Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween .......got candy?

So tomorrow the little ones will be roaminmg the streets all over the country,.but it's mostly the kids in the city's that will have the edge on candy,.....as they can visit more households to get stuff'
              Remember the words   " Charity Please" ........long before Trick or Treat..............................    and the night before Haloween (tonight the 30th of Oct) was   'Mat night' .........................and I can recall much stuff hapenning on this strange night,.........................       HF&RV
  Everyone have all their Candy stuff to dish out........
 we don't really get a lot of kids at our house,  (could be that PitBull we rent)....hahahahha    Really though there's few houses on our block ,.so the kids will traverse all the side streets where they can find more homes,..but yet each year ,.we dish out almost all of  the goodies.............
                        Happy Halloween Everyone ,& Have fun & Remember Verdun

Remembrance Day 2007'lest we forget'

Poppy program has started for this year,.and if your so inclined to support their cause ,.then buy a poppy,.they appreciate your support:
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 Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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It is paramount that the Legion strives to pass on these goals and traditions to the families and descendants of our ex-service personnel and to raise this awareness among all Canadians.

The major source of funding for the Legion to accomplish this most important work is the annual Poppy Campaign, the foundation of our Remembrance Program. It is the generosity of Canadians that enables the Legion to ensure that our veterans and their dependants are cared for and treated with the respect that they deserve. This November campaign, which sees Poppies distributed to Canadians of all ages, serves to perpetuate Remembrance by ensuring that the memory and sacrifices of our war veterans are never forgotten.

The Legion also maintains a leading role in the creation and care of memorials to the contributions and valour of our veterans and ex-service members. We are deeply honoured and proud to accept the task of organizing Remembrance ceremonies throughout the country, including the National Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa. In addition, working in concert with other veterans’ organizations and the Canadian government, the Legion has vowed to ensure that the preservation of the records and memories of our fallen heroes and returning veterans continues
in perpetuity.

The Royal Canadian Legion was honoured to initiate and coordinate the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for the Centennial in 2000 and to suggest the declaration of 2005 as The Year of the Veteran. These and other commemorative projects and activities led by The Royal Canadian Legion have been welcomed by Canadians who have never hesitated to demonstrate their support in acknowledging the debt that is owed to those who sacrifice so much. We repay this debt in
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Monday, October 29, 2007

U tube funny


One of the fastest growing site on the internet.


Arthur Davidson - funny

Arthur Davidson, of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Corporation died and went to Heaven. At the gates, St. Peter told Arthur, "Since you've been such a good man and your motorcycles have changed the world, your reward is you can hang out with anyone you want in heaven".

Arthur thought about it for a minute and then said, "I want to hang out with God." St. Peter took Arthur to the throne room, and introduced him to God.

Arthur then asked God, "Hey, aren't you the inventor of woman?" God said, "Oh, yes." "Well," said Arthur, "professional to professional, you have some major design flaws in your invention:

1. There is too much inconsistency in the front-end protrusion.
2. It chatters constantly at high speeds.
3. Most of the rear ends are too soft and wobble too much.
4. The intake is placed way too close to the exhaust, and finally,
5. The maintenance costs are outrageous."

"Hmmm, you may have some good points there," replied God, "hold on." God went to his celestial Super Computer, typed in a few words and waited for the results. The computer printed out a slip of paper and God read it.

"Well, it may be true that my invention is flawed," God said to Arthur, "but according to these numbers, more men are riding my invention then yours".

Sunday, October 28, 2007


The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.
A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side.
He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince.
When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wing and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.


-Senator George Vest, 1870

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Lachine Canal

Here is a shot of the Lachine Canal taken from my car while on the Angrigon Boulevard on my way home from Verdun yesterday. You will recognize the old black steel Crane in the background. The other structure on the right is a silo.


Hi there, since Halloween is around the corner, what are your favorites? I caught the last 1/2hr. of top 100 scariest scenes this afternoon on Bravo. Hostil won no.1 Wish I would have seen the whole program.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

I Need to Know

Lizzie Palmer who put this YouTube program together is 15 years old. There have been over 3,000,000 hits as of this morning. In case you missed it, here it is. 


Jimmy Grant

I wonder if anyone knew Jimmy Grant of Wellington Street.  He lived more or less opposite the car dealer Page or LaPage which was beside the boys' school Notre Dame de la Paix.  That was sometime around 1950 and he would have been about
10 years old at the time. 


Calling all ex-fans and groupies of The Generation Gap...you know who you are!
There's a rumour circulating out there that The Generation Gap will be getting together for a one of a kind reunion sometime in mid to late June of 2008.  
Just hoping that someone, anyone, out there would be willing to share some pictures of the guys at work.
So, if you have ANY pictures to share, please contact me here.  We would be eternally grateful.

