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June 19, 2017
Canada Day Celebrations
The city of Two-Mountains will celebrate Canada's 150th birthday in style this
year. The activities are not only scheduled for July 1st but the fun begins on
Friday June 30th with a concert starting at 7:00pm that will feature 3 bands.
The main stage is in Central Park on 13th avenue. The celebration will continue
on July 1st with the parade starting at the Legion at 11:45am. The traditional
singing of the national anthem at city hall at noon. This year's parade marshall
is Darlene Gargul. Read more about Darlene in this post on the official Canada
Day website by clicking
The parade will end at 12:45 in Central Park where the official opening
ceremonies will be held. There is a huge line-up of bands for the entire days.
This year, the headliner is April Wine's Jerry Mercer band featuring Kelly
Watling, Gary Moffet, Doug Short, Breen Leboeuf. They will play from 10pm to
midnight with a 15 minute interruption at 10:15 for a 150th birthday firework
for the entire schedule of activities.
Hansen - 1953-2017
It is with
great sadness that we announce the passing of Kathleen Hansen, on June 12, 2017.
Predeceased by her parents Gerald Hansen and Kathleen McCullough. Beloved wife
of Jean Dufour. She will also be sadly missed by her sons Matthew (Savanah),
Jonathan, Bernard (Vanessa) and Denis (Melissa), her grandson Liam, her brothers
and sisters Dorothy (Roy), Marjorie (Raymond), Gerald (Antonia) and Patrick as
well as her nieces, nephews, family and friends.
The family will receive condolences at : Complexe Funéraire Guay, 146, rue
on Thursday, June 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday at 9 a.m. Funeral
service will be held on Friday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family
Parish thence to Deux-Montagnes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donation to the
Cancer Research Society would be appreciated.
Click here for her online obituary.
Fundraiser a Huge Success
The final tally is in! Thanks to Bill Hurley of Hurley's
Irish Pub for hosting a few nights of a flood victim fundraiser, we raised
$12,069. The city of Two-Mountains said they would match our total and
anything else coming into Depannage St-Agapit for the victims. There are many
people to thank to make this happen. Obviously Bill Hurley who wanted to do
something for his native town. His manager Rod Appleby, who made things happen.
Rick Laurin from O'Hara's brewery who sponsored the beer that brought in a big
amount of money. Scott Kesseler that got his company to donate the use of a bus
for the main event and for being the auctioneer in the auction brought in almost
$5000. Also thanks to the bands that donated their time to perform on Tuesday
evening. Victor Labelle's PosaBlues, Gary Anthony and the Back River Band, Jesse
Stone and Rahim Terouz provided us with a great night of entertainment. Mitch
Melnick of TSN 690 Radio who promoted our fundraiser on the air. Finally thanks
to everyone who participated in this event whether you gave items for the
auction or bought an item during the auction or whether you just made a
donation. There is still time to make a tax deductible donation of which 100%
will go back to the flood victims many who haven't moved back into their
residences. The Dépannage St-Agapit link
Club Hot Dog Sale
The Lions will be holding their annual hot dog sale at
the IGA (on Oka Road) from Thursday June 15 through Sunday June 18. This
year's sale is very important as the Lions lost most of their belongings due to
the flood. They provide wheelchairs, walkers, crutches etc... for free to anyone
that requests them. All of these were destroyed or contaminated during the flood
that made its way all the way up to the Lions Den across from the swimming pool.
Fortunately, their tents and cooking equipment we spared as they weren't in the
basement at the time.
So drop in in
the IGA parking lot starting next Thursday to give the Lions a hand at them
lending a hand to the community. Click on the poster on the right to enlarge it.
Garage Sale At
Community Center - Saturday June 10th
There will be a giant Garage Sale at 202 Henri Dunant
with proceeds going to the flood victims. For $10, you can rent a table to sell
your own stuff.
St-Agapit is running the garage sale and is looking for volunteers to help
arrange a sell items. The sale will start at 9am and finish at 3pm.
June 10th is Neighbours Day in Two-Mountains. Each district will be holding
a BBQ within their sectors. Food will be served compliments of the city. Bring
your chairs if you like. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.
Olympia district, it's from 10am to noon at Olympia park. In the Grand Moulin
District, it's from 1pm to 4pm
at Parc Edouard Beauchemin. In the du Lac district it's from Noon to 3pm at
Armitage Park (in front of the 26th avenue filtration plant). When I get all
times and locations, I will post them.
Pictures, Water Levels
are now at 'normal' springtime levels:
Lake of Two-Mountains
All of Quebec
Saturday June 3rd - The Disaster Relief Center will remain open until
June 18, 2017. The Red Cross will be present at the Royal Canadian Legion at
141 Grand-Moulin Road with the Recovery Assistance Program for Disaster Victims.
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
Monday May 29, 9:00am - This will be my last entry within this article.
The recovery is far from over, however the flooding is now history as water
levels are back to normal. There are still many people struggling as they are
trying to get their lives back together. There are a few houses that will not
recover and have to be rebuilt. People have lost a lot of personal belongings,
some things cannot be replaced. Thankfully, no one was hurt or died in this
disaster but the emotional impact for some of the victims may last for years.
Although I was within inches of being one of the victims, as were many other
residents of 'lower' Two-Mountains, I witnessed first hand how this has affected
lives around me. I was pleasantly surprised and proud on how our community
banded together to help each other. Neighbours that we would only wave to in
passing became friends. As much as I was proud of the support everyone received
from others, I was also a little disappointed in a few people's complacency. On
my street, I could sometimes hear gawkers saying things like that's what you get
for living on the water. Tell that to someone who lives near Oka Road and lost
rose to historical highs caused by the perfect storm of a month of unprecedented
rainfall combined waters at spring level from snow melt. Who knows if climate
change is to blame and who knows whether this can happen again. We do have to
make an effort to prevent it from doing so. There is definitely something to be
done but it needs a concerted effort as we found out this spring. Water and
gravity are powerful forces so you have to protect the entire shore as Ste-Marthe
sur-le-lac did years ago. If you don't, water will find its way around to get
We will soon
have the final tally from the Hurley's Irish Pub fundraiser. The reason we don't
have it yet is that Bill Hurley continued the O'Hara's beer promotion beyond
last Thursday. On the topic of fundraising, Pub Deux-Montagnes's hot-dog sale
made $300 for flood victims.
May 25th, 4:30pm -
Here is a video I made
for the Hurley's Fundraiser. Also, Pub Deux-Montagnes (corner of Oka and 20th)
is selling hot-dogs between 4pm and 6pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday with all
the proceeds going to flood victims. Hurley's last benefit is tonight (Thursday)
from 5 to 9pm with Brendan Nolan.
May 24th, 8:30am - Wow! What a great night! The final tally from last
night's fundraiser will be amazing. It will take a little while to calculate as
we analyze all that happened during the auction. Scott Kesseler did an amazing
job as auctioneer and the buyers did their best to get the prices way up there.
There are a lot of people and companies to thank for this evening. Victor
Labelle's PosaBlues kicked off the evening with a fine set of classics. No to be
outdone, Garry Anthony and the Back River Band rocked the second set. Jesse
Stone and the Rising few capped off the night with two great acoustic
performances. A great time was had by all as witnessed by our Mayor Denis
Martin. Thanks to Bill Hurley and manager Rod Appleby for making this all happen
and Rick of O'Hara's Beer for providing the beverages. If you missed last night,
don't forget that Wednesday and Thursday O'Hara's beer profits are also going to
the Two-Mountains flood victims. Tonight is Bob Dylan tribute night and and
Brendan Nolan is playing in the pub from 5 to 9 on Thursday. Hope to see you
there. Take a look at the pictures from last night.
May 22nd - 4:00pm - I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in
the Two-Mountains turn-out for today's clean up effort. There was a soccer team
from Ste-Therese, there were a few people from other towns and a group called
Islamic Relief brought in a great breakfast and lunch to feed the people
working. We did have some Two-Mountains presence but the weather may have scared
people away. In the end, we moved up all the sand bags from 9th to 12th avenue
to the street where they can be picked up. Some were over 100 feet from the
street so human chains were formed and wheelbarrows were working overtime. We
managed to do the end of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th avenues which was a monumental
task. Check out the pictures.
Click here to hear the TSN 690 piece with Mitch Melnick, Bill Hurley and I
May 21st - 9pm - THE GREAT CLEANUP - From the city website:
will be a large rally on Monday, May 22nd at the Royal Canadian Legion, at 141
Grand-Moulin Road in Deux-Montagnes as of 9 am. If possible, bring your gloves
and protective gear. Thank you in advance for your great support!
Don't let the bad weather deter you from coming out to help. The flood
victims have seen a lot worse.
still a few places on the bus to Hurley's for Tuesday leaving at 4:45pm from the
Legion - Contact me to reserve.
May 20th -9:00pm -
The forms and instructions
for claiming financial assistance from Securité Quebec are now updated with the
changes announced on Wednesday. They are fully available in
French and some have been translated in
English but some of the links remain in French.
The emergency center is still open through the long weekend. I am really amazed
to see the volunteers there day in and day out cooking serving up food for the
victims. The picture below is a group from Laval called Humanity First that have
come into Two-Mountains every day in the last week to help with the cleanup and
have brought food. The women and children cleaned up the parks today. I was
looking at the parks today and you wouldn't know that just 7 days ago they were
entirely covered with water.
The city is
slowly getting back on its feet but there is a lot of work ahead. Monday is the
start of operation cleanup. Groups will be deployed to various areas to move
sandbags to where they can get picked up. The city has done an amazing job in
picking all the stuff that gets put out on the streets and from yards.
