September - November 2007
Holy Family Parish
Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary
Actually, I am a little late on this story because the
celebrations started much earlier this year however I was waiting on the new
spire to be completely finished before posting the picture. If you remember last
year I posted a story and a picture of the unfinished steeple (see bottom of
Below is the finished work. It's higher than the St-Agapit steeple by about 20
feet and you now can spot it from miles away. I have been lent a DVD made by
Russell O'Neill that shows the great fire of 1961 where the St-Agapit church,
which then 'hosted' the Holy Family Parish, burned to the ground. I cannot put
the entire DVD on my site but will put some excerpts. Stay tuned for that.
Branch 185 Remembrance Weekend Pictures Click on Legion logo above!
Picture of the week
Coming home from buying bird seed for winter I heard a loud noise
over my head in my driveway. Up in our last remaining rotting tree was a
pileated Woodpecker. I quickly went inside and grabbed both my cameras, still
and video. The result is this week's POM (Pictures of the week soon to become
POW). Click on POM logo above to see both the picture and the video of this huge
bird. About an hour later, there were 5 smaller hairy woodpeckers chopping at
the tree. At this rate, that tree will be eaten away by Christmas.
Two Mountains Councilor
Denis Joannette Goes Federal
Councilor Joanette has thrown his hat into the federal
politics ring and will be running for the Liberal Party in the next election
representing our riding , Riviere des Mille-Iles. He has launched a new website
to tell you all about it. Click
Red Team Captures 2007
SOMD Grey Cup
MVP Ron Fitzmorris leads him team, captained by Rollie
Fiset, to victory by a score of 20 to 12.
Click Here for a Slide Show.
Click here if you just want to see the Video highlights of the game.
My Map is Filling Up
As you can see on the above right, my website is getting
hits from all over the globe now. This is a result of my colleague Stephan
Bolduc who has sent out a few e-mails to his network of contacts across the
globe. These people have dropped in from Brazil, Malaysia, France, London and
Australia. Thanks Stephan and to the new visitors. Remember, it can take a day
or two to show up. Stephan is the Iron Butt Rider whose put many thousands of
kilometres on his motorcycle this year . I host his website
give2ride.com which describes his rallies.
The site will be updated soon with many pictures. Stephan also sent me a link to
the most dangerous roads in the world. It's quite impressive. Check it out
A Nippy Day for the
42nd Annual SOMD Grey
With a high of 7, the fall classic will be played in
cold weather but with no rain. By the 1pm kick-off, the winds should be around
20 km/hr which might affect some of our quarterbacks. The bus is heating up for
our pickup at the Tartan at 11:30. Check out the SOMD link for the full
Remember My Stop Sign
Warning a Couple of Weeks Ago.
If you read this article (it was in Tuesday's Gazette),
you might see the similarities between Island Pond VT and 2mo QC. The other
difference is that the cop in Vermont actually gives warnings sometimes. I don't
think that this is the case in our town.
Click here to read about a little town with a zealous little police officer
just like the one we have.
Hi Hawaii, France and
As you can see from my ClustrMap above, I have recently
had visits from Hawaii, France and Mexico. 3 continents and only 4 to go. Next
time you are in Antarctica, don't forget to visit my site. Added info: More
visits have now come from England and somewhere in central Brazil. This is the
work of on of my colleagues, who is spreading the word around the world about my
site and people are actually visiting it. Thanks Stephan.
It's not an Optical
If you noticed the full moon on the night of Thursday
October 25 and even on subsequent nights, it appears to be bigger than usual. It
is not an optical illusion. The moon is actually very near perigee, meaning that
it is at its closest point to the earth in its elliptical orbit.
Click here for a picture taken by
Jamie Gibson. This means that
this full moon is the largest looking moon of 2007 as opposed to April 3rd's
which was the smallest. The difference can be see
in 2006 pictures. Speaking of the moon, you may have seen Jamie Gibson's guest
POM which was a picture of the moon taken last month. The POM can be seen by
clicking on the POM icon on top. The POM is just about to change to the POW
(picture of the week) as I will use my new picture storing service to display
them. It will be much easier to update and therefore easier to post new
pictures. I will probably convert my wallpapers to that format also. Fingers
crossed, this will result in more updates to the site although time is just
flying by and there doesn't seem to be much time to do anything.
An example of time flying by happened to me just this week. On Monday (October
22nd), when I got to work, I realized that it was the 5th anniversary of my
mother's death and also the 15th anniversary of my father's passing. I really
could not believe that it had been that long for either of those events. Life is
flying by and you should grasp every moment. That to say, I am taking tomorrow
off to enjoy one (probably) last round of golf before the long winter sets in.
If you read this any evening between October 25 and 28, put on a warm jacket, go
outside, look up at the big moon. For a few minutes, make believe that time has
somehow stopped. If your are lucky, time will stop for a little while and you
will have time to think of someone that used to make you happy. When you come
back in, the worst thing that will have happened is the time will be back to
normal or maybe you will have slowed down the clock just a little bit. If it
doesn't work at least you will be able to fall back an hour on November 4th.
