Archived News - April - May 2011
Green Phantom Still Ticking
Rumours of the
Phantom's retirement were premature. As confirmed by Joey Fitzmorris the Green
'Machine' is ready for another match this Friday (June 3rd) in St-Eustache. This
time it's on a card from the Top of the World Wrestling Federation. According to
their website, there are already 440 tickets sold. For all the info, please
Tartan Pub Annual Lobster Dinner -
Friday June 10
Call 450 598
6998 or visit the Tartan Pub to reserve your spot.
Defi Deux-Montagnes Takes to the
Streets on Sunday June 12th
Two-Mountains Challenge, organized by Club Ventus DXM, has been happening
annually since 2007. It consists of 4 different events from a 1km walk/run to a
10km run around the streets of Two Mountains. Since 2007 it has not only raised
awareness of physical fitness but it has raised over $32,000 to 'help local
schools provide consistent and structured after-school programmes that will keep
our kids physically active and to help them adopt a healthy lifestyle.' You can
register online or by mail and even on race day at least 30 minutes before the
start. The website is
http://www.ventusdxm.org to learn more about it. Also, you can
click here for the press
release. This year's honorary president is freestyle mogul skier Audrey
Kingsbury. The race starts early on Sunday morning.
Click here for
a map of the 10k circuit, chances are it goes near your place.
Mon Chez Moi's 4th Annual Bowling
Fundraiser - Saturday June 18th
Just a reminder
to tell you that if you would like to bowl and have a team Ethel Stephen needs
your team members’ names and the money no later than “JUNE 8TH”. If you would
like to bowl and don’t have a team please let her know also by June 8th.
Click here for contact details.
Deux-Montagnes 1st Annual Girls
Inter-City Softball Tournament
June 11 and 12, the Deux-Montagnes Softball Association will be hosting its
first inter-city girls softball tournament at Olympia Park. There will be 15
teams from 5 cities in 3 separate categories participating over the 2 days. Come
support our 3 teams from Moustique, Benjamine and Cadette divisions as all 3
teams strive for the Gold medals. We will have a full canteen all day to help
raise funds. The schedule will be posted next week on our website
DMSA beginning to sell raffle tickets to win an Apple Ipad
The DMSA has
begun selling tickets to win an
Apple 32GB iPad With Wi-Fi & 3G ($700 value). Tickets are 1 ticket for $10,
5 for $20 and 20 tickets for $50. The draw will be held on July 6 at our charity
game at Olympia Park vs. 94.7 Hits FM. If you would like to purchase tickets,
please contact Troy Ewenson at
firstname.lastname@example.org . I will reserve your tickets and make arrangements to
contact you. Please send me an email with how many tickets you would like. All
proceeds are being donated to the Children's Wish Foundation in the name of Eddy
Relay For Life - Friday June 3rd, 2011 7:00pm
Message from Jan O'Neil - Helllo to everyone,
Well it's 2011 and once again I will walk in the Relay for Life the first Friday
of June 2011 along with friends, other cancer survivors and endless supporters.
Without your support some of us wouldn't be doing this walk at all. This will be
my 5th year and no one could be more prouder than I. New grandchildren are
arriving yearly, I am alive to meet them and share their lives with them.
I have been given the gift of life through donations that money raised at these
such events have led to research for cures. If there is one accomplishment in my
life that I never thought I'd have , it is my fight to survive the big C and it
is only been possible with drugs and medical equipment supplied by fund raisers
such as this one. Statistics are now proving that 1 in 3 persons are being
diagnosed with this dreadful disease. Help me by pledging me on my walk. All
donations are given to the Canadian Cancer Society so that further research can
be done to find more cures for this nasty disease. Thanks to people like you all
things are possible. God Bless You All and I Thank You
Janice (Norton) O'Neil -
Click here to visit my personal page.
Click here to view the team page for The Dreaming Lamplighters
he Lamplighters' team includes: Melanie Hutchison - Colleen Baxter - Linda Cooke
- Nancy Doucet - Darlene Hutchison - Lorraine Hutchison - Gail Lang - Bunny
Mason - Janice Norton-O'Neil - Wendy O'Brien - Pamela Pierre - Bronwyn Rice.
