The August newsletter contained a joke that was not appreciated by some of our readers. Please allow me to remind you that these jokes are submitted by our readers and not dreamed up by me personally.
I am not against immigrants and refugees. In fact back in the mid fifties while attending Cornwallis Jr. High here in Halifax I got my father, who at the time was the President of The Port of Halifax Club, to arrange that my class could board an immigrant ship arriving in port the week before Christmas. Instead of exchanging gifts between classmates we gave these gifts to immigrant children on board.
I will monitor attempts at humour more carefully in future.Angus Cross
Welcome New Alumni Association Members and renewed Memberships
New Life Member
Class of 1959
from Cambridge, MA, USA
Maureen, Elizabeth Lyon (Knight)
Class of 1953
from Oshawa, ON
Class of 1974
from Toronto, ON
Class of 1963
from Saquache, Col. USA
Shirley C. Smith
Class of 1970
from Fort McMurray, AB
Gail Lee (Thomas)
Class of 1970
from Calgary, AB
Memberships expiring in September
Brewer (Kidney) Alexa 1962
Humphreys Stephen 1969
Class of 1961
from Gananoque, ON
Diane Loucks (Macfie)
Class of 1974
from Ottawa, ON
Geri Millington (Cobb)br>
Class of 1959
from Stittsville, ON
The busy summer activities are not keeping you from producing another excellent newsletter - Bravo!
I would like to describe a trip my wife, Joyce, and I took last April, when we travelled by Rail to Halifax.
We left Montreal on a Wednesday evening, boarding our train a 7 pm for a 22 hour trip to Halifax.
We stayed at the Delta Barrington, our favourite hotel for three nights, filling our 3 day visit with various activities.
As we checked in, we discovered that the Nova Scotia Art Gallery was within a block of the hotel and that visiting hours on Thursdays were free.
They had an exhibit of the paintings by Maud and a replica on the very small house she had lived in during her lifetime. Though severely crippled with arthritis, she had covered all the space inside ant out with her simple paintings. Having seen the play in Montreal about her life, we enjoyed the exhibit very much.
On Friday morning, after exploring the boardwalk along the harbour front with its many shops, we did a 'walk-about' of the other areas closeby and, after supper, enjoyed a play at the Neptune Studio Theatre called 'Chasing Champions' about the first Black Boxing Champion in the United States.
Our entertainment on Saturday evening was at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium where we heard an excellent concert by the Nova Scotia Symphony.
They played 'Dvorjak's Cello Concert' with the cello soloist from Columbia and 'Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony'.
Early Sunday morning, we walked to the Cathedral Church of All Saints for their 8 am service.
After checking out of our hotel at 11 am, we walked back to the Via Rail Train Station to board our train back to Montreal overnight.
All Aboard!!Peter Payan
Just before I started my day in the "never a dull moment" world that is labour relations in the RCMP, I took a moment to go through your latest Alumni Connection Alert. I stumbled upon a story that really struck a cord with me, the theme of which is that you can never really go "home" again.
I have been in the Mounted Police 27 years and have not lived in Quebec since I joined, but amazingly I still get homesick for Saint Lambert and Montreal. I used to go back several times a year, but with the death of my parents, the demands of my children's sports schedules, etc. I go less and less. Yet I still get quite homesick...until I get there. The writer Andy Little writer was so right in saying that the home that I miss exists only in my memory and mind. He describes a much different Saint Lambert than the one I grew up in, but we both share a fondness for the town, and a gratitude for having grown up there.
Really enjoy the Newsletter!Cathy McCrory
Another great newsletter, Angus. I don't know how you manage to do it month after month.
I particularly enjoyed the article about the BBQ sauce. I must have had it hundreds of times. Nearly every Saturday night after "The Pit" dances, a few of us would gather to rehash the evenings activities over a quarter chicken, served with that lovely sauce, or, if funds were not quite available, just a plate of chips, again with the sauce. I think it was the sauce that we went for, rather than the chicken or the chips (although the chicken sandwich, smothered in gravy, was awesome), and it's nice to see that I am not alone in this enduring memory of my youth.Don Morrison
As always enjoy reading the Alumni Connection from cover to cover each month. This month I see that Grant Leonard has renewed his membership and I have known Grant for many, many years. He is also a good friend of my cousin Alex Lulham and I have been seriously concerned as I did not receive a Christmas card and letter from Alex this year and have been wondering what has happened to him. I have an address but not a phone number for Alex. I was wondering if I would be able to get in touch with Grant Leonard (through you) to see if he can help me out. Please let me know if you can help out. Many thanks.
Thanks so much Angus for getting me in touch with Grant and now able to contact my cousin Alex. Keep up the good work on behalf of CCHS.Bev Jacoby (Harris)
Okay Montreal sighted friends, I am reaching out because I need your help.
I belong to an organization called The Quebec Federation for the blind which organizes monthly outings and other social events to such places as museums, beaches, apple orchards etc. In all cases, the blind person must be accompanied by a sighted guide. We travel on a bus to the event from The St. Andrew's Senior's Home on Cavendish and return there afterwards. The event often has a trip to a restaurant included in the price. The blind person usually pays for him/herself and the guide.
