December 1: As we begin the month my Gazette woes continue, still no home delivery and no indication it will start anytime soon. This morning I drove to the local dépanneur at 6:30 to pick two before they were all gone. I buy one for my neighbors who live across the street as they are not early risers and wouldn’t find one by the time they got out of bed. Anyway, I got to the store and there was a sign on the door saying they were closed because of technical problems. Luckily there were two bundles of newspapers lying by the door. One was Le Devoir and the other the smaller one contained five Gazettes. I immediately implemented my modified buy now pay later plan and took two of the Gazettes. I returned the next morning and bought my usual two and then I handed the woman behind the counter another $5 for two papers I had picked up the day before. She was taken aback and unsure of how to handle the transaction. I left before she rang up the unexpected sale so maybe it went into her pocket

December 3: I received some negative feedback about my Trump comments so I think I should clarify my position although this may or may not help.

I do not hate Republicans, in fact I respect and even admire many (not just Liz Cheney).

I consider myself a fiscal conservative and social liberal if that is possible. I believe in a strong military, a well-funded police force and law and order (applied reasonably). However, I dislike Trump with a passion and especially what he has done to the Republican Party. Embracing groups like the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and other white supremacist groups who won’t hesitate to use violence and intimidation to further their cause. I hope Trump ends up in jail for all the crimes and misdemeanors he has committed. Unfortunately I think it will take many years to cleanse the Party of radical right elements that have gained a strong foothold.

December 10: Speaking of fiscal conservatism have you seen any of the reporting on the waste and corruption association with the Covid relief programs. Both Canada and the United States have doled out billions of dollars that they shouldn’t have. Much of the money was sent to individuals who didn’t qualify or fraudulent claimants. Some “crooks” established bogus companies just to take advantage of the programs and some existing companies made claims when they saw an opportunity to cash in. I am waiting to see how much Revenue Canada and the IRS are able to recover.

In the interest of full disclosure, I did receive relief money from both the US and Canada, all legitimate of course. And because I didn’t file my 2021 US taxes until early in December, I expect to receive a further $2,800 US ($1,400 for both my wife and I) which will help pay for my new dental implant.

December 14: Trump releases his new promotional digital trading cards at $99 a pack. I would have bought one but I discovered that just before they went into final production they pulled the Donald/Stormy card. I’ll miss him when he’s gone - such an easy target. Two of his companies were found guilty on 17 counts of fraud and his tax returns going back to 2015 were turned over to house Ways and Means Committee. Forensic accountants will have a field day pouring over the details.

December 15: I am still waiting for the reconstruction of my basement to start; it looks like January at the earliest. The artificial Christmas tree that was stored in the basement had to be thrown out. The salvage company claimed that because it got wet and was equipped with lights it would have to go. I went to Home Depot and bought a relatively inexpensive replacement. It was also equipped with lights with five different settings – multi colored, all white, flashing, fade in and out and steady state. When I got it home and put it up it looked like the “Charlie Brown” of artificial trees. Luckily it didn’t look too bad once I had it all decorated. Being somewhat of a traditionalist I set it for steady state multi colored.

December 16: Finally a snow day that promises to give us a white Christmas. We were hit with 30cm (about 1 foot) of heavy wet snow. I cancelled our curling match in Otterburn because driving conditions were supposed to be very bad. It turned out the forecast was off by a few hours and maybe we could have gone without too much trouble but coming back would have been tricky – better safe than sorry. This is what it looked like on Saturday morning, my new Linden tree is in the foreground.

Harvey's front yard with Linden Tree in snow

December 21: The shortest day of the year. The only good thing about the winter solstice is that from now on the days lengthen until we hit the summer solstice on June 20th – I’m counting the days.

December 23: The devastating winter storm that crippled much of the US finally arrived in Quebec. We experienced high winds a lot of rain but very little snow. The next day was much worse as the wind persisted and about 10cm of snow fell. Most of Montreal, including the South Shore escaped the worst of it. However, people north and east of here were not so lucky. Power lines were brought down and almost 500,000 hydro customers lost power. Christmas was celebrated in the dark by many. It took until Tuesday the 27th to get everyone back on line.

