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Thursday April 17 10:59:42 2014
To Anne Marie Gallant, I seen your request on Go Gaspe for information on the Alexander's if you would like to contact me by e- mail I may have some information for you. My e-mail is lighthouselady89@hotmail.ca
Stella Grant

by Stella Grant

Wednesday April 16 20:48:31 2014
to whom it may concern
hi I was born in Gaspe Quebec in 1963 and my last name was alexander.
I was adopted by a family in prince Edward island and was brought up in tignish PEI.IM LOOKING FOR ANY RELATIVES I COULD HAVE HERE.MY NAME IS ANNE MARIE .
ALL I KNOW IS I WAS BORN IN GASPE YORK HARBOUR AND MY LAST NAME WAS ALEXANDER AND THATS ALL I KNOW.
IF ANYONE COULD HELP ME I WOULD APPRECIATE VERY MUCH.
THANK YOU
ANNE MARIE

by anne marie gallant

Tuesday March 18 8:58:11 2014
Temperatures aren't showing much sign of warming yet. March 18, and the mercury dipped to -23 C in Sunny Bank this morning.

by Andrew Patterson

Wednesday February 19 2:25:40 2014
Mrs. Freda Pearl Moran Bond of Prevel passed away on Thursday, February 13th at the age of 95 years and 7 months. Mrs. Freda was the eldest daughter of Albert and Alice Moran of Sandy Beach. Mrs. Freda was the eldest of four children: Freda, Mildred who was married to Murray Suddard, Melvin, and Lily (Lillian) who was married to Simon Mitchell and who now lives in Airdrie, AB. Mrs. Freda will be dearly missed by her children: Joan, Irene, Lorraine, Damien, Russell, and Helen and their families. Mrs. Freda was the historian of the families White, Bond, Moran, and Howell. She is also a direct descendant of one of the survivors of the shipwreck the Carricks. A visitation with the family will take place in Douglastown on Wednesday, February 19 from 2 to 4 pm and from 7 to 9:30 pm. The funeral will be held on Thursday morning at 11 am at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Douglastown. The morning of the funeral visitation with the family will be available commencing at 9 am.

by Sharon Howell

Wednesday January 22 11:04:02 2014
Hi everyone, allow me to introduce myself and take up some of your time. My name is Graham and my home city is Nottingham UK

I recently started some family history reserch and discovered an aunt of mine married a Candian soldier in England in 1942.Her name was Florence May Nelson Hiscock and she was 28 when married. His name was Roy Ansell Thompson and he was 22. He served with 4th Anti Tank Regiment, No. 35076 and was stationed in Aldershot England and thats where they married.
Roy gives his home address as Haldimand West, Gaspe, Quebec.

Florence sailed for Canada on the " Ille de France " in 1946 and I am assuming she joined Roy, possibly in Gaspe.

I am wondering if any "Gaspeians" out there know of the family or any decendents. I would be grateful for any information to help complete my tree.

Thank you.

by Graham Breeze

Monday December 2 12:46:29 2013
The Greater Parish of Gaspe Choir wish to thank Marguerite and Dennis Palmer for the wonderful reception held at their home on Sunday, December 1st. Our gracious hosts provided us with delicious hot cider and a delicious supper which included homemade ice cream for dessert. After supper
Elizabeth Baird got out her guitar and led us in singing many Christmas carols. It was such a treat and we so very much appreciate the time and energy that Marguerite and Dennis put into the event from sending out invitations through to the homemade meal. Thank you so very much.

by Sharon Howell

Monday November 25 0:17:26 2013
I stumbled on your website by accident, and at this time of year I would
be remiss if I did not thank your community for the wonderful gift you gave
to our community. RCMP Supt. Marlene Snowman became the "Chief" of Codiac
RCMP in May, 2011. Codiac includes Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview, New
Brunswick. She is the first female Chief of Police in the Maritimes, and I
know she hails from your area.

She has worked tirelessly since her arrival, and has succeeded in motivating
her staff by example to provide results oriented, cost efficient policing to
our community. She always has time to listen to staff and citizens, and to
take action to satisfy their expectations within her power.

Congratulations to your community for having brought her up to the level she
has reached.

Ned McBeath,
Vice-chair,
Codiac Regional Policing Authority

by ned mcbeath

Saturday November 16 11:23:28 2013
Gaspesian Photos Of The Beautiful Gaspe Coast

there is a new group on facebook right now called(Gaspesian Photos Of The Beautiful Gaspe Coast)

There are so many beautiful pictures on the site in the group right now there over a thousands pictures of the gaspe coast. thanks to every one thats sharing all there beautiful pictures of the Gaspe Coast if you have any winter pictures you would love to share please do so a big thank you to every one and all the new membebers and come and join the new group on facebook

by Lloyd Willett

Tuesday October 29 13:43:35 2013
The York River Seniors Club would like to thank all those who helped in any way to make our harvest supper a huge success. Including all who donated items, cooked, baked, ate, worked. A simple thanks hardly seems enough but with out your help our supper would not have been such a success and serve over 200 persons.

The Executive committee of the York River Seniors.

by Tony Patterson

Thursday October 24 13:47:33 2013
Hello,

I am trying to find a way to get a copy of the front page Gaspe News published on November 7, 1933...please is there anyone who would know how to help?

Thanks so much!
wendy

by Wendy Bond

Wednesday October 23 0:49:59 2013
Paul Almond's "The Chaplain", his fifth book in the Alford Saga is now available through the
Greater Parish of Gaspe. The price is $20.00 per book with $10.00 going to the Greater Parish.
Please call Tony Patterson for your book, 418-368-3276.

by Tony Patterson

Sunday October 13 12:28:06 2013
Hi To All Gaspesians I Have A New Web Page On Facebook Its Called Gaspesian Photos Of The Beautiful Gaspe Come And Join And Share Your Photos Of The Gaspe Coast And Show The World What A Great Place To Come And Visit You Can Place Pictures Of Salmon Fishing On The Grand Cascapedia River And All The Gaspe Rivers On The Coast And Even Wild Life Pictures Of Deer And Moose Hope To See You All On The New Site Thanks And Share With Your Friends

by Lloyd Willett

Sunday September 29 22:54:01 2013
I would like to thank all the folks who attended our 1st Gaspe golf tournament held on Sept 28th.At the Whisky run golf course in Port Colborne Ont. The weather was wonderful the golfing was good the meal was very good and everyone had a great time.I Was disappointed more Gaspeiens and friends did not attended.Maybe we will try again next year,this will be decided latter as it is alot of work, I was lucky My Wife,my daughter and grand daughter also my sister inlaw helped.Igive my wife a lot of thanks as with out her help I would have been lost. I hope if this is on next year we get a better turnout.Whiskey Run Golf Course was very good in making last minute changes,when we get last day cancellations an also no shows at tee off time ,but we managed and everyone had a great time, so untill I decide about next year,I wish all who attended a very big thank you..Barry Davis

by Barry Davis

Wednesday September 25 15:34:56 2013
Thanks to all! you were 589 to visit the new web site of the Holy Name Hall of Douglastown since its publication 30 days ago. www.holynamehall.weebly.com

by Luc Chaput

Monday September 23 8:08:55 2013
Over a hundred seniors crowded the York River Community Center on September 22 for the annual Meet & Greet. Membership in the club has surpassed the 200 mark, as new members continue to sign up. Elizabeth Baird provided the music and several members took to the floor for some line dancing.

by Andy Patterson

Monday September 23 8:04:00 2013
Over seventy people attended the Official Opening of the York River Community Hall on Sept. 20. Speeches from Mayor of Gaspe, Francois Roussy, two Councillors, representatives from Hydro-Quebec and the Hall Committee preceded the ribbon cutting ceremony, which was followed by a wine and cheese. All speakers emphasized how lucky the community is to have such a wonderful building to hold meetings and festivities. Financial contributors to the project were the Town of Gaspe, Hydro Quebec, and various levels of government. Members of the York Youth Center and the York River Senior Citizens have contributed countless hours to make this project happen.

by Andy Patterson

Monday September 16 13:23:47 2013
Students & staff of Gaspe elementary, Belle Anse elementary, the
Gaspe Poly and members of the community joined together last Friday
afternoon to commemorate and celebrate the efforts of Terry Fox.
Happily the rain held off and everyone had a great walk. To date,
close to $5000 was raised by the students for the
Terry Fox foundation! Congratulations to everyone involved!

by Don Barclay

Tuesday September 10 12:58:07 2013
As you will know from the "Spec" and your own experience, Via is chopping services in the Gaspe - again. Several stations are scheduled to be closed on 25 Oct. Train service & the replacement bus service will go on 17 Sept., according to Via's announcements & website.

