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Here we are at day 201 with schools opening up in late August and early September. Within a week 110 Quebec schools reported at least one case of Covid 19 but very little in school transmission (yet). By, the end of September new cases in Quebec reached over 600 per day and more than 450 schools had reported at least one infected student or teacher. Two schools have been temporarily closed. Nothing so far at St. Lambert International.
What are you people doing? Well it seems that Karaoke nights are responsible for at least one major outbreak and, coupled with unsafe house parties, Quebec got back to June levels with no signs of the spread slowing down. The general Montreal area was placed in Quebec’s orange zone, one step below red, the most serious rating which will entail another round of lockdowns. We need a vaccine.
If you remember last year Montreal cancelled (delayed by one day) Halloween because of extremely high winds and rain. Well it looks like it will get hit again or at least be severely modified to make it safe. May have to use the old “turn off the lights and hide in the basement” trick. Thanksgiving Day, on October 12, which has been an annual event in our house for what seems like a lifetime, has also been scrubbed. At least I don’t have to cook a big turkey, but in truth I will miss it.
Golf is winding down and I’m looking for another activity to help keep my sanity during the lockdown. I’ve enjoyed curling for over sixty years but I think the risks of going back are too great. I might try cross country skiing or, if I find that too strenuous, I could double up on my brewing and wine making.
Hope you enjoyed Brita Housez’s paintings from last month, I certainly did. My favourite was “Nature Untarnished”; quite a contrast when compared to the devastation that is going on in the California, Oregon and Washington. Millions of acres of forest burned to the ground with the landscape facing decades of recovery, and only partial recovery at that. Brita has sent in another painting “Pandemic Stillness” along with some wonderful artwork developed for her new cookbook, “Sweet Potato Mania”, which is in the final stages of production - the photos are incredible (mouth-watering). Watch next month for more information about the book and how you can obtain a copy and for more of Brita’s artistic renderings.
Bob Wrigley has also contributed this month with an introduction and artwork for his book “Chasing Nature”. It looks like a fascinating read although, I am waiting for my copy to be delivered. I urge all of
you who are passionate about the environment or have a keen interest in animal life, to order a copy. It will make a great addition to your library and help keep you occupied.
As always I’m looking for more content. Come on you pandemic survivors it is time to step up 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.
Welcome New and Renewing Alumni Association Members
New Life Member
Carolyn Gould (Hindess)
Class of 1961
From St. Lambert, QC
Debbie MacLean (Boutilier)
Class of 1967
From Bridgewater, NS
Diane Loucks (Macfie)
Class of 1974
From Ottawa, ON
Please renew now.
New Class Contact - Class of 1965
Class of 1967
Jim sent me this one; the point being that most police officers are too busy doing a good job to simply harass people. - Editor
Harassment from a cop’s point of view
Recently, the Chula Vista, California Police Department ran an e-mail forum (a question and answer exchange) with the topic being, "Community Policing."
One of the civilian e-mail participants posed the following question, "I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to continually harass people and get away with it?"
From the "other side" (the law enforcement side) Sgt. Bennett, obviously a cop with a sense of humor replied:
"First of all, let me tell you this...it's not easy. In Chula Vista, we average one cop for every 600 people. Only about 60% of those cops are on general duty (or what you might refer to as "patrol") where we do most of our harassing. The rest are in non-harassing departments that do not allow them contact with the day to day innocents. At any given moment, only one-fifth of the 60% patrollers are on duty and available for harassing people while the rest are off duty. So roughly, one cop is responsible for harassing about 5,000 residents. When you toss in the commercial business, and tourist locations that attract people from other areas, sometimes you have a situation where a single cop is responsible for harassing 10,000 or more people a day.
Now, your average ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds long. This gives a cop one second to harass a person, and then only three-fourths of a second to eat a donut AND then find a new person to harass. This is not an easy task. To be honest, most cops are not up to this challenge day in and day out. It is just too tiring. What we do is utilize some tools to help us narrow down those people which we can realistically harass.
The tools available to us are as follows:
PHONE: People will call us up and point out things that cause us to focus on a person for special harassment. "My neighbor is beating his wife" is a code phrase used often. This means we'll come out and give somebody some special harassment.
Another popular one: "There's a guy breaking into a house." The harassment team is then put into action.
CARS: We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They like to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars with no insurance or no driver's licenses and the like. It's lots of fun when you pick them out of traffic for nothing more obvious than running a red light. Sometimes you get to really heap the harassment on when you find they have drugs in the car, they are drunk, or have an outstanding warrant on file.