Containers are being replaced constantly. More and more people are getting their
hot water back and the weather is co-operating with sunny skies and cool
temperatures (except last Wednesday and Thursday with high of 29ºC).
Irish Pub Benefit Concerts Here is the official schedule and line-up for the
nights at Hurley's Irish Pub on Crescent street. Click on the poster to enlarge
is the spaghetti dinner. The cover charge is $25 and it includes the meal and a
pint of O'Hara's beer, a major sponsor of the 3 nights at the Pub. O'Hara's is a
fine craft beer from Ireland that I 'sampled' last week. It's exclusively
available at Hurley's. For every O'Hara's sold over the 3 nights, a portion will
go to the fund. The dinner starts at 6:00pm and the the music will start at 7.
Tuesday's lineup will feature Victor's Labelle band called Posa Blues.
Two-Mountains own Back River Band, with Garry Anthony and Jim Brown will follow.
Jesse Stone is the third act and The Rising Few will cap off the evening. Leeds
Transit has kindly donated a bus and driver for the evening. It will be leaving
at 4:45 sharp from the Legion (returning at ~11:00pm). There are only a few
seats left on the bus, so contact me to reserve a spot. The train is another
option. The 16:43 will get you there in plenty of time, with the 17:20 you might
be a little late as it only gets in the station at 18:03.
Wednesday is Bob Dylan Tribute Bands night as they celebrate Robert Zimmerman's
76th birthday. Thursday, pub favourite, Brendan Nolan will be the entertainment
for the evening. I will confirm the times for the Wednesday and Thursday events.
May 19th - 3:00pm - Great News from the Red Cross. The Red Cross have
been so successful in the disaster relief fund raiser that they will give to
each household directly affected by the flood. An amount of $600 will be
deposited in your account after you apply for it. They will check the validity
of the request and you will receive the money by electronic transfer within a
few days. If you do not have an email address or that you don't do banking
through your computer you can register by phone at 1-800-863-6582. You can
register by using
this link. It's not a scam, I checked it.
Also if you tune in this afternoon on TSN 690 with Mitch Melnick at 4:10, you
may hear Bill Hurley and myself on air with the information regarding the huge
fundraiser that will be held next week at Hurley's Irish Pub on Crescent St. The
poster promoting the event will be ready soon and I will post it and on FaceBook.
May 19th 8:00am - The clean up continues. The Legion Emergency center is
still going strong and I believe the Red Cross will be there through the weekend
as many people are still out of their homes. Many people that have moved back in
are there with limited resources. Some have electricity turned on for only the
upper part of their houses and some not at all because there was damage to the
brea . Many houses are without hot water as the water heaters floated breaking
the pipes. Yesterday, the local Rona only had one hot water heater remaining in
stock. Then there is the problem of getting a plumber to install it.
The city is still taking names of volunteers to help with the cleanup.
Marie-Claude from the the city's 'Loisirs' department is co-ordinating and also
the deployment of volunteers. She will be working through the long weekend and
can be reached at 450-473-4700 (ext 201). Right now the priority still lies in
emptying the houses of damaged contents and building materials. Once this has
slowed down, a massive volunteer effort to clean yards of sandbags and debris
will start in earnest on Monday or Tuesday.
Two thing I forgot to mention from Wednesday meeting. One important message from
Service Canada is that if you missed or will be missing work due to the flood,
you may be entitled Employment Insurance benefits without the normal
restrictions for eligibility. I tried to find an entry for this on the Service
Canada website but the woman at the meeting said to go to your local EI office
to talk to someone there. The second message is that official documents, like a
valid passport, were destroyed or lost in the flood, that you would get special
consideration when trying to acquire a new ones. These two things were mentioned
at Wednesday's meeting, so hopefully it wasn't just P.R. but the services behind
will honour those 'promises'.
May 18th 0:00am - The Information session. Close to 700 people (check
out the pictures) attended Wednesday's Information session in a hot St-Agapit
church.. It started at 7:30 and lasted over 3 ½ hours. The first part was a few
words from various people from the Mayor, our provincial MP health experts, a
Hydro-Quebec and even a pest control expert. Then came a lengthy Q & A with some
people showing a bit of frustration. The second part the representative from the
Securité Publique of Quebec that explained the government program that will
provide financial aid to the flood victims. That too was followed (and sometimes
interrupted) by questions from concerned citizens. The whole compensation
package is basically divided into two different stages. The first phase involves
the preventive measures you may have taken to stop the flood (i.e. purchase of
sand bags or building materials to prevent damage whether it worked or not). It
also includes compensation for living out of your house or having to buy clothes
because you were evacuated so fast that you left the house without clothes. The
first phase also includes clean up efforts and decontamination. Basically to the
point where you are able to start rebuilding. This money is available
immediately and when you meet with Securité Publique agent you could potential
received the cheque on the spot. There are 2 very important things in this
phase. One) you must keep all the receipts such as rental of drying equipment or
cleaning products. Two) take a lot of pictures of things you have to throw away,
of damaged floors before they are removed and of the stack of things you have
had to dispose of. For the lucky few who are insured, you must claim from your
insurance company first and if they don't cover the damages, then the government
help will kick in to make the shortcomings of the insurance coverage.
The second stage is the rebuilding and acquisition of items to replace the one
destroyed ones. The Quebec government today announced that it had really
improved its help package. The maximum claim has been raised to $200,000 from
$159,000. They now pay up to 90% from 80%. Over the next 3 days (May 18-19-20),
a government rep will available at the city hall from 9:00am. Due to the volume
of people involved this may just be a preliminary one on one to answer questions
and set up subsequent visits. The new higher limits and loosening of
restrictions only was announced today and the changes are now being on the
Securité Publique website but are not there yet. It might take a little longer
for the English translation. Things are are covered are under 6 categories.
At this link, you should be able to see them, however remember that the
restrictions and claim have all been changed to reflect reality. If you go to
the bottom of the page, the old version reads Dernière mise à jour : 24 juillet
2015 (Last update). When this changes to May 2017, the new rules will be there.
May 17th - 5:00am - The bumpy road ahead. The recovery effort is now in
full swing and it is far from over. There are still many people that cannot get
back into their houses. Many have no electricity as their electrical entries
were damaged and electricians are hard to book. Many people's water heaters
floated and broke the pipes leading to them which means no hot water until a new
heater is installed and no water at all until a plumber caps the pipes. No one
expected that a full water heater would float and could exert so much force to
break the entry pipes. A water heater has lots of closed cell foam insulation
that does not take in water so it floats and the upward force is too much for
the pipes. For the same reason, a full freezer will even float.
Another 'problem' is that the vultures are out. The scrap metal dealers are
working overtime as well as other people trying to salvage what the owners have
deemed ruined. Beware of the flea markets this summer as they try to sell
'dried' goods. The other thing is that some people are venturing a little
further from the street to pick up things. I know of one person that was drying
their hip waders on the fence and someone took them. The police are doing the
rounds all day and especially at night to discourage this kind of activity but
we should all be vigilant and keep an eye out for suspicious ones. Of course,
there are other kinds of vultures in the form of disaster clean up companies.
Most are legitimate and there is definitely a need for them, but we will
probably hear stories of the ones that took advantage of people. It is at this
time that is important to talk to your neighbours and exchange stories about the
work companies are doing. The cool dry weather we were having over the last few
weeks actually was good as it delayed to growth of 'bad' things in damp houses.
That cool air is slowly being replaced by very hot weather system for the next
two days. A high of 28ºC on Thursday won't be welcomed by people hard at work.
It cools down after that.
Mark Your Calendar - We are still working on the benefit event at
Hurley's Irish Pub (Crescent St.). More details will be published soon, but the
main event will occur on Tuesday May 23rd. It will probably be in the
form of a spaghetti dinner followed by entertainment. We already have a local
band booked, Jim Brown's Back River Band. Also, Victor Labelle who opened the
Tartan Pub in Two-Mountains has a new band called Posa Blues that will be
kicking off the evening. Stay tuned....
May 15th - 5:30pm - Now that the weekend the full recovery has really
picked up. There are still many people pumping out their houses as some water is
still overflowing the drainage system. Behind the the right field fence at the
13th avenue ball park there is still 4 feet in certain places. There are still
at least 10 large carps in that area. We have saved over 100 and we will try to
get the last ones tomorrow evening (Tuesday). If we don't act these fish will
probably end up dying and not leaving a good smell behind. BTW make sure to
click on the important note below as the venue for the Wednesday meeting has
changed again. Don't forget to go to the City's website for info and procedures
to follow for moving back into your homes.
NOTE - If you know of any flood victims that still need extra storage, there is
one 5' by 5' (10 feet high) locker available at the Depotium. It is reserved for
someone that ended up not needing it. I am cancelling the reservation tomorrow
morning. Please contact me and I will tell you how to get it before I cancel it.
May 14th - 7:30pm - Happy Mother's Day - Today was operation Save The
Fish. As levels went down in the streets, fields and backyards, many carp had
made their way inland to spawn. There were also coi fish and goldfish in
different areas. The smallest carp weighed about 15 pounds while some were up to
30 pounds according to some avid fishermen. Corey, Nico (I think that was the
name), Glenn, Les Boyd and I did what we could to save some. I then called the
fish guy of Two Mountains, Brad Rose who came a little later. Everybody had to
take a break for things like Mother's day brunch but by the end of the day close
to 2000 pounds of carp was returned to the lake. We found someone to take the
invasive species like the coy and goldfish in their pond temporarily. The
operation will have to continue tomorrow before the firemen pump out more water
of AT LEAST 50 more fish will be stranded just beyond the right field fence at
the ball park on 13th. The water is now over 3 feet deep making it almost
impossible to catch them. If you decide to come help, bring a fishing net and be
prepared to have it break on you if it's not designed to catch 25 pound fish. Some put
up quite the fight as you will see in the videos. I also have added a section in
my photo album called Views from a Kayak. These pictures have angles of places
most people (including me) couldn't get to when the water was at its peak. I
sold my canoe last April.