A new coalition is forming, Coalition of Gaspesians for the Future of Rail Service. It is important that community groups and individuals participate, starting on Thurs., 12 Sept., at Port Daniel municipal hall (the historic hotel bldg.). To reserve a bus seat, call Tony Patterson (368-3276) or Pat Annett (645-3779.)

by cynthia patterson

Tuesday September 3 13:53:36 2013
Visit the new web site of the Holy Name Hall of Douglastown : www.holynamehall.weebly.com

by Luc Chaput

Thursday August 8 2:10:48 2013
Gaspesian MEMORIES COLLECTION. A project presented by CASA on DVD. They have produced a souvenir DVD that captures a fundamental part of our region's history. It takes a look at the 4 main industries with English involvement on the Gaspe coast, Fisheries, Mining, Mills & Agriculture. This DVD is now on sale for $10.00 each. The are available at Photo Cassidy and from Tony Patterson (418 368 3276). The profit from the sale of this DVD in the Gaspe area goes to the York River Seniors Club. (Note there will be a separate shipping cost)

by Tony Patterson

Saturday July 27 2:05:16 2013
The executive of the York River Seniors' club would like to thank all who braved the rainy weather and came out to enjoy our special day for them. Over 100 of area seniors enjoyed the days activities. We would also like to thank all those who prepared the food and those who volunteered to help make the day such a success. A special thanks to Elizabeth Baird for providing a great finish to the day.

by Tony Patterson

Thursday July 18 11:29:20 2013
Our first ACW Sale in the new "York River Community Center" was a roaring success! We are very fortunate to have this hall., thanks to the persistence of many from our community. Many thanks to all who helped with our sale and to those who came to support our efforts.

by Donna Phillips

Saturday July 6 18:50:52 2013
Camp Fort Haldimand Residential Camp starts July 7th 2013! Registration is from 4:00-4:30pm. Camp runs until Saturday July 13th 2013 at 2pm. Price is 125$ for the week.
Our theme this year is an Everywhere Fun Fair! Lots of fun games, crafts, snacks, and music!
Day camp runs from July 8th until July 9th. Monday to Friday. Day camp runs from 9am until 3pm. Price is 6$ per day (30$ for the week)
Join us for a lot of fun at Camp Fort Haldimand!

by Megan Mullin

Wednesday July 3 16:44:18 2013
Jul 2, 2013 9:33am
Construction has finally started this morning on the mill brook bridge, that washed out on April 10th when water flooded out from second lake in Gaspe. Bruce

by Bruce Patterson

Sunday May 19 1:16:02 2013
Our volunteer cleanup at St. Andrew's Church, York was a big success despite some rain and snow flurries this morning. Many thanks to all who came to help. We had several ATV's with trailers, a tractor, a gravel truck, and many good workers. I understand Tim Hortons coffee and donuts were served during break. Thanks Rhonda. There is more to be done which will be done at a later date. Pictures will follow later on GoGaspe Facebook.

by Bruce Patterson

Monday May 13 16:30:39 2013
As a young man of 17 I used to come to Gaspe on the Ship Silver Pelrin. I found Gaspe one of the most wonderful places I ever been. I live in West Sussex, UK. I wonder if anyone remembers. We used to go to a place called bennys White bar and we try and learn french. A man always used come down in his pick-up and take us into Gaspe. One of my friends on board the ship married a local Nurse. I wonder if they are still in Gaspe.

by Wayne Green

Friday May 10 17:16:51 2013
The Gaspe Polyvalent School (a part of the Tri-School Community Learning Centre) is pleased to continue its association with Escale Gaspésie. Last year, as part of the school’s entrepreneurial project, 14 Anglophone students from Gaspé were part of the welcoming committee for the cruise ship passengers and did a fantastic job as ambassadors to the region. As a wonderful opportunity for young Anglophone youth to be active in our community, the students will be on hand May 13 to welcome the first passengers of the season. The students, sporting red jackets, will be on Queen Street to answer questions or give directions and three students will be guides on the shuttle buses which bring the visitors to the Gaspé Museum, Queen street and the Cathedral. Also as part of the same project, our percussionists, a group of students trained by Mr. Martin Lonergan, will have people dancing on the street with their battucada rhythms! Come and join us at L’Espace Vert, the new park on QueenStreet starting at noon. We are very proud of our students and their involvement and we are convinced that our legendary hospitality will make our downtown come to life.

by Lise Nadeau

Thursday May 9 17:27:47 2013
In Memory of She

Gaspé, May 9th , 2013 - Erected in September 2012, it is on June 30th on the Gaspé Regional Museum site that the “In Memory of She” sculpture will be inaugurated. Realized by the artist, Mao Clavet, this work is the result of the relentless efforts of a group of people who undertook the mission to render homage to the women who contributed to the building of the country throughout its history.

The official registry of the financial campaign, where is inscribed the names of honored women, will be unveiled. The memory of more than 600 women will be inscribed for evermore. This vibrant homage hopes to highlight the determining role of women from each of the founding communities: women descendants from the First Nations, francophone and anglophone communities. Women who in many ways made their region and country shine.

In Memory of She is a work of the heart, an obligation to memory, an ode to the woman, a tribute to all women. It is a collective undertaking, financed by the families and organizations touched by the project. In Memory of She is unique in the country. Given as a legacy for present and future generations, the sculpture recalls that women were the guardians of the fire in families and communities. In Memory of She honors, therefore, the women of yesterday, today and those of tomorrow.

More details of this special animated ceremony, as well as, details concerning the special guests, who will be attending, will be revealed in May.

Come meet the past, the present and the future on June 30th in Gaspé at 2pm on the Gaspé Regional Museum site in order to experience, without a doubt, a moment that will mark forever the history of our beautiful region.

by Marie-Claude Costise

Wednesday May 8 22:01:39 2013
Congratulations to staff and students (all 27 of them!) at Belle Anse School!! Our hard work paid off and we were awarded with $15 000 to purchase books from the Indigo Chapters Love of Reading Grant. WAHOOOO!!! WE DID IT!!!!

This is the tweet from Love of Reading:
Love of Reading @IndigoLOR 4h
Our final 2013 #IndigoLORgrants recipient is a little school with a big heart. Congratulations, Belle Anse School in Barachoise, QC!

by Melissa Patterson

Monday May 6 15:24:38 2013
Parks Canada Contributes $10,000 to Document Living Memory of Persons Expropriated from Forillon

Collaboration between Forillon National Park and the Association continues

Gaspé (Quebec), May 6, 2013 – Parks Canada is contributing $10,000 to the Association of Persons Expropriated from Forillon and their Descendants in support of the group’s project to gather first-person accounts. This contribution will serve to document the memory of people whose property was expropriated to create Forillon Parks and thereby ensure that this memory enters the history books for all time.

“Once again, Parks Canada is supporting the Association in order to commemorate the memory of expropriated people, as it has done previously in relation to the exhibit entitled “Gaspesians from Land’s End,” gatherings and reunions, the issuance of passes, and the commemorative panels project,” explained Mr. Stéphane Marchand, Superintendent of Forillon National Park.

The present project consists of gathering, in digital audio-visual format, the personal accounts of the greatest number of former residents of Forillon. According to Ms. Marie-Laure Rochefort, President of the Association of Persons Expropriated from Forillon and their Descendants, “The collaboration de Parks Canada in this project will help us to fill a gap in the documentation of these events dating to 40 years ago.”

