Day 231 and I’m getting a little antsier. Two days after wrapping up last month’s newsletter Montreal hit red alert status – welcome to the red zone, next stop the twilight zone. Stay home, don’t socialize and wear your mask if you have to go out – yada, yada, yada. I going to keep the day count running until I can safely move about the city. I’m betting we’ll reach almost 500 before that happens. Bring on the vaccine, please.

October1, Trump announces he tested positive so, on October 2, I bought a new pilsner beer kit and a merlot wine kit to celebrate (just kidding). Started the beer on October 4, bottled it on October 18. This was the first time using this particular product and after bottling I read the instructions one more time only to find out that to finish brewing, the bottles had to be stored at between 22 and 25 degrees C for at least 10 days. Luckily we have a small bedroom with an electric wall mounted heater with a thermostat. Just had to move all 65 bottles up from the basement.

By October 7, more than 1,000 Quebec schools reported Covid cases, several were shut. Secondary 4 and 5 (grades 10 & 11) went to alternating in-class and remote learning in an attempt to slow the spread. Masks in class rooms became mandatory –finally. By October 22 more than 2,000 schools had at least one case, almost half of all Quebec schools. On October 26, mask wearing in school was made mandatory for secondary 3 (grade 9) in addition to secondary 4 and 5. Secondary 1 and 2 and elementary schools are still exempt.

It’s October 8 and the United States looks like it is in a meltdown as right wing nut cases plot to kidnap and perhaps kill the Governor of Michigan. Trump looks like he is becoming more and more unhinged - probably the steroids he has been taking. He calls Kamala Harris nasty names and says bad things about the Governor – nothing about the white supremacists who plotted to kidnap and perhaps kill her. Almost makes me want to renounce my US citizenship. I think I’m becoming addicted to watching the Trump chronicles on MSNBC & CNN – love Rachel Maddow and Chris Cuomo. Too bad they are both on at 9:00 PM

October 12 was remote Thanksgiving. Cooked a small turkey (with trimmings) and baked two pumpkin pies. Took half of it to my daughter’s house and a care package to my son and his wife (she doesn’t eat pumpkin pie so my son got an extra slice). What we do for our kids.

October 15 Quebec records it highest positive test results for the virus.

October 16 the US/Canada border shut down is extended to November 21. Poor snowbirds may have to face snow, ice and freezing cold weather for the first time in years - welcome to the club.

October 25 I started the merlot, it will be at least six months before it is drinkable.

So much for my month, how was yours?

Thanks to Peter Payan for his “first motorcycle” story. I remember well the old three lane highway between St. Lambert and Chambly that Peter traveled most days to get to CCHS. We called it suicide strip. The middle lane worked on a first come first served basis for those wanting to pass (not unlike a game of chicken) and was the cause of many accidents – only in Quebec.

As always I’m looking for more content. Come on you pandemic survivors it is time to step up and send me a story, some photos or anything else that might be of interest to your fellow alumni. What are you waiting for?

Until next month stay safe and all you American readers, including expats, please vote.

Harvey Carter

Life Member - C'60 - Editor, Alumni Connection

Welcome New and Renewing Alumni Association Members

New Life Member
Susan Collins
Class of 1964
From London, ON


New Member
Gord Gillespie
Class of 1964
Carleton Place, ON

Renewed Membership
Malcolm Myerson
Class of 1968
From Ottawa, ON

Renewed Membership
Pierre Dansereau
Class of 1971
From Vancouver, BC

Renewed Membership
Suzanne Green (Walker)
Class of 1952
From St. Lambert, QC

Renewed Membership
John Green
Class of 1953
From St. Lambert, QC

Expiring Memberships

Please renew now.

Memberships expiring in November
Watson Anderson
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Special Thanks to Our Generous Donors


Beth Dubois (Stewart)
Class of 1960
From: Rialto, CA, USA

Maureen Bisanti (Lafond)
Class of 1963
From: Calgary, AB

ALUMNI COMMENTS


Rev. Brett Cane
Class of 1963

Dear Harvey,

Thanks for all your work on our behalf editing the "Alumni Connection".  

The September edition contained a response to Dr. Laura regarding Biblical prohibitions and I thought it worthwhile to point out that the situation is somewhat more complex than appears from the letter sent by her correspondent who equated sexual standards to matters of diet and dress.   The same chapter (Leviticus 19) that prohibits clothing of mixed fabric also commands people not to steal, lie, or make your daughter a prostitute - I am sure her correspondent would agree the latter things should be avoided!

In the current climate of confusion and pain over sexuality I feel it is wiser to look at the whole tenor of Biblical teaching and to set it in context rather than erect straw characters to knock down.  

Extremely grateful for my high school experience at CCHS and proud to be a graduate!