I was thinking of starting an advise column on my website until I read
Come Celebrate Cal Atkin's 80th Birthday
A message from Wendy Atkin: It’s my dad’s Cal Atkin’s 80th Birthday and
we are celebrating it at the Community Centre in Two Mo on Saturday June 4th
2011 between the hours of 2:00 – 5:00 pm. We would like to invite family &
friends to come by and have coffee/tea, cake and a good old chat to help
celebrate Dad’s birthday. Best Wishes Only. My parents have lived in Two
Mountains since 1967. We, Wendy, Dorothy & Brian still call Two Mountains home
although we all live elsewhere now. For more info please contact me, Wendy
Morris (Atkin) at
email@example.com . Happy birthday Cal and many more.
for the Cure - Edition 4
for the fourth year, Carla Hoger and her dad, Rick will be pedaling their way
from Ottawa to Two Mountains to raise money and awareness for the Juvenile
Diabetes Research Foundation of Montreal. Carla was diagnosed with Type 1
diabetes in 2006 while attending university. She is determined to fight this
disease and wants to help find a cure. This year she will be putting her new
bike to the test along with herself. The date of the ride is Friday July 15th
but it's not too early to show your support by donating now. As usual, a BBQ
will be awaiting the riders and supporters when they arrive in Two Mountains
around 6pm. All the info can be found here.
Back From A Great Trip
probably saw on entry page, we have been away. The picture is from April 29th in
Amsterdam in the Heineken Brewery. It was taken about 45 minutes before the
Royal Wedding which did not seem to be much of an event in Amsterdam. Of course,
they were planning a celebration of their own as the next day was their largest
feast of the year, the Queen's Birthday. Over 1,000,000 visitors would crowd the
streets and canals on Saturday. It was wild and kicked off what was to become
one of our favourite trips. The next day we boarded a ship for 15 days to cruise
down (or I should say up) the Rhine, Main and Danube river to Budapest. Unlike
back home, all we saw for the first 14 days, was blue sky. A drought they called
it, but as a tourist, it was the best it could be. A little cool in the morning,
but the sun warmed things up beautifully. We pushed our luck by stretching our
European trip for 3 days in Prague. It rained for the bus trip there and cooled
down a bit there but it was still better than home. A full trip description and
many pictures and videos can be found by clicking on the globe in the 2mOpaul.com
above or going to
this link. Now that we are home, I hope for everyone that the weather
Mountains Events Past and Future
The Agape Jeudi show held on May 5th was a real
success this year as it helped showcase some local talent as well as raise money
for a good cause. A total of $5,500 was raised to help local needy families. The
full press communiqué can be found here.
Also, this year there is a small change in Horticultural Day. The event will be
held on Saturday May 28 and will only last that one day as opposed to two days
of previous years. It's time to go pickup some gardening tips as well as get you
free flowers and compost from the city.
Thanks to Guy Francoeur for sending me pictures of 2
deer in the school yard of St-Jude School on the morning of May 16th at 7:00am.
Deer are getting more and more abundant but it is certainly a mystery how they
manage to get this far into town. The
pictures are here.
Heritage Club Events
Karaoke and Softball
Karaoke - Friday May 27th, 2011 - Karaoke Night - 8:00 p.m. - Come out have some
Saturday - June 18th, 2011 - Mixed Softball Tournament - Approx. 6 to 8 teams -
this is to raise money for additional repairs to the hall ( like the failed
Thermo Pump) - Olympia Park - Guy Street - expected time to start - 9.00 a.m. -
refreshments will be available at the park, followed by a supper at the Heritage
Social Club - Tickets for supper are $12.00 this is for players or guests,
please contact the hall for additional information from Thursday to Sunday at
450-473-5429. All are invited to participate should like to volunteer, please
come forward. Hope to see you there.
Christopher 'Tito' Curtis Gets His First Article
Published on the Gazette
Tito Curtis, Mike
and Christine's son, had an article of his published in the Gazette on Thursday
May 11th on page A6. It's well written and insightful. Congrats to Tito and keep
up the good work.
Here is a link to the article on the Gazette site.
Tomorrow is Astronomy Day
Saturday May 7th is
astronomy day. Whether you are a novice or an expert, it's time to look up at
the skies. The weather has to turn around to finally allow some clear skies. To
help you along,
website has some one day free software offers to enjoy this day (or should I
say night) even more. Thanks to Jamie for pointing this out.
Good News - I Am Back Online - Bad News - Nothing to
need some action on my
site. For the next 2 weeks, send me news and I will post it as not much is
Having a little trouble updating my site. - Please
stand by while the problem is fixed.
For now enjoy the
planet a little more without Osama bin Laden and the Bloc Quebecois. The weather
is getting better so you should waste your time on the internet or in Facebook.
The Canadiens Ship Has Been Sunk.
Today is the official start of the golf season for our Habs. The lowly Bruins
managed to squeak by on an overtime goal in Game 7 and now will be facing
players their own size in Philly. Good luck Bruins, you are in for a Brusin'.
