Archive - November 2016 - April 2017

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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