Friday, October 26, 2007


Can you believe the moon tonight?!


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

What Did Your Parents Do for a Living?

Hi, Everyone,
I thought this might be an interesting thread to start—what did your parents do for a living?
My foster father was co-owner of the Montreal Landscape Company, on Westminster Avenue in Cote St. Luc.  And my foster mother was a stay-at-home mom—a 24-hour job in itself!  My birth father was a welder.  All have been long deceased.
The name TheoMer is coined from the first names of my foster parents—Theodor and Mercedes.
Have a good day,


Hi everyone, I went into cheaptickets.com and boy some real good deals there from Fort Lauderdale to Plattsburgh under $400.00, that is super. You guys chould see what kind of deals you can get from Plattsburgh to Florida, but bear in mind have only one Michigan Hot Dog before boarding. HA HA. Irene



Tuesday, October 23, 2007


A cheap way home to Verdun.  The Old Plattsburg Air Force Base has become an International Airport and its called the Southern Montreal Airport.  Example Flights to Ft Lauderdale OW $79 cannot beat that price.  It just opened in July.  I even heard a rumor that Air Canada was looking to open an operation there along with Delta and other Small airlines. You can take the Train from there to Central Station and then Metro to Verdun.  Also, there is NO Parking charges at the Airport.  There on the Web and put out a periodic News Letter.  Also, you can fly from Burlington, VT to Seattle for $200 R/T another good price on Jet Blue. Book for the holidays.  Tx Pat, Ret USAF

The Largest fish I ever caught in the St, Lawrence River

A perch about 7 inches long. Maybe it was 6 inches. I forget, but i caught hundreds of them in the lazy hazy day summer's of the 50s. Oh ya!

Monday, October 22, 2007

change of email

Miss Maggie pls have my email address listed as  ammasbaba@aol.com  the one on list now babaamma@bellsouth.net is not in use anymore. Thank you. Irene O'Connell.

Larry Coote

Don't know where exactly to post this but  I heard today that Larry passed away last week. I visited him about 3 weeks ago knowing he was dying of cancer. His spirits were good and he seemed to have a total acceptance of the situation. He was one of the truly nice people you would ever want to meet. He was 59.

The Difference Between Heaven and Hell

A dear friend sent me this short story and I thought I would share it with you here.
I don't know the name of the author.
The Difference Between Heaven and Hell
A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said,
"I would like to know what heaven and hell are like."
The Lord opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in.
In the middle of the room was a large round table.
In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled
delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.
The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly.  They
appeared to be famished.  They were holding spoons with very long
handles that were strapped to their arms, and each found it possible
to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful.
However, because the handle was longer than their arms, they could
not get the spoons back into their mouths. 
The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.
The Lord said, "You have just seen hell."
"Now," the Lord said, "Let's go and see what it's like in heaven."
They went to the next room and opened the door.  It was exactly the
same as the first one.  There was the large round table with the large
pot of stew, which made the holy man's mouth water.
The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here
the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. 
The holy man said, "I don't understand."
"it is simple," said the Lord.  "It requires but one skill.  You see, they have
learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves."


Photo 909  looks like Bannantyne and Argyle to me.. is that the old Jacques Patates there?

Sunday, October 21, 2007

photos please past and present....

you all out there!!!
we need more photos, show us yer family, school chums, adventures, your pets, we would love to branch out, don,t you agree?
carolyn bennett

3rd ave reunion out come?

So tell how did the 3rd ave reunion at crescendo's go? exciting?

Verdun Connections Welcomes You

Welcome back ,.......TheoMer,.....   (Jack) ,glad you got through,Maggie will email you to update the list,...        Have  Fun & Remember Verdun

Canadian Health Care


Puccis and Billy Ford

Where are Bobby and Dianne Pucci? I recall that Guido Pucci was killed back in the late seventies...he used to MC at Berts Bar in Lasalle sometimes....Dianne was a great friend....anyone know where or how she is?
Also I would like some info on Billy Ford-I read with sadness that his brother Ralph passed recently....any help would be so appreciated....thx everyone!

Recent Members

Welcome to VerdunConnections I hope you find some interesting stuff here,.and meet some New or Old Friends...........
          If you have any questions just put it out there & someone will be happy to try & help...............................   Have Fun & Remember Verdun

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Need Info.

