine. Fortunately, A.A. is constructed
so that we need not debate the existence of God; but for best
results, most of us must depend upon a Higher Power. You say the
group is your Higher Power, and no right-minded A.A. would challenge
your privilege to believe precisely that way. We should all be glad
that good recoveries can be made even on this limited basis.

"But turnabout is fair play. If you would expect tolerance for your
point of view, I am sure you would be willing to reciprocate. I try
to remember that, down through the centuries, lots of brighter people
than 1 have been found on both sides of this debate about belief. For
myself, of late years, I am finding it much easier to believe that
God made man, than that man made God."

LETTER, 1950

Copyright짰1967 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*

"We alcoholics are sensitive people. It takes some of us a long time

to outgrow that serious handicap."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 125~

*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*

A.A. Thought for the Day

Can I get well? If I mean, "Can I ever drink normally again?" the
answer is no. But if I mean, "Can I stay sober?" the answer is
definitely yes. I can get well by turning my drink problem over to a
Power greater than myself, that Divine Principle in the universe
which we call God, and by asking that Power each morning to give me
the strength to stay sober for the next twenty-four hours. I know
from the experience of thousands of people that if I honestly want to
get well, I can get well. Am I faithfully following the AA program?

Meditation for the Day

Persevere in all that God's guidance moves you to do. The persistent
carrying out of what seems right and good will bring you to that
place where you would be. If you look back over God's guidance, you
will see that His leading has been very gradual and that only as you
have carried out His wishes, as far as you can understand them, has
God been able to give you more clear and definite leading. You are
led by God's touch on a quickened, responsive mind.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may persevere in doing what seems right. I pray that I
may carry out all of God's leading, as far as I can understand it.

Sonny Caulfield

Does anyone recognize or remember Sonny Caulfield from Verdun, I don't personally know him but have heard of him. It seems, reading his bio, that he would qualify as a Verdunite who certainly rubbed elbows with some of the movers and shakers of the entertainment world. He apparently lived on 4th Ave.
Alan Campbell Reid "Sonny" Caulfield was born in 1933 in Verdun a Montreal suburb, the last of three children born to newly arrived Scottish parents. He studied classical piano from 1942-1947 and in 1955 plunged headlong into music full time.
After 18 months playing with his trio in saloons in Montreal, a lucky break led to his being "discovered" at Montreal's fabled Supper Club, El Morocco. In two separate stints, he spent almost three years at this elegant nightclub, first as pianist/singer in the cocktail lounge, then adding to his job description the title House Master of Ceremonies. It was here that the show-business education really took place, presenting the opportunity to introduce international stars and watch them work 14 shows each week.
In 1968, Sonny accepted a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation offer of 26 weekly issues of a live talent-development show called "Sunday Morning" on which he led a quartet as Music Director.
Thirteen weeks into "Sunday Morning", time and budget became available for a major music show, and Sonny was offered the job of Music Director and featured performer. He also ended up writing and producing the show, "Islands and Princesses." It was live-to-tape, shot intentionally in black and white, and featured a blend of Classical and Pop music, sung in a variety of languages. 56 episodes were shot and played across the CBC Network. Work on the series ended by May, 1970.
Then came "Luncheon Date with Elwood Glover", which had been running as a radio show five days a week for six years in downtown Toronto. Now there was talk that the show would move to television and expand to accomodate a studio audience. Sonny Caulfield would lead the house jazz trio. For the next five years "Welcome to Luncheon Date with Elwood Glover" was a staple of daytime television, featuring the Sonny Caulfield Trio. Over the next five years, visiting musicians included Buddy Greco, Roger Whittaker, Gene Krupa, Buddy DeFranco and Ella Fitzgerald, not to mention performers known best by the primarily Canadian audience. In August, 1975, "Luncheon Date" went off the air and Sonny moved to London with his family.
Sonny returned to Montreal and Toronto in 1982, and took engagements in smaller, less glamourous venues, content now to just play music without the hassles of the big cities. In 1986, Sonny accepted an engagement at a hotel in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, looking forward to a lazy summer on the beautiful Island. The engagement, which was to run four months, is still going strong nineteen years later.
Gary Mace
Saanich, BC
ex 1045 Valiquette / 920 Moffat

