April 1 The Richelieu Valley interclub curling league announced it was suspending play for the balance of the season. It looks forward to restarting next October with hopes of being Covid free.
April 7 Here comes the rain, enough for a month, mini lake in backyard. Bad news on the dental front the root canal specialist didn’t think a root canal would do any good and that losing the tooth was inevitable. I am now waiting for another consultation to see if an extraction and an implant are doable.
April 10 Got out my electric chainsaw and trimmed some small trees, a large hedge on the side of the house and then raked the lawn. Although I enjoy having a yard and a small garden, the appeal of apartment living seems to be growing.
April 11, Received my second Covid booster shot today and hope my luck continues. Another member of our golf group tested positive this week and 3 days later his wife was infected. Nothing serious just cold symptoms for 3 or 4 days followed by two weeks of fatigue.
April 13 I received the last of my tax slips and finished my Canadian return. Just have to do a final review before I e-file it. I sure I’ve missed something. Looks like I’ll be paying the Feds. But will break even with Quebec. I filed for a two month extension on my US taxes which are normally due April 15.
April 14 We got hit with a big wind storm during the night and the remaining seed pods from my neighbor’s tree blew into my back yard. I don’t know the type of tree it is but it’s a nuisance especially since the prevailing winds deposit most of the leaves and pods in on my side of the fence. And I just finished raking.
April 17 We had Easter family dinner at our house. Not too many fans of ham or lamb so we had a nice beef roast with Yorkshire pudding. Just as I settled in to do some serious cooking a plumbing problem arose and I had to devote a half hour to unblocking a bathroom sink. I got it partially flowing again but will have to spend more time on it in the morning.
April 19 I woke up this morning to 10 CM of snow (a record) and then at 6:45, as I was shaving, a very loud thunder clap shook the house - luckily the razor didn’t slip. I put away my snow shovel and plow two weeks ago and refuse to get them out. Warmer temperatures are forecast so I will wait for Mother nature to take care of it -- this isn’t supposed to happen in Montreal. It sort of reminds me of Calgary where you can get snow almost any month. The optimistic opening date for the golf club was April 15, we will be lucky to start on May 1.
Our sincere condolences go out to Vivian Trudeau (Weir) Class of 1963 and former CCHS teacher whose husband, Claude Trudeau, passed away on April 06. Claude was very active in municipal politics and was one of the driving forces behind St. Lambert’s push to demerge from the Longueuil agglomeration.
Apologies to Jim Groundwater, last month I had him placed in B.C. but he still resides in Calgary. Just his two daughters, Jennifer and Susan are in BC.
April 23 The Montreal Gazette dedicated four full pages to the memory of Guy Lafleur who passed away from lung cancer at the age of 70. A true hockey great.
At the high school Covid cases remain manageable as students, teachers and staff look forward to the end of year and a new start in September. The big fight now centers around Quebec’s proposed new Bill 96 which would make it mandatory for CEGEP students take and pass 3 courses in French before receiving there diploma.
Petitions are being circulated trying to get enough support to scrap this requirement. If the passes as is it could have a drastic impact on not only CGEPs but high schools as well. So far the government has not backed down
As April draws to a close, Putin’s war in Ukraine enters its third month. The fighting rages on, death and destruction continue to mount with no clear end in sight. The United Nations has shown itself to be a useless organization unable to defend a member nation in the face of brutal and barbaric attacks. If it wasn’t for the US and NATO Russia would have prevailed weeks ago and Ukrainia would be no more.
Keep up the good fight
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Now I must go e-file my taxes. I have to pay the feds and expect to have a fight over one of my interpretations.
Until next month stay safe.
Welcome New and Renewing Alumni Association Members
Class of 1964
From Hermitage, NL
Class of 1984
From Pierrefonds, QC
Class of 1976
From Greenfield Park, QC
Class of 1973
From Vankleek Hill, ON
Heather Nesbitt (McCallum)
Class of 1961
From Kemptville, ON
Class of 1960
From Lethbridge, AB
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Memberships expiring in May
LETTERS AND MORE
Class of 1974
Nine years ago, I posted a picture of Wendell MacLean in this Facebook group. It keeps getting comments to this day. I’ve never had a post that stayed alive so long. There were so many kind comments made about him. I thought he’s got to know about this.