Rev. Cane, thanks for the note. Your point is well taken and certainly no disrespect was intended. I think we all acknowledge that biblical teachings form the bases of most of western society’s social mores, as well as civil and criminal law, all of which have evolved (thankfully) since Leviticus was written some 2,500 years ago. What bothered the correspondent, myself and many others was Dr. Laura’s use of a biblical passage to support her homophobic prejudice. Perhaps he laid it on a little thick, but, it drove home the message and at the same time was very, very, funny.
Harvey Carter

Life Member - C'60 - Editor, Alumni Connection

Your Association is looking for new directors!

Would you be interested in contributing a small amount of your time each year to helping the CCHS/CA Alumni Association, our school, and its past and current community?

We are looking for directors of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors to complete our team. Meetings are held on a no-charge telephone call about three or four times a year, usually on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings for about an hour.  We are hoping to progress to Zoom meetings at some point in 2021.

The Alumni Association administers a website, a monthly newsletters, organizes reunions, and provides bursaries each year to deserving current students.

Board members discuss proposals, monitor our financial status as a non-profit and provide needed feedback on our activities.  A diverse board by background is a positive factor and leads to more productive meetings and initiatives.

Board members must be members in good standing of the Alumni Association.  Over 500 former students and staff have chosen to become members, many with life-time memberships and some renew their annual memberships each year.

Over the years since its founding in 2005, the Alumni Association has made many contributions to Chambly County High School/Chambly Academy and to the current St. Lambert International School and its students and communities.  For your information, School Boards do not provide the following for student life, only the bare necessities to keep the schools open.

  • Three full all-years reunions at the school in 2005, 2010, and 2015, with a fourth scheduled for 2020 but postponed until after Covid restrictions with total attendance at the three reunions in the thousands
  • Many dozens of bursaries, currently 7 each year, to deserving graduating students
  • New sound system for the stage area
  • New fireproof curtains for the stage (the old ones were torn down by firemen as a fire trap during an inspection.  I suspect they were the originals from 1954)
  • An alumni garden between the buildings
  • An outdoor basketball court (in cooperation with CN)
  • Picnic tables for students (the school has about 500 students, 90% now arrive by bus from a wide radius, and the old cafeteria had a capacity of about 60)
  • Funding for the care of Richard Bunnett - a school staff member who suffered a serious stroke
  • A website where you can connect with other students (if you so wish)
  • Monthly newsletter to keep up to date with the community (articles are always welcomed)

In summary, for only a few hours a year, your contribution can make a big difference in the lives of the students and keep all of our memories alive as time goes on. Contact me at harveycarter363@gmail.com if you are interested.


Peter Payan
Class of 1958

My First Motorcycle

In the spring of 1958, I bought my first bike, a second-hand BSA 150cc single cylinder model with a top speed of about 55 mph. The price was less than $100 I think and I used my savings to pay for it and for the insurance insisted upon by my Dad.
 
I practiced riding around town, with strict instructions to stay off the highway. As I got more confident, I also got more adventurous, driving further from home each time.
 
That year, I was still in high school at Chambly County in St Lambert, a 40 minute Bus ride from my home in Chambly. 
 
One warm May day, I convinced my parents to let me ride my bike to school instead of taking the bus. I set off in the morning, parked my bike opposite my classroom and went into the school. Later that morning, the principal sent for me, suggesting that I park the bike behind the school. He said that it would be safer out-of-sight but I suspect that he didn’t want to advertise the fact that one of his students was a motorcyclist.
 
On the way home that day, I tried to pass a car on the highway. It seemed to take forever as the other driver was traveling at about 53 miles per hour and wouldn’t slow down so I could pass. I was persistent, however, inching by him over a distance of about a mile. The ‘pass’ was so slow, we could have had a conversation at the same time.
 
My biggest adventure on the bike was riding into Montreal one day. The city is on an island. The roadway, of the bridge I had to cross, was made of iron grillwork, where, if you looked straight down, you could see the water rushing by. Crossing by car was easy but by bike, very scary. The grillwork seemed to make the wheels wiggle as I crept across the span. After visiting my Dad at his office, I took a different bridge home.
 
The motorcycle was fun to ride in the sunlight but very wet in the rain. I kept it in the basement over the winter, and then decided to sell it the following spring. I bought another bigger bike the next year, but that is another story.  

Art in a Time of Pandemic


Brita Housez (Stolz)
Class of 1961

Social Distancing Entanglements by Brita Housez
Social Distancing Entanglements by Brita Housez

Photos from Brita's new cookbook, “Sweet Potato Mania”

Here are four more photos from Brita’s soon to be released cookbook “Sweet Potato Mania” - stay tuned for next month. Thanks again Brita for your contributions.