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Guy, Wilson's Funeral Home has some great pictures of old Verdun scenes and especially pictures of the Pav. Rob was going to shoot them but thinks they would be better taken out of the frames. I think Guy, that if you asked them on behalf of the Society they would probably allow it. The pictures are on the walls downstairs.               Ed


Les, I am looking for a good picture of St. Willi's  to put on the desktop of a computer I am building for Father Cameron.          Ed

2nd Avenue

3rd Avenue is well represented here, especially between Verdun and Bannantyne, but what about lowly 2nd Avenue between Wellington and Verdun? Am I the only one?
I enjoy all the posts no matter how alien. Kidding.

re books

biking  I liked very much what was wriiten
(Henrik Ibsen)

Act 2 Ghosts.   Dead ideas, old beliefs
that have no vitality, that cling to us.


Im finding out slowly that these old ideas I have
are blocking me from the light. I am trying a new approach, trusting in
something bigger than myself. sheading old patterns , beliefs stuff that is just
not mine.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.


Thanks for posting that info it confirms alot of
stuff for me!

Have a great day

Monday, March 12, 2007


Hi Levisjean7:
I believe you mentioned visiting Powassen a couple of weeks ago - I mean who hasn't. Actually we used to rent a cottage at Port Loring and passed through Powassen a number of times. It is nice country up your way.
I used to go to Woodland School with your brother Bill. I remember that he was huge - must have weighed 110lbs. If you look at my photo album on page 5, there is a picture from our Grade 4 class. Included in the photo are a few other Melrose residents; including Ian McGregor, Peter Rinder and Walter Neilson.
Gord Gibbons
Brampton, Ontario


Linda, will you contact me at I have lost connection with your brother, and would like to contact him if possible.


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Street Cars

Does anyone know if there were street cars on Verdun Avenue at one time? I lived most of my preteen years in the 1940s on 2nd Ave., and I vaguely recall street car tracks but it could have been a toddler's dream.
I can still picture my particular street and how it looked way back when. The buildings haven't change too much but during the early 40s there was very little traffic and parking apparently was never a problem. There may have been 10 cars parked between Wellington St. and Verdun Avenue at most. The front yard fences were made of wood and wire, and the space between the sidewalk and the curb was of fine gravel which I found fascinating for some forgotten reason. Funny how one remembers the little things like lace curtains on the windows on some of the nicer front doors (not ours). Oh well... back to the street cars on Verdun Avenue. They may have been there at one time but probably before my time.
Second Avenue.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Mammy&#39;s Fish &amp; Chips

Here is a picture I took yesterday of Mammy's Fish and Chips store on Church in front of the Bowling Alley. Some members were mentioning fish and chips stores in Verdun so here is one.

Maggie - Where&#39;s the members list ?

Where's the members list ?


Hi Everyone, I am new here, my name is Rosemary, but everyone calls me Rosie, and I would like you all to call
me that.  You all seem to be a great bunch of people, I am sure I will enjoy myself here, and hopefully a few memories will be jogged.

Changing time

So ~ did everyone remember to change their clocks, and most importantly, did your computer clock change automatically?

Friday, March 9, 2007

Earl Cooper

Would anyone know  Earl Cooper's e mail address ? or Earl  if you are around please  drop  me a one - liner. Just need to ask you about something.  Thanks.

solong for now

Hi again everyone ! I want to thank everyone who
sent me a email . I am going to take all your good advice. And you watch I'll
have a computer by next week.


I'd feel very lost if I couldn't chat with you all.
Thanks again !!!

I 've been told that I be able to use the computer
untill Monday Morning. I'd like to kick this man to the curb now.

But I am going to detach with love for him and


Monday he will be packed a ready to travel back to
Toronto were he came from. Yeepe Hiyo kiy yea !!


Love to you all Lynn North Bay

Classic Cars Fans


I know that there are many Classic Cars Fans at VC


Is there someone who can describe this car ?

(Make, model, year)

The locomotive would be more difficult to characterize.


Two streets in Verdun

Hello !

Two streets in Verdun crossing each others.



Can you identify these 2 streets ?