Now that many of us have nothing to do, it's time for us to think golf. Two
tournament come to mind. The Tartan is reinstating the Spring Classic on
Saturday May 21st at the Oka golf course. Details will follow. As well, the Holy
Family Golf Tournament also at Oka is slated for Saturday June 25th, details to
follow. So mark your calendars for these 2 events.
NOTE - The Tartan Pub Mother's day dinner has been cancelled.
Kavanagh 1932 - 2011
From the Calgary Sun -Anthony Kavanagh - May 6, 1932 - March 23,
2011 Anthony Thomas Kavanagh (Tony) of Calgary passed away on Wednesday,
March 23, 2011 and will be greatly missed by his children, Mark (Karen),
Teri and Lori; grandchildren, Shayne, Christopher, Kimberley, Molly and
Keenan. Tony's cards, calls and humour will be missed by his five
sisters and extended family as well as his very good friends at the 289
Millennium Branch Legion. Tony served with the PPCLI in Korea and was
the recipient of the Korea Medal, the UN Service Medal and the
Peacekeeping Service Medal. He was a life-time member of the Royal
Canadian Legion and helped start two branches. He also volunteered for
the Poppy Fund and the Korea Veterans Association. Born in Montreal May
6, 1932, Tony, his wife, Ann and three children moved to Calgary in
1968. His contagious sense of adventure helped his whole family develop
a love for Alberta and the Rockies in particular. Tony was an
outdoorsman, fisherman and camper who loved exploring. He was a huge
Alouettes fan who also never stopped loving the Habs.
Click here for the full online obituary.
The Endless Dredge ...
Last summer I had posted a couple of articles and pictures of the
project at the rapids between the lake and river at the train bridge.
This was an 'urgent' project needed to divert some water flow in order
to assure North Shore residents to get enough water. Originally, it was
supposed to be completed in September but it was plagued with problems
and delays including an unusual rise in water in August that disrupted
operations for some time. Of course this winter the project remained
dormant due to the ice but it doesn't seem to be waking up. The
residents and our mayor are questioning the fact that a project deemed
urgent by the government is being dragged on for so long. A TVA crew was
on site last week and filed
this video report about the 'chantier de la colere' or the, not
literally translated, construction site from hell. In case you didn't
see the pictures from last year,
the link. Thanks to Guy for pointing out the TVA report to me.
Jeudi Agapé Show Unveils Its
May 5th Showcase Line-up
Deux-Montagnes, April 18, 2011 – The City of Deux-Montagnes and
Agapé association unveiled their 2011 Jeudi Agapé Show production: the
emerging artist contest. A total of sixteen singers, musicians and
dancers will be part of the production and will showcase their talent,
on stage, Thursday, May 5th at 7 p.m. at Deux-Montagnes’ Olympia
Proceeds from the Jeudi Show will go to Agapé Deux-Montagnes, an
ecumenical agency whose mission is to help underprivileged people in the
area. Thanks to the 2010 fundraising campaign, 455 families benefited
from the money raised in the campaign.
Tickets are on sale at $10 for adults and $5 for those 18 and under.
Tickets are available at city hall, the library, the recreation
department and churches. This is an ideal opportunity to discover
emerging talent and to support an outstanding cause! For more
information: 450-473-2796. Click
here for the full press release.
Bogus E-mails From People You
The following has happened to me 3 times in the last week and 6 times
since the beginning of the year. I receive an e-mail from one of my
regular contacts. Sometimes it's just a link to a website (usually
selling meds) but the last one I got from someone I know stranded in
Nigeria (many of you might have gotten this one). How can someone be
sending e-mails using my account? you say. It is very easy as people are
trying to hack into into e-mail systems all the time. Whether it is
Hotmail, Yahoo or gmail (the most popular free e-mail sites) there are
despicable people out there constantly trying to get into these systems.
E-mail systems such as Videotron, Rogers or Sympatico are too specific
for hackers and are usually left alone. There are robots (software
robots not the kind from Lost In Space) that try different combinations
of passwords and if they stumble upon your password, they will actually
log in to your account, extract your full contact list, send an email to
all your contacts and keep all your contact information for future
e-mails. Of course, your security software on your PC cannot do anything
about it because your PC doesn't even have to be on. When someone tells
you that they received a strange e-mail from you, check your Sent
folder, and there's 9 out of 10 chance that it will contain that e-mail.