December 25: Merry Christmas – still no word on when my basement restoration will happen so Christmas dinner was, like Thanksgiving, moved to my daughter’s house. I cooked the turkey, made stuffing and fixed the gravy and then brought everything to her house in the late afternoon. Good thing she is only a block away.

Stay Strong Ukraine

Ten months later and the war drags on with Russia targeting civilian infrastructure leaving millions of Ukranian citizens without power, heat or water. If this doesn’t meet the definition of war crimes then nothing does. There are talks of peace negotiations taking place in the next couple of months – I hope so.

Thanks to all who contributed this month we need your input. Send us your pictures, write a letter, write a short story, we can use them all.

Until next month stay safe.

Harvey Carter

Life Member - C'60 - Editor, Alumni Connection

Welcome New and Renewing Alumni Association Members

Renewing Member
Jon Davies
Class of 1973
From: Spruce Grove, AB

Renewing Member
Natacha Sanson
Class of 1987
From: Greenfield Park, QC

Expiring Memberships

Please renew now.

Memberships expiring in January
Joy Michalek
Ross Stanley
Peter Bashaw
Veronigue Kim
Memberships expiring in February
Arlene Bardin
Catherine Paquet
Bob Phillips

LETTERS AND MORE

Mervin Hunter
Class of 1987

New Principal at
Saint-Lambert International

A 1987 Grad Comes Home

Mervin Hunter has been named Principal of the high school replacing Jean-Rene St-Cyr who has moved on to St. Lawrence Elementary in Candiac. We wish Mervin well in his new role and look forward to working with him as we prepare for our May 2023 Reunion.

On that note, Alumni Association Co-chairperson, Jack Anderson and I visited Mervin to look over kitchen facilities that will be used for the event. He was very supportive and indicated he will help promote the reunion with his classmates, many of whom he is in contact with.

Al Thomson
Class of 1960

Bill HandBill Hand
Class of 1960

Bob Evans
Class of 1960

A blast from the past – letter from Al Thomson

Hi Harvey,

Today, myself, Bill Hand and Bob Evans got together for lunch at Troy's Diner in Milton, Ont. It was great to reminisce, talk about our aches and pains, etc. Bob is living in a condo in Mississauga, Bill is in a development in Acton and I am in a modular home community called Mini Lakes which is close to Aberfoyle.

I have attached a photo in case you want to put in next month's CCHS newsletter.

(left to right) Bob Evans, Bill Hand & Al Thomson

Al, thanks for the note and photo and yes, it will go in the newsletter. I would not have recognized Bob Evans, aka Newt, if you hadn't mentioned his name. As for Bill, the moustache is not bad, but it really changes his looks. You look a lot younger than your actual age and if you got rid of the grey it would take off another ten years.

I am writing this on Friday morning form the Curling Club where I am working the bar. How come I don't see any beer bottles on the table?

Al replied: "Bob has not had a drink in thirty years and I have not had a drink in 24 years. We were discussing that and I think I was an alcoholic from high school. Sure don't miss getting drunk and not remembering anything."

Al & Bob, very commendable. I try to imagine what my life would have been like if I had quit 30 years ago. It is not like I drink every day and when I do it is no more than two drinks. Any more than that and I pay a heavy price the next morning. But, back in the bad old days there were quite a few nights that I regretted the next morning. And yes, think of the money I would have saved.

Joanne McIntosh
Class of 1973

Message in a bottle - Youngster's time capsule unearthed 53 years later

From the Saint- Lambert Journal

On Monday, August 18, 1969, Joanne McIntosh, then age 14, buried a time capsule bottle in the back yard of her home at 760 Desaulniers Boulevard. Then this year, another youngster Julien Brault-Chenier, dug up the buried bottle while working on landscaping.