(Photos taken in 2006)


Computer Fun

For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way
computers have enhanced our lives, read on
At one computer expo
(COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the
auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with technology like the
computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got
1,000 miles to the gallon."

In response to Bill's comments:
If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be
driving cars with the following characteristics

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to
buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You
would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows,
shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could
continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a manoeuvre such as a left turn would
your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would
have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was
reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive -- but would run
on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would
be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation"
warning light
7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you
and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door
handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn
how to drive all over again because almost none of the controls would
operate the same way as in the old car
10. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.

so long for now

Hello every one

It is with great sadness that I have to say so long
for now. My partner of several year's has told me he has no feelings for me
anymore. He is moving out and among other things taking the computer. I am going
to have to sign out of this site till I can manage to get myself another one.


You people have managed to be my only connection to
what once was my home "Verdun" I have not been on this site for very long , but
feel a great connection to all of you.

 I will however still be on this site through
out the week end.

I think I hope . Your support & some of your
kick ass attitude would be a boost for me .


Thanks you all    

unsubscribe me


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The days of wine and roses

Once through that closing door, I could never return to my carefree
days of wine and roses. Alcohol took control of my existence. That
door remains shut of course but thanks to the 12 steps of AA, I have
regained a measure of happiness one day at a time. Thank you God.
Peace and love,
Bill C.

The days of wine and roses,
Laugh and run away,
Like a child at play,
Through a meadowland,
Toward a closing door,
A door marked never more,
That wasn't there before.
The lonely night discloses,
Just a passing breeze,
Filled with memories,
Of the golden smile,
That introduced me to,
The days of wine and roses,
And you!
The lonely night discloses,
Just a passing breeze,
Filled with memories,
Of the golden smile,
That introduced me to,
The days of wine and roses,
And you!

Thursday, March 8, 2007


Does anyone know Barry White? He is around 50. He is the new Bishop of The Anglican Church of Montreal. He lives in Verdun on LaSalle Blvd.             Ed

Car Curling.

Martin Luther King &amp; MontrealConnection?

I don't Remember ever hearing this story,.....that James Earl Ray had escaped from Prison in the states,.& fled to Montreal,...........
• On April 23, 1967, James Earl Ray hid in a bread truck and escaped from the maximum-security wing of the Missouri State Prison. He fled to Montreal, frequenting the Neptune Bar on de la Commune, where he claims to have befriended a shadowy figure named Raoul. To his dying day, Ray swore that Raoul hatched the plan to assassinate Martin Luther King.
...............taken from a story by Kristian Gravenor of the Montreal Mirror

Bridge Over the River Why

For Expo 67 of course:   Forty Years ago this year,they would open this bridge to get to Ile Notre Dame,.and of course to the other Expo Islands,.........
We were all in anticipation of the world coming to see the City of Montreal :
.the bridge of course was one of the first things built to accomodate the thousands of Dump trucks,.loaded with rock and fill,.that was excavated from the building of the Metro Tunnels,.........................They really were on the right track (so to speak) in the preparation & building & coordination,it took for this Mega project................a job well done:

Wednesday, March 7, 2007


most important to write is a home cooked meal
is the best.
eating in restaurants most of my life, you get
to know whats going on.
i'm sick of restaurants, i enjoy a hotdog and frie
than go to montanas?
its not the cost, its not home made?
at times i hear someone complain about
home made meal at home?
today, most people go to restaurants
they brainwashed the new generation
to eat at restaurants, they just keep
franchising these garbage eating places?
yes they have very few good restaurants
you have to phone to get a reserved table
they put 30 tables in a little room
that you can't move your arm or you may hit
the person, its a job just to move from
the table to the washroom, there's only
one washroom?
i've eaten at all of them, and you just can't beat
that home cooked meal at home.
i like to know which restaurant you like
and i'll see if i was there and give you my thoughts.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

The old Woolco/Walmart Mall

Does anyone remember the old Woolco/Walmart shopping center on Champlain Boulevard.   The year I left Montreal they closed up  and a new store was being built  near the Angrignon Metro Station. 
What did they ever do  with that Mall -  Did they put anything in its place ???

