Sunday, September 30, 2007

Owned same car for 70 years

Clarence Cleveland Curtiss owned his ford 1929 for 70 years wich has 300,00 km.
Guy
 

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Jack Mackett

Haven't seen or heard anything about him since the mid 80's. I know his brother Jim passed away some time ago.They were from Crawford park.

Hi from south florida

Hi to all. I'ts been a long time since I've been on this site. Got a new puter, back in business. Got some catching up to do.
Wendy

Verdun Cultural Centre Celebrates it's 40th Anniversary

Please take note of enclosed notice.
Guy

Thursday, September 27, 2007

LOOKING FOR JOEY DION 7 FRANKIE DANIELS

HEY...anyone out there see or hear from these two fella's...my friend Brenda is asking about Joey Dion, and I am asking about my old pal Frankie Daniels who has a sister,they moved into an apartment in the '60's together near atwater.....
 
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B & B INFO.IN VERDUN

Hello,  There is a B&B in Verdun I read about on VC long ago.   Does anyone have any info on it, location,rate..etc.    I am planning a trip to Verdun soon and need to inquire.  If someone could reply asap..thanks lots.
 
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Fast Food Restaurants in Verdun

There are 3 fast food restaurants within a couple of hundred feet of each other at the intersection of de l'Église and LaSalle Boulevard:
 
St Hubert BBQ
McDonalds
Tim Horton
 
Is this progress?
 
Guy
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

VERDUN IN WASHINGTON DC

All "OLD" Verdun Folks:  Last night 3 Old St Willy's school friends Brian O'Connell, Jerry Duggan and Myself Pat Leonard were having some Suds at Joe Thiesman's in Alexandria, Its been 50 years since we've been together one time or another and we are all still kicking.  Our stories were unbelieveable but true. We all miss Verdun but we cannot live in the pass just keep moving forward.  By the way we all get to Verdun every 3 to 5 years for our Smoke Meat, Hot Dogs and St Hubert's Chicken.  Life was great there and our friends the best.  Tx Pat

Montreal Police Vehicles

Charlie Chaplan can't be very far.
Guy
 

Kiri Te Kanawa

From the score of the film 'Room With a View'. Adapted from the
classic English novel of the same name. An old fashion story of young
love in the countryside of Italy. Take what you like and leave the rest.
Bill


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUE2zG3R-hc

Daddy's Poem


Daddy's Poem

Her hair was up in a pony tail,
Her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy's Day at school,
And she couldn't wait to go.

But her mommy tried to tell her,
That she probably should stay home.
Why the kids might not understand,
If she went to school alone.

But she was not afraid;
She knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates
Of why he wasn't there today.

But still her mother worried,
For her to face this day alone.
And that was why once again,
She tried to keep her daughter home.

But the little girl went to school
Eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees
A dad who never calls.

There were daddies along the wall in back,
For everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently,
Anxious in their seats

One by one the teacher called
A student from the class.
To introduce their daddy,
As seconds slowly passed.

At last the teacher called her name,
Every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching,
For a man who wasn't there.

"Where's her daddy at?"
She heard a boy call out.
"She probably doesn't have one,"
Another student dared to shout.

And from somewhere near the back,
She heard a daddy say,
"Looks like another deadbeat dad,
Too busy to waste his day."

The words did not offend her,
As she smiled up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher,
Who told her to go on
And with hands behind her back,
Slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child,
Came words incredibly unique.

"My Daddy couldn't be here,
Because he lives so far away.
But I know he wishes he could be,
Since this is such a special day.

And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know.
All about my daddy,
And how much he loves me so
He loved to tell me stories
He taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses,
And taught me to fly a kite.

We used to share fudge sundaes,
And ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him
I'm not standing here alone.

"'Cause my daddy's always with me,
Even though we are apart
I know because he told me,
He'll forever be in my heart"
With that, her little hand reached up,
And lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat,

And from somewhere here in the crowd of dads,
Her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter,
Who was wise beyond her years.

For she stood up for the love
Of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her,
Doing what was right.

And when she dropped her hand back down,
Staring straight into the crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft,
But its message clear and loud.

"I love my daddy very much,
he's my shining star.
And if he could, he'd be here,
But heaven's, just too far.

You see he is a Marine
And died just this past year
When a roadside bomb hit his convoy
And taught Americans to fear.
But sometimes when I close my eyes,
it's like he never went away."
And then she closed her eyes,
And saw him there that day.

And to her mothers amazement,
She witnessed with surprise.
A room full of daddies and children,
All starting to close their eyes.

Who knows what they saw before them,
Who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second,
They saw him at her side.

"I know you're with me Daddy,"
To the silence she called out.
And what happened next made believers,
Of those once filled with doubt.

Not one in that room could explain it,
For each of their eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her,
Was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.

And a child was blessed, if only for a moment,
By the love of her shining star.
And given the gift of believing,
That heaven is never too far.

Montreal New Stuff(maybe old too)

Ok we get to watch the politics from a distance I guess,...I hope they dont' screw up all the progress mad so far,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Residents voice concern on Turcot reconstruction

Jasmin Legatos, The Gazette

Published: 1 hour ago

Noise, dust, the possibility of expropriation and increased traffic were the main concerns of residents gathered at a St. Henri recreational centre Tuesday night for the first of three public consultations on plans to rebuild the Turcot Interchange.

In June, the provincial Transport Department announced a $1.5-billion project to replace the elevated structure with a simplified highway system, most of which is to be built at ground level.

The plan also involves rebuilding the Angrignon Blvd., Montreal West and de la Vérendrye Blvd. interchanges and turning the Turcot Yards into some kind of green space. 

Highway 20 toward downtown and the CN rail lines are to be moved to the north side of the Turcot Yards, next to the escarpment below St. Jacques St.