Although with some spelling mistakes, the letter is informative in that gives specifics about her and news from the time:

"I berry this paper and coin. I hope it is dug up in a hundred years, or so. (If it should be), I am dead and buried now but this paper should be a valuable paper and coin. I live on this property now, which is a three-storey building. I live in the basement now. The name of this city is St. Lambert and the name of the street is 760 Desaulniers Blvd. This bottle is a medicine bottle of my mother's. The province is Quebec, near Montreal. Expo '67 was wonderful. It was Canada's 100 year birthday in 1967. Well I will say buy now. Your friend Joanne McIntosh."

If Joanne is still alive (and we hope so) she is now 68 years old and collecting the old age pension. So, if anyone knows her, and is in contact with her, please tell Joanne of the discovery.

Rob Ellicott, Class of 1962, sent me this little piece from the Saint-Lambert Journal (living in Brossard I don’t normally get it). I was able to find Joanne in the class missing list for 1973. Does anyone know where she is now?

Lilian Puust (Soomet)
Class of 1957

Marc Baillargeon update in December newsletter

Thank you, Marc for sending an update about your life. I am inspired by your attitude and how you handle challenges. I am so glad that your time at CCHS was one of the best times you ever had. The teachers were incredibly helpful and other students accepted you as "normal" which is of utmost importance when you are a teenager.

I also have positive memories of my time at CCHS and St. Lambert and of the people I got to know there. 

Also, Marc, it is inspiring that you and your wife are now helping others with disabilities. That is wonderful.

Lilian

p.s. The last joke, "The juggler", had me laughing out loud. Thanks, for that one.

Lilian, thanks for you input. Marc of course sits on the alumni association board of directors and is a keen, conscientious member. As for the jokes, I get a regular supply but have to be careful with what gets published, it is amazing what some people can find on the internet. Of course what I find funny may not sit well with some of our readers but, those are the breaks, I have to choose.

Bob Wrigley
Class of 1961

Bronzed Beetle on the Beach

by Robert Wrigley

Bob Wrigley sent me this poem late last month and asked if I thought newsletter readers would be interested. I replied that yes, many would be and that I would run it in January. It is nice to demonstrate there is a serious cultural side to some of our alumni – enjoy. Thanks Bob for the poem and all the other material that you send.

Alumni Association

CCHS 2023 Reunion News

Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20

Save these dates, we are going ahead with our long overdue and memorable Reunion.

Class Ambassadors Wanted

The CCHS 2023 Reunion Planning Committee is seeking one individual from every class to serve as Class Ambassadors. The role is basically being a connector by reaching out to your class and generating interest for the Reunion. The Reunion Committee will provide some tools and guidance for this basically fun task. It is easy to do and won’t take up a lot of time.

If interested, please contact Peter Peets at peter@peterpeets.com or through the 2023 Reunion page where we will be posting reunion updates as they become available.

Ambassador's Role

  • Be the Reunion Planning Committee’s liaison to their class
  • Seek to connect with as many people as they can and solicit the help of others to help out.
  • Help maintain their class list of: a) who are members b) who’s coming and who’s not c) who’s not found.
  • Solicit stories for future newsletter columns as appropriate.

Survey Update

Over 300 Alumni Association Members responded to last month’s survey with 74% of those responding indicating they will attend the 2023 Reunion if conditions are favourable.

These results are very encouraging but we need to get the word out to more people, hence the request for more class contacts to act as ambassadors.

Reunion Pricing

We have developed prices for both individual events and for an all-encompassing Passport. Because of inflationary pressure, prices for Friday’s Meet &Greets and Saturday’s Dinner have been increased. However, for those people who purchased tickets for the 2020 Reunion and left their money on deposit with the association, you will not be charged extra. And yes, we know who you are.

$  40 - Friday Meet & Greet
$  10 - Saturday Variety Show
$  60 - Saturday Dinner
$  15 - Saturday Dance
$125 - Total

$115 - Full Passport (no golf)
$ 45 - Friday AM Golf - Limited space

FREE - Saturday Morning Walking Tour
FREE - Saturday Morning Volleyball or Pickle ball

Prices are based on the Dinner and Dance being held at the school. If these events have to be moved to another location prices may have to be adjusted.