May 13th - 11:30 pm -
Click here for
an Important note on change of locale AGAIN for May 17th Meeting
afternoon I had the opportunity to do the rounds with Fire Chief Ron Hunt to see
the status of each of the areas where the major flooding occurred. His
firefighters were busy in many places pumping water that would not naturally
drain back. It was now a 'drain the swamp' operation. Despite having our owns
pumps, neighbouring cities not affected by the floods such as Mirabel lent us
pumps that we having been using for days. Today's efforts have made almost every
street passable by vehicles. The extent of the damages to houses is quite
remarkable and many people are busy tearing out the innards of their houses.
Some of the large containers have have already been replaced as even the large
ones were filled in one day. It puts a whole new meaning to 'spring' cleaning.
The road to recovery will be a long one and will last for months. The priority
is to get all the water and humidity out of the buildings. I have heard that
there may be houses that considered total losses and may have to be torn down.
If you would like to volunteer to help our stricken people, every little bit
would help. You can add your name to a list at the Legion and as help is needed
for various jobs, big and small, you will be notified as things develop.
I have reorganized my picture album by day and will eventually have it week by
week during the entire recovery process. Some people haven't been back to their
homes while other have completely emptied their damaged belongings and have
stripped the wall and floors and have started the drying process.
May 13th, 3:15pm - BREAKING NEWS - When it rains, it pours. Not literally
as the rain they were predicting has just started but at around 2pm they had to
evacuate the emergency center at the Legion. People noticed a 'rubbery' smell
and smoke coming out of the vents in the hall. 911 was called immediately and 4
firetrucks were dispatched including 2 from St-Eustache. When I left the Legion
people were waiting to get the OK to go back in. Soon after it started to rain
so hopefully the people got back in before it started. Update on this - Everyone
was let back in before the rain started. The problem was a defective sensor in
one of the heating units on the roof. It has been turned off as the hall doesn't
need all units to be on in this weather.
May 13th - 9:30 - The sun is still shining and the weather is finally
warming up. It's probably a good thing that it's not too hot as the humidity
might not be good for the dampness in houses. There is rain expected over the
next few days but just in the form of showers, really not in the scheme of
things. The city changed the flood victim meetings slightly. The meeting will be
held at 7:30pm (not 5pm) on Wednesday the 17 of May. On May 18th, citizens who
wish the meet a representative of the Ministry of Public Safety will be able to
do so at the City Hall starting at 9:00am.
The water level in some areas has dropped more than 2 feet as some of the areas
not draining back into the lake are being drained through the city drainage
system. Boulevard du Lac is now clear of water except for the west end.
May 12th 5:40pm - The first day of heat and sunshine is really speeding
up the lowering of the water level. Slowly some people are going back into their
to assess the damages. There is a lot of work ahead and some people have lost
everything. The meeting for the floods victims is now planned to 5:00pm on
Wednesday May 17 at the city hall. Some new pictures tell the story. There are
only 3 storage units available at Depotium. One 5 by 5 and two 10 by 20. You
must present yourself there bet 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.
May 12th - 7:00am - Great news. The water has receded by over a foot as
of now which should quiet down all the doomsday people who were talking about
the BIG rain that was coming this weekend. In some places, the water level has
dropped even more. I know that some people are relying on the information which
I will try to keep up to date as much as possible, however the communication
department is working hard to keep the city's website up to date and accurate
and should be best place to get your news.
Here is a letter from the mayor from yesterday to the all citizens.
I also have
more good news. Last evening, I met with Bill Hurley, owner of Hurley's Irish
Pub and his manager. Bill grew up in Two Mountains and wants to do something to
help the victims of the flood of Two-Mountains. He is doing it in a big way. On
Tuesday May 23rd - Wednesday May 24th and Thursday May 25th he will host benefit
concerts in his downtown pub to raise money solely for the victims in Two
Mountains. The money collected will be given to the Dépannage St-Agapit that has
set up a relief fund, separate from their Christmas basket fund, specifically
for victims of the flood in Two-Mountains. 100% of the money given to Dépannage
St-Agapit's flood relief fund will stay in Two-Mountains and donations are fully
Here is the link their website's donation page. The page hasn't been updated
yet to reflect that the money will go to the disaster relief fund but it should
May 11th - 11:30am - Just bumped into a fellow called
Ricardo Ruiz of the company that runs the storage lockers on Industrial Blvd in
St-Eustache. His company is offering four 4 weeks free storage for all flood
victims. Contact him using the card displayed or go directly there and talk to
manager George Atme and they will provide a locker for 4 weeks absolutely free
May 11th - 7:30am - I have to to say the city's public works department
has been doing an outstanding job and have been going non-stop since the
disaster started. Now that the worst of the flooding is over (22cm down from the
crest), this morning the city has started placing dumpsters in various areas to
help with the cleanup. It is important to note that these dumpsters are designed
for trash and building materials. They must not be used for sandbags as the
trucks could not pick them up if they were filled with sandbags. The city will
pick up sandbags as they are no longer needed. They should be placed in an area
where they do not hinder traffic or driveways. Do not place sandbags in front of
dumpsters as it would make it impossible for pickup and replacement. If a
dumpster does fill up, simply call public works and they will bring a
The only flood we should have to worry about now is the flood of donations that
are being brought to the Legion. If you are one of the victims, please don't be
shy in coming to get something at the Legion. If you are not, don't be shy to
drop by to give a hand, even for just an hour or two.
May 10th - 8:00pm - Today the water levels are still dropping a little
faster than predicted but not fast enough to provide any real difference. We
have been warned that it will be a long process. Many people are worried about
the rain coming in the next few days but as I said before, it might slow down
the decrease of the water levels but the damage has been done and the chance of
any rise in the levels is slim.
The emergency centre at the Legion has been overwhelmed with donations of food
and clothing. Volunteers can't keep up with the sorting of what is coming in.
Constantin Appliance Services brought in a large fridge and a freezer to handle
the overload. The regular council meeting is taking place tomorrow (Thursday) at
7:30 at City Hall. The flooding will surely be a topic of conversation
especially during question period. Also the general meeting for flood victims
will be held at City Hall on Wednesday May 17 also at 7:30. The administration
of the city as well as representatives from Securité Publique (Quebec) will be
there to present the claiming process and answer any questions.
Late tomorrow, I will hopefully have an announcement to make that I may only be
able to write about on Friday morning. Stay tuned.
May 9th - 8:00pm - Another day has passed, the lake level has gone down
about 5cm (2 inches) in 24 hours which is what was predicted. At this rate, it
will take a long time to get back to 'normal'. Sand bagging operations have virtually
finished as there are plenty of extra sand bags in different parts of
Two-Mountains. The rate of the decreasing water level can be slowed down by the
opening of the Cornwall dam and the small amounts of rain in the forecast but
experts say that lake and river levels have crested. I was told that the 100
year flood levels were breached in certain areas earlier this week and maps will
have to be modified to reflect that fact.
Let me first say that I was one of the lucky ones having been spared any damage
by having built high 'for the view' across the street to the lake. All but one
house around ours has been evacuated. We feel deeply sad for our neighbours and
are experiencing survivor's guilt.
By sheer luck, this morning I had a one on one conversation with Benoit Charette
(our local member of parliament at the provincial level) in front of our house.
He has been present in the city throughout this ordeal and has observed the
sheer devastation the town has experienced. He assured me that Deux-Montagnes
will be well served by government financial help. One of his concerns was that the
maximum compensation amount might not be enough for someone who has suffered a
total loss of their home. He also had just been speaking to Lucie Charlebois
(deputy minister of public health) and programs will be in place to deal
with post-traumatic syndrome and mental issues that can arise from experiencing
this kind of event.
I only took a few pictures today as I spent a few hours at the emergency center
at the legion. The Red Cross has extended the initial 3 day lodging coverage for
people that were evacuated and had nowhere to stay. An additional 5 days have
been added. Of course, there will have to be other longer term arrangements that
will have to be done as some people homes or apartments will be unliveable for
The city will be having a meeting next Wednesday May 17th for victims where they
will be informed on what steps to take to start the ball rolling in claiming
damages and other services. Currently, there are forms and information papers
available at the Legion. They should be available in English shortly. For time
and details on Wednesday's meeting, please refer to the city of Two-Mountains
link at the top of this page labelled 2mo site.
As I was picking up logs and debris on the newly acquired shoreline of our lawn,
I saw something that really struck me. I stopped trying to clean up and went
back into the house to get my camera. You will see it in one of my latest
pictures. I will separate my album in two sections. The second section will be
titled to Road to Recovery. I can't wait to be able to add a picture in that
section but it could be a little while until I can.
exactly fake news (*I had this part a bit mixed up last night but I rewatched
the news clip) - We have been watching the francophone news channels as the
coverage of the floods have been about 90% of their total news coverage. A
reporter on LCN often does his reports from the sand bags on 14th avenue. He
said that he was standing about 2 kilometres from the lake. Thanks to Google
maps, I measured the distance he was from the lake directly behind him. It was
at most 640 metres away from the lake. Reporting that there are floods is fine,
but saying he was 2 kilometres away from the water was an alternative fact for
sensationalism. Had he been 2 kilometres from the lake on 14th avenue, he would
have been at RDM (the campus as we called it) and I wouldn't writing this story
and most of Two Mountains would be homeless. * I apologize as I had to change
the last paragraph this morning because I originally wrote that it was the woman
reporter from LCN that I had seen in an earlier report but it was Maxime Landry
A few times
this week I have heard people and reporters mistakenly refer to the lake as the
river and vice-versa. This brings me to a pet peeve I have had for years.