For residents near the crumbling Turcot Interchange, which rises 30 metres at some points, bringing the highway system down to earth means they will be even closer to the noise of the 280,000 cars that use the road network every day.

Environmental impact assessments are still under way, project director Denise Gosselin said, but according to the project's  sound specialist, the goal is to cut the current noise level in half.

One St. Henri resident was concerned that the plan to extend Cote St. Paul Rd. to meet up with Monk Blvd. will only help increase traffic on nearby St. Ambroise St., which she said some motorists already treat like a highway.

Gosselin replied that the province is working with Montreal boroughs and suburbs to determine the way the construction would affect the Turcot's tributaries.

Gosselin did not rule out traffic lights on St. Ambroise and emphasized the ground-level highway system would allow safe crossings by pedestrians and bicyclists, who now pass under the Turcot Interchange.

Possible expropriation was also a hot-button issue last night. While Gosselin acknowledged some land would have to be acquired by the government in residential areas for the project, she said all efforts were being made to reduce the impact on residents, In most cases, she said, only small parcels of land - most probably from a back or front yard - will be needed to complete the project.

But as the plan is still under study, she could not elaborate

                                                                      ..HF&RV

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Watch Out Cirque du Soleil

This photo appeared in the "La Presse" newspaper on Sept. 24th.
Translation:
Verdun circus school: workshop to initiation and techniques of circus (acrobatics, balance, iron wire, juggling, aerial techniques and trampoline) For 5 years and over. Sunday: from 13.00 to 16.00h (1.00 to 4.00 pm) 514 768 5812
 
Guy
 

Monday, September 24, 2007

Take Me Back To The Sixties


http://moreoldfortyfives.com/TakeMeBackToTheSixties.htm

Boat Racing Verdun

I met a man from Verdun lately , who told me about boat (Skiff) Racing behind the Auditorium , he drove one of the boats , anyone remember this , I sure do , and had forgot all about it , will try to find out if he has any pictures of this .   jim  p.s. His name is Gordie Kennedy and he is VERDUN  through and through  jim

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Google Earth

I was surfing on G.E. and discovered what looks like two small lakes
on Nun's island. Are there lakes there and are they man made? I don't
recall lakes.
Bill

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Arena Denis Savard

Les,
Here is a picture of the Denis Savard Arena wich was built next to the Auditorium and wich I took today. I am told that it was built app. 15 years ago. Denis Savard was born in Pointe Gatineau Qc, never played for the Montreal Canadiens nor for any Verdun team as far as I know so I don't know why they named the arena after him. I think the only position he had was as assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens for a year or 2. There are so many other Verdun hockey players or coaches that they could have used.
Guy
 

Teamsters Union

http://www.theguyfromboston.com/playvideo2.asp?video=yPEr3LSr4pA

Available for rent?

What's available for rent in Verdun?

Friday, September 21, 2007

elton irwin from morin heights. info ???

is there anyone who has seen elton and his wife michelle?
i,d love some news or how to contact them
thanks, hi to all.
get yer U.S. DOLLARS NOW.
we are almost at par with you.
carolyn bennett

the canadian dollar wow!

guess everyone will be heading south of the border this winter...
it closed today at 99.96 . can you believe.
carolyn bennett
 

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

procedure to join this site?

les, maggie, how do we refer a new member to the site?
can you advise.
carolyn
 

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

CAROLE LANDRY/CLEARY. SEPT. 5/07

WITH SADNESS ,I POST THIS.
 
CAROLE WAS A LIFETIME FRIEND, BUT BECAUSE I WAS IN A FAR OFF LAND AND SHE RAISING A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY OF 4, WE NEVER SAW EACH OTHER,AFTER A LONG BATTLE WITH BREAST CANCER, GOD CALLED HER HOME,
VISIT LEGACY .COM FOR COMPLETE POST.
I SHALL MISS HER BUT MY MEMORIES AS KIDS TOGETHER ARE CLEAR, AND SHALL LIVE FOREVER,TO HER 4 CHILDREN, LOVE, STRENGTH, HOPE.
CAROLYN BENNETT
 

O.J. Simpson's NFL Pension $35,000 per month.


http://happycapitalist.blogspot.com/2006/11/oj-pensions-erisa-and-golf.html

Habs 07-08 Season Underway

This could be underYikes Stuff,...............it's Hockey Time Already,
 preseason at least is underway,............   and the HAbs played Pittsburg,tonight in Montreal,...and came out on top,.but needed O/T to do it..........................    3-1 ,..........  the   two willplay each other again tomorow night .................   
                          The Regular Season starts for real on October 3rd,.........
         Imagine it's getting close to Thanksgiving Soon,..........then Halloween
                                                   YIKES.................hahahahahah    HF&RV

Monday, September 17, 2007

Cars We Drove In The 50's and 60's

Any rumors of my premature demise are totally without basis, me thinks!!!!!! Busy summer on the road in our motorhome, cross country to Our Hometown and back.
 
Copy and paste the following link to bring back some great memories as noted in the subject line, turn up the sound too!
 
 
 
Gary Mace (a.k.a. Arbutus)
(1045 Valiquette)
Saanich, BC

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Article about how Verdun has changed.

Here's a recent article about Verdun. You'll note that one of the top guy says they're thinking about closing down the Verdun Auditorium to make it a convention center.


http://snipurl.com/1qs9b

Borough in bloom
Concerted efforts of long-time residents and more recent transplants have helped buff away Verdun's dodgier side
KRISTIAN GRAVENOR, Freelance
Published: Thursday, September 06

The scraggly, weed-covered lawn of the neighbouring Notre Dame de Lourdes Church at Verdun and Fourth Aves. never impressed resident Claire Garneau. She envisioned a magnificent park and started mobilizing.