This contribution continues forward with the process of collaboration with people expropriated from Forillon and their descendants that first began in 2006. It also shows the openness and determination of Parks Canada to work together with stakeholders and local partners with the objective of protecting and presenting the natural and cultural treasures of Forillon National Park on behalf of present and future generations.

by Émilie Devoe

Sunday April 7 19:23:16 2013
A large group of friends gathered this afternoon at the Wakeham Adult Ed Center to celebrate Allan Miller's 70th birthday. It was a joy to see the happiness on Allan's face as Andy Patterson congratulated him and recounted how he had been and still is a vibrant part of the community. Many people brought gifts and others gave money (totalling $271.10) toward a new television for Allan. The music by Elizabeth Baird livened up the occasion and Albert Patterson served a delicious lunch. Many thanks go out to Gwen Jezni who spearheaded this event and to her very generous helpers.

by Debbie Patterson

Sunday March 17 2:26:07 2013
Rev. Fran Aird will be leading an Easter Sunday Communion Service on March 31st at 11:00 a.m. in the Rosebridge St. Matthews United Church, come out and join us in worship.

by Kim Simpson

Monday February 25 7:17:21 2013
Despite over three and a half feet of snow during the week, the new Community Hall saw lots of activities during the 43rd Annual Wakeham-York Winter Carnival. On the final Saturday over 130 breakfasts were served, about 50 people attended the snowmobile rally, and Tammy Adams did a superb job of entertaining the large crowd at carnival dance. Festivities wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with a huge turn-out for the BINGO. This year's carnival was another wonderful success story. Congratulations to all those who helped make it possible.

by Andy Patterson

Sunday February 17 11:01:22 2013
The Wakeham-York Winter Carnival is in full swing again, and the weather has been wonderful so far. Large crowds turned out for the spaghetti supper and the rink activities that took place on the first weekend, and everyone seems to be having a great time.

by Andy Patterson

Saturday February 16 2:04:06 2013
A great Spaghetti Supper this evening at the new York Hall. The York River Seniors club was fortunate to be able to host the first event of the 2013 Wakeham/York Carnival. We would like to thank Albert Patterson for making the delicious sauce & all those who baked the delicious deserts. We would also like to thank all who help in setting up, serving and cleaning up, many hands helped make the work a lot easier. We also need to thank all those who came to enjoy the meal, we thank you for your support.

by Tony Patterson

Tuesday January 29 20:25:43 2013
The English Book Club met this afternoon at the Gaspe library. Fourteen ladies attended and, judging by the sound of the friendly chatter, everyone had a good time. Several people brought in books to share and there was a lively exchange of ideas. This club provides another opportunity for us to enjoy good company in a relaxed atmosphere, and let’s not forget the tasty treats. We welcome anyone who would like to join our group. Just keep and eye on GoGaspe for the time and date of our next gathering. Check the Seniors' Web Site for photos.

by Debbie Patterson

Tuesday January 29 13:38:45 2013
The York River Seniors, 24 strong, enjoyed another snowshoeing outing, Monday, January 28th. The cool crisp air and cloudless blue sky made it a perfect day for being outdoors having fun in the sun. This time, we followed the trail behind the home of Dennis and Marguerite Palmer, designed to provide varying levels of difficulty and options to suit everyone. After 75 minutes of satisfying exercise and chatter, we were welcomed by Marguerite and Dennis into their home for and a delicious lunch. It began with a cup of warm apple cider for each of us, followed by homemade beans and bacon, homemade bread and rolls and culminating in homemade ice cream and sweets. A great big thank you goes out to this couple for their generosity, kindness and wonderful hospitality. In conclusion, it should be noted that, due in large part to the many group activities we have had during these past few years, a feeling of camaraderie has developed among this members of this wonderful group. Friendships have deepened and the blessings of each season more fully enjoyed. We, the recycled teenagers, (a term coined by Elaine Coull), are just having so much fun! Don’t forget, new members are always welcome.

by Debbie Patterson

Saturday January 5 17:04:49 2013
Merle Haggard tour dates: Bathurst - May 11; Moncton - May 12

by Morris Patterson

Tuesday December 25 23:25:44 2012
Rink open tomorrow at 12:0,clock.

by Brian Palmer

Friday December 21 10:54:29 2012
Gaspé (Quebec), December 17, 2012 – The Pass Program intended for owners who
were expropriated at the time of the creation of Forillon National Park of Canada and for their descendants has been a great success. Since the spring of 2011, over 4,400 passes have been distributed to members of expropriated families to allow them to reconnect with their roots by visiting for free the areas that are of particular importance to them and by participating in commemorative events organized or supported by Parks Canada.

“Issuing the passes makes it possible for hundreds of expropriated persons to reconnect with the Park and to participate in many activities that are being offered, which benefits everyone,” says Mr. Stéphane Marchand, Superintendent of Forillon National Park.

Between May and October 2012, the number of entries associated with the pass
exceeded 9,000, which means that, on average, pass holders have accessed the park more than twice during that period. Among the families holding passes and having taken advantage of this access right, more than 2,000 are from the Gaspé region.
“The positive reaction to the requests for implementation of a pass program will
significantly help the reconciliation process that began in 2006,” said Mrs. Marie-Laure Rochefort, President of the Association of Persons Expropriated from Forillon and their Descendants.

Parks Canada continues to pursue its commemorative work with the people whose
properties were expropriated. Inspired by the success of the Gaspesians from Land’s End exhibit, inaugurated in 2010, the Forillon National Park team working in collaboration with the Association of Persons Expropriated from Forillon and their Descendants, and in response to a request from that group, has installed five of six testimonial panels inside the park. The entire set of panels, which provide information about the later lives of the last inhabitants and thus keep our memory of them alive, will be completed and installed by 2014.

The first Quebec park in Parks Canada’s network, Forillon National Park was created in 1970 and covers an area of almost 245 square kilometres. A major tourist attraction and an important economic generator in the Gaspé Peninsula, Forillon employs 135 people during the peak season and has invested $14 million in various projects since 2008, including some improvements to the visitor’s experience.

For more information, please visit www.parcscanada.gc.ca.

by Michel Queenton

Sunday December 16 14:25:35 2012
Around 2 AM last night the trailer in Sunny Bank belonging to Doug Hedger was completely demolished by fire. It has been reported that the body of an elderly man was found in the remains.

by Andy Patterson

Sunday December 16 12:39:45 2012
Tuesday December 18th is the General Meeting for members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 261 in Barachois, at 7pm. (not Wednesday, as incorrectly mentioned in the Spec.)

by Janet Harvey

Wednesday December 12 10:27:32 2012
Gaspe, December 6, 2012-Corporation Gaspe, Berceau du Canada is proud to announce that it is now officially recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as a charity. As such, it can now accept donations and issue receipts for income tax purposes.

"Like many other non-profit organizations, we rely almost exclusively on grants from public partners such as the municipality," said the charity's president, Fabien Sinnett. "While memberships do help cover our operating costs, being able to issue receipts for donations from individuals and businesses will no doubt help increase and diversify our sources of income." Mr. Sinnett added that with the O'Hara's Point project coming to fruition, this extra income is more important than ever, if the organization is to fully achieve its goals.

Anyone interested in making a financial contribution to the organization's historical and heritage mission should contact Mr. Sinnett at 418-368-3907, or the corporation's treasurer, Stanley Smith, at 418-368-4357.

Corporation Gaspe, Berceau du Canada was founded in 2003 with the mission of spreading knowledge of Gaspe's history. In keeping with that mission, the corporation operates a walking tour highlighting key moments in the town's history. The organization also seeks to raise awareness of the town's role as the birthplace of Quebec, Canada and French North America by transforming the site' of historic Old Gaspe into a location celebrating the major players and pivotal moments in the town's history through interpretive and educational activities.

by Fabien Sinnett

Thursday December 6 2:49:30 2012
Wakeham Hall
A sad ending for a cherished building

It has been a long road with many bumps and curves. High expectations and quite a few disappointments. It is gone – won’t be replaced - but will not be forgotten. The disappointment goes deeper than seeing the building demolished. What hurts most was the indifference of many and the antagonistic behaviour of a few. It may be considered a victory by some, but a hollow one at that. Yes, the eyesore is gone, as some referred to it. They could not see the possibilities of showcasing the collective history and heritage of our early settlers, one to be proud of – their loss, their legacy.

We put in a good effort and we thank our supporters. It was a hard battle as there was always a lack of communication from the powers that be - which astounded many in our community and other communities. As I broke the news today, there was a general feeling of astonishment and disbelief. We compromised; we reasoned; we almost begged – but for nought. We and our supporters can hold our heads high - we considered the impact on our youth who deserve to know of their roots, the sacrifice of their forbearers and their proud place in history.

Hopefully a lesson has been learned from this lack of vision. And maybe, next time, things will be better.

Goodbye Wakeham Hall - you deserved better.

by James F. Caputo

Monday December 3 16:40:35 2012
After long debate and reflection the Wakeham Hall has been demolished. The property is still home to a bird-watching tower constructed some years ago by the Town of Gaspe, and will likely become a resting area for those walking or biking around the Gaspe Bay. Check the photo on our Facebook Page (top right).

by Andy Patterson

Saturday November 24 18:05:38 2012
IMPORTANT notice to all EXPROPRIATED PEOPLE of FORILLON:

You are invited to our general assembly Monday the 26/11.2012 at 7.p.m. at St-Majorique hall.Very important informations will be given on our activities.Documents and videos will be handed out.To the participants of the Quebec activity: you will receive a lump sum to cover some of the meal's cost.