Two-Mountains is on the Lake of the Two-Mountains AND on the Mille Iles River.
For discussion purposes, most people that know this, use the train bridge or
even the dam as a reference to where the lake turns into the river. In many
conversations, I have heard people interchange the two. If you are talking to me
about either one, I WILL correct you if you have it wrong. I apologize in
advance as I may do it in an impolite way.
May 9th - 10:00am - Just went over to the Legion where the Red Cross and
community volunteers are there to accept items. The Red Cross people are busy
helping victims. Of course, donations to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
would really help right now. The best way to do that is to use
this link or call 1-800-418-1111 to do it over the phone.
that remember the flood of 1974, photographer John Edkins captured the event
with some very good pictures, many of them from his canoe.
is the link to his pictures. Thanks for sharing these John.
May 9th - 7:00am - Good news - The lake seems to have crested as it has
gone down 2cm according to the official (Pointe-Calumet) water level of the from
the public security site. From what I observe right across the street it could
be a little more than 2 inches. The pumping was fully secured yesterday with the
help of the Armed Forces. This is to quell any rumours to the contrary. There
were many rumours going around during the last few days, many doom and gloom.
Some root from old information, some are just like things you read on FaceBook
and some are just people trying to make people panic. All the information that I
have written in the last few days comes directly from reliable sources such as
the mayor, the director general, the fire chief and senior firefighters that are
in touch with reality. I will not post rumours. For example, there was a rumour
that the dam at Carillon had cracked open which was obviously fear mongering.
The other was that even as the water seemed to have crested, that it would go up
another 2 or 3 feet. In fact, it did go up in some areas by 3 feet and more in
some areas because of dike breaches. Had the lake actually risen 3 feet more
than it did, it would have been disaster beyond belief everywhere in the area.
Unless there is a major change in predicted precipitation and that the few dikes
that have held up remain that way the water should have reached its peak. Until
it recedes though there are still many people that will not be able to get back
into the places. This could be weeks and only then can the recovery begin.
Later today, I am supposed to receive a list of things that could be useful to
people that have been displaced and that are coming back to the Red Cross
emergency center at the Legion. The Red Cross had coordinated the effort to
looking for accommodation for 3 days. Those people are now coming back and the
government is supposed to provide further services to those people. Honestly, I
am not sure how this works but I will try to head down there to see what they
to my visitors - Please understand that I will never post anything
misleading, a fact that I have not verified or anything that does not come from
a reliable source. The only exception could be on a certain day in April. I am
committed to not being labelled Fake News.
May 8th 7:45pm - Today the Armed Forces finally arrived in Two-Mountains
thanks to a plea from Mayor Denis Martin as they had been deployed elsewhere.
Their main priority is keeping the Larry Cool pumping station working. If the
pumping stops, the sewage from the entire city could back up putting the entire
city without drainage. The water may have crested as it hasn't risen in the last
12 hours. The prediction is that it should go down starting Wednesday by
approximately 5cm (2 inches) a day. Once that starts, the city will be able to
start pumping water back into the drainage system into places where it slopes
away from the lake. The waters near the lake should drain back into the lake
To add insult to injury, we had hail, sleet and snow at various time during the
day. The temperature went down to 1ºC as predicted and will do the same tonight
under clear skies. I spent most of the day at my neighbour's house. Overnight,
one of his two water heaters even though they were full started to move sideways
(floating) and eventually broke the pipes. The other water heater did the same
thing and filled the basement with a mixture of lake and city water. No one
could go into 6 feet of water to shutoff the water until someone came by with a
50,000 gallon an hour gas pump and got the level low enough to go shut off the
main valve to the house. The water got down to within 8 inches of the floor so
we got to see what floating floor does underwater. See the pictures and you will
see what a typical basement in the flood zone looks like.
May 8 - 2:00am - Yesterday was a devastating day for many people in
Two-Mountains as sandbags did not hold up to the chore. There are many people
through Quebec that are flooded and 1200 Canadian troops have been deployed to
help. A Canadian Red Cross centre has been set up at the Legion to find
alternate accommodation for people that are evacuated or simply can't get back
to their homes. City workers, firemen and police have been working non stop to
try to control the flooding. In the last 24 hours, the lake has risen 14cm (just
under 6 inches) and the river 13cm. It seems to have slowed its rise. Some
sources are saying that it won't go down until Thursday and some rain is in the
forecast for the next 7 days, not heavy rains but showers. Since the low for
tonight and tomorrow is around 1ºC, snow flurries are a possibility. The current
lake height is over 4½ feet above the 'minor' flood level. No one can remember
the water being that high certainly since the dam has been erected in the late
70's. Everyone is holding their breath as every centimeter of rise means another
house is likely to get hit. If you want to follow the rise and hopefully fall of
the lake and river on the Quebec Public Security website, here are the links:
Lake at Pointe Calumet,
the river, and the if you want to see all the rivers and lakes in Quebec
that are on the watch list,
Look at the right most column for the latest number on the first two links.
8:00am - Update - The sands bags that were protecting the west end of
LakeBreeze gave in at 6:32am within minutes the water rushed in and have forced
the evacuation of at least 6 houses that were dry before the levee broke. Now
both ends of Lakebreeze are closed to traffic. Residents of terrace Goyer street
on the east end of Lakebreeze were told yesterday afternoon to move their car to
Boulevard du Lac since the road would be closed as it filled with water. Ihave
posted more pictures from this morning to the link above.
3:00pm - Update and more pictures. The waters of the lake are still
rising and are predicted to go up by a foot as the Carillon dam was opened to
relieve some of the pressure in its reservoir. The weather isn't cooperating
either as more rain is expected and the wind will cause waves putting the
sandbags to the test.
May 4, 5:00pm - Someone saw on FaceBook that
Two-Mountains was not affected by the high water of Lake of Two Mountains and the
Milles Iles river...WRONG! There are many houses that had to be evacuated in
different sectors in 2MO. Houses along Lakebreeze and at the south end of 9th,
10th, 11th and 12th were also being surrounded by flood waters. The rain in
forecast doesn't bode well for the levels to subside either. With all the rain
of April, the ground is already waterlogged so there not much run-off. It hasn't
rained in the last 36 hours yet the water has gone up almost one foot on the
I have taken a few pictures to illustrate the magnitude of some of the water
affecting houses and streets. I will add more pictures if the situation worsens
over the next few days.
Click here to view the pictures.
Sorry about the broken link
earlier, SmugMug changes links when you rename albums.
As you may have noticed by the pictures on the first
screen, I was away for a while. We visited Portugal for 3 weeks and we are back.
If you are interested, I kept a blog of our travels as usual. I also did the
dreaded migration to SmugMug and now I have to relearn and recode a lot of
stuff. The album for the Portugal trip was my first foray into the migration. I
finally got it right after wrestling with it for a while. The rest of my
pictures could takes weeks if not months to get right.
Here is the link to the
Save The Date
- Saturday July 22 - DMSA Charity Game vs. the Habs Alumni
The Deux Montagnes Softball Association will be hosting
Les Anciens Canadiens de Montréal in a charity game at Central Park on
13th avenue. The Goal is to raise $10,000 for Sercan in memory of Jimmy Shields.
Tickets are available in many different options that you can see
here. The may be purchased by
credit card by going to the DMSA website,
click here. You
can also obtain tickets by sending an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or text to
Troy Ewenson at 514-707-5646 – Cash payment will be accepted.
Edibles in Deux-Montagnes
chapter of Incredible Edibles is being launched in Two-Mountains! The launch
will occur this Sunday (April 23) at 10am at the Deux-Montagnes train station,
rain or shine. Interested citizens are invited, as well as the press. This event
is for a launch picture, which is part of the Incredible Edibles tradition.
Incredible Edibles was started in Todmorden, England, a few years ago and it's
all about planting edibles in publicly available places to increase resiliency,
community spirit and help feed people. The crops are free to take by whomever
There are four ways to get involved:
> Tend one of the public garden beds (locations to be announced shortly)
> Share one's own crop with strangers by either planting near the street and
putting a sign that says "Free vegetables - help yourself" or by putting them on
a table after harvesting with the same sign
> Request the Incredible Edibles team to harvest your garden while you're away
or your fruit tree if you can't harvest it yourself (vacation or time
> Donate seeds and seedlings for the gardens
The group has a FaceBook page that can be accessed
Montreal Gazette April 19, 2017
At the CHSLD Ste Eustache, April 8, 2017, at the age of 86 years, passed away
Madeleine Paquin wife of Louis-Henri Fournier. Survived by her sons Watson A.
Fournier (Miyuki Matsushita), and Robert J. Fournier (Line Sabourin); her
daughter Michèle S. Fournier (Paul Trépanier); her eight grandchildren Jennifer
(Brendan Magill), Andrew, (Erin Scholes), Marie-Claude, Vincent, Isabel,
Nicholas, (Jennifer Broadfoot), David and Umiko; seven great-grandchildren,
Madeleine, Maverick, Ryder, Fox, Daphne, Dylan and Scarlet; her sister, Andrée
Caon; her brother Jacques Paquin, (Gaye McLeod); and her sister-in-law Suzanne
Fournier, as well as her nephews and nieces and other relatives and friends.