"I've lived in Verdun for all of my 52 years and felt sad about the state of that land. People were hesitant to do anything to turn it into a park. They said it would just attract drug addicts. All sorts of people were against it," says Garneau.

After six years of holding fundraising plays and concerts, hitting up businesses and government, as well as countless blisters resulting from endless volunteer landscaping work, the park has officially opened its doors as an urban oasis amid the oft-maligned avenues of Verdun.

"It's amazing to see the changes, and the respect has followed. People are proud of the place," Garneau says. "They sit in the garden, they read books, eat their lunch there and toss out their garbage afterwards. The people who were against the park aren't against it any more."

The park is one of countless small initiatives that has combined to transform the southwest riverside borough of Verdun. The area, once synonymous in many minds with welfare and dilapidation, has seen government assistance rates fall to eight per cent, about half the rate of 1994, while property values in many parts have quadrupled since the late 1990s.

Although the Verdun butterfly might look like it suddenly busted out from a cocoon, the changes are the result of 15 years of snail-like progress, according to Roger Cadieux. In 1991 the veteran physician traded hats for a job leading economic community development as the head of the Economic Forum of Verdun, which has 240 dues-paying members.

"Every year citizens and businesses start little projects, small renovations - we've had about 150 projects a year for 15 years and we supported them and published tributes to them. You can really see the changes have added up," he says.

When he set up his medical clinic in Verdun in the 1960s, Cadieux got an eyeful of social problems that plagued the area. "We'd see young pregnant girls having problems raising their children. And for a time the welfare was much too high - people saw it as an old-age pension that they could get early. I saw people with no future or hope."

Verdun was full of families of workers at GE and Sherwin-Williams. As the jobs went, they too disappeared. The area lost 10,000 residents in the 1990s, leaving approximately 60,000 today.

So the area ditched its industrial image and went green. The sprucing up of Verdun relied heavily on the waterfront, which was jazzed up with trees and bike paths. "I'm lucky enough to live on LaSalle Blvd.; 40 years ago I had no idea I'd be able to put a sailboat in front. The waterfront is Verdun's great natural resource," says Cadieux.

But like many Verduners, Cadieux admits that the city hasn't fully shed its bingo, welfare and hot-dog persona. "We did a focus group of about 60 new arrivals and noticed that a lot of their ideas about Verdun are quite negative."

The borough is roughly divided into three areas: Nuns' Island, which has a population of 16,000; the wealthier area west of the avenues; and then downtown, or east Verdun, which has the highest level of poverty in the area.

Another veteran of Verdun's slow march forward is Verdun's development commissioner, Alain Laroche, who was lured away from a journalism career in St. Laurent in the early 1990s. Laroche offers frequent bus tours to new residents, where he points out how a modest cottage in Crawford Park sold for $300,000. But he glosses over the ongoing challenge of Verdun's empty storefronts, a blight partially tackled by zoning that requires almost all empty stores to revert to residential except for on Wellington and de L'Église.

Laroche also credits an influx of Plateau yuppies for the turnaround. "Developers started advertising on the Plateau, pointing out that people can buy an 850-square-foot condo here for about $160,000. It's as cheap to own here as it is to rent on the Plateau. Once they started coming, it really snowballed."

But the fast-paced gentrification is a challenge to Verdun's traditional social mix, which includes a working-class population. "We try to buy property to build cooperatives to find a place for them, but developers are always snapping them up first," Laroche says.

Much has changed, but Laroche is visualizing far more. Some of the next stages of evolution he visualizes include having the four top floors of the city parking lot turned into boutiques, hotels and restaurants. The Verdun auditorium - which costs the administration nearly a million dollars a year to operate - could also be made into a conference centre, and there could also one day be a bridge along Galt to Nuns' Island.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Today Sept 15 in Verdun


Hi pals, Well my grandson has made the Elite team from our area and we played this morning in Verdun , I live in Ile Perrot and our team is comprised of best players , Pee Wee from Ile Perrot to Ontario Broder , Verdun and Ville LaSalle's best were the opposition.
We left from Ile Perrot , across the bridge from Ile Perrot to Ste Anne de Bellevue, along the 20 , past West Island and Dorval, took the exit for the Champlain Bridge exited for Verdun and arrived at Church Ave, missed the exit so went to Caron street and then back north , then east and back down church , then took a right and left and Headed down towards the river on Galt, boy the memories, hey Les this is your territory , what a wonderful experience just being in Verdun , like its our HOME  RIGHT . 
To be explained Church is now one way north from LaSalle  blvd. to the Aqui , hence that is why on the way to the Audi we had to take GAlt .
We won 4 to 1 , however the Verdun Crowd were great people and I have to admit , walking around the old arena brought back so may memories.
Next trip is to Chateauguy , will fill you in on that trip later , hang tough Jimmy

Baby Rose Marie

I first saw Baby Rose Marie in W.C. Fields film, 'International House 1933'. I could not believe a 6 year old could be that talented. She sang 'Blue Bird got the Blues' I think. Then the biggest surprise -- this was the same Rose Marie on 'The Dick Van Dyke' T.V. show! So I bought and read her autobiography, 'Hold the Roses'. Quite the lady indeed. Al Capone was her benefactor.
I found two shorts of her singing on uTube but the 'Blue Bird...' wasn't there. Hopefully someone will post it for everyone -- I have the movie. The film isn't great, although there is also a good scene with Rudy Vallee.
When you play these shorts keep in mind she is 6.
Bill

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGt0My15xb0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hniqjExFho

Friday, September 14, 2007

Mike Stuart

Mike died suddenly on Labour Day weekend. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Funeral will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

TV Commercial filmed in Verdun.

Has anyone seen the Reitman's commercial, with the two men, one chinese, and one baldie  with round glasses.
Then there is a  58 Wellington bus  pulls up. They shoot around so fast, and  it is difficult to see  whereabouts in Verdun.
Has anyone seen this.