My problem is that I am having a problem finding an individual who can be interested in being a permanent guide, being the new kid on the block, having recently settled in NDG after moving from Edmonton at the end of March.
If you yourself can't help, perhaps you might have a friend, relative, brother, sister, or other friend who might be able to help.
The next event to an apple picking orchard on October 8th and I have already paid for the event, in hopes of finding a guide.
Please message me privately with your name and phone number if you are interested or have someone that might be.
Marc Baillargeon Tel: 514 898-2230 email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMarc Baillargeon
KEEPING THE CONNECTION
We welcome essays from our readers on any subject
What do you think about when you flashback to your high school years? We'd love to hear from you.
Perhaps you went through something since then that you want to share with your fellow alumni.
Whatever the case, send your memories and photos to Angus Cross at email@example.com or use our contact form.
Alan Thomson C'60 Life Member from Alliston, ON recently attended the 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration for Ken Hermes C'60 Life Member from Bridgenorth, ON and his wife Marion Hermes. The celebration took place at Chemong Lodge in Bridgenorth. Here are pictures of Alan Thomson and Ken Hermes and Marion Hermes and Marge Thomson.
Larry has been busy with the present in Hawaii and has not had the time to remember his past days at CCHS. Hopefully he will return for next month's edition.
GETTING READY FOR SCHOOL DAZE
Going back to school can be tough after the lazy days of summer.
Getting back into the school routine can sometimes be a little hectic. Here are a few tips that will help make it a little bit less stressful on everyone:
1. Shop Early - The first few weeks of school are very busy and unpredictable so be sure to purchase your back to school items as early as possible.
2. Sleep Easy - Ease back into the school routine by gradually adjusting bedtimes (and wake up times) a week or so before to help everyone get back into the routine.
3. After School Plans - Start discussing extra-curricular activities and homework routines so you can organize your Fall schedule.
4. Have a Hub - Hang a calendar in a central spot where everyone can write down their activities and attach a folder for notices and permission slips so that everything's in one place.
5. Be Positive - If your child is anxious, listen to their worries but also pay attention to how you’re feeling as sometimes the parent’s anxiety can rub off onto their kids.
Going back to school is a very exciting time (for you and the kids) but it’s also a period of emotional adjustment so try and make yourself available as much as possible during the first few weeks. With just a little planning, getting back into the school routine can be a nice, smooth transition.
In 2008, the City of Saint-Lambert relaunched the traditional Houses-in-Bloom contest. This contest rewards the most beautiful landscapes in our city in a number of categories, and is open to both residents and shopkeepers.
The winners for the 2017 edition are:
My brother David James King grad. Class of 1963 , Chambly County High School, passed away on June 17, 2017.
Submitted by Norm King C'65 from Montreal, QC
If you notice an obituary of a classmate in your local paper
please forward details to Angus Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You gotta love Grandmas!
Maybe this will not stir up too much controversy ...
submitted by Doug Macfie C'66 Life Member from Calgary, AB
A doctor that had been seeing an 80-year-old woman for most of her life finally retired. At her next
check-up, the new doctor told her to bring a list of all the medicines that had been prescribed for her.
As the doctor was looking through these his eyes grew wide as he realized Grandma had a prescription for birth control pills.
"Mrs. Smith, do you realize these are birth control pills?"
"Yes, they help me sleep at night."
"Mrs. Smith, I assure you there is absolutely nothing in these
that could possibly help you sleep!"
She reached out and patted the young doctor's knee and said,
"Yes, dear, I know that. But every morning, I grind one
up and mix it in the glass of orange juice that my 16-year-old Granddaughter drinks. And believe me it definitely helps me sleep at night."
Four old retired men are walking down a street in Yuma, Arizona. They turn a corner and see a sign that says “OLD TIMERS BAR”. All drinks 10 cents.
They look at each other and then go in, thinking that this is too good to be true.
The old bartender says in a voice that carries across the room, “Come on in and let me pour one for you! What will it be gentlemen?”
There’s a fully stocked bar, so each of the men orders a martini.
In no time the bar tender serves up four iced martinis shaken, not stirred and says “That will be 10 cents each, please”.
The four guys stare at the Bartender for a moment, then at each other. They can’t believe their good luck. They pay their 40 cents, finish their martinis and order another round .. Again, four excellent martinis are produced, with the bartender saying “that’s 40 cents please” They pay the 40 cents, but their curiously gets the better of them. They’ve each had two Martinis and haven’t even spent a dollar yet.
How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a dime?
“I’m a retired tailor from Phoenix, and I always wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the lottery jackpot for $125 million and decided to open this place. Every drink cost a dime. Wine, liquor, beer it’s all the same.
“Wow! That’s some story!” one of the men says. As they sip at their martinis, they can’t help noticing seven other people at the end of the bar who don’t have any drinks in front of them and haven’t ordered anything the whole time they’ve been there. Nodding at the seven at the end of the bar, one of the men asked the bartender, “What’s with them?”
They are retired Canadians. They are waiting for HAPPY HOUR, when drinks are half price.