September I and it was back to school for St. Lambert International High School and St. Lambert Elementary. Majority of High School kids are vaccinated and should be relatively safe. Not the same for elementary students who are ineligible and only time will tell if the delta variant spreads.
September 2 and some of the worse effects of hurricane Ida, that made landfall on August 29, become apparent. Over a million people without power, widespread flooding in Louisiana and states farther northeast. Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey are hit hard with scores of fatalities. Even though the storm has been over land for almost a week it is still expected to hit Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula as a category 1. Welcome to the effects of global warming
September 5 I picked the last of the green beans from my little garden. The squirrels and Raccoons don’t seem to like beans so I had plenty for myself and was able to give quite a few to my daughter. Still a few cherry tomatoes trying to ripen but they have become fair game for the squirrels. Carrots will last well into October even if we get a frost.
September 11 This is the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. Bob Wrigley sent me a great piece written by a Delta Airlines flight attendant about the heroic efforts of Gander and surrounding Newfoundland towns, especially Lewis Porte.
September 13 marked the first visit to my dermatologist since the beginning of the pandemic. He did quite a number on my right cheek removing basil cell cancer. It will take a week or two to heal; otherwise things looked OK. This is the price we pay for too much sun in our younger days. No sun screen back then and in fact we used to apply baby oil to hasten our tans.
September 20 The Liberals hang on with another minority government. I was wrong believing they would pay dearly for calling the election when they did. While they slipped somewhat in the popular vote, Ontario and Quebec pulled them through. Will Alberta and Saskatchewan feel increasingly neglected?
Sept 24 We had our first golf rain out of the year. At 4:00AM it was coming down in buckets and continued off and on until 9:00 AM. It was so bad they closed the course completely, even the concession and pro shop were closed. The only ones happy were the flock of geese who had descended on the first fairway.
The seven month Arizona Cyber Ninja election recount/audit turned out to be a dud. They actually found more votes for Biden - yet to hear from Trump. I’m afraid this won’t change anything, in fact it will probably make the Republicans double down with their efforts to restrict voting access to minority groups. Seems like the only way they can win.
September comes to an end and the US announces that land borders will remain closed until at least October 21. I just don’t get the logic, Canada has a much higher vaccination rate and much less Covid and to top it off they let people enter by air. Having said that, in Quebec over 1,000 schools have reported at least one Coved case and 3 schools have closed completely, despite a full vaccination rate of 83%. St. Lambert International is still in the clear.
Thanks to Ian MacDonald, Dave Bradwell, Bob Lamb, Bob Wrigley, Rob Ellicott and Jim Baxter for their contributions.
Readers, please keep your old photos and letters coming we can use a lot more.
Until next month stay safe.
Welcome New and Renewing Alumni Association Members
Stephanie Ault (Collins)
Class of 1963
From Woodstock, ON
Class of 1974
From Georgetown, ON
Deborah MacLean (Boutilier)
Class of 1967
From Bridgewater, NS
Thank You to these Generous Donors
Class of 1962
From St. Lambert, QC
Linda Nugent (Fransham)
Class of 1961
From Calgary, AB
Please renew now.
Memberships expiring in October
Memberships expiring in November
Class of 1963
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Bob sent me this photo taken in mid-August. He and his wife Helen travelled from Stittsville to meet up with old friends and enjoy dinner at Gibby’s in old Montreal. There is only one other CCHS grad in this picture but many people will recognize others in the group. From the left, Jim McGowan, Bob Lamb, Maryse Saunders, Helen Lamb, Millie McGowan and Dave Saunders (Class of 1963). Jim and Millie McGowan’s daughter, Lori, was a 1989 CCHS grad. Dave and Maryse Saunder’s son Nick was a 1995 grad.
You’ll notice that Bob is enjoying one of Gibby’s famous Irish coffees. He was well known for his own Irish coffee concoctions, which I have enjoyed once or twice. Ah Cape Cod - the good old days.