Still looking for the Parr Brothers.

I've called every "Parr" from Vancouver Island to Bona Vista... No luck.
 
The only stone yet unturned AND ironically is a "John Parr" who still lives on Woodland in Verdun of all things. (He and his wife do not answer their phone).  I think Gary and Kenny had a younger brother. Not sure what his name was?
 
If anyone can think of any tid bit of info. We went to Riverview from 79-82. OR if anyone knows this John Parr on Woodland, ask him if he's related (and why he doesn't answer his phone any day of the week ha-ha).
 
Any info will be greatly appreciated.
 
Thanks
 
Steve
 
 

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Happy Birthday George

George Chuvalo,........  70  years old today,...  Happy Birthday George,
........never knoced down ,throughout his career,..Even Ali said George was tougher than Liston & Patterson,..........  Although Ali beat the crap out of Chuvalo for 15 rounds in 1966,...........He couldn't knock him off his feet,
but Mr Chuvalo would go on to live his life the sameway,.he had a lot of tragic events ,try to take him down too,.....but he managed to keep his head up ,.& carry on.......  (two sons lost to drugs,.....one son to suicide,.then his wife to suicide),....and yet he carry's on delivering a message to kids ,not to get involved with drugs,.etc etc
He has garnered the respect of his Boxing Peers,.....as well as that of many people,............  Hope he's enjoying some easier or happier days ,.
            Happy 70th George,....................                                       HF&RV

Appeals court says requirement to attend AA unconstitutional

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/08/
BA99S1AKQ.DTL

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Verdun back in Style

Looks like Verdun is making a comeback,...the waterfrong t area is Fantastic,..(as is most of Montreal's waterfront),........but this is good news ,when the residents step in & start to turn it around,..Every city has it's 'seedier' side,..but if you let them take over they will,.So this story written by Kridtian Gravenor (in a freelance roll,) for the Gazette,..He lends credit where it is due,..........
Borough in bloom
Concerted efforts of long-time residents and more recent transplants have helped buff away Verdun's dodgier side
 
KRISTIAN GRAVENOR
Freelance

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Verdun resident Claire Garneau was instrumental in revitalizing the park of Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, an example of the borough's revival.
CREDIT: JOHN MAHONEY, THE GAZETTE
Verdun resident Claire Garneau was instrumental in revitalizing the park of Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, an example of the borough's revival.

The scraggly, weed-covered lawn of the neighbouring Notre Dame de Lourdes Church at Verdun and Fourth Aves. never impressed resident Claire Garneau. She envisioned a magnificent park and started mobilizing.

"I've lived in Verdun for all of my 52 years and felt sad about the state of that land. People were hesitant to do anything to turn it into a park. They said it would just attract drug addicts. All sorts of people were against it," says Garneau.

After six years of holding fundraising plays and concerts, hitting up businesses and government, as well as countless blisters resulting from endless volunteer landscaping work, the park has officially opened its doors as an urban oasis amid the oft-maligned avenues of Verdun.

"It's amazing to see the changes, and the respect has followed. People are proud of the place," Garneau says. "They sit in the garden, they read books, eat their lunch there and toss out their garbage afterwards. The people who were against the park aren't against it any more."

The park is one of countless small initiatives that has combined to transform the southwest riverside borough of Verdun. The area, once synonymous in many minds with welfare and dilapidation, has seen government assistance rates fall to eight per cent, about half the rate of 1994, while property values in many parts have quadrupled since the late 1990s.

Although the Verdun butterfly might look like it suddenly busted out from a cocoon, the changes are the result of 15 years of snail-like progress, according to Roger Cadieux. In 1991 the veteran physician traded hats for a job leading economic community development as the head of the Economic Forum of Verdun, which has 240 dues-paying members.

"Every year citizens and businesses start little projects, small renovations - we've had about 150 projects a year for 15 years and we supported them and published tributes to them. You can really see the changes have added up," he says.

When he set up his medical clinic in Verdun in the 1960s, Cadieux got an eyeful of social problems that plagued the area. "We'd see young pregnant girls having problems raising their children. And for a time the welfare was much too high - people saw it as an old-age pension that they could get early. I saw people with no future or hope."

Verdun was full of families of workers at GE and Sherwin-Williams. As the jobs went, they too disappeared. The area lost 10,000 residents in the 1990s, leaving approximately 60,000 today.

So the area ditched its industrial image and went green. The sprucing up of Verdun relied heavily on the waterfront, which was jazzed up with trees and bike paths. "I'm lucky enough to live on LaSalle Blvd.; 40 years ago I had no idea I'd be able to put a sailboat in front. The waterfront is Verdun's great natural resource," says Cadieux.

But like many Verduners, Cadieux admits that the city hasn't fully shed its bingo, welfare and hot-dog persona. "We did a focus group of about 60 new arrivals and noticed that a lot of their ideas about Verdun are quite negative."

The borough is roughly divided into three areas: Nuns' Island, which has a population of 16,000; the wealthier area west of the avenues; and then downtown, or east Verdun, which has the highest level of poverty in the area.

Another veteran of Verdun's slow march forward is Verdun's development commissioner, Alain Laroche, who was lured away from a journalism career in St. Laurent in the early 1990s. Laroche offers frequent bus tours to new residents, where he points out how a modest cottage in Crawford Park sold for $300,000. But he glosses over the ongoing challenge of Verdun's empty storefronts, a blight partially tackled by zoning that requires almost all empty stores to revert to residential except for on Wellington and de L'Église.

Laroche also credits an influx of Plateau yuppies for the turnaround. "Developers started advertising on the Plateau, pointing out that people can buy an 850-square-foot condo here for about $160,000. It's as cheap to own here as it is to rent on the Plateau. Once they started coming, it really snowballed."

