Sunday, April 26, 2009
I THOUGHT I WOULD POST THIS IN CASE I MISS-PLACE IT
An elderly gentleman of 83 arrived in Paris by plane. At the
French customs desk, the man took a few minutes to locate his passport in
his carry-on bag.
"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer
The elderly gentleman admitted he had been to France previously.
"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."
The Canadian said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to
"Impossible. Everyone has to show their passports on
arrival in France!"
The Canadian senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
quietly explained. "Well, when I came ashore at Normandy Beach on D-Day in
1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show
Friday, April 24, 2009
Remember back in the 50's & 60's the Champlain Bridge still had tolls on it, & could be payed by using a quarter or the old Bridge Tokens,....even the Victoria Bridge had a toll booth as did Jacques Cartier ,althought the latter two had dropped their tolls & the Champlain Bridge continued charging for quite sometime into the 70's I believe. Apprently there is talk of renewing the tolls again, not sur when or if this is going to really take place,but soon you may be seeing te familiar old toll booths back on the bridges,here's te old toll booth building on the Champlain Bridge ,which was usually the starting line for those old Red Chevy Biscayne Champlain Bridge Police Vehicles,which Btw: had 427 cid V8's in them which could catch the fastest of cars in their day, I know cause we tried to run the toll( just for fun ) in a fast car or so we thought,.and the old plain-jane red 4 door ,non-descript,Chevy pulled alongside,with ease ......a ticke t was issued ,..lol & that was that.......
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I'm starting to consider joining Richard when he goes to Montreal in September and if I do I would like some help on where VC members think the best smoked meat, bbq chicken, chinese food etc., is served these days. We usually go to the same places every time we visit, but next time, whether September or a couple of years, I feel like a change and I now have all of you out there to help me enjoy some of your favourite restaurants. We'd also like to find a restaurant that serves great french cuisine...none of this nouvelle cuisine junk etc., great french country cooking. Our special place for anniversaries etc used to be Au Vieux St Gabriel in old Montreal, but if it's still there, I think they cater to the tourist trade these days. Does anyone know of any restaurant that serves great old fashioned desserts like Coconut Cream Pie and Tarte au Sucre? Now you see why I needed TOPS! Tempt me with your favourites and I'll keep a tally and see which restaurants win out...Thanking you all in advance...Diane...P.S. Do any of Verdun's great pastry shops still operate, like Smith-Mains or Leiths etc?
Is May 1st still the big moving day in Quebec? Remember when the trucks were scattered along the narrow Verdun streets (because of parked cars) and people moved their furniture etc,, sometimes doing balancing acts from the third and second floors. They used to have extra tradesmen like Bell Telephone installers come in from Ontario to help out and the day was major chaos from morning to night. Does anyone know how such a crazy rule started with all rental contracts ending on May 1st? I used to watch the activity from our third floor balcony and see who was moving out and if any new kids were moving in. Always lots of kids to play with on the streets of Verdun....Diane
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Just click on a year and listen to your favorite songs.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Found this article on the montreal weblog page, it shows the present condition of the old Montreal Forum.......(the city we knew is changing)
Walking around yesterday afternoon I was struck again by the decrepitude and ugliness of much of Ste-Catherine between Atwater and Guy, but that isn't news to Montrealers.
What gets mentioned less often is the incredible eyesore created by the building that anchors the whole mess.
Sacrilege first: the original Montreal Forum was not a thing of beauty, but it had a certain solid presence and, of course, the cumulative history of the matches and performances that took place there.
This 1950s photo (originally from the city archives) shows what's under that present-day mess. Even so, the office-block-like addition along Atwater is already overbalancing the building in a weird way (it wasn't part of the original design, shown at top).
The major 1968 renovation enlarged the building and created a glass and concrete façade that was unlikely to lift the heart of the architectural critic, but was functional and didn't detract from its surroundings.
But now! Feast your eyes on this big box of mismatched siding, signs tacked up ad-hoc on ugly scaffolding (lots more of that along the Atwater side), dead exit doors on Ste-Catherine Street, a patchwork of junk basically saying nobody gives a damn. Cabot Square across the street could be quite a pleasant spot, but it has this right in its face. Children who look out at it from the hospital opposite are set back in their recovery from illness. This area will likely never be rescued and made right again until this eyesore is taken away and something less hideous replaces it.