I would like to know if anyone knew of a family with the last name of Cooney who lived on 3rd Ave. in the early forties.  I realize it was quite some time ago, but I am searching for the biological parents of  my deceased husband.  He died of a rare heart condition and I would like to know if it was inherited from his family.  He was born Jan. 26, 1943 and adopted in 1944.  I was told his mother's first name was Ruth (don't know if this is true) and that she either was a Cooney or lived with a family of Cooneys.  She is probably deceased, however, I would like to find a  family member who could confirm that this heart condition runs in the family because I am worried about my own daughter.  I would appreciate if anyone out there could help.  I have searched everywhere without any luck.  Thanks again.
Linda M.


At the risk of appearing like an idiot I have included two UTube
videos I made last night for the purpose of attaining audio tapes/CDs
of an author's speeches made in the 70s and 80s. Hopefully someone
out there in UTube land will respond. I have never made myself so
public ever.
If you highlite/copy/paste the below urls to a search engine you see
my 67 year old mug. I cannot post them to click on for some reason.
Talk about leading with my right huh.



Buisness on Rielle

The other day I walked down Rielle between Bannantyne and Verdun and noticed that the old warehouse/factory? on the east side of the street has been torn down. In fact the whole thing is cleared right through on to Gordon. Probably be condos going in. I just can't remember the name of the company that was there for so long. Presto comes to mind but....?

Friday, October 19, 2007


Hi All,
 I used to live at 1136 Manning Ave till 1979 and then moved to Lethbridge, Alberta. I went to VCCHS school and hung around brown park and Curries and sons. Some people that I can remember is Pat Keough, Ronald Pucci, Todd Holdbrook and Steve Martin just to mention a few. If anyone remembers me drop me a line to say hello


I'm sure you 'upgrade' your virus/worm protection monthly. I have a
theory as to why there are so many viruses being passed around.
Whenever I receive an email like the feel good ones and which says
pass this on to my friends etc., I immediately delete it no matter
who sent it to me. It is the virus makers who make these picture
graphic emails. As soon as I read 'pass this on', I think 'f.... you'
and I trash it (excuse the language but it really gets my goat).
Sometimes I receive spam/junk email from who knows who, I trash it.
How do these spammers know my email address? From those email
messages that say pass this on to your friends. We all should use the
BBC column when addressing email if there are lots of addresses
included. Most email servers have this feature. I've received email
with 50 or more private addresses attached!
Much aloha,

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Worst concert I have seen

Figure lets try this and see what happens..anyone?
I would say The Commodores at the Forum...no Lionel Ritchie.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Best concerts I have seen

Here is another one.. any concert goers out there?
Must be a couple..list your yr 3 favorite concerts if possible.
Interesting to hear what people have to say..
I might have a hard time myself. but I will try and come up with them.

Top 100 Cdn. Albums of all time

Did anyone see the listing of the top 100? Do you agree with Neil Young as the all timer?I see the Band came in 4th with Big Pink. I have always wanted to buy that one. One day back in school we had this 3 man folk group come to VHS and play for the aud. These guys raved about how good this album was..that was 40 odd years ago.
So now I am going to and get it..always thought The Band was one of the best anyway. Saw them with Dylan at the Forum...One of the best concerts I have ever seen.
Let me know what you think. This could be interesting...

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Article in Toronto Star

Has anyone heard of the Hilton Brothers?  I was reading an article in today's Star about the brothers & showing a picture of one brother, Alex Hilton.  It's saying each of the four Hitlon boys has criminal convictions that range from chilling to comical.  The story reads on about some charges and acquitals.  One interesting part said that last year Alex raged drunkenly into the Maison du Egg Roll restaurant in the "hardscrabble" area of Verdun, the clan mostly grew  up there.  There is a book written by Davey Hiltons 2 daughters, the "Black-eyed Heart" in which they KO'd him.  This is what was written in the Star.   I was amazed to read Verdun called "Hardscrabble"  

Sunday, October 14, 2007

6 Volt Battery Hack

Maybe someone can check this out.


Women streetcar drivers

Hi there !

Do you find an error on this document ?


Can you describe the vehicle (make, model, year) ?


Statistics on Verdun

Enclosed are statistics on Verdun. However the figures are from Statistics Canada 1991 but I don't think they have changed that drastically since then. If I find more recent figures , I will post them.

More Photos of Boardwalk including Crescendo Restaurant

By coincidence, I took the enclosed photos yesterday at the foot of Desmarchais Boulevard, including the Crescendo Restaurant. There is an Icecream restaurant on the left attached to the building.
Also a photo of the Guy Gagnon Arena.I am told that there is no more skating there and that it is now a Circus school to train circus acrobats. Unfortunately I have noticed ugly graffiti on the doors. The city apparently wanted to cut costs  since the Denis Savard and Auditorium arenas are sufficient for the declined population. 
Also, note that there are still some boats attached to the wharf and the cute little bridge over the  road to the Marina and wich is part of the boardwalk.
Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate as the sky was overcast and it started to rain. 