I called him last Friday. We had a most wonderful chat. He does not use a computer so I had to tell him, “Hey Wendal …. people have made over 200 comments about you on the CCHS Facbeook page – you really gotta see them. I thought it was only me that had a great experience in the two classes I had from you, but so many other students and fellow teachers have chimed in comments about you.”
He told me I’d have to send them to him by mail.
Here are the compiled comments that I’ll be sending him.
Mr. MacLean is 86 years old now but sharp as a whip and remembers student names and experiences so well. Last year he finally gave up playing the bag pipes with the regiment because the “military pace” became too much for him so he now only plays with the police band and pipers association. He told me to please give his greetings to all and that he looks forward to the next reunion, whenever that may be.
If you want his phone number or mailing address, I’m sure he would love to hear from you. IM me or email me for that info, or text or call me at 919.619.2586.
I’m so impressed and grateful with the many people that deeply cared about us, who influenced and inspired us during our formative years.
It case our readers missed it, Peter is the newest member of the Alumni Association’s board of directors. He resides in the historic city of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Class of 1962
Class of 1964
Mr. Walker lived on Victoria just up from Logan. It became a senior home in the 80's, now torn down for condos. I have included some pictures of the house taken around 1900.
Also the Gypsies coming through behind the house. The photo was taken from an upstairs rear window.
A photo of their daughter Mrs. Greene (Doris Walker) hunting on corner of Victoria and Riverside. 1914.
I've attached a page with the names and addresses of Victoria Street. A lot of popular names from St. Lambert including: J.L Taylor, St. Lambert Hardware, Rousseau's Hardware, A.B. Rosevear (Berts store), Blue & Grey Wool. Vardons, Ranger Hardware, Astor Theatre, Rexall Drug store just to name a few. The numbers have changed since that time.
The map was drawn in 1886 when St. Lambert had a population of 700. The GTR initials on the map refer to the Grand Trunk Railroad which was responsible for the construction of the Victoria Bridge. If one was to follow the line on the map north it would lead to the bridge and Montreal.
Reading through the street addresses and names on Victoria Street I noticed that Margaret Pendlebury shared an apartment ( 408 #4) with a Miss R.M. Sargeant. I bet a lot of people will be able to pick out relatives who lived on Victoria at the time.
In the photo of Doris Walker you can see the boardwalk and Victoria Bridge in the background. I wonder what she was shooting at – don’t mess with Doris.
Class of 1967
Sunrise in Calgary
This was taken from our deck at 6:40 am today. Jane and I get up at this time and after she takes Alexander to his bus stop for school we then go on our morning walks. The snow and Ice have gone now and mornings are less frosty so we may soon stop "mall walking" and start walking outside again.
In a way I'll miss the mall walks as we meet the same people almost every day. I've given many of them nicknames. There's "Dancing Man" and "Mr. Duck Walk" and "The Chat Group" to name a few. They don't know their special names of course as we just smile and wave or say hello.
Today it's supposed to reach plus 20 but with mixed sun and clouds. I'm off to walk the doggies now and then go and see my friend Marie and hopefully take her for a drive.
Have a wonderful day!
Brossard, April 19, looking out my front door.
Class of 1958
We have 15 cases of Covid here as of Wednesday this week. We had a Maple Dinner (monthly Anniversary dinner) on March 23 when there were over 300 people in the dining room; sitting close at tables of 8 and not wearing masks. The director of the residence indicated in his weekly closed circuit TV telecast yesterday that he thought that the dinner should not have taken place. There was dancing after the meal. We moved in here in August, 2020 and activities like that were suspended until last September; the monthly theme dinners continued until this past January which was cancelled as well as February. Guess that the upcoming Easter Brunch will be cancelled as well. We have to wear our masks in all areas of the building and maintain a distance of 2 meters from others. In our apartments = no masks.
Elevators have gone back to a limit of 2 persons at a time and activities like Bingo, Military Whist, etc. have been cancelled. Last week we could have visitors, now only 2 of our kids who have been designated as caregivers are allowed in our apartment, one at a time.
Stay safe, avoid crowds and have a great weekend!
Class of 1978
Love getting these updates! I need to have the newsletter sent to my personal email from now on as I will be retiring from the RCMP and they want their laptop back!