Ian M MacDonald
Class of 1968
Dr. Ian M. MacDonald receives Adolphe Franceschetti Medal
My dear sister, Margaret suggested that I send this along to update the CCHS/Academy newsletter.
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The photo is of me (on the right) and Francis Munier (left) at the biannual meeting of the International Society for Genetic Eye Disease and Retinoblastoma in Lausanne, Switzerland, Sept. 4, 2021 presenting me with the Adolphe Franceschetti Medal. Franceschetti was the Chair of Ophthalmology at Geneva and helped create the Institute of Genetics at the University of Geneva. The setting for the presentation was in the auditorium of Le musee olympique of the IOC in Lausanne. Like Franceschetti, I was a Department Chair in Ophthalmology and helped create a separate University Department of Medical Genetics.
I have greatly benefited from my public education in St. Lambert and then University, with some outstanding teachers.
With good wishes,
Ian, congratulations on being awarded the Adolphe Franceschetti Medal. I couldn’t find a 1968 year book picture of you but I did find a slightly younger “How We Look Now” photo on the class page. Not that much of a change.
Class of 1970
1937 – 1938 Hockey Team
Dave sent in this old photo of the St. Lambert High School 1937 – 1938 hockey team. Only three players could be named. This is before my time and the only person I knew was George Hale who for many years was my dentist. Can you identify any else in the Picture?
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Middle Row second from left: George Bradwell
Front Row second from left: Don Hall
Front Row far right: George Hale
Gander Newfoundland & the 9/11 connection
It has been 20 years since 9/11, an event that shocked the world and devastated the United States, resulting in protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the latter seeing the last US troops leaving just weeks ago. In 2001 I was working in Windsor Station and word spread like wildfire throughout the building. The CP Rail Marketing department had set up a television set in their conference room and folks gathered around to watch the extensive news coverage. (I think it was CNN.) After the second plane hit it was crystal clear that terrorist attacks were underway and a different era had been ushered in.
Looking back it is hard to see what good has come from the two wars. Certainly the Taliban and Al Qaeda were punished and Osama Bin Laden killed. But, the attempt to create new democratic nations failed and the Taliban regained power just days before the last US troops left. Will they revert to their previous brutal, misogynistic ways – most likely and any dissent will quickly be snuffed out. Let’s hope that the legacy of freedom, education for women and access to technology that the US and its allies, including Canada, gave the people will not be lost. Perhaps in years to come they will achieve a measure of freedom on their own. On a more positive note….
A real 'feel-good' story.
On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic. All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that "All Business" look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta's main office in Atlanta and simply read, "All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination."
No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander, Newfoundland. He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian traffic > controller and approval was granted immediately -- no questions asked. We found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request.
While the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area. A few minutes later word came in about the hijackings. We decided to LIE to the passengers while we were still in the air. We told them the plane had a simple instrument problem and that we needed to land at the nearest airport in Gander, Newfoundland, to have it checked out. We promised to give more information after landing in Gander. There was much grumbling among the passengers, but that's nothing new! Forty minutes later, we landed in Gander. Local time at Gander was 12:30 PM!...that's 11:00 AM EST.
There were already about 20 other airplanes on the ground from all over the world that had taken this detour on their way to the U.S. After we parked on the ramp, the captain made the following announcement: "Ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering if all these airplanes around us have the same instrument problem as we have. The reality is that we are here for another reason." Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the U.S. There were loud gasps and stares of disbelief. The captain informed passengers that Ground Control in Gander told us to stay put.
The Canadian Government was in charge of our situation and no one was allowed to get off the aircraft. No one on the ground was allowed to come near any of the air crafts. Only airport police would come around periodically, look us over and go on to the next airplane. In the next hour or so more planes landed and Gander ended up with 53 airplanes from all over the world, 27 of which were U.S. commercial jets.
Meanwhile, bits of news started to come in over the aircraft radio and for the first time we learned that airplanes were flown into the World Trade Centre in New York and into the Pentagon in D.C. People were trying to use their cell phones, but were unable to connect due to a different cell system in Canada. Some did get through, but were only able to get to the Canadian operator who would tell them that the lines to the U.S. were either blocked or jammed.