But the fast-paced gentrification is a challenge to Verdun's traditional social mix, which includes a working-class population. "We try to buy property to build cooperatives to find a place for them, but developers are always snapping them up first," Laroche says.

Much has changed, but Laroche is visualizing far more. Some of the next stages of evolution he visualizes include having the four top floors of the city parking lot turned into boutiques, hotels and restaurants. The Verdun auditorium - which costs the administration nearly a million dollars a year to operate - could also be made into a conference centre, and there could also one day be a bridge along Galt to Nuns' Island.

© The Gazette (Montreal) 2007
 
Seems like there's some great plans for Verdun,..I hope they make it ,.I'd love to see a Verdun alive again with kids playing in the streets,.and people enjoying an ice-cream ,or a Steamie & Fries,.......as they walk down Wellington Street,...or the 'Boardwalk' again ,
Good on Ya Verdun
     HF&RV

anyone where these people are to-day?

Hi
 
Anyone have info on the following people from VHS.
Sherri Duplessis,Terry Labelle,Marlene Windsor,Kent Saunders..
Classes of 69-71.
 
Thanks
Lad

Monday, September 10, 2007

Speed Traps around LaBelle Province

This is sort of like a Public Warning Announcement................hahahahaha
But for all Our Members who still reside in Montreal ,.and still like to drive (quickly)...................Here's a list of   Speedtrap areas,..........
 

TransCanadaHighway.com Quebec Speedtraps

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Overview
Radar detectors and laser detectors are illegal to use in Quebec.
TransCanada Highway #20/40
Autoroute 20, Ontario border- Montreal
There are often speedtraps between the border and Montreal. Another popular hotspot is on Autoroute 40, just past the city of Anjou in the Montreal Area. A popular spot is on Autoroute 55 between Trois-Riviere and Grand-Mere. The SQ hides one vehicle behind overpass barriers and another later on to get you. You can get a ticket starting at 111 km/h, although they usually let it slide under 120.

Autoroute 40, Montreal West Island

On holidays/weekends, expect a trap on the inside of the curve where it bends left just before St. Charles. You'll see most of the faster drivers slow down and move right on the approach to this curve.
Eastbound Highway 40 is suppose to be Westbound. On WEEKDAYS between 7:30am and 12:00, expect a trap on the inside of the curve where it bends left just before St. Charles. One police car tends to sit at the bend(where you can't see him) with 2 or 3 cars further up the road, ready to pull you over. You'll see most of the faster drivers slow down and move right on the approach to this

curve Autoroute 40, Anjou

At the Anjou Interchange. As you round the anti-clockwise bend, there it is. Too late to slow down in this 70 km zone, but everyone is accelerating up to 100 km which begins within the next 200 meters.

Autoroute 20, Dorval

Along this three-lane stretch you will bypass an exit for the town and airport of Dorval. Immediately after that you go under an overpass, and the highway curves right. A chain-link fence along the right side of the highway will prevent you from spotting a cruiser sitting in the wedge of an access ramp to this highway.

Autoroute 20, Champlain Bridge

Outside of rush hour it's tempting to bomb down the bridge, especially since the speed limit is a paltry 70 km/h. I myself have been known to hit 130 on it at 3 in the morning. Beware, though, that the Surete du Quebec enjoys placing a speed trap at the first exit off the bridge on the South Shore. Almost exclusively at night, because it's hard to see them and due to the heavy traffic moving slowly during the day.

Highway 20, south of Montreal

Right after getting off the island of Montreal (Sainte-Ann-de-Bellevue) there is a real good spot for the pigs to hide on the right hand side behind the concrete separators. You can sometimes see the top of his lights, and he catches 2-3 people a day.

Highway 20, Victoriaville

Within 10 miles of the Victoriaville exit on Highway 20 on the West or the East Side. They hide under the overpass. Be careful there

Highway 20, Trois Rivieres - Drummondville

Frequent radar operations along Autoroute 20 with 5-6 police cars at the same locations. Watch for radar under the overpass at the Three Rivers (Trois-Rivieres) exit.

Autoroute 40, Montreal West Island

On holidays/weekends, expect a trap on the inside of the curve where it bends left just before St. Charles. You'll see most of the faster drivers slow down and move right on the approach to this curve.
Eastbound Highway 40 is suppose to be Westbound. On WEEKDAYS between 7:30am and 12:00, expect a trap on the inside of the curve where it bends left just before St. Charles. One police car tends to sit at the bend(where you can't see him) with 2 or 3 cars further up the road, ready to pull you over. You'll see most of the faster drivers slow down and move right on the approach to this curve

Autoroute 40, Anjou

At the Anjou Interchange. As you round the anti-clockwise bend, there it is. Too late to slow down in this 70 km zone, but everyone is accelerating up to 100 km which begins within the next 200 meters.

Montreal

Montreal West Island, Autoroute 40

On holidays/weekends, expect a trap on the inside of the curve where it bends left just before St. Charles. You'll see most of the faster drivers slow down and move right on the approach to this curve.
Eastbound Highway 40 is suppose to be Westbound. On WEEKDAYS between 7:30am and 12:00, expect a trap on the inside of the curve where it bends left just before St. Charles. One police car tends to sit at the bend(where you can't see him) with 2 or 3 cars further up the road, ready to pull you over. You'll see most of the faster drivers slow down and move right on the approach to this curve

Anjou, Autoroute 40

At the Anjou Interchange. As you round the anti-clockwise bend, there it is. Too late to slow down in this 70 km zone, but everyone is accelerating up to 100 km which begins within the next 200 meters.