Monday, March 5, 2007

George Luker

LUKER, George (Tex Lane Jr.). Passed away peacefully at the Verdun General Hospital, on March 3, 2007 at the age of fifty-five years. Beloved husband of Rosanna Ehlert. Loving father of George (Marina) and Deborah (Richard). Cherished grandfather of Janet, Jessica, and Miranda. Also survived by his brothers James and Brian, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Resting at the J.F. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home, 5784 Verdun Ave, on Monday and Tuesday, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Complete service in the Chapel, on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Verdun General Hospital will be appreciated.
Published in the Montreal Gazette on 3/5/2007.

Good Morning All

Just thought I'd wish you all a nice day. I had
trouble sending messages yesterday, so I thought i'd try again this

Verdun Directions

Maybe it's because I have always been "directionally challenged" but descriptions of corners in Verdun often confuse me. When I look at a Google Map, it tells me that LaSalle Blvd, Wellington St., Verdun Ave., Bannantyne St. and Champlain Blvd. for the most part run South to North in Verdun. This would put the River running along the East side of Verdun and the Aquaduct running along the West. I always felt that I went up (north) Willibrord from LaSalle Blvd. to Wellington Street when in fact I was travelling West. I'm getting dizzy thinking about this!
How do/did you see it?
*(for those of you that thought you saw this one already, this is a corrected post)


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Sunday, March 4, 2007

Verdun Pentecostal Church

Does anyone remember the Pentecostal Church in Verdun. I was not a  member but I would go along with my friend to the meetings.   They did alot of stuff for kids.

There were cookouts  for the youth  at Angrignon Park. They would have organized games,  BBQ, and of course some good old time religion.  
Happy Memories. Laurie

St. Willibroads - &#39;59

I graduated from St. Willibroads in 1959 and moved from Verdun in 1970.  I still have a house (summer cottage) north of Lachute therefore I return north each summer.  I would love to find others from that era.   

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Our Pets

Here is a picure of my parotlettes.  Coco, (green is 7), Skippy is 2 & 1/2.  They are intelligent, adorable and they can also be little brats.  Anyone else have birds? I am a bird lover, I do like cats & dogs but I am allergic.
Have a great weekend!

The Old Barn

I helped an old friend tear down his grandparent's barn many years ago in northern Quebec. It took us forever because it was build to last with hand made nails, interlocking joints, and huge hard wood beams. Now they come prefab erected in one day. I suppose it could be dismantled in half a day. Progress.

Montreal Forum

 Hey Good Morning Les


I will be talking to my cousin Dale to see if
indeed they intend on releasing The Haunted album. Les you posted some
photo's of them, I did send them to Dale & Jergen. I will keep you


I was also talking to a friend who lives in Verdun
about the Dawson Boy's club archives. We could maybe send someone over there to
ck out the old picture's and do the foot work on getting some of them for this

What do you think?


Hope you have a great day!!!  Talk to you
later  Lynn

Montreal Area Music

There were alot of groups ,from Montreal,.dating back a long ways ,.
in the 40's & 50's Montreal was considered the Place to go for Big Name (at the time ) musicians,.....they all loved to come to Montreal, was a more
accepting city,.and open to many genres of music,.from  jazz & big band & the NightClub Swooners (I think that's what they called them),....
and then into the 60's when names like Bo Diddley came to town ,.and Blues singers mixed into the City with Rock 'N Roll ,bands,.......and many talents of all types of Musice came from Montreal,...then came the 60's .with an incrediblew mix from Motown Sound to Electric Era well as the carry over from the 50's sound ......the early 60's also had a big Folk Group following,.......with 'artists appearing in the up & coming Coffee House's
(Yes Starbucks had nothing on these places)...even a young Bob Dylan would come to Montreal..but the 60's also produced some incredible (my opinion) Garage Bands,......Remember walking down a laneway & hearing some of the people we went to school with practicing,.and then playing in the local Church Basements Dances,...and the 'Rec Centre',.and the two High Schools ,.VHS & VCHS,.......and of course the DAnces at the 'Y' on Lasalle Blvd.............................and throughout those overlapping years & decades,....the Blues also survived....................................
          Man did we all have some fum Growing up in Montreal
What are some of the bands & music you liked ,.or grinded too,  hahahaha
 Regardless of Era ,....what were some of your favourite bands or groups??
...............and What Memories are brought to mind for you,.when you Think
of a Certain Song........???
and What are some of those Favourite Songs....?????