Sometime in the evening the news filtered to us that the World Trade Centre buildings had collapsed and that a fourth hijacking had resulted in a crash. By now the passengers were emotionally and physically exhausted, not to mention frightened, but everyone stayed amazingly calm. We had only to look out the window at the 52 other stranded aircraft to realize that we were not the only ones in this predicament.
We had been told earlier that they would be allowing people off the planes one plane at a time. At 6 P.M., Gander airport told us that our turn to deplane would be 11 am the next morning. Passengers were not happy, but they simply resigned themselves to this news without much noise and started to prepare themselves to spend the night on the airplane.
Gander had promised us medical attention, if needed, water, and lavatory servicing. And they were true to their word. Fortunately, we had no medical situations to worry about. We did have a young lady who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy. We took REALLY good care of her. The night passed without incident despite the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements.
About 10:30 on the morning of the 12th, a convoy of school buses showed up. We got off the plane and were taken to the terminal where we went through Immigration and Customs and then had to register with the Red Cross. After that, we (the crew) were separated from the passengers and were taken in vans to a small hotel. We had no idea where our passengers were going. We learned from the Red Cross that the town of Gander has a population of 10,400 people and they had about 10,500 passengers to take care of from all the airplanes that were forced into Gander! We were told to just relax at the hotel and we would be contacted when the U.S. airports opened again, but not to expect that call for a while.
We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours after it all started. Meanwhile, we had lots of time on our hands and found that the people of Gander were extremely friendly. They started calling us the "plane people." We enjoyed their hospitality, explored the town of Gander and ended up having a pretty good time.
Two days later, we got that call and were taken back to the Gander airport. Back on the plane, we were reunited with the passengers and found out what they had been doing for the past two days. What we found out was incredible.
Gander and all the surrounding communities (within about a 75 Kilometre radius) had closed all high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places. They converted all these facilities to mass lodging areas for all the stranded travelers. Some had cots set up, some had mats with sleeping bags and pillows set up.
All the high school students were required to volunteer their time to take care of the "guests." Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewis Porte, about 45 kilometres from Gander where they were put up in a high school. If any women wanted to be in a women-only facility, that was arranged. Families were kept together. All the elderly passengers were taken to private homes.
Remember that young pregnant lady? She was put up in a private home right across the street from a 24-hour Urgent Care facility. There was a dentist on call and both male and female nurses remained with the crowd for the duration.
Phone calls and e-mails to the U.S. and around the world were available to everyone once a day. During the day, passengers were offered "Excursion" trips. Some people went on boat cruises of the lakes and harbours. Some went for hikes in the local forests. Local bakeries stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests. Food was prepared by all the residents and brought to the schools. People were driven to restaurants of their choice and offered wonderful meals. Everyone was given tokens for local laundry mats to their clothes, since luggage was still on the aircraft. In other words, every single need was met for those stranded travelers. Passengers were crying while telling us these stories.
Finally, when they were told that U.S. airports had reopened, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single passenger missing or late. The local Red Cross had all the information about the whereabouts of each and every passenger and knew which plane they needed to be on and when all the planes were leaving. They coordinated everything beautifully. It was absolutely incredible.
When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise. Everyone knew each other by name. They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had the better time. Our flight back to Atlanta looked like a chartered party flight. The crew just stayed out of their way. It was mind-boggling. Passengers had totally bonded and were calling each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses. And then a very unusual thing happened.
One of our passengers approached me and asked if he could make an announcement over the PA system. We never, ever allow that. But this time was different. I said "of course" and handed him the mike. He picked up the PA and reminded everyone about what they had just gone through in the last few days. He reminded them of the hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers. He continued by saying that he would like to do something in return for the good folks of Lewis Porte.