A city like ours should not tolerate a blight like this on a major corner of a major street and, what's more, making mock of what once was a fabled venue. But people get used to things and feel they simply have to put up with urban ugliness because it's there and it's not going away. Until it does! Please, somebody, take it down and put it out of its misery. Like the Seville Theatre a block away, there's nothing there worth keeping any more.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
There was a 1924 section in the Street Guide, Looked up 678 Verdun....There were three digit addresses on Verdun Avenue way back when....But that is as far as I could go. Perhaps someone else can jump in and help.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
KING'S PARK PROPERTY
ESTATE LATE SIR JOSEPH HICKSON
FOR SALE BY
I have discovered an old plan wich dates back to the late 1800s which is in the Centre d'Archives Montreal on Viger street. This is an original map wich may not have been viewed for decades judging by the bad condition it is in and I had a copy made for our society (SHGV) and wich I am sharing with you today. This is an exclusive and you are fortunate to be able to view this plan as it dates back to the beginning of Verdun's developement.
Notice the terms of payment:
NEW TERMS: $25.00 Cash on each lot and balance payable at the rate of from $5.50 per month WITHOUT INTEREST. Price Exceedingly low.
Check out this Cool Site..........See what has changed
Monday, April 6, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
It is in this building that the City of Verdun was founded in 1876 and the Knights of Columbus were the last residents.
As I have mentioned before, it is a real tragedy that this historical building was permitted to be demolished to be replaced by a car wash.
I doubt that today such an important historical building would be alowed to be demolished as the population is more concerned in these matters as compared to 1954. Thank god that the Maison St Dizier was not destroyed (Old Stone House) wich is the oldest house in Verdun (built 1710). I have added this photo to my album no. 29.
Please Note: Edward Wilson was the mayor of Verdun in 1954.
I seem to be having a hard time posting this information to the group. It doesn't seem to appear anywhere. Now I'm going to try the blog and see what happens.
----- Original Message -----
From: Louise Lafontaine (Mary Kay Consultant)
To: Apmossey@aol.com ; BETAL@SYMPATICO.CA ; DIRGNI45@aol.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com
Sent: Thursday, April 02, 2009 5:48 PM
Subject: Date ? Time ? Re: OK = IT'S SPRING !
I'll post it on the Verdun site and see if anyone responds.
----- Original Message -----
To: BETAL@SYMPATICO.CA ; DIRGNI45@aol.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Thursday, April 02, 2009 2:21 PM
Subject: OK = IT'S SPRING !
A NOTE TO ALL OF YOU. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE WHOEVER COULD MAKE IT TO LINDA MINICUCCI'S RESTAURANT IN VERDUN ON WELLINGTON NEAR ?= I'LL HAVE TO FIND OUT WHAT THE CROSS STREET IS ???????
HOW ABOUT LETTING ME KNOW WHEN MOST OF YOU COULD MAKE IT - THOSE WHO CAN'T AND I KNOW B.C. IS A LITTLE FAR FOR A REUNION BUT WE COULD USE A LITTLE NOTE WITH A PICTURE AND THAT WOULD BE FUN TO SHARE - MAYBE WITH YOUR KIDS/GRANDKIDS.
I'LL BE WRITING TO A WHEELER I SAW TODAY AND SEE IF I CAN LOCATE ROBERTA WHEELER AND SEE IF SHE CAN MAKE IT - IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE ELSE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED - THE MORE THE MERRIER !
IN CASE YOU'D LIKE TO WRITE A NOTE - MY ADDRESS IS:-
10 Montgomery St. #1
Rouses' Point, NY
12979 - that is, of course, Ms. Alice Mossey - NOT Ms. Bundza.
Hope to hear from some of you and would love to see some of you again.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Does anyone remember the Verdun Ice House situated on Beurling near Woodland way before Champlain Blvd existed. Set back in the field this Big Black Barn Like Building stored the ice for Verdun ice boxes before the fridge came along.I must admit I never saw it but my husband told me he would help the iceman deliver the ice to the houses in Verdun.
Maybe Guy would have pictures of this Verdun Landmark? It must have been a very important building in that time. Pauline
Does anyone remember the ICEMAN????