Hoping to see you there, Hermeline/association of people expropriated from Forillon...

by hermeline smith simo

Sunday November 18 20:04:29 2012
Bowling, The York River Seniors Club will be hosting an evening of bowling on Monday November 19th at 7pm at the Bowling Alley in Gaspe. The price of $7.00 includes 3 games and bowling shoes. Come out for an evening of fun and light excerise.

by Tony Patterson

Saturday November 17 22:32:37 2012
Our Annual Advent Carol Service will be held this year on Dec. 1st at the little Cap-Aux-Os church at 7:00 p.m. Please come out and join us in worship, singing carols, stories, and fellowship. Goodies with hot chocolate will be served after the service.

by Kim Simpson

Wednesday November 7 23:02:42 2012
Douglastown Shamrock Golden age club will be holding a bingo Nov.16,2012 at community center beginning 7:00 pm money and gifts ,canteen services available lots of suprises and door prizes . Everyone over 18 welcome .

by douglastown shamrock

Monday November 5 23:00:33 2012
Rev. Fran Aird will be leading a worship service on Sunday November 18th at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Matthews United Church in Rosebridge everyone is welcome to come join us.

by Kim Simpson

Sunday November 4 10:06:18 2012
A recent article in Spec stirred up some controversy. The Jacques Cartier Cross was located in several places since it was brought to Gaspé in 1934. Some are certain that, for a short period of time, possibly in the late 90's, it was located on the museum property. Does anyone have a photo showing the cross on that property, or proof that it was there? If so, please email me at mdp2968@gogaspe.com

by Morris Patterson

Tuesday October 2 22:49:58 2012
Gaspé, Quebec, October 2, 2012 – Work at Forillon National Park continues. Construction on the major Penouille integrated development project is currently underway, while preparatory work for the Cap-des-Rosiers wharf and Rivière Whalen bridge repairs will begin shortly.

Penouille, a flagship tourist attraction
For the past few weeks, visitors to the Penouille Peninsula have been able to observe the work in progress at the site. They can also consult an information panel showing future facilities, their location, as well as the completion schedule. The Parks Canada team is working on a project destined to become a major attraction for residents, visitors, and cruise passengers alike. A partnership agreement was recently signed between Parks Canada and Escale Gaspésie for the construction of cruise passenger visitor facilities on the Penouille Peninsula. To this end, a bicycle rental building has already been built at the entrance to the peninsula, as well as a walkway to accommodate cruise passengers at the other end of the point. Bus and bicycle shelters have also been built at various locations. In addition, Parks Canada will construct a wooden bridge at the entrance for pedestrians, bikes, and an electric shuttle.

In 2013, a major phase of the project will get underway with the redevelopment of the information centre area. A new visitor centre will be built, along with picnic and play areas. An electric shuttle will run along the barrier beach. Various visitor facilities for cruise ships will also be added on the western edge of the peninsula.

Several other initiatives have been undertaken this year as part of this major five-year (2009–2014) project. A study led by Université du Québec à Rimouski on the coastal dynamics of the peninsula and the wildlife, flora and sedimentology of the marsh will end in March 2013. A visitor experience plan has also been initiated, and an environmental assessment completed. These initiatives are part of the ongoing efforts to develop a unique tourist product that dovetails with Forillon National Park’s mission of conservation and presentation.

Cap-des-Rosiers wharf: development of the northern sector
The Cap-des-Rosiers wharf and Rivière Whalen bridge repair project is on schedule. Preparation of plans and specifications will begin shortly, with work scheduled to begin in spring 2013. This major project will allow Parks Canada to revitalize and develop the northern sector, transforming it into a major hub for presenting the park’s natural heritage through inspiring visitor experiences, as set out in the master plan.

by Karine Parenteau

Monday October 1 19:22:25 2012
Groupe Collegia is offering the following courses this fall in English for the 50 + age group :

Introduction to Using a Computer (25 hours) Cost : FREE
Introduction to Using a Computer II (15 hours) Cost : $62.50
Create your digital photo album (9 hours) Cost : $37.50
Introduction to Skype (3 hours ) Cost : $15.00

For information please contact Anita Paeglis at 418 368-2201, ext. 1612

by Anita Paeglis

Tuesday September 25 1:09:49 2012
The executive committee of the York River Seniors would like to first thank those who attend our Meet&Greet/Wine&Cheese on Sunday Sept 23. and paid their dues for 2012-2013. We would like to thank Elizabeth Baird, Bertha Robert and Johnny Cotton for providing entertainment for us. It was great as usual. We would also like to thank those who helped to prepare and serve the wine & Cheese. For those who were unable to attend, a reminder that our cards expire on the 30th of September. The cards will be available at Photo Cassidy in Gaspe starting Wednesday September 26th. If paying by cheque please make it payable to "York River Seniors"

by Tony Patterson

Monday September 17 3:44:48 2012
The West Coast Gaspé Reunion held in Parksville on the Labour Day weekend was a great success! Lots of sunshine and fun for all! The very special "Gaspé Hat" last won and worn by Blair Eden is now in the hands of our latest quiz winner, Chauney Bawlf, son of Marni Baker Bawlf, and he will keep it till the next reunion. Anson Patterson & Norma Patterson are wearing the gogaspe caps donated by Andy Patterson! We all talked,reminisced, laughed,sang, cooked, ate and drank till the wee hours.Carol Butler & her son from Cold Lake AB & Jill Baker from Montreal were the furthest travellers to attend....so nice to get together with Gaspé as our common bond! Hoping to have the next reunion in the Okanagan! Watch for it in two years!

by Lani Baker Mitchell

Thursday September 13 11:56:38 2012
A flea market will take place on Saturday, September 22nd from 9:am to 1:pm( will be postponed in case of bad weather). All proceeds will go toward the opening of an internet café at the Community Center. We are looking for your donations of toys, books, kitchenware or other items to sell. We are also looking for gently used couches, tables and chairs that could be used to furnish the café. If you are unable to bring us your donations, please call us and we will gladly come and pick them up. You may also reserve a table for the flea market for $15( $10 for members of the Center) call Suzanne at 418-368-0288

by Douglas Community Ce

Tuesday September 11 16:05:37 2012
Garage Sale: Sept. 22,9 AM at 600 Douglas Blvd.,Douglastown at the home of Joan & Dale Miller. All types of items. Rain date-Sept.23rd.

by Debbie Sams

Saturday September 8 23:48:13 2012
WI Fair and Afternoon Tea

Gaspe County WI will be holding their annual fair on Saturday, September 15 at St. Majorique hall. Doors open at 2 p.m.
Afternoon tea will be served at the cost of $5.00. Everyone is welcome.

by Darlene Willilams

Friday September 7 18:17:57 2012
Johnny Bourke will be doing a concert the long weekend in May 2013 in Gaspe.This event will be sponsored by York River Seniors. He will be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame during the 2012 Canadian Country Music awards. This will be aired on Sunday Sept 09 at 8:00 P.M.on CBC TV. Watch for Johnny on the Red Carpet Sunday night.

by Albert Patterson

Friday September 7 10:59:29 2012
Monday Night Bingo at the Royal Canadian Legion in Barachois, Sept. 10, 7pm

by Janet Harvey

Friday September 7 10:57:57 2012
Country Music Dance, Saturday night Sept. 8th at the Royal Canadian Legion in Barachois, with DJ Steve Methot, 9pm, $5.00, everyone welcome.

by Janet Harvey

Wednesday September 5 23:10:17 2012
Hi all Gaspesians i just got back from the bluebird wagon wheel memorial candlelight vigil and 40th anniversary in montreal what a great week-end if anyone would love to see the pictures of the events of the memorial with the city of montreal you can go on facebook look for (the bluebird wagon wheel memorial sept1 2012 montreal Quebec)and ask to join you will find thousands of pictures of the events thanks for all your support the memorial team of the bluebird wagon wheel

by Lloyd Willett

Monday September 3 18:49:51 2012
There will be a service on Sunday September 9th at the St. Matthews United Church in Rosebridge at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Fran Aird will be leading the service, come out and join us in fellowship.

by Kim Simpson

Saturday August 25 16:53:12 2012
The Montreal Gazette has an article on the Blue Bird Cafe fire (August 25 online addition)

by Morris Patterson

Thursday August 23 0:12:25 2012

Remembering The BlueBird Café Fire of 1972 in Montreal.
Event Schedule
August 31, 2012
9h30am Mass at Mary-Queen-of-the-World Cathedral
1085, rue de la Cathedrale Father: Raymond Gravel

10:45am Departure of the firemen's solemn march.(street closing)
11:00am Arrival at the Phillip’s Square Monument Site
Cathcart & Union
11:15am Unveiling of the monument
Acknowledgement of Special Guest
2:30pm Opening of the exhibition at City Hall,
275, Notre-Dame East, Montreal.
The exhibition will be available for viewing until Sept 8, 2012
September 1st 2012
4:00pm Linda Kennedy and Linda Magas will be at Philipps Square for anyone who may wish to attend. A table will be setup for Name tags and information.
4:45pm Marlie and Lloyd will open the ceremonies at the hall with a welcome speech.
5:00 Buffet will be open
Christ Church Cathedral
1444 Ave Union, Montreal.
8:00pm Candlelight Vigil at Monument Site

by Lloyd Willett

Wednesday August 22 15:23:19 2012
Sept.13,1952 a baby boy was born in Gaspe, second son to Albert and Inez Cassidy.
They gave him the name Stephen Brian Cassidy.