He said he was going to set up a Trust Fund under the name of DELTA 15 (our flight number). The purpose of the trust fund is to provide college scholarships for the high school students of Lewis Porte. He asked for donations of any amount from his fellow travellers. When the paper with donations got back to us with the amounts, names, phone numbers and addresses, the total was for more than $14,000! The gentleman, a MD from Virginia, promised to match the donations and to start the administrative work on the scholarship. He also said that he would forward this proposal to Delta Corporate and ask them to donate as well.
As I write this account, the trust fund is at more than $1.5 million and has assisted 134 students in their college education. I just wanted to share this story because we need good stories right now. It gives me a little bit of hope to know that some people in a faraway place were kind to some strangers who literally dropped in on them. It reminds me how much good there is in the world. In spite of all the rotten things we see going on in today's world this story confirms that there are still a lot of good people in the world and when things get bad, they will come forward.
Written by a Delta Airlines flight attendant
Alumni Association Looking for Board Members
Would you be interested in contributing a small amount of your time each year towards helping the CCHS/CA alumni association, our school and its past and current community?
We are looking for directors of the Alumni Association board to complete our team. Meetings are held on a no-charge telephone call about three or four times a year, on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening, and most meetings complete within one hour. We are looking to Zoom meetings in the future, but will also offer phone-only for those who wish to participate by phone.
The Alumni Association of CCHS/CA administers a website, a monthly newsletter, organizes reunions, and provides bursaries each year to deserving current students.
Board members discuss proposals, monitor our financial status, and provide important feedback on our activities. Board members must be members in good standing of the Alumni Association. Over 500 former students have chosen to become members of the Alumni Association over the years, many with life-time memberships and also those who subscribe by renewing their memberships each year.
Over the years since its founding in 2005, the Alumni Association has made many contributions to student life and activities at Chambly County High school/Chambly Academy and now called the St. Lambert International School, including:
- dozens of bursaries to graduating students
- new sound system for the gymnasium/stage
- new fireproof curtains for the stage
- an alumni garden area between the buildings
- an outdoor basketball court (in cooperation with CN)
- picnic tables for students (with about 500 students now 90% arrive by bus, and the old cafeteria had a capacity of about 60 students)
If interested, you can contact Jack Anderson, Barry Keeler or Harvey Carter to become a board member or for more details.
The Alumni Association Board for Governors met on September 14 and had a long Reunion 2022 discussion. While we are still optimistic that a May 2022 event can be held, we are not yet ready to start selling tickets. The earliest that will happen is December 1, two months from now.
While the Covid numbers are coming down and vaccinations rates are going up, especially in Quebec, there is still concern. By mid- October we will issue a survey to try to get an idea of how the membership feels about attending and whether we should be looking at format changes.
Please take the time to read and respond to the survey when you get it, it will only take a few minutes.
Class of 1946
On August 9th 2021 Thomas Donald Green of St. Lambert, Rougemont & Montreal, son of Thomas and Marjorie, brother of Ann Scott and James Green, passed away peacefully at St Margaret's at age 92, where he was kept comfortable over the last few years thanks to its caring staff, visits from family and exceptional friends. Don was generous and always willing to help and encourage others through his inspirational words. Don will be remembered fondly for his decades long commitment and service to the United Church (notably his tenure at Mascouche), his close association with The Black Watch, and his personal motto to "celebrate life". A private family service was held on Thursday September 2, 2021.
Class of 1964
Peacefully, at his lake home in Gimli, Rob passed on August 5, 2021. Rob was predeceased by his parents, Norman and Peggy (Milne) Hilliard of Montreal, QC. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Leslie Turnbull and children, Dan (Satya) and Gillian (Emile); predeceased by second wife, Nancy and surviving children, Cindy (Jen) and Jeff; survived by first wife Lynn and children, Jen (Smarty) and Mike (Kelly). Rob is also survived by his seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and sisters, Linda (John) and Pam (Michael).
Those who knew Rob would describe him as a fierce, unapologetically outspoken advocate for social justice and human rights. Rob's lifelong passion for worker's rights was fuelled by his experience as a miner in Thompson and Leaf Rapids, MB. As long serving president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, Brother Rob walked picket lines, sat at bargaining tables, organized and fought for the rights of both the individual and the collective. He was a champion of and deeply involved with the NDP and received numerous awards for his work through the years.