I am techno challenged which is why I am reaching out this way….
Thanks to you and the crew for these very entertaining newletters!
Staff Sgt. Cathy McCrory
GTA District Office
Toronto West Detachment
Cathy, thanks for your note and congratulations on your retirement. I have updated our data bases with your new email address. Those wishing to get in touch with Cathy can now reach her at her new email address as listed on our 1978 members only page.
Class of 1960
Elizabeth Warlund (Anyon) - December 10, 1943 - April 20, 2022
Living by the motto "be the life of the party: learn how to play the piano," Liz lost her battle with COPD on April 20th, peacefully and painlessly.
Liz (or Lif as she was known to her cousins, the Taylor's), grew up in St. Lambert, which she loved. One of her abilities was to remember even the tiniest details about her childhood. She cherished her lifelong "Friends-and-Relations," as A. A. Milne wrote about Rabbit.
She studied music at McGill, then received her teaching degree. Moving to Lennoxville in the early 70s, Liz helped out with plays and musicals at Bishop's University, Festival Lennoxville, Alexander Galt Regional High School, and the local Gilbert and Sullivan troop. Singing in the Amadeus Chorale and the Bishop's University Singers were among her favourite activities. She had a long career as a music teacher at Galt and was proud that hers was the only piano program in the Quebec English school system. She remained close to her piano students and homeroom students.
Liz became a single mother in the late 1970s. She felt that single mothers in that era were vilified and misrepresented in society. Despite these pressures, she raised two daughters with love and pride. She was thrilled when Sarah married David Goblot and had two children, Magali and Leander. She frequently visited their daycare, schools, shows, and games--anything to support her beloved grandchildren. Later, she welcomed Katie's son, Oli, and played a large role in his life, too. Magali, Leander, and Oli were the light of her life. As a mother and grandmother, Liz promoted reading and learning. Her passions included Richard III, the Royal Family, and mystery novels. She volunteered for Lennoxville Community Aid and the Mae Sot Education Project sales, among other groups. Helping others and giving were core.
The last year or two were not easy, but with joy and happiness, she recently moved into the Grace Village, where she played bridge and socialized with clients and staff--many of whom were former students.
She leaves behind her favourite (only) brother, Andrew, and her sister-in-law, Linda. Just a year ago, she lost her sister, Debbie Louson. She also leaves her community of faith at Saint Mark's Chapel. Joy, for Liz, was staying close to her nephews and niece, all of the cousins and cousins once removed, and her loving friends, both recent and long standing. With this focus on family and friends, students and community, she leaves a strong legacy.
Donations in memory of Liz can be made to Literacy Unlimited.
A celebration of our mum, with lots of loud organ playing, will be held in June.
"The day the music died."
Missy Harrison, class of 1971 wrote earlier this month to let us know that three of her classmates had passed away in 2019 but their passing had not been recognized in the newsletter, nor had the website been updated. This can happen all too frequently. Alumni move away and their obituaries are not published in local papers. If no one advises us of the name and/or sends a link to their obit, it won’t get picked up. So please, if you are aware of someone’s death that we haven’t published let me know.
The three classmates identified by Missy were, Jennifer Kathleen Frame, Heather McAskill (Pelham) and Ronald Van Lyons. The website’s memorial page for the class of 1971 has been updated. Because so much time has passed, we decided not to run full obituaries.
Ouch that must hurt
Wheel of Fortune goes to the Dogs
Thoughts from a Cynical Philosopher
- When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body... men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.
- A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight, live longer than the men who mention it.
- Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?
- Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.
- My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that.
The Dorm Rules
On the first day of college, the Dean addressed the students, pointing out some of the rules:
"The female dormitory will be out-of-bounds for all male students, and the male dormitory for the female students. Anybody caught breaking this rule will be fined $20 the first time."
He continued, "Anybody caught breaking this rule the second time will be fined $60. Being caught a third time will cost you a fine of $180. Are there any questions?"
At this point, a male student in the crowd inquired: "How much for a season pass?"
Senior Desperate for Attention?
Some Puns from Dr. Wrigley
1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
Whimsical and Fascinating Street Art
Street artist David Zinn has been creating temporary street art creatures around Ann Arbor, Michigan since 1987. His temporary chalk drawings interact with pavement, plants, brick walls, and public utilities on the streets.