Stephen will be turning 60 this year and wanted to celebrate this birthday in Gaspe.

We will have an open Bar-B-Que on the Saturday, Sept.15th from 1-4 pm @ 1869 Douglas Blvd Douglastown.

Absolutely no gifts...just your attendance and hopefully a few stories about Stephen :)

(Only one suggestion, you may want to bring your own chair)

YaHooo... Let's have a party !!!!!

by sharon cassidy

Wednesday August 22 14:22:56 2012
I will be offering Fall and Winter Workshops in wood sculpture and stone sculpture.
The approach used will cover all aspects of the realization of a finished work, from concept and design, through experiential knowledge of materials and technique, to the finishing of a three dimensional sculpture of your choice.
Workshops will be for one or two individuals at a time, allowing for careful supervision and personal training in the subtleties of the art.
I have been doing sculpture (and many other artistic techniques) for more than 40 years now and have taught a variety of sculptural techniques to people of all ages.
If you are interested, send me an email at mace.northernsky@gmail.com and I'll get right back to you to answer any questions.

by Daniel Mace

Wednesday August 22 9:39:08 2012
Bluebird Wagon Wheel schedule of e Event Schedule

August 31,2012

9h30am Mass atMary-Queen-of-the-World Cathedral

1085, rue de la Cathedrale Father: Raymond Gravel

10:45am Departure of the firemen's solemnmarch.(street closing)

11:00am Arrival at the Union Street site

11:15am Unveiling of the monument

Acknowledgement of Special Guest

2:30pm Opening of the exhibition at City Hall,

275, Notre-Dame East, Montreal.

The exhibition will be available for viewinguntil Sept 14, 2012

September1st 2012

4:30pm Meet & Greet, Buffet

ChristChurch Cathedral

1444 Ave Union, Montreal.

8:00pm Candlelight Vigil

by Lloyd Willett

Tuesday August 21 11:42:14 2012
More horseback riding and mountain biking in Forillon National Park
Two pilot projects underway on two park trails

GASPÉ (Québec), August 20, 2012 – Horseback riding and mountain biking enthusiasts will be delighted to hear they will now have more opportunity to practice their favourite sports on two new trails in Forillon National Park. Two pilot projects designed to encourage families to enjoy mountain biking and intermediate level horseback riding are currently underway.

Located in the backcountry, a 5-km section at the eastern end of Les Lacs trail will now be open to horseback riders. Equestrians and hikers can enjoy the wilderness scenery of the park’s highlands. Signage and information panels were recently posted at the wilderness camp site and along Le Portage trail.

An access road in the park’s North Area – used by hikers until now – has been transformed into a mountain biking trail. The 2-km trail runs from the Interpretation Centre to Des-Rosiers campground, giving cyclists an opportunity to bike along the seashore on flat terrain. Signage and information panels will be posted soon.

This new service offer is being tried out in the wake of a workshop, held last April, in which some thirty people (park staff and users as well as representatives from community organisations and partners) participated. The goal of the workshop was to develop a long-term vision for Forillon National Park trails. The two pilot projects appear on the list of potential projects proposed by the participants in this brainstorming activity. They are in line with the park’s vision, which recognises park trails as being an element of a diversified network that encourages visitors to enjoy a multisensory experience in this land of mountain and sea on a peninsula perched at “land’s end”. They also meet another park objective – providing a network of diversified trails with multiple uses and of varying degrees of difficulty that can be used by visitors of all ages.

by Parc national Forill

Saturday August 11 21:05:12 2012
Labour Day is coming and that means the West Coast Gaspé Reunion is getting closer!!! Be sure to let us know if you plan to attend 'cause we want to make sure we have enough for and beverage for all!!!! Check out our web site on the link found on gogaspe.com front page!

by Lani Baker Mitchell

Saturday August 11 18:49:27 2012
Gaspé, le 11 août 2012 – Malgré le ciel gris qui menaçait le Grand Carnaval hier soir, les danseuses de Samba Québec, les groupes de percussionnistes Kilombo et Kumpa’nia, quelques amuseurs publics et Aline Morales et ses musiciens ont su ensoleiller la Rue de la Reine où des centaines de personnes s’étaient donné rendez-vous. Par la suite, c’est sur des rythmes de rap et de folk africains que plus de 1200 festivaliers ont dansé sous le grand chapiteau dans une ambiance chaude et festive avec les musiciens SMOD, Didier Awadi et leur invité spécial, le rappeur algonquin Samian.

Le Grand Carnaval : un événement pour toute la famille

Jeunes et moins jeunes se sont émerveillés vendredi en début de soirée lorsque le Grand Carnaval a envahit la Rue de la Reine. Fidèle au rendez-vous, le très aimé groupe de percussionnistes de Gaspé, Kilombo, s’est déchaîné devant une foule composée principalement de familles. Invités à se joindre à eux, le groupe montréalais Kumpa’nia a aussi offert une performance époustouflante. Au même moment prenait place sur un char allégorique une délégation composée d’artistes et d’organisateurs du Festival qui ont profité de la parade pour saluer les festivaliers installés aux abords de la rue. Sur la scène du bout du monde, Aline Morales attendaient le public avec ses chansons; un charmant mélange de portugais, d’espagnol et d’anglais.

SMOD, Didier Awadi et Samian offrent une performance

Fidèle à leur réputation, le groupe malien SMOD a endiablé en soirée la foule avec leurs chansons rythmées, un amalgame de hip hop, rap et folk. À la fois danseurs et musiciens, le groupe qui a produit son troisième album avec Manu Chao, a mis la table hier soir à un Didier Awadi en pleine forme. Avec ses textes engagés, cette star du rap africain a profité de l’occasion pour faire un bain de foule durant sa performance, un moment apprécié des festivaliers qui ont pu rencontrer ce grand homme de la musique africaine. En exclusivité pour le Festival, le rappeur québécois d’origine algonquine Samian s’est joint à Awadi pour quelques chansons, donnant ainsi des frissons à plusieurs festivaliers qui découvraient, ou redécouvraient, ces deux grands artistes réunis sur scène pour une première fois.

Espaces de stationnement durant l’événement

Ce soir, c’est le Mambo métissé de Damien Robitaille qui envahira la scène Loto-Québec. Pour ce spectacle conçu sur mesure pour Gaspé, Stefie Shock, Wesli, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Tomas Jensen et Mélissa Lavergne offriront une performance unique qui plaira sans aucun doute à nos fidèles festivaliers.

Pour tout connaître sur la programmation ou pour savoir comment se procurer un passeport, rendez-vous à www.musiqueduboutdumonde.com.

Espaces de stationnement durant l’événement


Nous demandons la collaboration particulière des festivaliers en ce qui concerne le stationnement de leur véhicule. Afin de libérer de l’espace à la Place Jacques-Cartier pour sa clientèle, nous demandons à nos festivaliers de bien vouloir se stationner à ces trois endroits :

- Aréna Luc-Germain de Gaspé ;
- Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Iles ;
- Siège social de la Commission scolaire

Ces lieux sont tous gratuits et situés à moins de 500 mètres du Festival et seront facilement accessibles durant les prochains jours.