Madeleine Fournier was Director of Nursing at the CHSLD Deux-Montagnes, from
1968 to 1996, after which, as a volunteer for many years, and a member of the
local Red Cross. The family will receive condolences from 2:30 - 6:00 , on April
19, 2017 at Alfred Dallaire's Funeral Parlor, 2159 boulevard Saint Martin E,
Laval. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Parkinson Association (parkinson.ca)
would be appreciated.
click here to view he online obituary.
I have been
using a website called Phanfare for over 10 years to publish pictures for my
website. That many years ago, it was avant-garde and was amongst the favourite
picture showing sites available. Since then, that space has attracted many more
developers and there are dozens of sites that offer similar features. About five
years ago, Phanfare was bought out by by a firm called Carbonite which
specialized in cloud storage before it was a thing. They basically ignored
Phanfare and it had stayed as is without new features since. It was a matter of
time when they would drop it altogether. Well it happened a couple of days ago.
I received an email that by May 28th, all of my Phanfare pictures and videos
(all 86 gig worth) would be lost if I didn't migrate them to Smugmug. That
normally wouldn't be a big problem as the migration process was all taken care
of their tools. Of course, that wouldn't be a problem if I didn't have a website
with hundreds of links to Phanfare. It would be a problem either but I have
hundreds of albums with thousands of sections. For example, my Victory Album has
a section for each issue. I am not sure how that will play out in SmugMug since
it doesn't seem to support sections. My $100US a year subscription to Phanfare
will be carried over to SmugMug but I will have a lot of work to do to make the
transfer. I will only start the migration process in May, so there might be a
few hiccups while it's going on. If you see that something is not working,
please send me an email and I will try to fix it. Not crazy about the SmugMug
C.E.S.A.M.E. a non-profit organisation in Deux-Montagnes
in children’s mental health is holding an open house family on Saturday May 6th
from 9am to noon. The event will take place at 368 chemin de la Grande-Cote in
St-Eustache. There will be inflatable games and make-up artists to entertain the
little ones. For more information you can contact them at 450 623-5677 or refer
to there website by
Click here for a poster of the event.
Citizenship Ceremonies At Veterans Hall
On Saturday April 1st, 2017, approximately 30 people
became Canadians as they took the oath before citizenship judge, Veronica
Johnson. On hand were many public figures including Benoit Charette, Linda
Lapointe and Denis Martin and many other dignitaries. It was quite a show with
lots of native and ethnic dancing, bagpipes, music and Mounties and many local
organisations there to welcome
our new citizens. Local
photographer Anthony Migas captured the event in a series of great pictures that
can be accessed at
this link. Welcome to Canada and enjoy our 150th birthday.
Marzinotto 1954 – 2017
Published in the Montreal Gazette on March 31
and April 1, 2017
Marie Marzinotto, born Marie
Jancewicz, known by many as Maria, left us on March 25th 2017, surrounded by her
family, after a well fought battle against cancer. Her strength, her
authenticity, her thirst for life and her unconditional love will be missed by
many, notably her husband of 42 years Aldo, her children Angela and Anthony
(Pamela), her grandchildren Lilianna and Isabella, her mother Halina as well as
her dear, dear siblings: Annette (Alain), Irene (Danny), Josée (Louis) and Janek.
She was a great aunt, a best friend and a role model to anybody who had the
pleasure of meeting her. She will be missed beyond belief but never forgotten.
The family will receive condolences Saturday the 8th of April at Complexe
Funéraire Guay, 146 Saint-Louis in Saint-Eustache, Tel: 514-871-2020, from 13:00
to 17:00. Eulogy at 17:00.
Thanks for everything Mom, love you buckets xxxxx
To view her online obituary, please
to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge
The Royal Canadian Branch 185 will mark the 100th
anniversary of Vimy Ridge on Sunday April 9th starting at 11:00am. There will be
a ceremonial laying of the wreath on the cenotaph in front of Veterans Hall at
141 Grand Moulin. This date is an important one in the history of Canada and
many Canadians are going to France to attend the Official Vimy Centennial
Commemoration Ceremony. This is the opportunity to pay your respects locally.
from the Vimy Ridge Foundation website. The battle,
which took place on April 9, 1917, is commonly highlighted as a turning point in
Canadian history, where the four Canadian divisions fought together as a unified
fighting force for the first time. While 3,598 Canadian soldiers were killed
during the battle, the impressive victory over German forces is often cited as
the beginning of Canada’s evolution from dominion to independent nation.
Click here for the
Vimy Ridge Foundation site.
Mona Parr (nee
Leslie) August 17, 1928 - March 28, 2017
Published in the Montreal Gazette on March 31
and April 1, 2017
Passed peacefully on March
28th at the age of 88. Predeceased by her loving husband Clifford in 2003, her
brothers Alan (Shirley) and James (Bernice). Survived by her sister Jean. She
leaves to mourn her children: Clifford (Anne Marie) Jeannie (Barry) Susan
Michael (Lisa) Douglas (Margaret) Elizabeth (Robert)Cherished Grandchildren:
Felicia, David, Lisa, Laura, Amy, Stacy, Adam, Kate-Lyn, Timothy, Sean, Lindsay,
Jessica, Nicolas, Alexandra, Lauren, Scott, ConnorGreat Grandchildren: Dylan,
Adrien, Sawyer. Visitation at Les Salons Funeraires Guay Inc., 146 Rue St-Louis,
St-Eustache, on Sunday, April 2nd and Monday, April 3rd from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April
4th at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, 1001 Chemin d'Oka, Deux-Montagnes,
then to Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Saint-Eustache Hospital Foundation.
She leaves us
with rich memories.
here to view her online obituary.
To Take A Shot At Municipal Politics (April fools leftover)
With the Two-Mountains municipal election only 219
days away, I am announcing that I plan to run for mayor in the November 5th,
2017 election. There have been many rumours circulating that I was planning a
foray into politics and now I can say that those rumours are no longer just
rumours. My father David was mayor of this city from 1970 to 1974 and my brother
Michael served as councillor from 1986 to 1990 so it only natural that I follow
in their footsteps.
Over the last few months, a team of six potential candidates for council has
been assembled. The party will be called 2MO>1DIRECTION which is
language neutral or at least can be read in French and English.
Our main objective will be to
keep municipal taxes low and to minimize the impact of the new light rail system on
our community. The new rail system will be slicing Two-Mountains in half due to
the limits on level crossing. Our party will be pushing for the rail system to
be lowered in order to have the crossings at street level to reduce the need for
massive expropriation at proposed overpass crossings.
Another project will be to increase the speed limits on 8th avenue and Boulevard
du lac to 40km/h in line with the Quebec highway code. Yet another campaign
promise will be to eliminate stop signs at curves where there are no
intersections. There are at least 5 of these 'illegal' stop signs through the
city. Speed bumps will also be a thing of the past as they will be replaced by
inverted depressions as to ease snow removal. A complete list of election
promises will be available on our website which will be launched in the next few
For now, you can click here to view the entire team that will be vying for your
vote come November.
Drive - Tuesday March 28th
The Lions Club in cooperation with Hema-Quebec will be
holding its annual blood drive on Tuesday March 28 from 1:30pm to 7:30pm at the
Veterans' Hall 141 Grand Moulin in Two-Mountains. Giving blood saves lives.
Celebrates His 60th Birthday in Stellar Fashion
On Friday March 24, Alan MacNab, long time LTHC hockey
player, joined the ranks of many of the other 'senior citizens' of the league.
On the second to last game of the season, he celebrated by scoring the first 4
goals of the red team to lead them to a 5-2 victory over the white team. His
brothers, Brian, who turned 60 11 months ago, and his younger brother Ron
surprised him as they came in from out of town to play on his line. Since
Ron's knee limited him to only a few shifts, the line got a boost from Bernie
Goyetche who is invited every year to play one game with his former teammates.
Bernie, at 73 years young, still plays 2 or 3 times a week in a more 'mature'
surprise was that his parents and a few friends also came to watch the game and
later celebrated his birthday upstairs at the arena. Although there was one game
left in the season, the league decided to have their year-end party a week early
to mark this special milestone. Congrats to Al and thanks to all that
participated and the staff of the arena for serving us food and a few libations.
There are 4 Victory papers posted using the link on the top right. September 19,
1963 / March 5th 1970 / February 16th, 1972 / March 15, 1972
Henry Robinson - 1956- 2016
Published on December
14th, 2016 on allisonfuneralhome.com
at his home in Port Hope on Tuesday December 13, 2016. Chris Robinson beloved
husband of the late Debbie Thompson. Loving father of Stefanie Lajambe (David)
and Kyle Robinson (Melissa) and Poppie of Tristan, Landon and Benjamin. Brother
of Timothy (Cheryl) and Jennifer. Gathering of friends will take place at the
Port Hope Lions Centre, 29 Thomas Street, Port Hope, Saturday December 17, 2016
between 1 and 4 pm. If desired, memorial contributions may be made by cheque to
the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
Click here for his online obituary.
A Blast From
Passed away at St-Eustache, on March 6, 2017 at the age of fifty-eight. He will
be sadly missed by his children Joanna (Todd), Jennifer (Norm), Jonathan, James
(Shannon) and their mother Johanne, his grandchildren Cole, Avery, Joshua,
Bailey and Bryson, his brothers and his sisters Ed, Cathy, Bill, Rob as well as
many relatives and friends.
