Last updated on: June 19, 2017

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Two-Mountains 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
here.
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 display.
Click here for the entire schedule of activities.

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.
The family will receive condolences at : Complexe Funéraire Guay, 146, rue Saint-Louis,Saint-Eustache, Québec
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.
 

Hurley's 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 is here.

Lions 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.
Dépannage 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.

Neighbours Day

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

Links: Pictures, Water Levels are now at 'normal' springtime levels: Lake of Two-Mountains   Milles-Iles River  All of Quebec

Update 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

Update 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 everything.

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:

There 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.

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.

Update 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).

Hurley's 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 it.

Tuesday night 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.

Update 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.

Update 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'.

Update 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.

Update 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....

Update 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.

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

Late this 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.

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.

Update 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.

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.

Update 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 replacement.
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.

Update 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.

Update 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 months.
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.

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.

Update 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 need. 

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.

Update 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 naturally.
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.

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 lake.
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.

Back From Vacation
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 Portugal blog.

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 presidentdmsa@gmail.com or text to Troy Ewenson at 514-707-5646 – Cash payment will be accepted.

Incredible Edibles in Deux-Montagnes
A 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 wants them.
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 constraint)
> Donate seeds and seedlings for the gardens
The group has a FaceBook page that can be accessed here.


Madeleine (Paquin) Fournier

From 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
. Please click here to view he online obituary.

Phanfare Service Discontinued

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 name either.

C.E.S.A.M.E. Open House
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 clicking here. Click here for a poster of the event.

Canadian 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.

Marie 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 click here.

Legion 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.

Text 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.  Click here to view her online obituary.

Paul Goyetche 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 weeks.
For now, you can click here to view the entire team that will be vying for your vote come November.

Lions Blood 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.

Al MacNab 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' league.

Another 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.

 

'NEW' Victory's Posted
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

Christopher Henry Robinson - 1956- 2016
Published on December 14th, 2016 on allisonfuneralhome.com

Passed away 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 The Past

James 'Jimmy' Shields 1958-2017

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, www.dignitequebec.com, on 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 obituary, please click here.

4 Korners 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?' Nutrition
ist 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 info@4kornerscenter.org for more info or to register.
Click here for the Backs and Balance poster and here for the Nutrition poster.

Charles 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.

Holy Family 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

Frederick "Freddie" Fraser 1944 - 2017

Published  in the Montreal Gazette on March 4, 2017
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

Larry Cool  1923 – 2017
Published  in the Montreal Gazette on February 22, 2017
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 be appreciated.

Click here to view the online obituary.

Theresa Dunphy 1955 - 2017
Published  in the Montreal Gazette on February 18, 2017
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.

Celebration 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.

Another 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 p.m. 
Here is an overview of the conference: (Target Audience: Parents/Children 12 and over).
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: mjtrudel@pandablso.ca Click here for the Panda website.

Skating in 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).

Interested in 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 evenings.

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 irena@2mopaul.com.

4 Korners Announces a Health, Justice and Social Service Caravan
4 Korners 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 5:00pm. Click 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.

I started 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. Click here to view pictures and current map.

Move 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.

Record 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.

Father 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.

Softball 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.

“Frustration 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 control. 
Yearly membership: 5$ individual; 7$ family. For more information, contact Marie-Josée Trudel (Coordinator) by email: mjtrudel@pandablso.ca

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.

Lions Club Carnival - Saturday January 28th
Once again, 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.

Charles "Charlie" Wallace Osborne October 31, 1956 - December 29, 2016
From The Calgary Herald -January 14, 2017

A colourful 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 his honour.

A celebration 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 online obituary, please click here.
 

Cynthia Ann (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.

Donald James Powers - R.I.P.

From the Ottawa Citizen - January 5-7, 2017

Peacefully on 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.
 

Klimas Score 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 this link.

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).

4Korners 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 info@4kornerscenter.org to register or for more info. Click here for all the details.

Free 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.

A Carolina 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 weeks.

Merry Christmas!
Last 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 link to the video I took on that memorable day.

Christmas 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 the link to the website of the Christmas basket fund. To the people who would do such a loathsome deed, shame on you.

Heritage 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 click here.

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:

Air Miles 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.

Serge Therrien 1954-2016

 

In Saint-Polycarpe 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.

In addition 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 friends.

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:
 http://pointedespieds.com/participant/claire/

Light Rail 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

47th Annual 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
 

Last 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.

Holy Family Christmas Carol Concert for Syria

On 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, www.whitehelmets.org). 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.

All Saints Church Presents:

 

This Sunday 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 here.

Also, in 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.

Robert (Bob) Goyetche (1969-2016)

 

It's with 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 and Hams.

The family 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: https://www.gofundme.com/bobgoyetche

Click here for the link to his online obituary.

 

Phil Roberts named OUA (Ontario University Athletics) Football Volunteer Coach of the Year

BURLINGTON, 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 Year Award.

Roberts is 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.

Good Luck U.S.A.
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.

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