Last updated on: July 19, 2017
Click Here for Daniel Messett's 50 Years of Friendship Birthday Ride
Panda's Reading Detectives Program
Reading Detectives is a literacy skill program intended for children in 3rd and 4th Grade who need extra help to improve their reading level. The program has been successfully running for 10 years now and we believe that there are 2 main reasons for that: 1) Emphasis on fun and interactive reading activities, 2) Focus on promoting social skills and building a sense of belonging within a group.
If you know
children who could benefit from this program, please have their parents contact
Marie-Josée Trudel to sign up as there are a few openings left. It is free for
PANDA members (membership is only $10). Starting in September 9th, the sessions
will be held on Mondays from 4pm to 6pm and on Saturdays from 9am to noon.
Another Blast From the Past
Every once in a while someone sends me an old picture of a group of people, usually a sports team, from the days of yore. One of the challenges of getting these pictures is identifying the people in them. The practice of writing the names of the people in them was not wide spread at the time. So it would be nice to identify these lost souls. As these pictures come in I will post them in an album where people can leave a comment identifying people in the picture.
Click here to see one of the entries in the album which is the picture you see here.
Click here for pictures from Deux-Montagnes En Fete
The Lions Club is also holding a golf tournament on Saturday September 23rd also at Oka Golf Course. The proceeds of this year's tournament will go directly to the Lions Club as they had major losses in their hall during the flood. The Lions Club has done a lot in the community for over 40 years and this is the opportunity to give them something in return. The $85 fee includes a continental breakfast, golf with cart and a rib supper back at the Heritage Social Club as well as prizes. They are also looking for sponsors is case you do not want to play golf. A supper only option is also available at $25. All the details can be found here. You must register by August 31st and there is a limit of 72 golfers.
Harold Galley's 90th Big Birthday Bash
On Saturday July 8th, Harold Galley's family and friends got together to mark the milestone that he reached on Friday 7/7/17. It was a surprise party at the Legion. Even though Harold showed up a little early, his surprise was still evident as he realized the number of people that had come out to give their best wishes.
The lounge was well decorated and one of the highlights of the party was a great cake make by Liz Malcolm. It depicted a Canadian National locomotive with a working headlight.
Click here to view a couple of pictures of the event and the cake.
En Fete 3rd Edition -
Click here for the schedule of all the activities
Sunday is the
Family Race day with a 10K - 5K - 1K and a tots' race. Registration is required
and here is the link
for Flood Victims - Monday July 10th
(Campus) 50th Anniversary Reunion Only 60 Days Away
A Little Delay
in Updating My Site
Saturday July 22 - DMSA Charity Game vs. the Habs Alumni
Please purchase your tickets in advance as they will do their best not to sell tickets at the gate.
Drive for the Cure Raises Record Amount
Anniversary to Lynne and Rick Fougere
Ex-Two Mountaineer Daniel Messett
Canada Day Celebrations
Kathleen 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.
Click here for her online obituary.
Fundraiser a Huge Success
Club Hot Dog Sale
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
Also on 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.
In the 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.
Flooding In Two-Mountains
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.
The water 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 you.
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.
Update 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.
Update 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.
Update 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 from Friday.
Update 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!
There are 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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Update 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.
Update 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.
Update 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.
Update 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.
Update 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 tax-deductible. 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 be soon.
Update 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 of charge.
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
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.
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.
Not 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 of LCN.
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.
Update 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.
For people that remember the flood of 1974, photographer John Edkins captured the event with some very good pictures, many of them from his canoe. Here 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.
A note 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
Update 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: The 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, click here. Look at the right most column for the latest number on the first two links.
May 7 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.
May 6 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
Save The Date
- Saturday July 22 - DMSA Charity Game vs. the Habs Alumni