Partenaires

Musique du Bout du Monde désire également remercier tous ses partenaires qui supportent l’événement, depuis plusieurs années déjà. Un merci tout particulier à Loto-Québec, présentateur de l’événement : Madame Lucie Lamoureux, Directrice corporative des commandites et de l'engagement social à Loto-Québec explique: «En plus de permettre la tenue de plus de 120 festivals à travers la province, les Rendez-vous Loto-Québec permettent la rencontre de plusieurs milliers de festivaliers annuellement, qui célèbrent ensemble les talents d'ici.
« Aussi, c'est avec une grande fierté que Loto-Québec est commanditaire présentateur du Festival Musique du Bout du Monde de Gaspé. Son partenariat avec cet événement permet à Loto-Québec de participer à la vitalité sociale et économique de la Gaspésie, mais aussi de partager des moments forts avec le public », conclut madame Lamoureux. Nous souhaitons aussi remercier : SAQ, Les Bières Microbec, Hydro-Québec, Banque Nationale, gouvernement du Canada, gouvernement du Québec, Ville de Gaspé, CRÉGÎM, CLD de La Côte-de-Gaspé, SADC de Gaspé, Georges Mamelonet,député de Gaspé, Télé-Québec, Radio-Gaspésie, Uniprix, Genivar, Resto-bistro
le Brise-Bise, Le Groupe Ohméga, Cogeco, Roche, CHAU-TV, Le Pharillon, CIEU-FM, Télé-Gaspé, Graffici, Gaspésie.com, Café des Artistes, La Joaillerie enr., Vachon et Roy architectes, Clinique d’optométrie En Vue, Motel Restaurant Adams, Hôtel des Commandants, Les Breuvages Gaspé, Trudel Sonorisation, l’ATR de la Gaspésie, Chambre de Commerce et de Tourisme de Gaspé, Gaspésie Gourmande, Agence conseil MC Brière, National Location d’autos, Télécommunications de l’Est, Home hardware ainsi que tous les partenaires participants qui contribuent à faire du Festival un succès, année après année.

by Marie-Claude Brière

Thursday August 2 17:26:33 2012
Parks Canada’s new Xplorers program offers fun and exciting family activities

Gaspé, Quebec, July 25, 2012 – Forillon National Park is pleased to launch Parks Canada’s new exploration and recreational activities program designed specifically for children ages six to eleven. The Xplorers program gives young visitors the chance to discover Forillon’s natural and historical treasures in a fun and exciting way.

When they arrive at the park, young adventurers receive an activity workbook to guide them on their visit. Once they have completed the required number of activities, they receive a certificate and souvenir as tokens of their success.

This new national program is available at some 60 parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas throughout the Parks Canada network. Activities vary by location to reflect each site’s special characteristics, and children can collect souvenirs of their discoveries from every site they visit. The Xplorers program is included in the regular Parks Canada entry fee. For the list of participating sites, click here.

Parks Canada manages a network of 43 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and 4 national marine conservation areas, while setting the stage and inviting Canadians and people from around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery of our treasured natural and historic places.

by Forillon National Pa

Wednesday August 1 9:03:39 2012
Pioneer Days 2012
Once again a very successful weekend,the same story for over ten years now.Lovely weather,huge turn outs for all events,committed volunteers and an approval rate of about 99%,cannot ask for more.
We would like to thank all citizens who have in anyway contributed to making this get together possible.(You know who you are) Without your support it would not be possible.
On Wednesday Aug.15th.there will be a thank-you 5to7 at Camp Fort Haldimand for all the above mentioned. See you there,
Weston

by weston white

Saturday July 28 16:41:37 2012
The executive Committee of the York River Seniors Club would like to thank all those who attended Seniors' Day on July 27th at Fort Haldimand Camp. Two short rain showers did not prevent anyone from having a great day. About 90 people registered for lunch and bingo.
We want to thank all who donated sandwiches and to Albert & Elaine Patterson and Lois Bechervaise for making delicious muffins and sweets. The lunch was delicious and enjoyed by all.
A thank you to all who donated gifts for the bingo.
The day would not have been such a success with out the help of all the volunteers, with a special thank you to the younger generation. It is especially nice to see them so willing to help.

by Tony Patterson

Wednesday July 25 1:13:06 2012
The Provinical Minister responsible for Seniors, Marguerite Blais, was in Gaspe on July 23rd to announce 2 projects that would benifit seniors in the area. The project that most effect our community involves the construction of a multigenerational community center for the Anglophone community in Gaspe at a cost of 425,000 dollars, including a 100 thousand dollar grant from the Government of Quebec. The Town of Gaspé injects $205,000 of which 175,000 dollars comes from the Legacy awarded for celebrations of the 475th of Gaspé. Another $115. thousand dollars is provided by Hydro Quebec.

Gaspé Mayor François Roussy, said the new venue, located in York West,(by the rink in York) is the result of work of the York Youth Center and the York River Senior Citizen.
Work is scheduled to start in August and finish by the end of November.

This is a partial transulation of an article taken from radiogaspesie.ca (July 24th). To see the full article and both projects check their website.(French only)


by Tony Patterson

Wednesday July 18 17:40:13 2012
Bonnie Ste-Croix – In Concert

Local Gaspé talent, Bonnie Ste-Croix will be performing in concert in Gaspé on July 30th.
The concert, whose proceeds will go towards the restoration of the Wakeham Hall, will be held at the Gaspé Elementary School at 7:00 on Monday. Ms. Ste-Croix is a remarkable talent and her latest album, Canadian Girl, which I am listening to as I author this message, is a toe-tapping collection of regional songs which capture the harmony, sound and soul of our great country. She truly captures the essence of our country in her selection of songs. Those who attend the concert or purchase this album will delight in her songs about Canada sung by this self-acknowledged “Small Town Girl”.

We at Heritage Gaspé/Heritage Gaspésie are proud and delighted to able to present this home-grown talent to those of the Gaspé area and we look forward to seeing you at the night of the concert.

Tickets, which are $ 15.00, can be purchased the evening of the concert. Advance tickets can be purchased at these locations.

Depanneur du Versant – Wakeham

Cassidy Photo – Gaspé

Gas Bar JG Thibault – Douglastown

Couche Tard – Gaspé Harbour

Jim Caputo
418-368-5696


by James F. Caputo

Wednesday July 18 14:05:21 2012
A new joyous and educational album Gallantine au parc Forillon
A Canada’s Park’s Day event, July 21

To salute Canada’s Park’s Day, which will be held on Saturday, July 21, Parks Canada and artist Sylvie Gallant (Gallantine) have joined forces to launch Gallantine au parc Forillon, a joyous and educational album that will take kids right to the heart of nature, offering them an intimate connection to the national park’s animals.

Young families are invited to join in the launch of this innovative album that will encourage children and their parents to celebrate the surrounding nature by singing, dancing and learning, inspired by the sounds of rap, a lullaby and a traditional reel. The activity will begin at 11:30 am, at the Recreation Centre in Forillon National Park. Gallantine will take the opportunity to perform a few of her songs, accompanied by Parka, the Park’s Canada mascot, who is featured in one of the songs. After the performance, children and their parents will be able to buy the album and meet the artist during a signing session. They can also picnic and enjoy the site together.

Canada’s Park’s Day programming will continue at 1:30 pm when the public is invited to participate in an interpretation activity for the whole family, Ça grouille à Penouille. As they wade in the water in the company of a naturalist, participants can discover the plants and animals that have chosen to live in this unique and fragile habitat.

Throughout the day, a naturalist stationed at Recreation Centre will present a series of short natural interpretation activities for visitors.

The celebration will end with a roof-raising performance at the festival tent sent up next to St. Peter’s Church, near the Recreation Centre in Forillon National Park, where the party, or Veillée, gets underway at 7:30 pm. Why not put on your dancing shoes and join the crowd to swing your partner and enjoy some spell-binding tales about local traditions.

Canada’s Park’s Day has been celebrated every year since 1990 on the third Saturday in July at the parks and historic sites throughout the country.

To hear some sound clips from Gallantine au parc Forillon, visit www.gallantine.com/index.php

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Information:
Karine Parenteau
Public Relations and Communication Officer
Gaspé Peninsula Management Unit, Parks Canada
418 368-5538
karine.parenteau@pc.gc.ca
www.pc.gc.ca/forillon
facebook.com/ForillonNP; twitter.com/ForillonNP


by Parks Canada, Karine

Tuesday July 17 23:58:11 2012
Down Home Cookin' - the York ACW cookbook is now available for purchase. The cookbook contains over 400 recipes and has everything from drinks to desserts. The cost is $10 per book and all proceeds go towards the painting/repairs to be done on St. Andrew's York church. If you would like to purchase a copy, please contact Rhonda Stewart at 418-368-7238 or rhondals@hotmail.com Shipping can be arranged at an additional cost for anyone living out of town.

by Rhonda Stewart

Sunday July 15 20:45:16 2012
As most of you are aware in the basketball community I have been coaching basketball at Champlain College Lennoxville for the past 8 years now. Just a few weeks ago I was hired as First Assistant Coach as well as Head Recruiter and player development for Bishop's University Women's Basketball Program. I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to my fellow Gaspesians all across the world to ask for your help. If you know of any basketball talent whether in Canada or abroad please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thank you in advance
Steve Cassivi
scassivi@hotmail.com


by Steve Cassivi

Thursday July 12 22:14:43 2012
Wakeham ACW would like to thank all of you who attended our summer sale and afternoon tea. Your support was greatly appreciated. Thank you to all the workers and a special thank you to the non-members who gave their time so generously to help out.

by Ivy miller

Wednesday July 11 18:30:21 2012
Dear Andy,

Further to the Bonnie Ste-Croix concert - Tickets will be $ 15.00.

