Parrywinkle, October 27, 2016

Well, what a wash-out of a week! Weatherwise that is. Just when we were all congratulating ourselves on a glorious fall, still fantastic foliage with many trees yet to turn, and occasional record temperatures for this time of year. And then down came the rain. And the rain. And the rain. Five freakin' days of it. Together with powerful winds resulting in sporadic power outages throughout the region. Oh yes, there was even the threat of snow this past weekend, which, fortunately, did not materialize. Wish the same could be said of that awful debilitating nose-throat-chest virus that has been sweeping through the community for the past few weeks with apparently no end in sight. ---------------

Letter to the editor 1, Oct. 27, 2016

Dear Editor, Due to an unfortunate accident 17 months ago, I was referred to the CLSC for follow up care. It was the Rigaud office that was my main source of care. These nurses were excellent. They were cheerful, caring, and very competent! They did not hesitate to try some new treatment if they thought it would help. We are very lucky to have them! I owe them a big thank-you. Sincerely, Sharon Davidson Hudson

Letter to the editor 2, Oct. 27, 2016

Dear Editor, To all of you who wrongfully accused Mayor Prévost of municipal impropriety I hope your guilt in so doing saddens you as it has saddened Mayor Prévost and his family. This sort of underhand stone throwing at innocent people is surely beneath us. I have always felt proud to live in Hudson and found it a delightful village, one of the best places to live in the world. Mayor Prévost offered his wisdom and help when Hudson most needed it. He certainly did not need the work or the problems it presented, but was prepared to make the personal sacrifice for the town he loved. Was he given support and encouragement? Yes, by many, but there were unfortunately enough jealous, hurtful

Halloween in Vaudreuil-Dorion

As part of its Halloween festivities, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion invites children to come browse the fanatstic maze of Jean Laloupe Monday, October 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of the library at 51 rue Jeannotte. Puzzles, charades and distribution of sweets. Activities on site. * In case of bad weather, sweets will be handed out inside the library.

Music, poetry and humor at the Museum

Saturday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m., the show 100% Brassens will be presented at the Regional Museum of Vaudreuil-Soulanges where Maurice Boyer sings Georges Brassens. For this high quality show, which will revive some of the work of this artist now in the pantheon of songwriters of the 20th century, he will be accompanied by Paul Parent on bass and Michel Morissette guitar. Those wishing to be transported in the universe of Brassens are invited to book their tickets now at (450) 455-2092 for $ 15. The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional Museum is located at 431 Saint Charles Avenue in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Royal West Academy presents ‘Romeo & Juliet’

The Bardolators, a group of Royal West Academy students, directed by Doug Floen will be presenting William Shakespeare’s classic ‘Romeo and Juliet’ between November 2-4, 2016. The Bardolators are Royal West Academy’s Shakespeare troupe composed of grade 8 -11 thespians who enthusiastically studied Shakespeare’s classic play “Romeo and Juliet” in anticipation of their upcoming shows. The students have devoted many hours of rehearsals under the direction of Douglas Floen, their long-time Artistic Director and founder of the group, and their love of the Bard shines through in their captivating performances. The group is also assisted by retired teacher Sidney Westlake and English teacher Ms.

The Zodiac Trio

Photo courtesy Hudson Chamber Music The first concert of the 34rd season of the Hudson Chamber Music Series will take place on October 30 at 4 pm in St. James Church Hall, 642 Main Road, Hudson. The Zodiac Trio will present a programme of works by Piazzolla, Prokofiev, Ben-Amots and Stravinsky, and will include the world premiere of Comment révéler un secret by Nicolas Gilbert. The Zodiac Trio consists of Kliment Krilovskiy (clarinet), Vanessa Mollard (violin) and Riko Higuma (piano). The Trio was formed at the Manhattan Scool of Music in 2006 under the guidance of renowned clarinetist David Krakauer and Beaux Arts Trio violinist Isidore Cohen. They have performed on three continents and hav

Clown and out

SHUTTERSTOCK PHOTO Copyright nito The recent phenomena of creepy clowns showing up at inappropriate times and places (as opposed to appropriate times and places) seems to have a number of people on edge, not only because of the proximity to Halloween, but because clowns themselves are just downright creepy, even without the chainsaw and/or hatchet. Now complete with its own Wikipedia page titled 2016 Clown sightings, the reports range from August to October in North America and overseas, and document dozens of incidents for robberies and assaults on kids and adults. Turn to the person nearest to you right now and ask them if they like clowns – they’ll say no. If they say yes, then run. Revu

Legal questions from Mars

SHUTTERSTOCK PHOTO Copyright Jane0606 Q. Your column is now widely read on our planet called Mars. We have legal questions we need answers to before landing on your territory on October 31st. Are you claiming legal ownership of our planet or the emptiness above it? Are the rumours true that Earthlings would be selling our land? Can we park our craft upon landing next to Your Local Journal? Who is our first contact person to speak to when we arrive? A. First let me say I am truly honoured that your people chose me for legal advice. I hope to reassure you with my answers to your pertinent questions. On the planet ownership question we have an organization here on earth called The United Nation

Another great weekend for VSLL Taekwondo

PHOTO COURTESY ANTHONY PETRONE Another outstanding performance by Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac (VSLL) Taekwondo at the Phoenix Taekwondo Championship in Toronto Saturday, October 22. They took home three Golds and one Silver at this tournament, the rewards of their hard work, dedication and commitment to the sport of Taekwondo. Pictured left to right are: Nicholas Petrone (coach), Master Koh (tournament organizer), Alexandre Pambrun(Gold), Anthony Petrone (coach), Thomas Watier (Gold), Vincent Aubut (Silver) and Chloe Mossa (Gold).