Of course, hackers will eventually think of erasing these entries, but
what if they decided to delete your saved email folders. Bottom line is
that your password was 'guessed' by something or someone and that
passwords should never be easy and should never contain words. Take a
look at the
500 most used (and worst password you could use in systems. I know
people who have had one of these passwords on their account. You can
also test the strength of a password by going to this
Microsoft Safety and Security site here. Don't worry, your tests
will not be transmitted. It's may be longer to type a more secure
password, but the stronger it is, the better. I thought my passwords
were pretty good but they all rated Weak or Medium on the chart. I will
be changing those today.
Well Were Weren't As Ready As
The Boston team came out firing on all cylinders and took the L.T.H.C.
by surprise with a rampage of shots in the first period. By the close of
the second period, the score was 6-0. With only one period of 20 minutes
left, coming back to make the score respectable was all the LTHC was
looking for. They finally broke the ice with less than 13 minutes left
on the clock with with a short handed goal by Gary Campbell. About 4
minutes later, Paul Goyetche scored from an impossible angle as the puck
deflected on a defenceman's skate. Gary Campbell added a third making
the score a now respectable 6-3. With less than 3 minutes left if we
could manage to score one more, the last 2 minutes would be stop time
giving us a chance at a full comeback. That's when Bernie Goyetche
flipped a pass to Paul Goyetche who deflected it into the net. The clock
would now stop and and would have a full 2 minutes to try to get 2 more.
Well, Mike Nabozniak took a shot from the point that found the back of
the net and now the game was finally within reach. With less than one
minute left in the game, Mike took another shot from the point that was
deflected by Jean Dufour and as you can see by the score below the
result was a 6-6 tie that could not go into overtime as the ice was not
available. It was one of the best Boston games and the greatest comeback
ever in the 35 year history of of this game. The Canadiens also held up
their end of the bargain too by trouncing The Bruins in their home and
coming back to Montreal with a 2 zip lead in the series. There are
pictures if you click the picture below and there will be a video of the
highlights of the game later this week.
There were 2 other winners at this game. We held a 50/50 draw for Mon
Chez Moi and we collected $570 half of which went to the MCM and the
winner of the draw was Tracy Stephen who also received $285. Thanks to
everyone for attending and hope none of you left while we were losing 6
Bring On Boston, We Are
The Boston Bruins will host our
Canadiens tonight to begin the road to the Stanley Cup. A great place to
watch it is the Tartan Pub where Molson pitchers are only $10 during the
playoff games and the 120 screen is almost like being there. The Bruins
have had the Habs number most of the year but anything can happen in the
playoffs as we saw last year. If game 1 does not go well for the bleu-blanc-rouge,
Saturday will be our revenge day on 2 counts. Firstly, at 1:30pm at the
old arena the Laval Teachers Hockey Club will be defending their North
American Cup title. After the game, we will be heading to the Tartan to
see if we can make it 2 for 2 for Saturday when the Canadiens and Boston
clash in Game 2. Many of the Boston (not the Bruins) players will be
coming back to the Tartan as they heard there will be burgers served
before the game. Also since their dollar will not take them as far as it
used to, the $10 pitchers will be welcomed. Don't forget to come and
cheer on the LTHC (or Boston if you must) at the patinoire
Deux-Montagnes. You could end up winning the 50/50 draw which will
definitely make watching oldtimers worthwhile. See you there.......
Night With You - A Tribute to Elvis Presley Comes to the Legion
Mark your calendars for Saturday June
11th, as a Slice Of Vegas Productions comes to town to present a fine
tribute to Elvis. The show stars Peter Fox and includes the Melotonz and True
North, who are very talented musicians. Tickets are $20 and are available at the
Legion (450 472 6530) or by going to the website
where you can also view some videos and pictures of the show. It promises to be
a 'grand spectacle'. Tickets are limited, so buy them soon.
Click here for the details of the
rename Diamond #1 at Olympia to Terrain Edwin Thomas Ewenson
Troy Ewenson plans to make a request to
Ville de Deux-Montagnes to name Diamond #1 at Olympia Park to Terrain Edwin
Thomas Ewenson. To support his request, he is asking all Deux-Montagnes
residents or DMSA (Softball Association) members to sign a petition that he has
created online on a website site.
Simply click here to sign it. You must be a resident or a DMSA member
only!!! It will take less than a minute.
It asks if you are 18 or over but you don't
need to be.
Night Dart League Caps Its 25th Season
For the 25th year in a row, the WNDL
converted to the SADL to finish its playoffs and present its annual awards. The
Raptors pull off a rare double win by sweeping the finals 3 to 0 and adding the
playoff championship crown to their regular season top finish. It is only the
4th time in 25 years that the favorites have also captured the playoff
honours. The Raptors team is made up of captain Robert Michaud and players Andy
and Paddy. Click
here for pictures.