RUNNERS: Some people take off running just at the sight of a police officer. Nothing is quite as satisfying as running after them like a beagle on the scent of a bunny. When you catch them you can harass them for hours.
STATUTES: When we don't have PHONES or CARS and have nothing better to do, there are actually books that give us ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called "Statutes"; Criminal Codes, Motor Vehicle Codes, etc...They all spell out all sorts of things for which you can really mess with people. After you read the statute, you can just drive around for a while until you find someone violating one of these listed offenses and harass them. Just last week I saw a guy trying to steal a car. Well, there's this book we have that says that's not allowed. That meant I got permission to harass this guy. It's a really cool system that we've set up, and it works pretty well. We seem to have a never-ending supply of folks to harass. And we get away with it. Why? Because for the good citizens who pay the tab, we try to keep the streets safe for them, and they pay us to "harass" some people
Next time you are in my town, give me the old "single finger wave." That's another one of those codes. It means, "You can't harass me." It's one of our favorites.
For those who do have, or have had a close association in the Law Enforcement industry, I am sure that this will have a special meaning.
Sent from my moving device somewhere on planet Earth
Art in a Time of Pandemic
Brita Housez (Stolz)
Class of 1961
Photos from Brita's new cookbook, “Sweet Potato Mania”
Sweet Potato and Ginger Soup by Brita Housez (Stolz).jpg
Corn, Avocado, Sweet potato and Red Pepper Salad by Brita Housez (Stolz)
Ultra Light Chocolate Cake by Brita Housez (Stolz)
Sweet Potato Fritters by Brita Housez (Stolz)
CCHS Alumnus Publishes Book on Nature
J Bob Wrigley Class of 1961
Stella, a majestic Steller’s Sea Eagle, about to interrupt Robert’s interview. (Cartoon by Rob Gillespie)
Ed’s note: Do you really think it was unintentional?
Chasing Nature: An Ecologist’s Lifetime Of
Adventures And Observations by Robert E. Wrigley, Ph.D.
Cover of Chasing Nature: An Ecologist’s Lifetime of Adventures and Observations. (Artwork by Autumn Lough)
Ecologist, museum director, and zoo curator, Dr. Robert E. Wrigley takes readers on a ecological journey via 230 wildlife adventures and observations covering a period of seven decades. Join him as he relates exciting and sometimes humorous real-life stories from early childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina, growing up in St. Lambert, Quebec, university years at McGill and Illinois, through careers at the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, and the Assiniboine Park Zoo, and finally research activities in retirement. Drawing on his experiences gained during many hundreds of field excursions throughout North and Central America and Europe, and even in his backyard garden in Winnipeg, his close encounters with plants, fungi and animals (ranging from tigers, elephants and bears to eagles, snakes and beetles) provide glimpses of these organisms’ lives, and reveal his deep passion and respect for the natural world, which has nourished his lifelong pursuit of the natural sciences.
Robert dissecting a cat in the Industrial Arts classroom at CCHS (1960), under the watchful eyes of Mr. Leonard Orr and fellow students. Notice the girl with a clothes peg on her nose at the top left of the photo.
Serious messages are offered regarding environmental degradation and the current extinction event that is wiping out numerous species every day as a result of escalating human overpopulation and the excessive demands on the world’s ecosystems. He stresses that the preservation of remaining biodiversity, ecosystems, and indeed the future of our own species, are completely dependent on regaining a balance with Nature.
Robert pursuing ecology in a southern Manitoba prairie.
(Photo by Larry de March)
An appendix of over 125 quotes from 76 natural-history philosophers and scientists is presented in chronological order. This 367-page book is produced on high-quality, glossy paper, with premium colour, and is well illustrated with 118 images, including 28 cartoons.
Robert (with rake) failing in his security duty to protect a media-crew member during a zookeeper interview regarding two Ruppell’s Vultures, which have taken to riding in a wheelbarrow. (Cartoon by Rob Gillespie)
Dr. Robert Ernest Wrigley graduated from Chambly County High School (1961) in St. Lambert, Quebec, and earned Bachelor’s (1965) and Master’s (1967) degrees in zoology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in ecology (1970) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. His first position was Curator of Birds and Mammals at the newly opened Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he later became the Museum Director. As the first Director of the new Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre near Stonewall, Manitoba, he helped design the facilities, recruited staff, and developed programs at this award-winning nature facility. He then completed his 42-year career as the Zoo Curator of the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg -- Canada’s oldest zoo. As an ecologist and author of 19 books, 114 articles, and the presentation of 66 exhibits and over 2300 media interviews, Dr. Wrigley continues his passion for Nature, now focussed on entomology.
