Parrywinkle, September 8, 2016

Remember a couple of weeks ago, dear readers, me mentioning that nearby residents were trying to dislodge a raccoon family from under their deck by playing loud music on the radio overnight? And that if they succeeded, these very same critters could well move on and possibly set up house in our garden?

Well, guess what? I found one - a real biggie - plopped out in the Pachysandra patch just feet away from our back deck. Dead as a doornail. Passed on. Demised. And probably gone to that great raccoon refuge in the sky or wherever it is they go when they are no more.

Now, of course, I'm not saying that it was the aforementioned raccoon as they don't wear identity dog collars and tags like pet pooches. But sheesh, what a coincidence!


WHO YA GONNA CALL? - Anyway, there was no way I was going anywhere near this big hunk of fur - couldn't see its head or tail - just lying there what with all the reports of distemper and rabies that are ravaging the raccoon community throughout Canada right now.

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Wildlife wonderman Richard Seymour of Animal Control Vaudreuil-Soulanges, shown here with a shy baby racoon he had just rescued, is the guy to call should you have a problem such as mine this past week.

And so I popped down to the Hudson Town Hall in search of someone who would remove it. Which, in answer to my question at the front desk, I met Patricia Tudor who could not have been more helpful. “We don't have anyone in Hudson who does that,” she told me. But let me find out for you.”

Two minutes later, I had the info I needed. Animal Control Vaudreuil-Soulanges, 1269 route Harwood, Vaudreuil-Dorion, telephone number (450) 510-1508. Patricia even called for me, explained my predicament, and told me they were waiting for my call. Which I made immediately when I got home. A certain Richard Seymour told me he could be at our house in 30 minutes. And while the service was free, there would be a charge of $40 to pay for subsequent incineration. “I'll be waiting,” I told him.

He was there less than 30 minutes later. All kitted up with heavy work pants, elbow-high leather gloves, and a big plastic bag. And he could not have been more professional or understanding of my situation. “You were right not to touch it,” he said as we approached it, as coolly as if he was about to pick cucumbers in the veggie garden.

Five minutes later, it was in the back of his truck which, I was gobsmacked to discover, also contained a bagged dead skunk and a live baby raccoon peering out from an enclosed cage. Both of which he had picked up that very morning! My raccoon and skunk were destined for incineration. The little raccoon, he told me, for subsequent release.

I gladly handed over the 40 bucks and considered it a real bargain considering the alternative. Quite frankly, not sure if there even was an alternative before the turkey vultures and crows began circling looking for a free and most bountiful buffet!

So make a note of the name and number and stick it on the fridge or whatever. Believe me, if this would happen to you, you will be glad you did! Don't you just love those names by the way? Patricia Tudor and Richard Seymour. Sounds like the monikers of distinguished guests on the royal barge being rowed up to Hampton Court from London circa Henry VIII's reign!


A VERY SPECIAL DAY - Meanwhile, still on the water but much closer to home, members of the Hudson Yacht Club are really looking forward to this Sunday, September 11, when for the fourth year in a row they will be welcoming youngsters from throughout the Greater Montreal region suffering from Juvenile Arthritis - along with their families and volunteers - for its Juvenile Arthritis Family Day.

And as Diane De Bonneville of the Arthritis Association told me, “This is a wonderful free event that brings together families touched by this affliction as well as the volunteers who passionately devote their time to helping people with arthritis all year round.”

Adds Diane, “We are so proud to partner with the Hudson Yacht Club once again for this very special day. It is the perfect place to host this event since it allows for sailing, a sport that the children can manage despite their chronic pain and varied mobility ranges.

“Numerous club members and staff volunteer their time, expertise, and resources to give youngsters with arthritis a day of sailing, fun, and respite from the illness. And we are so indebted to them for their extraordinary efforts and commitment to this cause. We could not do it without them!”

Special speaker this year is Dr. Claire LeBlanc, Pediatric Rheumatologist and Sport Medicine Physician from the Montreal Children’s Hospital, who hails from St. Lazare.


ARTS FOR LIFE - The very same day, Sunday, the entire community is invited to the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) located at 90 Como Gardens, Hudson, for its annual Open House between 1 and 4 p.m. when a new pilot project called Art for Life will be launched during a vernissage.

Says VSPCR Executive Director Julie-Anne Lambert, “This is a unique occasion for local families to discover what a palliative care residence is and see the joy and serenity that reigns here. Come meet our staff and our volunteers to see for yourselves the passion we have in this exceptional residence. It really is an occasion to witness the warmth and care at the heart of the residence. The only one of its kind on the MRC’s territory where quality end-of-life care is offered for free of charge in a home-like environment.”

Adds Jasmine Sharma, Communications and Philanthropic Development Director at the VSPCR, “Like me, many people have parents and grandparents who may, one day, benefit from the palliative care given at the VSPCR. It is important to understand that which we may, one day, need. As a mother of two young girls, I also try to make my girls more aware of philanthropy. This Open House day will allow us all to know more about volunteering and about the many ways in which we can help a foundation like ours.”

In addition to guided tours, three information kiosks will present the residence’s philosophy of care, the various types of work volunteers accomplish there and numerous opportunities to help. Moreover, the health care team will be on hand to present the patients’ living environment and visitors will also be able to discover the physical and psychological benefits of volunteer work and the main fundraising activities.

Before the guided tours, a short vernissage will be held to introduce the ‘Art for Life’ pilot project to which 34 artists collaborated by exhibiting close to 70 works of art in various common areas of the Residence to help it raise the money needed for the services it offers.

Says Julie-Anne. “We especially wish to thank Elaine Ethier and Céline Poirier and their team of volunteer artists who helped with hanging the artwork. Clarence & Cripps, Mademoiselle Clifford’s and the residence’s pastry committee volunteers will also help by offering tea time to the visitors who will then have the opportunity to view the artwork during the guided tours to follow. Five artists will be on hand to share their artistic approach: Réjean Lacroix, Louise Laforme, Ginette Malouin, Maya Sunn, Carolyn Weisnagel and Irene Evans.”

For more information, contact Jasmine Sharma at (450) 202-2202, ext. 123 or email And hope to see you there!


CALLING CRAZY CORRIES - And now back to the water - at the historic Auberge Willow Inn to be exact at 208 Main Road - when also on Sunday the Crazy Corries, all members and friends of the Hudson

Coronation Street Appreciation Society, will be gathering for their monthly luncheon in convivial company. The colour theme brown, beige and caramel and for more info, call (450) 458-7154.

And that's wrap!


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