The family will receive condolences at Complexe Funéraire Guay (Réseau Dignité),146
Saint-Louis in Saint-Eustache, Tel: 514-871-2020,
Saturday, March 18 from 10 to 12 p.m. and 1h30 to 4 p.m. Funeral service
will be held the same day at 3h30 p.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of
flowers, donation to Sercan Foundation would be appreciated. To view his online
please click here.
Events for March
The next one is on March 17 from 10:00 to 11:30. The
topic is Backs and Balance which is fitting for a St-Patrick's day. The
following week on Wednesday March 22nd is from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. The topic is
'What Does Healthy Eating Mean to You?' Nutritionist
Katja Leccisi will discuss eating habits and how to nourish ourselves at all
ages and stages of life. Please contact 4Korners at 450-974-3940 or email at
email@example.com for more
info or to register.
Click here for the Backs
and Balance poster and here for the Nutrition poster.
Osborne Celebration of Life
On Saturday March 4th, at the Royal Canadian Legion, a
few friends and family got together to share stories of Charlie. His friend Tony
from Calgary spoke of his 17 year friendship with Charles and we all raised a
glass in his memory. Attendees came from Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, the U.S. and
many from close by. It was a fitting tribute to the 'colourful' guy he
was. Thanks to Brian, Mike and Jean for making this a special day. As I was
going through boxes yesterday I found a sheet of paper with the Wednesday night
hockey league final standings for the 1975-76 season. If you played Wednesday
hockey in St-Eustache in the good old days, you will probably find your name in
the stats. Click here to view
that sheet. It wasn't in very good shape as
something strong obviously fell on it a one point.
St-Patrick's Pub Nite
Holy Parish will be hold its 8th Pub on Friday March
17th, St Patrick's Day. The evening will start with supper of Irish stew,
dessert and coffee at 6:00pm. Entertainment will follow at starting 6:30. The
cost is $10 and $5 for kids. All proceeds will go the the Holy Family parish.
For more info, click here
for the poster. SOLD OUT - NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR
"Freddie" Fraser 1944 - 2017
Published in the Montreal Gazette on
It is with profound sadness that we announce the
passing of Fred on Thursday, February 23, peacefully, with great strength and
courage, with his loving family by his side. Best friend and devoted husband of
Bonnie Anderson. Loving and adored father of Corry-Lee (Serge) and Andrew
(Bianca), and treasured stepfather of Janet (Frank). Loving grandfather of
Jeremy, Cody, Auston, Zoey and Dahlia. Fred will always be remembered for his
caring and loving disposition by all his colleagues at CP Rail, Deux Montagnes
Firefighters, and Axor Construction. His friendly face will be missed by all who
knew him. The family will receive condolences on Sunday, March 5 from 1 to 4
p.m. at Salon Guay, 146 St-Louis, St-Eustache. Rest in peace, Fred. Gone,
but not forgotten.
Click here to view his online obituary
Cool 1923 – 2017
Published in the Montreal Gazette on February 22,
Cool, Larry (1923-2017) Passed away at St-Eustache Hospital, on February 20,
2017 at the age of ninety-three. Beloved husband of Mrs. Mary Cusack. He will
also be sadly missed by his children Larry (Mara), Mimi (Bryn) and Peter
(Tania), his grandchildren Tristan, Mark, Gigi, Evan, Kyle and Kelly as well as
many other relatives and friends. The family will receive condolences at
Complexe Funéraire Guay (Réseau Dignité),146 Saint-Louis in Saint-Eustache, Tel:
514-871-2020, www.dignitequebec.com, on Friday, February 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. and
7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Holy Family Parish in
Deux-Montagnes, on Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. thence to Deux-Montagnes
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donation to St-Eustache Hospital Foundation would
Click here to view the online obituary.
1955 - 2017
Published in the Montreal Gazette on February 18,
October 13, 1955 – February 13, 2017It is with profound sadness that we announce
the passing of Theresa (Terry) at the young age of 61. Mother, sister, aunt,
cousin and friend. Daughter to the late Alice Gallagher and Thomas Dunphy.
Survived by her son Konrad Brochocki, sisters Susan Dunphy (Earl Flint) and Judy
Dunphy Garner (Yvan Huneault) as well as loving nieces and nephews. Theresa was
a dedicated teacher for more than 40 years. She touched the lives of many
students, no doubt launching many careers. Thank you to all those who
facilitated this incredibly difficult journey; the staff and volunteers at
SERCAN Palliative Care Center, St. Eustache for their devotion and tender care.
We will remember Theresa with a celebration of her life later when the family
has had time to heal. In lieu of flowers, a donation to SERCAN and helping
others suffering this dreadful disease is all we ask.
To view her online obituary,
please click here.
of Life for Charles Osborne
Friends and family will be gathering in memory of 'Charlie' on Saturday March
4th at 1pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 185 in Two-Mountains. The
family invites to you attend and share a few stories and toast his life.
Panda Conference On Internet Safety for Parents and Youth
The next PANDA conference is on Thursday, February
23. The topic will be “Internet Safety for Parents and Youth” given by Constable
Christopher Harding. The conference will be at the Maison des Citoyens, 202
Henri-Dunant, Two-Mountains (adjacent to the City Library) from 7:00 to 9:00
Here is an overview of the conference: (Target Audience: Parents/Children 12 and
Internet is an open door to a world of information, communication and
entertainment. Access to such a network of information can come with a great
deal of risk! Identity theft, fraud and inappropriate behaviour can lead to
financial and legal consequences. Discussions about cyber bullying, image
sharing, applications and more will be covered in this informative conference
intended for parents and their children.
Yearly membership: 5$ individual; 7$ family. For more information:
firstname.lastname@example.org Click here for
the Panda website.
Joliette at the Festi-Glace
Joliette is only about an hour drive north east of
Two-Mountains using the 640, 25 and 158. There has been a skating rink on the
Assomption river there for years. There is also a 10 day festival called Festi-Glace
that is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. It started last week and
goes on until this Sunday (Feb 12) although I believe the skating rink will stay
open after the festival. Yesterday (Thursday) we decided to take the drive up to
try out the 9km skating rink. It's Quebec longest skating loop and because it
was -14ºC, there weren't too many people taking advantage of it when we did.
From researching some pictures, it can get crowded in the central area. The
chalet on Champs d'Elysées street offers lots of parking and provides lockers
for your boots while you are on the ice. So if you don't want to drive the
2 hours to skate on the Rideau Canal, Joliette is a good alternative.
Click here to view the
video from our Joliette outing.
Click here to see
the ice conditions of the rink (in French).
a New Hobby?
A Message from Irena Jancewicz:
Here’s something exciting for those interested in a new hobby. Some of you may
already know me. My name is Irena Jancewicz and I am a stained glass artisan who
has been practicing this trade for the past 35 years, as a hobby at first and
professionally for the last 15 years. I have been creating small pieces, big
pieces, Tiffany lamps, custom made projects and everything in between.
Click here to view some of my collection, some of which is for sale. I can
also create any custom piece on demand, providing original drawings.
I am also an experienced stained glass and mosaic teacher. I give private and
semi private lessons in my studio. I am available during the day as well as some
Please contact me if you are interested in learning a wonderful new hobby or if
you would like to purchase an original handmade gift. To reach me, please send
an email to
Announces a Health, Justice and Social Service Caravan
Family Resource Center is
excited to announce: A health, justice and social service caravan is touring the
Laurentians and coming to a place near you! English-speaking community members
will have access to John Abbott students studying in the health, justice and
social service fields, who will be on hand offering; glucose and blood pressure
testing, ECGs, information on recognizing heart attacks and strokes, CPR
and using an AED (automated external defibrillator), techniques in proper EpiPen
administration, information on nutrition and oral health, and youth and adult
crime prevention. The students will also be giving two interactive presentations
in English at each site visit. Students taking part in John Abbott’s initiative
will be able to answer questions from the public and will have information on
hand to distribute, which they’ve produced specifically for their tour of the
Laurentians. The public is encouraged to bring any medication they’d like
verified, questions or concerns they’d like addressed or any specific questions
they may have. John Abbott students taking part in the caravan will be coming
from the Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Pre-Hospital Emergency Care, Police Technology
and Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention programs and are looking forward
to meeting members of the various communities throughout the Laurentians.
The Two Mountains session is scheduled for Wednesday March 1st from 2:45pm to
here for a detailed agenda and schedule of all the sites where the Caravan
will take place.
Additionally, 4Korners is hosting 2 information sessions. The first is on
Thursday February 16th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. The topic will be Ticks and
Lyme Disease. The second session's topic is Backs and Balance that will take
place on Friday March 17th from 10:00am to 11:30am.
Click here for all the
info regarding these 2 sessions.
A River Runs
Through It -
More than a Skating Rink (Updated)
I have asked a few people if
they had ever been on the skating rinks behind the Legion in Two-Mountains or
the Church in St-Eustache. A common answer is that they didn't skate or they
hadn't put on skates in forever. Well it turns out that many people use the
river 'rinks' without ever putting sharp knives on the bottom of their feet.
writing this article talking about the rink behind the St-Eustache church as we
walked there on Tuesday but portion of the St-Eustache loop was closed so I
didn't get the full picture. Today we decided to go from the Legion on the
Two-Mountains rink. Both of these skating rinks are independently operated and
are joined by a 150 metre ploughed path (see the pictures in the link). The
difference with the two rinks is that the St-Eustache portion is wider and
includes a walking path that is surprisingly not slippery while the Legion loop
is basically for skating and you have to be careful walking as the ice can be
slick. Here are the numbers on the distance of each rink. The St-Eustache rink
is almost 3K while the Legion one is about 0.8K. With the trail between them, if
you do both, you will be walking or skating just over 4K. The ice is tested
regularly and a sign will be posted at both entry points to let you know if the
rinks are "open". Right now seems like the optimum time to take advantage of
walking on water, albeit the frozen kind.
to view pictures and current map.
