• Rod L. Hodgson

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PHOTO COURTESY ROD HODGSON

George Barclay making the toast to the haggis last January after his wonderful address and dedication speech. Seen with him are John Dalgarno and piper Ryan Grozier.


Like many of us, because of COVID-19, many birds will be thinking twice about flying south for the winter!

The bird feeders at the Palliative Care continue to give much enjoyment to the patients. The Legion members continue to support this project.

In anticipation of a long winter, a request is going out to all those who have in the past been dropping off bird seed to fill the feeders and to all who now wish to help out.


As the Legion is not open on a regular basis, may we suggest that you drop off any donation to Bill Louch at 56 Oakland in Hudson, or you can call Gerry at (450) 458-4125 or Bill at (450) 202-2541. We will arrange to pick it up. Please do not drop off any seed at the Palliative Care residence nor at the Legion as we are currently closed until the end of October. Your help and cooperation is greatly appreciated.


We have to follow the guidelines from Provincial Command, thus being in the Red Zone the Legion will remain closed until October 28, reopening on October 29. However we have just received permission from Provincial Command that the curling may go on as planned beginning about October 19. Curling Quebec has approved regular operations and our members will have to realize that they will be able to curl but will have to leave after the game, no socializing. Hopefully we will be back in full operations come November, bar and socializing but sadly no dinners yet.


The mums that were planted recently in Place Vimy are spectacular.

The new Place Vimy park bench has arrived but the dedication will not be until Saturday, October 31 because of Hudson being in the COVID-19 red zone and gatherings are not permitted. It was designed by Natalie Trainor and built by Keith Bonarek under the guidance of Branch #115 Executive member Jay Oland. The poppies and the red cross on the nurse were painted this week.


PHOTO COURTESY ROD HODGSON

The mums that were planted recently in Place Vimy are spectacular. Drop by and enjoy and reflect on why they are there and maybe read some of the plaques.


We have recently lost one of our most cherished Legion members. George Barclay passed away earlier this past week at the age of 93. He is best remembered for his amazing address to the haggis at our annual Robbie Burns dinner each January. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to his family.

Our deepest condolences also go out to the family of Ralph Simpson who passed away earlier this week. Ralph was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy having served on HMCS Québec during the 1950s, one of our last cruisers. He was a lifelong resident of Côte St. Charles in Saint-Lazare; descended from the original settlers that came here in the early 1800s from Cumberland, England.

The Canadian flag outside the Legion Branch #115 is now at half-mast in memory of George Barclay and Ralph Simpson.

Lest we forget…

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