Did You Know ??

Did you know that the RRSP contributions have been around for fifty years now,.......................I would not have guessed it was around for that long, initial thougt would have been to say late 70's :  but this years marks Fifty
Years of these Tax Break (or delay ) Contributions:
          Whoda Thunk It ??

Friday, March 2, 2007

Montreal webcam

These are the most familar webcams
Looks some snow accumualtion,..............but I didn't know they are expecting 40cm's  Well at least it's the weekend and they have two days to get rid of it.......
but I guess every one's home from work by now,..So it's a stay in the cozy heat and look out the window and relax,.........
Mind you snow or not ,when we were younger ,we'd be heading out the door to go Downtown,.....or start out at the '50 club' in Lasalle,..Bert's Bar,.or the HAraki

Verdun Toyota Dealership

Verdun News - Channel 12 -
Apparently a  5 alarm fire is burning  at the Dealership.
I can't place where that would be.


Les I also knew the pucci family they had a band I
think their dad was the singer. I also knew their drummer Ronny Culligan.

Dropped in to say hello

Hi, This is Keith Hickey(44 yrs. old) and I used to live in Verdun. I moved from Verdun in 1979 and have been living in Lethbridge, Alberta. I went to V.C.H. and hung out with Pat Keough, Ronald Pucci, Todd Holdbrook just to mention a few. If anyone remembers me or like to get a hold of me, you can email me at

Friggin weather

Were is every one this morning? The weather is very
bad here in North Bay. I wonder if we will keep our power due to the high winds.
I hope everyone is suggled in, It's going to be a long day. I "ve got my candles
ready ., some good books to read.  My daughter, The dog, and I  are
cuddled in under the duvet.  Have a good one every one.


I'll keep checking in as long as we have the power
to do it !

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Mtl Forum

I can't for the life of me remember were all the
big name musican's play in Montreal. It used to be the Forum.  I wonder who
is going to play there this spring? Anyone know.

British Programmes.

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 laurie 1945   I enjoy all your
messages !


I don't know what is going on. Your membership was not cancelled by the management. There have been other reports of memberships being cancelled. I'm glad that you (Ron) just re-applied. Anyone else should do the same if their membership gets cancelled. MSN is playing games with us?

Old Radio Programs

Found this site ~~ lots of nostalgic old radio programs.  Neat!

Lasalle Explosion

On March 1st,..........1965,...We all woke up to a big Blast,..........
  Forty Two Years Ago this morning,.the whole apartment building in the Lasalle Heights area,.........Exploded,...with a Terrible Blast caused basically by a Natural Gas Leak,.......................the ensuing blast claimed 28Lives,of which most were just kids,.........................................
You know what sad (aside from the Obvious) is take alook in that pile of Rubble and almost dead center at the bottom of the photo,you can see ,some poor kids little wagon..........................a very Stark Reminder of the Awful Reality of this Incredible Blast,..................the bright side (if that's possible)
is that it could have easily claimed more lives and several more of those Apartment Blocks,............................................

Montreal Spots

Recognise this old Theater,...........................................??
Ahh  Yes Back where we started from,.............................I've poste a few Movie spots before,.....but with as many new members as we've had join over the last little while,..maybe some of these will spark a memory or a story or two ,from some ......................................What Montreal Spots ,..would you like to see,...and we'll try to find them for you,.............or better yet if you do have some old Montreal or of course Verdun,shots of familiar old Spots,.......then
let's have a look,..............we'd really appreciate that....................

Do we have anyone living in Vancouver

If we have anyone living in Vancouver that would take a picture for me, I would love to have a shot of my little home for two years at 250 Carson St. In South Burnaby. It was a stucco bungalow and I called it my little gray home in the west. My wife got homesick for Verdun and I moved back to Quebec. Within two days of the time she told me she was homesick I sold the house, bought a truck and moved us back. I loved it out there. I ran Vancouver to Calgary and Edmonton for two years. The money was great. The weather was great, but happiness is more important. Ed