Mice Production Presents Luann at the Centaur Theatre
Saturday April 30th - Anne-Marie Pierre is
putting on a play again, this time at the Centaur. Its script is from the comic
strip, Luann. It's hilarious....good for adults, teen agers, young adults and
even young kids. It's a musical comedy, lots of singing, dancing and music. It's
a real feel-good play. The show will have one performance only, April 30th, so
call for tickets. You'll enjoy it.
Here's a description of the play:
LUANN speaks to the heart and funny bone of everyone who is, ever was, or
will be, an adolescent. All of Luann's fun-loving buddies are on board. There's
best friend Bernice, whose lack of musical talent does not prevent her from
playing in the school band; wise-cracking Delta; ever-annoying big brother Brad;
Gunther the nerd and heart-throb Aaron Hill. LUANN is convinced her horoscope
means that Aaron is going to ask her to the school dance. The problem is, he
doesn't even know she exists! In order to get Aaron to notice her, Luann tries
out for cheerleader... but with Miss Allison's help and encouragement, she
becomes the team's mascot instead, with surprising results. In the complicated,
hilarious process, Luann learns the value of being herself. Price is
$8.00 For Adults and $6.00 for children. Click
here to see the poster and the contact details.
Soars As We Prepare For North American Cup
Saturday April 16 at 1:30pm, the Boston Boys will coming to the Patinoire
Deux-Montagnes to try a recapture the N/A Cup. Other than fighting for the LTHC
cup, our guests will also be fighting the mighty Loonie as it closes in on one the beaver ahead at $1.044 (April 6). Gone are the days when the Boston boys
used to come up to Canada with $500US and go back home with $500CAD.
This year, we will be doing a
half and half draw with the proceeds going to a local cause, the
Mom Chez Moi House. Come
support your team and a worthwhile cause. Click the LTHC link on the left to see
pictures of previous year's action.
Click Here for
Pictures of Carole Kesseler's Birthday Party
Everybody Warned Me About This
When I retired
on January 1st, 2010, 15 months ago, many people warned me about retiring at
such an early age. Many said that unless my retirement was planned properly that
I would get bored and eventually start looking for job to pass the time. In
2010, I did everything to prove all those people wrong. I travelled a lot. I
played a lot of golf. I tried to play hockey more than my usual twice a week.
Well it worked. 2010 flew by like the wind and I could say that all those people
were wrong. The only problem is that 2010 was planned so well that I forgot the
longer term effect of retirement. It started about 2 months ago. I started
feeling restless and sitting around the house either moping or aimlessly looking
for something to do . I hate to say it, but all those people may have been
a month ago,
I dusted off my old CV, and updated it my the last 27 years of my last job and
sent it to Workopolis. Within 2 days, to my surprise, I had jobs offers from 3
companies. So alas, as of next Monday, my retirement plans are on hold for at
least 3 years as I signed a contract for 36 months. It will be a challenge but
after a 15 month 'rest', I think I am ready to get back to the grindstone. I
can't really mention the company by name, but
click here to find out what it is.
If you are like
me, I can never find the printed train schedule when I am looking for it. Also,
the printed version is quite large and is not convenient for me as I don't carry
a man purse. So I am always going online and searching for the AMT site and
digging my way to the schedule. I have had a link to the a condensed train
schedule on the top left for a while but I cleaned it up quite a bit. It also
contains a link to the full AMT website (mostly in French) and a link to a pdf I
made so that you can print off a schedule that will fit well in your wallet
(after you cut the 8 1/2 by 11 paper you printed it on).
Water - The Source of Life
I have spent the
last few days looking at some pictures we have taken since we got our first
digital camera way back in 2003. Like many others, I have always been drawn to
water. My ancestors are from the Atlantic coast in Bayonne, France and my great
great great grandfather moved to and settled in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in
1795 (not 1975). We moved to Two Mountains, in 1964 probably due to the fact
that my father got waterfront land on Grand Moulin to build his dream home.
Water, whether it be a small creek or a vast ocean, is our life line. Without
it, there would be nothing. Two molecules of Hydrogen and one of Oxygen, that's
it. If you want to relax for few minutes, take a look at the slide show I have
been putting together. It was one of those projects I have been putting off, but
with the cold weather, I decided to finally publish it. I might add more
pictures but here is what it looks like now. All the pictures were taken by me
or Myrna but I had to borrow the music.