New Website Now Hosting
My Pictures and Videos
About 3 weeks ago, I
decided to try a new a service for sharing photos and videos. I signed up for
the 30 day free trial and now I am hooked. The service is called Phanfare and
it's amazing how fast it delivers top quality pictures to your screen. Even if
you don't have the fastest internet access the results are great. It's also
pretty easy to use. First you load up their application to your desktop, then
you can drag and drop pictures from Explorer right into it. You can add music
and videos. The software takes care of building the slide show and downloading
the full resolution pictures on the Phanfare website. The service costs $54.95 a
year (they also have a lifetime membership at $299). As you drop pictures in the
application, these eventually get load in full resolution to the Phanfare
server. This means that if you ever lost your computer, there would be a full
backup available from them. Your space is unlimited. I was talking to someone
there (they have excellent phone support) and she mentioned that someone had
just uploaded 15,000 pictures to the server on the weekend. If you ever decide
to join this service, if you enter twomopaul in the reference field, you
will save $7 off your first year subscription. On top of that, I will put a link
on my website pointing to your albums so that you can get a lot of visits. The
reason I had to use twomopaul is that they don't support id's that start with a
number. If you want more information on this site
If you want to see a couple of slide shows I have put together, go here
http://twomopaul.phanfare.com. You will see few albums that I have worked
on. You will notice that some have locks on them. These are password protected,
so only people that know these passwords can view them. For the full viewing
experience when viewing these albums, choose the Start Slideshow link and click
on the full screen icon. You will be amazed! Click
Oh, one more thing,
you may have noticed that the map on the right (above) now shows a visit from
Australia. This visit is from Shannon, Sparkle (Stevenson's) daughter. Thanks
for visiting Shannon. Speaking of Sparkle, it's now been almost 2 years since
she passed away. Her guestbook at remembering.ca is being kept in perpetuity, so
you can view or add to it any time.
Click here to access it.
Just Got Back from The
You hadn't seen much action on my site for a few days.
We spent the long weekend in St-John's Newfoundland (Logy Bay actually), so I
didn't get to update my pages at all. Managed to get one game of golf in, in
probably the windiest conditions I have ever played in. The score is not posted
yet and may never be. Got a little sightseeing in but most of the time was spent
with family and had a grand time. Got a few pictures which I will shortly.
Here are 3
slideshows of the trip.
You May Have Noticed
...the map on the top right side of this page. It shows
where my visitors are from. It is an interesting view of the world. I have only
installed this on September 21st but it shows hits from all over Canada and the
USA. By clicking on the map you see a better view. The dot sizes tell you the
concentration of hits. In the first few days I got a hit from what looks like
Churchill Manitoba. Who ever you are up there send me an e-mail and tell me what
you are doing in the North country. The other dots are a fairly good view of who
I would expect to be visiting. Boston, Calgary, LA, Florida (Doug and Jo-Ann).
Not sure about the mid west or are they my friends from Wichita? The other small
dots are Winnipeg and St-John's (which should be bigger). I can't wait to see a
dot appear somewhere else in the world. Maybe it will be someone checking in on
what's going on in Two Mo while they are on vacation....Keep visiting and tell
for the Happy Gang Golf Tournament Pictures and Video of the Shoot Out
Legion's Final Ball
Game of 2007 a Blast
are more pictures from Alison Knee of Gratten Lake. Thanks to Alison and Ted
(her dad) for rounding up more pictures.
The final game of the 2007 season was a road trip to
Rawdon vs. Wendy Fordham's Rawdon Gang. The weather was fantastic and the
hospitality of the Rawdon and Gratten Lake people was superb. After the game we
headed to Gratten Lake Lodge which celebrates its 75 years this year. We were
treated to a great meal and even had a band entertain us before we got back on
the bus to come home. Special thanks goes out to Wendy for organizing the whole
thing in Rawdon, to the Gratten Lake Lodge for hosting us for our post game
activities, to Peter, our bus driver, who patiently waited for us to get out of
the lodge, to Mike Neville for making 2007 a special comeback year for Legion
Softball, and to all the fans especially the many Rawdon fans who cheered
their home town favourites.
Although the score was a lopsided 28 to 1 for the Branch 185, the fans rallied
behind their team who were playing their very first game together. The score
didn't seem to matter as everyone enjoyed the day to the fullest. Thank you,
Rawdon players and fans for being such great sports and we look forward for a
repeat next season. I forgot my camera in the car before getting on the bus so I
have very few pictures of the day. Thanks to Alex McPhie for providing these
two. If anyone has more, please send them to me.
on Saturday October 20th.
A message from 4Korners Family Resource Center:
Oktoberfest tickets are now available at the Center by calling 450- 974-3940 or
from a member of our Board of Directors . It is a fundraiser so the tickets may
be a little more that usual ---however, the band is reputed to be great for this
type of event and can play dance music for any generation. The meal will be
hardy and tasty and includes a complimentary glass of wine and we will provide
transportation home if the beer flows too freely. This is our first attempt at
an Oktoberfest and we are open to any suggestions. We are also looking for
interesting door prizes if you know where we can obtain them and we need
volunteers to help us decorate.