Personally, Rob's zest for life was evident in his love for sports, blues music, the outdoors and his family. He loved a good road trip with impromptu photo opportunities and would later reminisce ad nauseum. He had plenty of stories of wildlife encounters, canoe trip fiascos and was quick to share some new trivia he discovered during his travels. Most importantly, Rob spent his last years holding his family close, sharing laughter, saying hard things and allowing himself to be vulnerable. He died having lived a full and happy life surrounded by family and love. He will be deeply missed.
We would like to thank the staff at the Manitoba Lung Transplant Program, the Health Sciences Centre and the Palliative Care team for their kindness, care and encouragement.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Federation of Labour Occupational Health Centre. Memorial to take place at a later date.
Whyatt is Australia’s answer to Gary Larson (The Far Side) only more “R” rated. I was sent several others by Rob Ellicott but only found three that would get by the censors.
Some more “They Walk Among Us”
I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, 'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?' To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?' He smiled knowingly and nodded, 'That's why we ask.'
When my wife and I arrived at a car dealership to pick up our car after a service, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver’s side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. ‘Hey,' I announced to the technician, 'its open!.' His reply, 'I know. I already did that side.'
My husband and I went through the McDonald's driveway window and I gave the cashier a $5 bill. Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her 25c. She said, 'you gave me too much money.' I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar back.' She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request. I did so, and he handed me back the 25c, and said 'We're sorry but we don’t do that kind of thing.' The cashier then proceeded to give me back 75 cents in change. Do not confuse the people at Mac D's.
The Irish Genie (Courtesy of Bob Lamb)
Mick and Paddy were fishing on the Irish shoreline when Mick pulled out a cigar. Finding he had No matches, he asked Paddy for a light.
'Ya, sure, I tink I haff a lighter,' Paddy replied and then reaching into his tackle box, he pulled out a Bic lighter 10 inches long.
'My God, man!' exclaimed Mick, taking the huge Bic lighter in his hands. 'Where'd yew git dat monster?'
'Well,' replied Paddy, 'I got it from my Genie.' 'You haff a friggin Genie?' Mick asked.
'Ya, sure. It's right here in my tackle box,' says Paddy.
'Could I see him?'
Paddy opens his tackle box and sure enough, out pops the Genie.
Addressing the Genie, Mick says, 'Hey dere! I'm a good pal of your master. Will you grant me one wish?'
'Yes, I will,' says the Genie.
So Mick asks the Genie for a million bucks. The Genie disappears back into the tackle box leaving Mick sitting there waiting for his million bucks.
Shortly, the Irish sky darkens and is filled with the sound of a million ducks flying directly overhead. Over the roar of the one million ducks Mick yells at Paddy, 'What the hell? I asked for a million bucks, not a million ducks!'
Paddy answers, 'Ya, I forgot to tell yew dat da Genie is hard of hearing. Do yew really tink I asked for a 10 inch Bic?'
Dorothy and Edna, two "senior" widows, are talking.
Dorothy: "That nice George Johnson asked me out for a date. I know you went out with him last week, and I wanted to talk with you about him before I give him my answer."
Edna: "Well, I'll tell you. He shows up at my apartment punctually at 7:00 pm, dressed like such a gentleman in a fine suit, and he brings me such beautiful flowers! Then he takes me downstairs. And what's there? A limousine, uniformed chauffeur and all. Then he takes me out for dinner; a marvelous dinner, lobster, champagne, dessert, and after-dinner drinks. Then we go see a show. Let me tell you Dorothy, I enjoyed it so much I could have just died from pleasure! So then we come back to my apartment and he turns into an ANIMAL! Completely crazy! He tears off my expensive new dress and has his way with me three times!"
Dorothy: "Goodness gracious! So are you telling me I shouldn't go?"
Edna: "No, no, no... I'm just saying, wear an old dress."