Copies of Chasing Nature have been donated to the St. Lambert Library and to the Saint-Lambert International High School Library.
Copies may be obtained by contacting:
Dr. Robert Wrigley
505 Boreham Blvd, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 0K2
Cost of Chasing Nature -- $55; shipping $17; total $72
Do you recognize this old house?
This Mercille Avenue house belonged to the Green family whose three children graduated from CCHS. John in 1954, Judy in 1959 and Jim in 1960. It is located next door to the Mockridge house, featured last month. Pamela Mockridge graduated in 1958 and sister Jill in 1965.
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.
Carol Parkinson (Bailey)
Class of 1956
Born in Montreal, Canada, she was daughter of the late John Wesley Parkinson and Doris Smith Parkinson and wife for 59 years of Prof. Ronald A. Bailey. She was raised in Montreal and St. Lambert PQ, and after her marriage to Ron, they moved to Troy in 1961. She graduated from Chambly County High School in St. Lambert and earned her Bachelor's Degree from McGill University in Montreal.
Carol was employed for 10 years at the Marine Midland Bank in Troy and for over 25 years at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, where she worked in the Administration Office, spending several years as Medical Affairs Coordinator, and later in the Human Resource department. She retired 18 years ago to focus on volunteer activities, primarily at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, American Red Cross blood mobiles, and the St. Mary’s Hospital auxiliary, of which she was a long time member.
Carol loved theater, music, Caribbean vacations, cats and her husband.
Survivors in addition to her husband include a sister, Jill Parkinson, Ottawa.
Thomas Charles Mayhew
Class of 1968
Thomas was predeceased by his parents Jack and Norah Mayhew and is survived by brothers Terry and Jim Mayhew. He will be fondly remembered by his niece Wendy and Nephew Todd. Thomas was a devoted family man and loved nothing more than to be with his loved ones, united in mutual love and joy.
Thomas was a man of virtuosity and passion; achieving success as a high-level athlete prior to a debilitating injury, then re-creating himself to achieve success as an entrepreneur and professional photographer, and finally achieving several awards for highest customer satisfaction indexes within the vehicle sales industry. In his retirement, Thomas returned to a hobby he developed following a terrible injury sustained on the gridiron – that of leatherwork. Across the last 6 years he developed a presence at the Georgetown farmers market as a welcoming vendor of high-quality leather apparel and was always prepared to welcome a new or past customer for an engaging chat. His warm, deep voice could be recognized at distance calling a greeting to a past customer or old friend.
Thomas was a man of rare capacity; he took on the responsibility of helping to raise a child who was not biologically his own. Thomas always, always thought of that young man as his own child in every way, and was as devoted, if not more, as any biological parent could have been.
Thomas was a man of heart, and he will be terribly missed.
Giuseppe excitedly tells his mother he's fallen in love and that he is going to get married.
He says, "Just for fun, Mama, I'm going to bring over three women and you try and guess which one I'm going to marry." The mother agrees.
The next day, he brings three beautiful women into the house, sits them down on the couch and they chat for a while
He then says, "Okay, Mama, guess which one am I going to marry?"
Mama says immediately, "The one on the right."
"That's amazing, Mama. You're right. How did you know?"
Mama replies: "I don't like her."
An Italian woman was leaving a convenience store with an espresso when she noticed an unusual Italian funeral procession approaching the nearby cemetery. A black hearse was followed by a second black hearse about 50ft behind the first one.
Behind the second black hearse was a solitary Italian woman walking with a dog on a leash. A short distance behind her were 200 Italian woman walking in single file.
The woman couldn’t stand the curiosity. She approached the Italian woman walking the dog and said: “I’m so sorry for your loss, and this may be a bad time to disturb you, but I’ve never seen an Italian funeral like this. Whose is it”?
The Italian woman replied, “My husbands”
“What happened to him”?
“He yelled at me and my dog attacked and killed him”?
She inquired further, “but who is in the second hearse”
“My mother-in-law, she tried to help my husband and the dog turned on her”
A very touching and poignant moment of Italian sisterhood and silence passed between the two women.
"Can I borrow your dog”?
The woman replied “Get to the end of the line”.