Montreal, Champlain Bridge Autoroute 15/20

Outside of rush hour it's tempting to bomb down the bridge, especially since the speed limit is a paltry 70 km/h. I myself have been known to hit 130 on it at 3 in the morning. Beware, though, that the Surete du Quebec enjoys placing a speed trap at the first exit off the bridge on the South Shore. Almost exclusively at night, because it's hard to see them and due to the heavy traffic moving slowly during the day.

Montreal, Rachel Street

On Rachel St. between Iberville and St-Michel, 3 biker cops on Harleys enjoy to nail people speeding on this stretch. Speed limit 50 km/h.

Montreal, Parc Ave

Parc Ave heading south just north of Pine Ave(next to Parc Mont-Royal and the monument)Right after you pass the traffic light by the monument and as you approach the Pine-Parc interchange, there are often 2 or 3 cop cars hiding on the right just waiting to nail people.

Dorval, Cote de Liesse:

Look out for the trap under the last overpass before Dorval Circle. Generally not at rush hour.

Montreal, Highway 10

Police car under bridge on east direction right after Champlain Bridge, and just before Tachereau Blvd. Weeknights till early morning. When the road is desert. Speed limit 80 km/h.

Montreal - Northbound Highway 15:

Also known as the Decarie Expressway. This three-lane trench has cement walls and buildings above you on either side. Posted at 70 km/h, people frequently exceed 100 km/h.
Near the bottom, there is an onramp to the Decarie Expressway from Sherbrooke Street, providing a cruiser with excellent visibility and easy down-ramp acceleration.
A few kilometers further at the off ramp marked for Jean-Talon street, there is an overpass held up by cement columns. A set of columns are located between the off ramp and the Expressway. A police cruiser is positioned in the shadows, amongst the pillars, waiting...
Top end of Decarie, where the left lane must exit to Highway 40 West. During rush hour the traffic is so slow, police will hand-pick those drivers who cross the double-solid squeezing/forcing themselves into the left lane as well as those not wearing their seatbelt.
Northbound before curve after Queen Mary exit on right hand side of road. Southbound after Jean Talon exit on right hand side. During rush hours when traffic is still flowing fast enough to speed.

Ville St.-Laurent, Gouin Blvd):

For those wishing to get to The West Island or to Dorval Airport without having to cope with the Highway 520 morning rush, Gouin Blvd. is a great option. However, as one crosses Laurentian Blvd., Gouin Blvd. seems to open up and lend itself to making up time. NOT SO! As one takes the first soft curve left and crosses Olivier St., a police car is likely to be parked at the next crossing street (Jasmine) with its radar pointed right at the oncoming traffic. And, if one goes as little as 10 km faster than the 50 km limit, one is toast! The police is not there every morning - probably only on slow nights, before a shift change. But they have it down to a science!

Montreal , Highway 10 by Casino

Usually just after the exit for the Casino, there is a patrol car waiting at the next exit with 3-6 cars after the long right hand turn under the Victoria Bridge.

Montreal

1) between Sources Road and St-Johns on the highway 40 there is a small space in the median for a cop to hide
2) on the highway 20 under the Sources overpass, cops love to hide behind the pillars

Montreal - Highway 25 Lafontaine Tunnel

When you exit Montreal from Highway Highway 25 south by the Lafontaine Underwater Tunnel, there is speed limit is 70 km/h. Weekdays early in the morning (between 2 and 4 a.m.) the "Surete du Quebec" (Quebec Provincial Police Force) make tons of of tickets there because 9 cars on 10 exit the tunnel at a speed between 100-140 km/h!!!! That will cost between $125-$275! Usually the SQ radar are parked just 200 meters outside the tunnel and their radar signals goes inside the tunnel to catch your speed long time before the exit, when you pop out the tunnel is too late dude!

Montreal, South Shore St- Lambert

Just after taking the Victoria Bridge towards the South Shore, on Sir Wilfrid Laurier Blvd. direction south. Three locations.
1) Immediately after the overpass, in the parking lot of the elementary school.
2) On the other side of the street, directly opposite the school.
3) The most common!!!!! In the parking lot of the shopping mall, immediately after the 2nd light.
Chances are, you will almost always find a police car in one of these three locations, night or day.

Gatineau (Hull)
Fournier Boulevard

On Fournier Boulevard, approaching the city of Hull, 4-5 police cars hide behind the warehouse while one officer holds a hand-held radar. They have this operation on at least half a dozen times a year.

Monte Carlo Blvd,

Monte Carlo Blvd, near junction with Cannes. Unmarked Metro Gatineau police car (often a dark green LTD) checking speeds of traffic ascending and descending tempting slope on Monte Carlo. Especially weekday afternoons (after primary school hours and during rush hour).

Route 307 North

Route 307 North, 1 km N. of interchange with Autoroute-50. Just after bend at railway overpass. Watch for unmarked police cars operating radar speed traps. Especially weekday mornings.

Autoroute-5 North at Autoroute-50 off ramp

Autoroute-5 North, 1 km after entering province from Ontario via McDonald-Cartier Bridge, just after Autoroute-50 off ramp, watch for regular marked QPF vehicle behind interchange bridge supports. Usually weekday mornings, when highway is clear: speed limit here is only 70 km/h.

Autoroute 50

Coming out of the metro Ottawa/Hull area going towards Masson about 7 km out has a warning sign in French that loosely translates to AERIAL SURVEILLANCE (not too sure if this is a bluff, but the Surrete du Quebec is notorious...)

Other Quebec

Highway 15., Montreal - New York

Heading south from Montreal, at about 5-6 kms from the border, the highway passes an underpass and immediately does a "sharp" right. Look for a couple QPF cars there during daylight hours.

Route 138, Khanawake:

Route 138: This suburb of Montreal has a long stretch of road with numerous locations to position their police cruisers. A few regular spots are: the lots on either side of the railway crossing; in the parking lot of a car dealer at the only stoplight in Khanawake on the 138; and more frequently in either direction in an area known as the "Khanawake Circle", noted for it's fun S-curve twist to change heading 90 degrees, begging to push the tires that much more... especially on a sunny day why go 50 km/h here when pull ing out of the turn at 110 km/h feels good...? Well, they wait...