Picture of Centre Champlain

Metalman posted a pic number 908 under Food.
It shows the entrance to VHS,The more I look at that picture I can't get used to seeing another sign there.Wonder what they did with all the VHS Memorabilia that was inside. Doubt its there now.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Crescendo;s Alive Tonight with the Gals from Verdun

............Bet you can't hear a thing in the Restaurant about now,.with all the gals having a visit,........and whoever else made it down there,
                Have a Ball ,..........Have Fun,...........Eat Well...Remember Verdun

Eric Idle


John Taylor Hello again from an old friend

John  I  remember  you well  and  your  sister 
Tina  .  I  am  Richard  from  the  Murphy  Klan
and  lived  on Ouimet  street  in  CrawfordPark .
You might  remember  my  old  brother  Leonard  
I have  such  fond  memories  of  growing  up in  the  early  fifties  . Do  you  have  any  contact  with Brian Ranger  or  Bobby Campell . How  is  Tina  by the  way !

Friday, October 12, 2007

looking to buy HD tv

Anyone have any thoughts on HD TV..looking at Panasonic 32 in
Sony Tobisha...all on sale... heard alot about them..anyone have one..?


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Thursday, October 11, 2007

st. willibrords carnival around 1960

anyone out there with photos of this memorable event could you post, i,m sure someone has a few.
carolyn bennett

Monday, October 8, 2007

2 Donna's

Where are they now, Donna D'Aoust who live on Moffat between Verdun and Bannantyne, opposite St. John the Divine. I think the family moved to California. Donna Besson last heard she was up in Terrace BC, Donna lived on Rolland I think.
Gary Mace (aka) Arbutus
ex 1045 Valiquette and 920 Moffat  

Black Holes

Black Holes are one of the mysteries of the universe that astrophysisists are starting to understand more and more. Enclosed is a page from the Astronomy magasine wich describes what scientists think is happening in and around a Black Hole. As the article explains, it is very difficult to illustrate such a phenomena due to the lack of knowledge. As we already know, all matter even light cannot escape the intense gravity of a Black Hole once they have passed the Event Horizon.
It is a very fascinating subject for those interested in Astronomy and there are many internet sites to consult.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Autumn Leaves

Hi all, I was just wondering if anyone has pics of the leaves changing. I hav'nt been north this time of yr. since I left. Are they changing now or is it over. Have fond memories of taking a drive through the Laurentian Mts. in the fall to see the change.


    Happy Thanksgiving

                                               To All            


June Broniszewski....3rd Ave.

Where is everyone from the 60's?

Hi out there,
  Anyone out there from the mid to late 60's? I've been looking but haven't seen anyone we know so I'm dropping a few names. Where is Ronney Sweeney, R oss Sullivan, Sue Walker, Angie B.(don't know how to spell her last name) Wendy Fields, Andy Mc Neil ?
   Anyone remember how good George Howard played snooker at the pool hall above maws and was it Phil or Paul Dussault that had the nice cue stroke? Where are all these people? Where's the gang from Maws? 
           Hope to hear back from someone,
             Have a Great Thanksgiving,

The Cross on Mount Royal.

Anyone hear that they will invest in upgrades on the Cross?
Another very famous landmark.

Happy Thansgiving to All


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Looking for Sandra Spain

Hi, I'm new here & looking for Sandra Spain - Has anyone heard from her recently?
Thanks, Barb


If anyone knows us ladies from 3rd avenue, we are meeting at Cresendo Restaurant at 5150 Lasalle (5th&desmarchais) sometime after 6pm saturday OCT 20TH. It's been 50 years since we have all seen each other, and now we are in our mid-60's We hope there are some folks who still remember us,.....we are, Earlene and Elsie McDonald,Bev Kane,Rose Emard,Ann Ringland,FayAnn Featherstone,Maureen McManus, Sandra Carlin.  We will trip down memory lane (3rd avenue) during the day ,stop for a smokemeat sandwich.  Some of us are traveling from Ontario,USA,and British Columbia. Hope to see some old friends from way back when....as we have been trying to find some of you without any luck.....
It will be so much fun and maybe the last trip for some of us who live far away........
SO COME ON DOWN..........................wanna' trip down memory lane??
BE THERE OR BE SQUARE  !!..........  (smile)

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Peter MeDerment

Wondering if anyone knows if Pete McDerment is still around. He has a sister Janet and they lived on Brown, just down from Beurling Park. I went to the 1976 Verdun Grad with Pete. Haven't heard anything of him in close to 20 years or so.  Thanks.