Pizza Bites
Pizza Bites

Sweet Potato Bread
Sweet Potato Bread

Roasted Sweet Potato & Apples
Roasted Sweet Potato & Apples

Baked Sweet Potato
Baked Sweet Potato

Taylor’s Celebrates 100 Years

Taylor’s present day store front. Photo by Bruce Field edited by Warren MacKenzie
Taylor’s present day store front. Photo by Bruce Field edited by Warren MacKenzie

Taylor’s has been an institution in St. Lambert for as long as I can remember. In fact for many years they seemed to be the only game in town. There were no big malls in suburbia and traveling to downtown Montreal to shop wasn’t easy if you didn’t have a vehicle. Taylor’s had everything and the quality was topnotch!

As they started their expansion in 1959, Taylor’s bought the building next door which housed the Victoria theatre, a bowling alley (at one time), Bruce Field’s office and one of the more frequented establishments, the third floor pool room. After school we would run up the side stairs, past Bruce’s office to the third floor, secure a table and shoot a game of pool or two, or three (misspent youth).

The family has had a long connection with CCHS and its successor schools, through the annual fashion show and, more recently, a memorial bursary granted each year in the name of Adam Taylor. Taylor’s has also contributed to so many other organization in the city, including the St. Lambert Curling Club, having sponsored an event there for 65 years. Ernie and Charlie Taylor were club members from the day it opened in 1955.

Thanks go to Sandra Taylor (Class of 1957) who contacted me from Ottawa and suggested we might be interested in doing a story about the anniversary. And thanks also to Bob Taylor who supplied us with a copy of their anniversary story. Bob related that they had been planning to hold a large event at the store to celebrate the occasion but had to cancel because of the pandemic. Instead, he plans on bringing in a number of small groups so the Covid 19 guidelines can be respected.

Class Contacts Needed

If you are interested in representing your class year as Class Contact.  Please contact Harvey Carter. Please step up and contribute if at all possible.

Obituaries

John Bloxham
Class of 1958

John A G Bloxham
November 26, 1941 to January 13, 2018

John Bloxham's family with sadness announce his passing Saturday, January 13, 2018. A true gentleman John will be missed by all. Survived by wife Sheila; son Mark (Nicole) Caleb and Sawyer (mother Darlene Perry); daughter Lara (Darrell Nordell) Liam and Ceilidh; sister Susan Morisset and extended family. Born Nov. 26, 1941 in Montreal, he joined the Canadian Forces as an officer candidate. He received a chemical degree at Concordia University Montreal then move from Gulf Oil to Syncrude's Fort McMurray opening. He especially enjoyed time in Internal Audit. Passions were Grandchildren, travel, computers, and family. Former president of Institute of Internal Auditors, life member of IEEE, United Way, and active in other charities. Funeral Jan 20, All Saints Anglican Cathedral (10035 103 St NW, at 11:00 am. Donations in John's name to the Mazankowski Heart Institute: Heart Lung Program are appreciated.

And Finally...

True Love

This guy is Alvaro Alfonso de Miranda Neto, a professional golfer:

He was married to this woman.

Her name is Cibele Dorsa.
She is a Brazilian swimsuit, Victoria's Secret, and Playboy model.

He divorced her because he fell in love with this woman:

These two are very happily married right now. Some people argue that love is blind.
This story clearly proves it!
It proves that men are capable of real love,
truly seeing a person’s inner beauty and not basing their decisions solely on looks.

Oh, by the way. The new girl is Athina Onassis
She’s worth 12 billion dollars
Kinda brings a tear to the eye, doesn't it?

5 Rules to live by

  1. Money cannot buy happiness, but it's far more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than on a bicycle
  2. Forgive your enemy, but remember the SOB’s name
  3. If you help someone when they're in trouble, they will remember you when they're in trouble again
  4. Alcohol does not solve any problems, but neither does milk
  5. Many people are alive only because it's illegal to shoot them

3 Bonus Rules

  1. Condoms do not guarantee safe sex. A friend of mine was wearing one when he was shot by the woman's husband
  2. I think all Politicians should wear uniforms, like NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsors
  3. All Politicians should serve only two terms, one term in office and one term in prison

Jim Baxter comes through with two more

Cockwomble

Where Can I Get a BAG?

"Horse Manure Can Help in the Fight against Covid 19”
Take fresh manure and rub it on your hands. It has the following actions.

1. Prevents you touching your face.
2. People will stay
3. No one will want to shake your hand
4. It will make you wash your hands before lunch!

Golf is Over

For all you golfers who put away your clubs for the year, here are some truisms sent to me by Peter Storen (Class of 1960) - May 2021 seems a long way off.

The Law of Physics States it's easier to get up at 6:00 AM to play golf than at 10:00 AM to mow the lawn.

A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game.

A good golf partner is one who's always slightly worse than you are.  That's why I get so many calls to play with friends.

A pro shop gets its name from the fact that you need to have the income of a professional golfer to buy anything in there.

If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven he probably shot an eight or worse.

It takes longer to become a good golfer than it does to become a brain surgeon. However, a brain surgeon can't ride around on a golf cart, eat hot dogs, drink beer and fart while performing brain surgery.