Victory's Issues To Be Added to My Site
Thanks to Earl Flint for providing me with about 20 more
full past issues of The Victory, some from more than 50 years ago. I have
started to post them but each issue takes a fair bit of time to restore. Only a
few issues will appear every week. I just posted a September 19, 1963 issue and
another will follow shortly. Look for the word NEW beside the date. To access
past Victory issues, simply use the Victory link at the top right of this page.
Attendance At Lions Carnival
The weather was great and the people were out in numbers
at Olympia Park on Saturday January 28th, the biggest crowd ever according to
some Trumpeteers. The Nelson Lavallée Chalet was busy with the Lions Club
members passing out free hot dogs, chilli and soup. Outside many activities were
going on as well as the popular maple taffy on snow provided by the Constantin
Sugar Shack. The horse drawn carriage was also popular and reminiscent of the
mode of transportation between venues at the tri-dances.
Click here for a video.
Lowe Memorial Hockey Night and Spaghetti Supper
Once again this year, Holy Family Parish will be holding
its annual Canadiens/Maple Leafs confrontation preceded by a spaghetti supper.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children 13 and under. The game will be
held on Saturday February 25th, 2017 in the Holy Family hall. Tickets will be
available this Sunday until February 19th. There will be door prizes, a raffle
and a 50/50 draw.
You can bring your own wine and/or beer. For tickets you can contact Lorna
Halderman at 450- 473-3404.
Click here for the poster with all the info.
Registration Starts on Monday February 13th
The DMSA is launching a new website and Facebook page on
February. From that time, you will be able to register your child or children
using the new website.
Click here for the 2017 Flyer. Click
here for the DMSA website.
and anger management in children with ADHD” Conference
Our next PANDA conference is on Thursday, January 26. The topic will be
“Frustration and anger management in children with ADHD” given by Peter Gantous,
Clinical Psychologist. New this year, the conference will be at the Maison des
Citoyens, 202 Henri-Dunant, Two-Mountains (adjacent to the City Library) from
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Target Audience: Parents/Professionals
Here is an overview of the conference:
Heightened emotionality is a characteristic of ADHD. This conference will help
participants recognize the triggers and early warning signs of anger, and learn
the techniques to calm down and manage the situation before it gets out of
Yearly membership: 5$ individual; 7$ family. For more information, contact
Marie-Josée Trudel (Coordinator) by email:
Score for The
Cure Ball Hockey Raises Record Amount
On Saturday January 21st. with the weather in the pluses, the annual ball hockey
tournament was held at the Klimas Recreation Center. This year a record $3800
was raised for cancer research at MUHC. Eight teams took to the ice that held up
very well despite the mild weather. As you will see by some of the pictures,
water was a little bit of the problem and had to be removed after a few games.
Click here for
some pictures and
click here for the video.
A Day In the
Park, Omega Park
On Thursday January 19th, we went on a snowshoeing trek
to Omega Park with our friends Lou and Maurice. It turned out to be more than a
snowshoe experience as Omega Park is a drive through nature reserve. It is just
over an hour drive from Two Mountains in Montebello, less than a kilometre from
exit 216 on Autoroute 50. As you will see by pictures (here)
and the video (here),
there is a lot more at Omega than the snowshoe trail.
A few months ago I purchased 4 passes at only $13 on Groupon, that's half the
adult regular price. They were only valid until March 31 which is low season for
the park. We had the park almost to ourselves especially the snowshoe trail and
the hiking trail around trout lake. The park has been open for many years and is
well worth the visit. Click
here for the link to Omega Park.
Club Carnival - Saturday January 28th
the Lions club in association with the city of Two Mountains will be holding its
annual Winter Carnival at Olympia Park. It opens at 11:00am with a word from the
Mayor. There will be horse and buggy rides, skating, sliding and many more
activities. A broomball tournament will start at 11:30. There will be free hot
dogs, soup, chilli and beverages as well as the popular taffy on snow. Come and
play outside! Click here
for the poster with all the details.
"Charlie" Wallace Osborne October 31, 1956 - December 29, 2016
From The Calgary Herald -January 14, 2017
guy, Charlie was born in Montreal to the late Rita Stewart and grew up in Two
Mountains, QC, where he was active in many sports throughout his childhood.
After completing post secondary education in Montreal, Charles headed west to
first work in Ottawa and then Calgary for the past 16 years. He was a friend to
all who met him and took great pleasure in chatting with anyone about most any
subject - especially hockey stats. He will be sadly missed by all, including
family members Bruce, Gary and Jean. Friends are encouraged to have a "pop" in
of life will take place at a later date at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 185
on Saturday March 4th at 1pm.
To view his
please click here.
(nee Gouldson) Poplett - March 14, 1957 - January 1, 2017
From the Edmonton Journal - January 4, 2017
It is with
great sadness the family announces the passing of Cynthia on January 1, 2017 at
the age of 59 years. She is lovingly remembered by her sons: Doug and Jon
Poplett; brothers, Peter (Lu Anne) Henry, Robert Henry, Gordon Gouldson (Laura
Grunberg), Donald Gouldson (Sue DesRosiers), David (Anne) Gouldson, Wayne (Mary
– Jane) Despres and sister Karen Despres (Kevin Linnington), as well numerous
nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband
Alan Poplett in 2014; brothers, Douglas Neil Gouldson and Marty Despres; sister
– in – law, Sandy Gouldson; parents, Robert and Gwyneth Gouldson.
She was the matriarch of the family, queen of reunions and loved to organize and
have family gatherings. A viewing will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.,
on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Connelly- McKinley St. Albert Funeral Home, 9
Muir Drive, St. Albert, AB. A Funeral Service will take place at 3:00 p.m., on
Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 10
Akins Drive, St. Albert AB. The family would like to thank all the staff at
Foyer Lacombe for their care and support. To view here Online Obituary,
please click here.
A tribute to
Cynthia will be held on Saturday January 28th 2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
at the home of Lynne and Bob McLean, 670 Claudia
St Joseph du Lac, QC.
Click here for a map.
Powers - R.I.P.
Ottawa Citizen - January 5-7, 2017
December 31, 2016 in Ottawa. He is survived by his parents Herbert Powers and
Olive Powers (nee Mitchell); brother Gary; sisters Cindy, Patti and Lori; nephew
Corbin; nieces Annalea, Jazmine, and Corenna. Don held a special place in
everyone's heart and had a way of making you smile with his quick and witty
sayings. We thank Dr. Spacek and the nurses at Central West Hospice for their
care and comfort. A memorial will be held in the Spring. Donations can be made
to Canadian Cancer Society or to Central West Hospice.
To view his
online obituary and guestbook,
please click here.
For the Cure Ball Hockey Tournament
This year, the annual ball Hockey tournament comes a
little earlier than in previous years. Traditionally on the Saturday before
Super Bowl, this year it has been moved ahead to Saturday January 21, 2017
at the Klimas Recreational Center at 254 Regent Street in 2mo. It will once
again featured 8 teams in 2 divisions. The first of 16 games starts at 8:30am
and the final game should be played around 4:15pm. This is an event organized to
have fun on a winter day with friends while raising a few dollars for cancer
research. All funds raised will go to the Drive for the Cure fund at the MUHC.
The team entry fee of $225 goes entirely to the fund.
There will be a BBQ combined with water, soft drinks and beer that can be had on
a donation basis. In addition to the BBQ and beverages, there will be raffle for
prizes including tickets for the Canadiens vs. Capitals February 4, 2017. Raffle
tickets will be on sale for most of the day at a cost of $5 each or 3 for $10.
The draw will take place before the Final Game.
Click here to see the entire
schedule. Click here to see
the map on how to get there.
As mentioned above, the proceeds from the tournament are added to the funds for
the annual Drive For The Cure golf tournament at Fontainebleau. Last year
tournament was sold out in February. The 17th Annual will be held on Thursday
June 29, 2017. The tournament is now open for registrations and sponsorships.
All the details can be found at
My Photo Makes
it to National TV
On January 4th I took a picture of a Cardinal feeding on
icicled bird feeder. On a lark and suggestion from my wife, I sent it to CTV's
Weather Pix. I have sent 3 pictures in the past that have been used on the
Montreal CTV news at 6 during the weather segment. It didn't on that evening's
broadcast however I received an email from Lori Graham who has been temporarily
assigned to the national feed to substitute for Kelsey McEwen. She wrote that
they had aired this morning (January 5th) on the national feed of the show Your
Morning. It aired during the 6:45 weather report. Of course, I had missed it, as
most people would have, but thanks to Bell Fibe, I was able to replay it and
record it with my camera. It is now posted to YouTube at
this link. Thanks to
Lou for pointing out the Cardinal in the first place, Myrna for pushing me to
send it and finally to Lori Graham for her nice comments when she showed it. On
the video, you hear other comments coming from the other hosts (not us while I
was recording it off the TV).
Offers New Seminar
The 4K Resource Center will be offering a caregiver
seminar on Wednesday February 1st. The 90 minute presentation is titled is
What to Do When Your Loved One Can No Longer Make Safe Decisions. The
presenter is family care giving expert Stephanie Erickson (MSW, LCSW, PSW).
Contact 450-974-3940 or
email@example.com to register or for more info.