Advance sales to be announced shortly.

by Jim Caputo

Tuesday July 10 18:52:42 2012
Dear Andy,

Please include this information for current events -

Bonnie Ste-Croix - In Concert

July 30, 2012 (Monday)

Gaspé Elementary School

7:00 PM

Proceeds – Wakeham Hall Project

Also provide a link to our pages - heritage-gaspe.org
Your help is greatly appreciated.
Jim


by James F. Caputo

Monday July 9 19:17:22 2012
Camp Fort Haldimand day camp is underway. If you would like to register your child please do so in person at camp. The cost is 6$ a day. Camp runs from 9am until 3pm and ends on Friday. The day is filled with music, crafts, games and science experiments!

by Megan Mullin

Saturday July 7 17:00:36 2012
The Malbay area Anglican Church Service will be held in Perce on Sunday July 8th, 11am, and there will not be a service at St. Peter's in Malbay - I noticed it was not advertises in the Spec, so if you know of anyone that attends the Malbay church please let them know.

by Janet Harvey

Thursday July 5 10:07:11 2012
The eyeglasses found on the Pte.St.Pierre road were returned to their owner.
Thanks for your assistance.
Theresa Joseph

by Theresa Joseph

Tuesday July 3 12:46:45 2012
FOUND - On the Pointe St.Pierre Road. A pair of prescription eyeglasses. If you lost your glasses on a walk along our road, send me a message at
morningmist85@hotmail.com

by Theesa Josseph

Thursday June 28 11:50:43 2012
Important notice - Deposit of C.R.D

Here is a message of the Town of Gaspé about the deposit of residues of construction, renovation and demolition - C.R.D.

To avoid secret garbage dumps and to make a fair collection of residues C.R.D. for all the citizens, the Town of Gaspé informs the population that it gives free of charge to the private individuals, 2 sites to put down residues C.R.D. Those sites will be accessible 5 Saturdays during summer, that is July 7th and 21st, August 11th and 25th and September 15th, from 8 am till 4 pm.

For the North sector, the containers are located at Allen Dumaresq Company to 25, de l’Entrepôt in Rivière-au-Renard. For the South sector, the deposits can be made at the L.E.T. of Wakeham.

Note that this offer applies only to the private individuals with automobile, small van and trailer, and not to the contractors or to the trucks. It reserved only for the residents of Grand Gaspé. Furthermore, there is a system of security camera and it is forbidden to bring wastes out of business hours. Only the residential residues of construction, renovation and demolition - C.R.D. are accepted there. Tires, household waste and recyclables materials are thus refused to it.

For more information, just go on: www.ville.gaspe.qc.ca .
The Town of Gaspé thanks you for your attention!

by Town of Gaspé

Thursday June 28 2:08:13 2012
On Sunday June 24th a large number of The York River Seniors club travelled to Perce for brunch at Biards Resturant. The brunch was delicious and enjoyed by all who attended. After the great meal those of us who had travelled by bus continued on to Cape Hope to visit the beautiful floral nursery "Les Jardins Fleuris". The tour of the nursery with it beautiful plants was also greatly enjoyed and helped to brighten a damp and rain day.
Those who travelled by bus wish to thank the Eastern Shores School Board for prividing the bus for us. We would also like to thank our very courtious bus driver Colin Sams.
We are already looking forward to next year.

by Tony Patterson

Monday June 25 11:35:14 2012
17th Annual Great Gaspe Golf Tournament

Williamsburg ON - The tournament goes on “rain or shine!” And so it did.
Saturday, June 2, started with a steady rain at the Cedar Glen Golf Course.
The format was the same as last year with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m.
The rain dampened the golf course but not the spirits of 99 golfers and
88 guests. However, after playing three holes, the golfers enjoyed fine
weather. The attendance was less than last year but the enthusiasm was
high. During the game the club house was abuzz with guests renewing
old friendships and catching up with news and happenings.

A barbecue dinner was served with a choice of steak, chicken or veggie.
After dinner; emcee Dan Miller welcomed everyone on behalf of the
organizing committee. The 'next generation' consists of Sue Sams and
Lynn Mullin, Brenda MacDonald and Rick Adams, Kathy Patterson and
Dan Miller. The golf winners were announced and prizes awarded.

The winners are:
Jim Hocquard took Men's first and the Red Plaid Shirt with a score of 80.
Men's second – Jordan Williams with a score of 81.
Men's longest drive – Jeff Baird.

Senior Men's first- Blair Miller – 82
Senior Men's second – Marc Dion – 84
Senior Men's longest drive – Brian Ford.

Women's first with the Red Plaid Shirt – Debbie McKoy – 90
Women's second – Kimberley McCallum – 99
Women's longest drive – Tammy Maheral-Adams

Senior Women's first -Madeline Hagar – 93
Senior Women's second – Florina Aubert – 96
Senior Women's longest drive – Madeline Hagar.

Closest to Pin – Floyd Boyle!!

A feature that was started at the First Annual Great Gaspe Golf Tournament
was a draw in favour of the Gaspe Spec. This year a total of $740 was
raised with $370 going to the Spec to support ongoing expenses and $185
went to each winner; Roger Blondin and Ralph Miller.
Some 63 door prizes were given to lucky attendees. Generous donors supplied
many of the prizes. Dan thanked Barb Mabe, Ruth Miller-Patterson-Armstrong,
Wendell Miller, Gail & Ron Dumaresq, Louise & Ian Musgrave, Geoff Phillips,
Marjorie Nadeau, Donna Phillips, Larry Patterson and commercial donors
Sharon & George Dee (Madido), Pat St Pierre (McIntosh Country Inn).
The Gaspe Spec also supplies the Red Plaid Shirts and GoGaspe Website
supplies the hometown signs displayed in the seating areas.

The organizing committee thank all attendees for supporting this event
and are looking forward to the 2013 Great Gaspe Golf Tournament.
They also thank Dennis Casselman and his crew for taking care of us
so well.

On a personal note I celebrated my 80th birthday at this event and thank
all those who passed along their good wishes. God Bless!!

It was SOME NICE talkin' to ya!!

by Vic Miller

Tuesday June 12 21:01:39 2012
The Bluebird Wagon Wheel Memorial Sept 1 2012 Montreal Quebec


The schedule of e Event Schedule

August 31,2012

9h30am Mass atMary-Queen-of-the-World Cathedral

1085, rue de la Cathedrale Father: Raymond Gravel

10:45am Departure of the firemen's solemnmarch.(street closing)

11:00am Arrival at the Union Street site

11:15am Unveiling of the monument

Acknowledgement of Special Guest

2:30pm Opening of the exhibition at City Hall,

275, Notre-Dame East, Montreal.

The exhibition will be available for viewinguntil Sept 14, 2012

September1st 2012

4:30pm Meet & Greet, Buffet

ChristChurch Cathedral

1444 Ave Union, Montreal.

8:00pm Candlelight Vigil




by Lloyd Willett

Tuesday June 12 12:25:21 2012
Forillon National Park to survey Gaspé residents about black bears

Black bears attract considerable attention and cause no shortage of questions, and Forillon National Park is ready to listen. This week, the park will launch a study to learn how Gaspé residents feel about the animals.

All Ville de Gaspé households will receive information kits by mail, asking recipients to take part in the study by filling out and returning questionnaires by July 2.

The survey results, which will be available in winter 2013, will enable Parks Canada to devise various approaches designed to encourage harmonious coexistence of residents and bears. While public cooperation is critical to the survey’s success, participation is entirely voluntary.

This large-scale initiative constitutes the second part of a comprehensive study that Parks Canada undertook last year. During the summer 2011 season, the agency solicited the opinions of hundreds of Forillon National Park visitors. This year, it wants to know what Gaspé residents think.

Black bears have never been aggressive toward humans within Forillon National Park. The park strives to ensure that black bears and visitors coexist safely.