Autoroute 15, Laval - St Jovite

This north/south highway, has various traps, working at any one time. The Surete du Quebec are a sneeky bunch, who like to hide behind overpass pillars, and just beyond overpasses. Be wary of traps in the Laval area and in the lower Laurentians. If you see two cars parked opposite each other, they are more than likely just chatting and not trapping. Single car set-ups are the norm. Multi-car set-ups occur farther up north, near Ste Agathe, and and St.Jovite (Rte 117)

Autoroute 10, at Hwy 35

Direction west (toward Montreal) just under the overpass of highway 35. The Surete du Quebec hide in the middle. If you see a car, it is a radar waiting on you.

Autoroute 30, Grande-Allte - Cousineau

Going east on Autoroute 30 between the Grande-Allte and Cousineau exits right after the overpass.

 

..................knowing most Montrealer's ,you probably already know where these are,..........................So be careful,..but also be mindful of the SchoolZones,.......Kids are back in school,.and don't always pay attention,.So watch out for the little ones,..........................  HF&RV

Looking for Susie Gibson

Went to School with Susie Gibson in the 60's.  I have heard that she is living in Ontario.  Would anyone know how to contact her?

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Hmm I Wonder

Who Knows ,.as everyone has an opinion,...whose is right,.....& whose is wrong?      Will we ever know ,for certain,...or is that what everyone counts upon,.to be able to call anyone who  questions any events ,unpatriotic,......or whatever,.....  the present administration certainly doesn't look like they are
above reproach,,,,,,,,,they actually look the opposite,.....Guilty......but these are only differrent thoughts,..Remuember when you were allowed to think?
instead of bein given a choice ,your with us or your with them....Yikes ,not the stuff a Real Democracy was born of,...is it:?
SH: Yeah, we are suing Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Mueller, etc. for complicity in personally not only allowing 9/11 to happen but in ordering it. The hijackers we retained and we had a witness who is married to one of them. The hijackers were U.S. undercover agents. They were double agents, paid by the FBI and the CIA to spy on Arab groups in this country. They were controlled. Their landlord was an FBI informant in San Diego and other places. And this was a direct, covert operation ordered, personally ordered by George W. Bush. Personally ordered. We have incriminating evidence, documents as well as witnesses, to this effect. It's not just incompetence - in spite of the fact that he is incompetent. The fact is he personally ordered this, knew about it. He, at one point, there were rehearsals of this. The reason why he appeared to be uninterested and nonchalant on September 11th - when those videos showed that Andrew Card whispered in his ear the [garbled] words about this he listened to kids reading the pet goat story, is that he thought this was another rehearsal. These people had dress-rehearsed this many times. He had seen simulated videos of this. In fact, he even made a Freudian slip a few months later at a California press conference when he said he had, quote, "seen on television the first plane attack the first tower." And that could not be possible because there was no video. What it was was the simulated video that he had gone over. So this was a personally government-ordered thing. We are suing them under the Constitution for violating Americans' rights, as well as under the federal Fraudulent Claims Act, for presenting a fraudulent claim to Congress to justify the bogus Iraq boondoggle war, for political gains. And also, under the RICO statute, under the Racketeering Corrupt Organization Act, for being a corrupt entity. And I've been harassed personally by the chief judge of the federal court who is instructing me personally to drop this suit, threatened to kick me off the court, after 30 years on the court. I've been harassed by the FBI. My staff has been harassed and threatened. My office has been broken into and this is the kind of government we are dealing with.
  There will always be opposing sides,.......and always be different opinions,....and generally either side can glom on to a view they either like or dislike,............but neither makes any of them right:
I personally think that the whole Bush Admin is Guilty of a lot more than they let on to be>     hmmmmmmm   I wonder.........
but not wanting to perpetuate a Political Side ,....or slant to anything I think ,and end to this post ( as it really is a one-sided deal anyway),.....Your either For Us or Your For Us..........that's the real Democracy.
           "Hail to the Thief" ...............................and let's wonder why Oil has risen from $20/bucks a barrel,......to it's present day limit,...........Coincidence
 Yup ,/...your probably right.........................
Government Insider Says Bush
Authorized 911 Attacks

From Thomas Buyea
9-17-4
                        Who Knows ,it's just an Opinion..................................

 

Keep in mind when reading this, that the man being interviewed is no two-bit internet conspiracy buff.

 

http://www.rense.com/general57/aale.htm

 

                     Now keep an open mind,.................hahahahhahaha

Remember there's certainly alot of evidence to contradict the present admin,

      but it seems we'd rather jump behind the Let's get them Back mentality,than maybe check into what really happenned..................

we don't even really know who 'they' are....................hahahha 

couldn't be the Saudis they are Bush Family friends,..............but 19 of them

learned to Fly in some US flight schools............Weird eh?  (must of snuck in from Canada)      oh yea ,.they didn't ................Yikes

 

            I do not mean to diminish the catastrophic events of many years ago,...

but I also would hate to see us lose sight of the fact that Mr Cheney & Mr Bush ,...were at the Helm,.during this ,.........and neither seemed to be monetarily affected by it,.........but Did Rather Well,.....by it:   Odd eh??

 

Women Of Israeli Army


http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=46c_1187848390

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Bad Weather

It was on this day in 1900 that the worst hurricane in American history hit Galveston, Texas. At the time Galveston was a beautiful resort town on the eastern end of a barrier island, just off the Texas coast. But the highest point of the island was only 8.7 feet above sea level, and when the storm approached all the bridges off the island were flooded and people were trapped on high ground. The storm hit that evening and by the end of it, more than a third of the entire city was gone. There was barely any trace of the houses or even the streets that had been there before. In total, more than 3,600 houses were completely destroyed. About 37,000 people were on the island when the storm hit. More than 12,000 were still missing weeks later. The official death toll was about 8,000, but most historians think that number is much too low.