The atmosphere will be a casual one and we are hoping that this is a real
community party that can be built on in the future. So we are looking forward to
seeing many of you for a fun-filled evening. For all the info click
Warning - Read This For
Your Own Good
Two Mountains slash Ste-Marthe slash St-Joseph police have gone hi-tech in some
of their patrol cars, especially the unmarked ones. They have installed video
cameras in their cruisers and they need to pay for them. So the new fad is for
the police (one in particular seems to be a avid videographer) is to face street
corners and to videotape people rolling through stop signs. As soon as someone
rolls through a stop sign, the said enforcer of the law, chases you down to give
you a ticket and proudly tries to show you his video of your wheels not actually
coming to a full stop at the intersection. With 2 mo's thousand of stop signs,
it is easy to see why it is so easy for these guys to catch people. The stop
sign situation is crazy in some parts of Two Mo. In particular, Henri-Dunant and
Guy between 20th and 27th have an atrocious number of stop signs. So if your
wheels don't actually stop, get ready for a $150 ticket and 3 points off your
license. I know of at least 5 people who have been awarded this prize in the
last few months, so be careful and make sure the wheels stop completely. If not,
smile, you're on camera. Maybe one day, the cops will be there when to ticket
someone who really deserves it but for now this seems to be the latest MO in 2
Legion Softball Suffer
First Loss To Verdun Br #4
The Branch 185 softball finally lost a game this weekend
when the Verdun Branch 4 took advantage of some errors in the bottom of the 6th
to come back from a 3 run deficit. They took the lead 8 to 7 and Br185 failed to
come back in the 7th. We all headed back to the branch for food and beverages.
Thanks to Verdun Branch 4 for their hospitality. Also thanks to Peter for
driving us around in his bus and making sure that we didn't drive. Peter is
driving us to Rawdon next Saturday for our final game of the year. There might
be a couple of seats available for some fans to join us on our road trip.
Contact me if you are interested. Pictures
are now available on this site. I am
trying out a new service for pictures.
to see them For best results, do Start Slideshow and then expand to full
screen. Let me know if this too slow for your internet connections.
So Many Things - So
Once again, I find myself apologizing for my lack of
updates to this website. This is the month when everything happens at once. Here
is a typical week in September for me. Monday - Hockey, Wednesday - Darts,
Friday - Hockey, Saturday - Touch Football and Softball, Sunday - Golf. Throw in
two video projects I have been doing and Voila, no time for updating this
website (except if you look at the time I managed to do this update (5:32am
Friday). The good news is that there are a few things to report. Firstly, Scott
Martin has been resting in the last few weeks and has provided a long update
after a six week well deserved break.
On my side there is not much happening except that I am trying out a new feature
on my site. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page you will see a little
world map. Eventually there will be little red dots on it. This will show where
all my visitors come from. When you click on that map it will expand to a bigger
map show the world and the concentration of my visitors. It's a neat service and
let's see how it works over the next few days as it needs a few days to update.
Yesterday was a very
ironic day in the Montreal. It was the 5th annual no automobile day in Montreal.
From 9:30 to 3:00 the downtown core was closed to vehicular traffic. There were
promoting public transport, health and environment. I have been taking the train
since September 1st because of the horrendous traffic situation of the fall and
winter, so last evening I was attempting to catch the the 5:50 home. When I got
to the platform for the train, I thought I was in Japan. People were actually
pushing through the train doors to get on. Long story short, there was power
failure somewhere on the line and this train was actually the 5:25 train that
was pulling out at 6:05. The 5:50 finally pulled out at 6:30 to arrive in 2mo at
7:15. This could be good because anyone that respected no car day and took the
train will probably not adopt the already overcrowded train as an option.
Here are a couple of links to websites that could come in handy. They will be
posted in my Favourites soon. This a great (free) spell checker for you people
who don't have a built in spell check in your software. It supports many
languages. I use it a lot to put accents in French because I can't find them on
the keyboard: http://www.thesolutioncafe.com/public-spell-checker.html
Here is one for people that have to
drive in to Montreal everyday. This shows all the traffic cameras set up in
Finally a funny little video
about phone support is
Thanks Mike Fitz for the link. Coming soon, a guest POM.
Sargent Starr Captures
SOMD Week 1
Dave Sargent and Bonnie attended at our 42nd SOMD season
opener last Saturday. Dave owns and runs a sound studio here in 2 mountains and
his wife, Bonnie came out to try out her new camera on some 'action' shots.
After loads of shots and video, the result is pretty good and Dave built a SOMD
fan site with a video and some pictures. Check it out, it's really cool.
Here's the link. Thanks Dave and Bonnie for a great job.
Another Star-Image Show
Coming to the Veterans' Hall
Many of you remember the great show Rock and Roll
Memories produced by Star Image back in May. If you need a memory jog click
here for the slide
show. Well another Star-Image production is making its way to 2 mo on Saturday,
November 24. This one is called a Rock and Roll Elvis Dance. It stars Stephen
Kabakos who has performed all around the world. Click
here for more information.