Keep in mind that the Reunion is your association’s major fund raising event and it will have been eight long years since the last one. And on that note, if you are unable to attend you can always help out by making a donation. It will be gratefully appreciated and acknowledged. A donation button is located at the bottom of this newsletter.

Tickets & Updates

Full Passports and individual tickets are now available.

Also, sign-up for the free events and get the latest updates. The Saturday morning walking tour and Saturday morning volleyball or pickleball in the new gymnasium will are also available on this page.

Volunteers Needed

In addition to ambassadors, we are looking for volunteers to help in a number of areas such as registration, decorating and bartending. Can you donate a few hours of your time?

You can sign up as a part time volunteer by contacting Harvey Carter by email at harveycarter363@gmail.com or by phone at 450-923-8045.

Looking for Talent

The Saturday afternoon Variety Show will be looking for and signing up acts. If you would like to participate and have any talent, be it musical, standup comedy, dance, juggle or whatever you can contact Bernie Praw at: berniewarp@gmail.com

Obituaries

Ken Gilbert
Class of 1965

Kenneth Gilbert (Cheech)

Kenneth Gilbert (Cheech), predeceased by parents Kenneth Frederick Gilbert, Janet Turpin and sister Donna (Frank), passed away peacefully at the Charles Lemoyne hospital on Wednesday, November, 23, 2022 at the age of 75, surrounded by his loving family.

He was a good man, a proud father and a devoted husband who experienced tremendous joy in becoming a great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Janet Gilbert, who recently celebrated their 54th anniversary. He will be remembered lovingly by his daughter Elaine (Tim), son Darren (Crystal), grandchildren Kelsey (Cory), Kayla (Yann), great-grandchildren (Colton and Cameron), brothers Bobby (Marlene), Wayne (Valerie), sister-in-law Wendy (Bob) and countless cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends.

He was an avid golfer who loved his 'Habs' and always radiated a warm competitive nature. Aside from sports, Ken had a brilliant culinary mind and palate. His eyes would light up discussing his newest recipe, pan or kitchen gadget. He was also known as an impressive country crooner and could play a 'mean' game of chess.

After 36 years of hard work with Firth Brown he happily retired at 55 and always bestowed virtues of honesty, hard work and 'doing the right thing.

The family will host a celebration of life in the spring of 2023.

And Finally...

Do you remember any or all of these?

  1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .
    "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
  2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
    "You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
  3. My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
    "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
  4. My father taught me LOGIC.
    " Because I said so, that's why ."
  5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
    "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."
  6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
    "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
  7. My father taught me IRONY.
    "Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
  8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
    "Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
  9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
    "Just you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
  10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
    "You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
  11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
    "This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
  12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
    "If I told you once, I've told you a million times, don't exaggerate!"
  13. My father taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE .
    "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
  14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
    "Stop acting like your father!"
  15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
    "There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."
  16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
    "Just wait until we get home."
  17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
    "You are going to get it from your father when you get home!"
  18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
    "If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."
  19. My mother taught me ESP.
    "Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"
  20. My father taught me HUMOR.
    "When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
  21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
    "If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up"
  22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
    "You're just like your father."
  23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
    "Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"
  24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
    "When you get to be my age, you'll understand.
  25. My father taught me about JUSTICE.
    "One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”

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They walk among us.

These are actual complaints received by "Thomas Cook Vacations" from dissatisfied customers:

  1. "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food."
  2. "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish."
  3. "The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room."
  4. "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time -- this should be banned."
  5. "No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared."
  6. "Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers."
  7. "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair."
  8. "I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends' three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller."
  9. "When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners."
  10. "We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning."
  11. "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."
  12. "I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes."
  13. "My fiancée and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."

Ponderisms - think about it:

  • I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
  • How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
  • What disease did cured ham actually have?
  • Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?
  • If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
  • Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
  • Why do doctors leave the room while you change??? They're going to see you naked anyway.
  • Why is "bra" singular and "panties" plural?
  • If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?
  • If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
  • If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
  • Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

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