Tops in triathlon

PHOTO BY NORMAND HUBERDEAU/GROUPE NH PHOTOGRAPHES On October 18, the 17th edition of the Saputo Bursary Program in collaboration with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence took place. During this event, 45 student-athletes shared a total of $133,000 in Academic Excellence, Academic and Athletic Success Support, Leadership and Perseverance. Vaudreuil-Dorion resident and Concordia University Student Xavier Grenier-Talavéra, pictured above with Sandy Vassiadis, Vice-President, Corporate Communications for Saputo, was the recipient of a $4000 bursary for athletic excellence in triathlon.

Cold win for Valleyfield

PHOTO COURTESY COLLÈGE DE VALLEYFIELD An all-white setting with a cold wind welcomed the Noir et Or Valleyfield College football team in Thetford Mines as the team was preparing to play the last game of the regular season October 23. This final meeting was critical for both teams, as the Filons of Thetford were fighting for a playoff spot and the Noir et Or wanted to maintain their first place ranking. Following this clash, the Valleyfield team won by a final score of 59-24.

Rock and road

Motorists heading westbound on Highway 40 over the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge into Vaudreuil-Dorion should keep their eyes open for potentially large chunks of concrete left following the adjustment of the concrete barriers to accommodate eastbound morning rush hour traffic. On two occasions within the last two weeks, a sizeable piece of concrete broken off from the base of a segment of the barrier was seen lying on the roadway. The photo above was taken Tuesday, October 25 around 10 a.m. As of press time, Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) spokesperson Nomba Danielle could not say if procedures are in place to either prevent a reoccurence or even to pick up the errant pieces. She did, how

The medium is the messenger

What course does life take if one realizes from early childhood, they’d been given a gift to communicate with beings beyond the tangible world? “At age two or three, I understood that when I had imaginary friends, they weren’t imaginary,” said St. Lazare resident Jarred Atkins who describes himself as a medium, psychic, clairvoyant, and a shaman. “I sensed and felt things that made me want to be around certain people and not be around other people. But just because I was born with it does not mean that that was the right time to use it.” Atkins said he doesn’t believe, “… in this nonsense of taking a weekend seminar and all of a sudden you’re a shaman, when there are shamans in Latin America

Hudson's annual Poppy Campaign set to begin October 28

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Hudson Poppy Campaign President, Eric Connor (centre back row), and fellow volunteers at Hudson Legion Branch #115 take a break from preparing collection boxes and trays of poppies to be launched this weekend throughout the community including box stores in Vaudreuil-Dorion. While the cross-Canada annual Poppy Campaign does not officially begin until Friday, October 28, members of Hudson Legion Branch #115 were busy this past week preparing the collection boxes and trays that they will be presenting at various locations throughout the community raising funds for several worthwhile causes associated in some way with those who have served, or are serving, in the military a

TQSOI launches first-ever collective action plan

PHOTO BY THALIA CHRONOPOULOS Citizens and community stakeholders pose for a group photo at the end of a CelebrAction event organized by the Table de Quartier Sud de l’Ouest de l’Île. The gathering celebrated the launch of the first-ever Territorial Action Plan for Social Development created collectively by the southern West Island community for the community. It was a culmination of 40 meetings but on October 20 the Table de Quartier Sud de l’Ouest de l’Île (TQSOI) held a “CelebrAction” event at Pointe Claire’s Chalet Arthur-Séguin to launch the first-ever Territorial Action Plan for Social Development created by the southern West Island community for the community. “We invited the communit

New mapping reveals enlarged landslide zones in St. Lazare and NDIP

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK (Left to right): Ste. Marthe Mayor Aline Guillotte, MRC Prefect and Mayor of Très-Saint-Rédempteur Jean Lalonde, and Saint-Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo, along with other MRC officials and representatives from the provincial ministries of public security, sustainable development and municipal affairs, were present at a public information meeting to discuss new maps that show enlarged landside zones in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot and Saint-Lazare. A revised map compilation that shows enlarged landslide zones in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île Perrot and Saint- Lazare was unveiled by representatives from the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges during a public co

More chapters in Beaconsfield storey situation

PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO While the proposed condo project on the former Beaconsfield Tennis Club site was the focus for most attendees at the monthly council meeting, school safety at École Saint-Rémi was again broached by some students’ parents. Approximately half the attendees present at the October 24 Beaconsfield council meeting left the room following questions on clarifications of time frames for potential referendums concerning the proposed condo project on the site of the former Beaconsfield Tennis Club and a proposal for an 18-townhouse complex on Beaurepaire Drive near the corner of St. Charles Boulevard. “The notice should be published November 2 and the timeframe to deposit th

Senneville projects 2016 budget surplus

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Senneville pro-mayor and district 3 councillor Brian McManus (centre) announced that the village is anticipating a budget surplus for 2016 of just under $500,000. Senneville is anticipating a 2016 budget surplus of just under $500,000 as preparations begin for next year’s municipal budget, announced pro-mayor and District 3 Councillor Brian McManus as he read aloud the mayor’s report regarding the village’s financial situation at the Monday evening council meeting, October 24. Preliminary analysis of the figures for 2016 show projected revenues of $6,129,207 and total operating expenditures, amortization, debt reimbursement and allocated funds of $5,630,463, of which $3,

Parrywinkle, October 20, 2016

I Ducked out of town for six days recently - purely for YLJ research purposes, of course - and flew down to Cuba with my beautiful Sunshine. I say six, because it was supposed to have been all seven booked a month or so ago. But Hurricane Matthew sure put a damper on that! There we were at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, bags all aboard, and were literally just about to step onto the plane, when word came through from Santa Clara Airport – no way José! The low-lying 48 km-causeway - literally running through the sea - from the airport to our hotel in superb Cayo Santa Maria was being pounded by giant waves, strong winds and debris, making transit there simply impossibl

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