Click here for all the details.
Access to National Parks for Canada's 150th Birthday
As you may have seen on TV, our national parks will be
free to visit during 2017 to help celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. For all
of 2017, the Parks Canada Discovery Pass gives unlimited opportunities to enjoy
National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites
across the country! You only need one per vehicle but you should order them
online as you may have to wait in line as you enter parks to get one. You can
order up to 5 for free in case you need one for friends or visitors.
Here is the link to order your pass(es). For boating enthusiasts, a 2017
Seasonal Lockage permit will also be free for 2017. That will be available soon
at this link.
Wren is Back On Our Feeder
A few years ago, we had an unlikely visitor on our bird
feeding 'station', a Carolina Wren. Up to 10 years ago, this bird would never be
seen this far north or anywhere in Quebec. It is a bird that doesn't really like
cold weather however its range has expanded over the last years. Call it global
warming or a change of habitat, the Wren (not sure if it's the same one) seemed
to have taken last winter off but was back on our feeder in the last couple of
year, on Christmas Eve we were swinging golf clubs. This year were are swinging
shovels. Although it's fairly mild today, we hit +16ºC on December 24, 2015. The
only little problem was 80km/h wind gusts which were carrying the warm air from
the south. In case you didn't see it last year, here is a
the video I took on that memorable day.
Basket Food Stolen
Last week, just days before volunteers were to hand out
Christmas baskets to the needy, someone broke into the Holy Family Church hall
and stole about $3,000 worth of food. This despicable act has put a huge dent in
Dépannage St-Agapit's ability to deliver baskets to needy families. There is
currently an effort to try to recoup some of the losses by people on Facebook.
If you find it in your heart to try help in correcting this situation, here is
link to the website of the Christmas basket fund. To the people who would do
such a loathsome deed, shame on you.
Social Club New Year's Eve Party
The Heritage Social Club is hosting a New Year's Eve
party on December 31st, 2016. The cost is $30 and the music will be provided by
D.J. Brian Snell. It includes and dinner at 7:00pm and a cold buffet will be
served after midnight. Tickets should be purchased in advance by calling 450 473
5429 or 450 472 7023.
Kay Fiset R.I.P.
Surrounded by her friends and
family on December 6, 2016, Kay passed away peacefully. Remembered with love by
her daughter Nicole
Davies (Brad). Proud Nanny of Baillie, James, Mackenzie and Riley. Survived by her siblings Greg Fiset (Debbie), Louise Jennings (Ron), Geoff Fiset (Anita) and Rollie Fiset
(Tina), many nieces, nephews and extended family. Predeceased by her sister Sue
Cowan. Kay loved life. In keeping with Kay's wishes, there will be no formal
funeral, instead there will be a celebration of Kay's life in Two Mountains in
the springtime. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, expressions of
sympathy to the Jewish General Hospital Cancer Foundation would be appreciated
by Kay's family.
To see her online obituary, please
A Great Day
For The Santa Claus Parade
Blue skies and warm weather were the order of the day
for the 47th annual Santa Claus Parade on Sunday December 4th, in what felt like
record attendance. Santa was in fine form and so were the bands. This year, the
Titans de Quebec made their first appearance in the parade. They are a large
drum and bugle band from Quebec City.
Click here to
see PHOTOS of the parade. You can watch the VIDEO of the parade by clicking
the play button below:
Cancels Expiry Policy — Your Miles Are Safe
Good news. One day before CBC's Marketplace was about to
bring to light the problem with the AirMiles expiry crisis and after many class
action suits were about to be filed, Loyalty One has reversed its decision to
make AirMiles expire. The announcement came today only one month before millions
of miles were about to expire for 11 million AirMiles members.
Here is a link to the CBC News story.
That's the good news but in a letter to the Loyalty One
shareholders, the company said it would revaluate how much the miles are worth.
In other words, get ready to get less for your AirMiles.
on November 23, 2016, Mr. Serge Therrien, a well-known photographer in
Deux-Montagnes, husband of Mrs. Claire Gravel died at the age of 62.
to his wife, he is survived by his children: Eric (Claudia) and Karine
(Jean-Charles), grandchildren: Dylan and Bastien, his stepmother Yolande
Michaud, brothers and sisters, sisters, nephews, nieces and other relatives and
The family will receive condolences on Friday, December 2nd from 2 pm to 7 pm
at: Goyer Funeral Complex, 105 boul. Desjardins East, Sainte-Thérèse.
A celebration of his life will be held at 7 pm in the chapel of the salon. In
lieu of flowers, a donation to the 'On the Tip of the Toes' Foundation would be
appreciated. (Donation forms available at the salon) or at the link below:
System (REM) Open House TONIGHT
CDPQ Infra, a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et de
placement du Québec, invites the public to take part in its second round of open
houses that will be held by the end of November and in early December, in
sectors that will be serviced by the REM.
These meetings represent another great opportunity for citizens to meet CDPQ
Infra team and ask questions about the project. Citizens are invited to attend
in order to learn more about the stations, access to them and REM services, as
well as the staged deployment of this new 67-km, fully electric and automated
transportation network. Open house dates listed below:
DEUX-MONTAGNES – Tuesday, November 29, 2016, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Royal
Canadian Legion,141 Grand-Moulin Street
BROSSARD – Wednesday, November 30, 2016, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Centre
sociocultural de Brossard, 7905 San-Francisco Avenue
TECHNOPARC MONTRÉAL – Monday, December 5, 2016, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Novotel
Hotel, 2599, Alfred Nobel Boulevard
KIRKLAND – Tuesday, December 6, 2016, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Council Room at
Kirkland Town Hall, 17200 Hymus Boulevard
MONTRÉAL – Wednesday, December 7, 2016, from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Salle des pas
perdus (Windsor Station), 1100 Des Canadiens-de-Montréal Avenue
Santa Claus Parade This Sunday (December 4th)
On Sunday December 4th at 1:00pm, Santa Claus will be
making his way down Oka road starting at corner of 20th avenue. For a second
year, the route will be straight down Oka road to 8th. In the past, the route
would detour up 15th avenue up to Henri-Dunant and eventually back to Oka road.
The long term weather forecast is partly sunny and just above 0ºC.
Another Award For Phil Roberts - The 2016 Gino Fracas Award
Thursday, former Two-Mountaineer, Phil Robert received the U. Sports Assistant
Coach of the Year, Gino Fracas Award at the All-Canadian Banquet.
Click here for the full story including a extensive football career profile
of Phil's accomplishments on the gridiron. Pictured is Phil in his usual pose.
You figure it out.
Family Christmas Carol Concert for Syria
Saturday December 10th at 2:30pm, the choirs, singers and musicians of Holy
Family Parish are giving a Christmas Carol Concert for the benefit of Syria
(specifically the White Helmets,
The concert will consist of both performed pieces and sing-along carols so that
everyone can join in!
The cost is
$10 and free for children under 12. All funds raised will go directly to the
White Helmets Fund. Click
here for the number to call for tickets.
November 27th, the annual Christmas Basket Drive will be held from 1pm to 5pm.
This Christmas there will be families struggling to put food on the table once
again. In the last
year, over 400
families have received baskets from Dépannage St-Agapit thanks to generous
donations of non-perishable food and money. Volunteers will be knocking on doors
on Sunday, be if you plan to be away, you can leave your donation on your
doorstep or with your neighbour. You can also mail in a donation of money or
make your donation online by going to their website
order to cover the entire city, they need volunteers to drive or go door to door
to collect. If you want to volunteer, just show up at the Holy Family Church
hall at 1:00pm on Sunday (November 27). There will also be a need for drivers on
Saturday December 17th to deliver the baskets to needy families. That goes from
9am to noon.
great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Robert (Bob) Goyetche on
November 10, 2016 at the age of forty-seven. Beloved husband of Cathy Bobkowicz.
Devoted father of Simon. He will be sadly missed by his mother Lisette Plourde
(late George Goyetche), his sister Marie-Helen (Dan Waight), his nephews Alex,
Max, Aidan and his niece Chelsy as well as many relatives, friends, podcasters
will receive condolences at Complexe Funéraire Guay, 146 Saint-Louis in
Saint-Eustache, Tel: 514-871-2020, on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m.
and Saturday, November 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. A funeral service
will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.
In lieu of
flowers, donations will go to a trust fund for our son, Simon's university
education. The Bob Goyetche Memorial College Fund Go Fund Me page has
been set up to facilitate this. here is the link:
Click here for the link to his online obituary.
named OUA (Ontario University Athletics) Football Volunteer Coach of the Year
Ont. – For his continued contributions on the sidelines, Queen's
Gaels Special Teams Coordinator / Linebacker Coach Phil Roberts (former Two
Mountains resident) is this year's recipient of the Volunteer Coach of the
about as committed as you'll find as a volunteer coach in Canadian football, as
over the course of the past four seasons, the Ottawa, Ont. resident has commuted
three times per week to Kingston to help coach the Gaels. Roberts, a
retired teacher, worked for the PSBGM in Montreal for 12 years as well as 19
years in the Ottawa-Carleton Public School Board.
Congratulations Phil!. To read the entire article,
please click here.
With the results of last evening's election, I wish all
my American friends the best during the next four year. I know only half of your
population is happy. Take it from a place where, at one point, 49.5% of people
were in favour of dividing our country, you will survive. From the Canadian
view, it's really bad news because most of us don't believe in the values
instilled by Mr. Trump. We do remain your closest neighbour and the only wall we
have to build to keep you away from us is a snow bank. If you do decide to move
'UP" in the world, we will welcome you with open arms.