Friday, September 7, 2007

BOBBY REID

For anyone who knew Bob Reid, I just heard, that he passed away last Saturday, Sept. 1st

My condolences to his family, Bob was a great guy, and always fun to be around, he always had a funny story about his fishing or hunting, I knew Bob since he was a kid, we were both brought up on the river, down at the VMBC, Bob was way to young to leave this world, I guess it’s true when they say only the good die young, My condolences, he will surely be missed.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Looking for pics

I am looking for pics of major fires in Verdun Quebec. I grew up in Verdun and I am still in Verdun. As a child, I remember sooo many fires here on Wellington and the avenues. There was even beleived to be a pyroman here too. I am looking for pics of these fires, even if they are recent pics. The ones that I am seeking the most is the pics of fires in residential buildings with commercial attached to it or underneath it. Thank you very much!!!

Surfing in Montreal


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wfx1mhIsrDQ&mode=related&search=

Surfing in Montreal Rapids


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uIh9gHyrrg

Temporary Memberships

Verdunoisette, teeterpenny, NYMPHEA79,
Welcome to Verdun Connections. Your membership request was missing required information. A temporary membership has been granted. Please forward your first and last names along with your member ID within the next 7 days or your membersip will be cancelled.
 
Maggie.

What does it mean?

Can anyone tell me what the "Cote" in Cote St. Paul and Cote St. Luc means?

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Updates

I see Our :"In Memoriam" section has been added too,......sadly enough we do have quite a few,'members. in this section,...& we do appreciate the updated info,......May all these Verdun Characters,..........have their Memory Live on ..........and we all have a place to re-visit & think of some of Our Freinds ,who have passed on....................................... 
                                                                                       Remember Verdun

Old 1884 Auto

Those interested in old autos, check out this Marquise De Dion-Bouton et Tr챕pardoux 1884 auto at following site:
goodingco.com/clips/de_dion/
Guy
 

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Watch out

This one might be able to click on. Lengthy but worth the read I think. 
If this North American agreement is true, identifications and/or passports won't be necessary at the both borders, Mexican trucks could drive direct to Toronto and visa versa. Forget tariffs which protect Canadian products and workers. I smell a rat.
Bill


http://www.townhall.com/columnists/column.aspx?UrlTitle=bush_refuses_to_deny_that_there_is_a_north_american_agenda&ns=PhyllisSchlafly&dt=09/03/2007&page=2\

Watch out.

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/column.aspx?
UrlTitle=bush_refuses_to_deny_that_there_is_a_north_american_agenda&ns=P
hyllisSchlafly&dt=09/03/2007&page=2

Wellington Webcam

I just came across this Wellington Street webcam..........(it's not very good,)
& I think it's down near the Montreal end of Wellington ST
but here it is,............  
webcambanner
                   I really would have thought that in this day & age of Hi-Tech cams & stuff,.that there would be far more cams set up all around the place,..   maybe SHGV would be interested in placing a webcam on the outside of the building just looking towards Bannatyne, or one that could do a 360 ,???
or maybe the City of Verdun would consider placing one on the top of the City Hall,which would provide great views around Verdun & towards Nuns Island,& towards the Mountain...............   These cameras are relatively cheap & require little maintenance if installed properly.......Maybe it's worth asking them..................
or even just a few private webcams pointes out a window,in various parts of Verdun,.....like on a RedTop,.....or  on the Roof of the Natatorium, or Auditorium....................................What do you Think??
                                                                                              HF&RV

Monday, September 3, 2007

lawrence murphy

 
welcome to this site, larry, its the greatest invention since T.P.
i mean verdun made it all happen, gave us all a beginning, then we travelled on, you will enjoy it here in your corner of verdun, i do and am still in florida, but gosh i miss verdun,
hope the family is good get them on here,
hello to all, welcome st. willibrordian,
carolyn bennett

Bush refuses to deny that there is a North American agenda


http://www.townhall.com/columnists/PhyllisSchlafly/2007/09/03/bush_refuses_to_deny_that_there_is_a_north_american_agenda

VC 5 year mark

Verdun Connections' will be 5 years old in a little over 2 months.
Do you have a "Verdun Connections" story to share?
 
 

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Play Station 2

Anyone own or have knowledge about the Sony Play Station Two? I heard
they're the best but I haven't a clue.
I'm interested in hooking up a play station to my Sony TV, and not my
computer. I haven't purchased one as yet. Never owned one either. Any
help would be appreciated.
Bill

Looking for John Mullin

Hi
I was wondering if anyone remembers John Mullin? He would be about 47 yrs. old now. He came from a big family. He had a couple of sisters ( 3 I think) and brothers, Arthur, Frank...The last time I saw him was about 20 years ago, he had moved to the Point with his then girlfriend Karen Merchant.
His Dad was very active in Legion..
If anyone is still in touch with him, I would appreciate if you passed this along..
Thanks
Susan

John Rollie

Mr. John Rollie, husband of "Toots' Margaret Rollie passed away on Saturday September 1 2007. He leaves behind his children, grandchildren and many many friends.

Who owned this house

While in the area, I found this old quaint house interesting with its 2 corner towers. It is next to the hospital at the corner of Allen and Hickson. Are there any members who are familiar with the area that may know something about its history.
Guy
 
 
 

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Question

What was your most favorite place ever in VERDUN?????
 
 
 
I think of Verdun often , however my favorite place was our home at 253 3rd Ave. apt 4  York 7143     and yours was ????? Jim Nairn