For more information on the black bear, visit www.pc.gc.ca/forillon


by Forillon National Pa

Monday June 4 15:04:32 2012
An invitation....The family of Margaret and David Patterson of Wakeham would like to extend an invitation to all our family and friends to a tea party in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary on August 3,2012,ar Fort Haldimand Camp from 1 Pm until 4PM.Best wishes only please!!! hope to see you there.

by Shirley suddard

Monday June 4 13:25:40 2012
Légion Royale Canadienne - Royal Canadian Legion – Gaspé - Juin Activités/June Activities
02 – Danse avec/Dance with Marcel Cyr 21:30/9:30 pm
09 – Danse avec/Dance with Tammy Adams 21:30/9:30 pm
16 - Danse avec/Dance with Kick Country 21 :30/9 :30 pm
23 – Danse avec/Dance with Jannick Colin 21:30/9:30 pm
Pour renseignements contacter: 418-368-2772
For information contact : 418-368-2772

by Royal Canadian Legio

Thursday May 3 2:37:18 2012
The executive committee of the York River Seniors would like to thank all those who attended our AGM this afternoon/evening at the Legion in Gaspe. It was decided by those members in attendence that the 4 administrators up for re-election remain in their positions. ,(President-Tony Patterson, Vise-President-Bonita Annett, Secretary-Ron Mundle, Treasurer-Andy Patterson). An excellent supper was then served by Albert and Elaine Patterson. Afterwards Alfred Cassidy and band members Billy Miller, Marcel Lapointe, Steven Duguay played and Elizabeth Baird sang. A great evening of dancing was enjoyed by all.

by Tony Patterson

Sunday April 22 12:34:57 2012
Congratulations to Stella Grant the winner of the York Women's Institute "Mother's Day Basket". I would like to thank everyone for making our bake sale a success.
Trudy Patterson

by Trudy patterson

Sunday April 22 11:21:34 2012
Earl and I would like to thank all 180 who attended the 2012 "Gaspe Meet and Greet Breakfast" yesterday. According to all that attended and their gracious comments we received it was a great success.The food and service was fantastic. We want to thank those who helped us along the way. Glenda Patterson, Evert McCallum and Lisa Patterson.Also those who helped during the breakfast, Derek Patterson, David Patterson, Frank Miller, Evans Miller and Taylor Patterson for saying the grace. Lisa Patterson made up the lists and she wanted me to tell you that she very much enjoyed the many little letters she received along with the cheques. Go Gaspe covered the costs of the lists. We want to thank Gerry Normand from Cap Aux Os and his band who volunteered the music. To say the least we are overwhelmed with all of you wonderful Gaspesians and non Gaspesians who worked and lived there and have become a part of us. We Gaspesians have a very special bond and we are very fortunate for that. Jackie Patterson Earl Coffin Glenda Patterson Evert McCallum

by Jaclyn Patterson

Tuesday April 17 10:55:58 2012
Within the Week of the Voluntary Action, the Town of Gaspé wishes to underline the contribution of hundreds of volunteers which work day after day at the greater welfare of the population.

In the Gaspé area, there are more than 200 organisms in all the villages and in many domains, going from the cultural life to the health, from education to heritage, and from sport to the community life! Without our volunteers, the vitality of our communities would not be the same…

So, the Town of Gaspé takes advantage of this Week of the Voluntary Action to congratulate and thank all the persons who take of their time for the benefit of their community. We tell you: CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU!

by Daniel Coté

Friday April 13 0:04:28 2012
The second gathering of the York River Seniors' Book Club took place this afternoon at the Alma Bourget library in Gaspe. We were very happy to see 10 new faces in our midst. Several ladies signed up for membership while others browsed the shelves checking out the selection of books. Judging by the smiling faces and lively chatter, it appeared that everyone had a great time. A big thanks to Tracy for making this an informative and "delicious" activity. To keep up to date on future events, contact me at debbie@gogaspe.com and I will put you on our mailing list.

by Debbie Patterson

Thursday March 29 20:29:23 2012
The new bridge on the causeway connecting Wakeham and Sunny Bank was completed today, and opened to traffic about 4 PM. Residents are hopeful that this will help drain floodwaters and eleviate flooding in Sunny Bank which has occurred in 11 of the past 35 years.

by Andy Patterson

Friday March 23 16:29:12 2012
The sudden drop in temperatures may have saved Sunny Bank from a second major flood in as many years. The York River is blocked about 8 km above the bridge joining Sunny Bank and Wakeham with more than a kilometre of ice which was dislodged as the river rose because of the excessively warm weather. If the river were to continue rising the ice jam could easily continue down river where flooding could be disasterous.

by Andy Patterson

Thursday March 22 23:20:25 2012
On Thursday, March 22, the York River Seniors went on the final snowshoe activity of the season. On a picture perfect day, we met at the home of Victor and Coreen Annett, and headed off up the hill into the woods. After a short walk we arrived at their sugar camp. There we relaxed outdoors at the picnic tables and chatted. Meanwhile Coreen and Victor prepared us a delicious lunch of soup, baked beans, pancakes, rolls, sugar tarts and ample taffy on the snow, all homemade. Fantastic! After such a wonderful season of winter activities, it is with a heavy heart that we are putting our snowshoes away until next year.

by Debbie Patterson

Thursday March 22 23:16:36 2012
Temperature hovered around 22 degrees Celcius all day. Quite amazing for Gaspe March 22. Brisk wind and warm weather has caused rivers to rise and signs of spring are everywhere. Unfortunately it is not supposed to last...

by Andy Patterson

Thursday March 15 21:39:39 2012
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller- March 2012

Beautiful sunny weather continues – had a major snow storm on February 25th but apart from that not a whole lot of snow for Gaspe this year. It looks as if we will have an early spring.

Wakeham York Winter Carnival was a great success again this year. Congratulations to the organizers for all their hard work.

A Valentine Tea for the Elderly was held at the Seniors Room in Wakeham on February 12th. The hall was nicely decorated and fine china was used for the tea and delicious lunch. Debbie Sams, Norma McDonald and Johnny Cotton entertained the room full of
Seniors. The seniors have been very busy lately – snowshoeing, senior dancing, bowling and kurling as well as playing 500 and tuck..

Congratulations to Crystal Miller (daughter of Dale and Wanda Miller) and Shawn Hudon who were married on February 09th in Mexico. The happy couple live in Calgary, Alberta. Crystal’s dad, Dale, Joan, her sister Gina, Bruno and little Ellie Ann flew to Mexico for this happy occasion. We wish them many happy years together.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Arthur Mullin of Sandy Beach who passed away on February 21st. Visitation was at the Fortin Funeral Home with the funeral service at St. Andrews Church York on February 24th.

Congratulations to Tyler and Lisa on the birth of their little daughter Ryann. Tyler is originally from Gaspe and the son of Doug and Dorinda Patterson who are now proud “first time” Grandparents. Very proud great grandmother is Pearl Patterson and great grandfather Murray Patterson. Doug and Dorinda will meet their new granddaughter when they visit her in Barrie, Ontario the third week of March.

Meetings are being held to try to come to some decision for the future of the Greater Parish of Gaspe. The first meeting took place at St. Paul’s Church Hall in Gaspe on February 18th with a good representation from each church. The second meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 17th.

Congratulations to Howard Miller of Gaspe on becoming the new Director General of The Eastern Shores School Board. We know he will do a superb job.

Get well wishes to Curzon Patterson of York who was recently in the Hotel Dieu Hospital and also to his wife, Elaine, who is recovering from knee surgery. A speedy recovery is wished for both of them.

Happy Birthday to Merle Miller Coffin who was 90 on February 20th. Her daughter Connie from London Ontario and son, Morris from Nackawic, New Brunswick came home for this special occasion. An open house was held at her home in Wakeham
on February 18th so family and friends could celebrate with her. Linda Thibault, Merle’s grandson, Stephen and his fiancée, Melanie, Greg and Joan Castle, also came for this happy event. Merle enjoyed her day and received many nice gifts, flowers and good wishes.

Also celebrating on February 20th were Murray Olsson of Welland, Muriel Cass, Emery Patterson of Wakeham and our bishop, Dennis Drainville. Hope you all had a wonderful day.

Our deepest sympathy to family and friends on the sudden passing of Gary Paul of Haldimand. Gary passed away on February 27th. Prayers and visitation were held at the Fortin Funeral Home on March 2nd with burial of ashes at St. John’s –St. Philip’s Church in Sandy Beach on March 5th. Our thoughts are with all the family at this time.

Happy Birthday to Pam Patterson, our leap year baby, who celebrated her 40th on February 29th. Hope your day was great Pam and we wish you many leap year birthdays to come.

We no longer see a depanneur in Sunny Bank This store which has seen many owners over the last 100 years has closed its doors and is now demolished. We will all certainly miss this handy little store which provided us with so many everyday items.

Congratulations to Margaret and David Patterson who celebrated their 60th anniversary on February 26th. Their daughters, Shirley and Alma came home for the weekend to be with their mom and dad on this happy occasion. Their son, Paul, spent the winter here in Gaspe so was also home at this time.

The Cross County Ski Trek- Grande Traversee de la Gaspesie took place from February 18th –February 25th. This is the 10th year for such an event and the two hundred cross country skiers traveled 300 kilometers in the Gaspesie. It was quite a spectacular thing to see all of the skiers coming across the bay.

Happy Birthday wishes going out to Mr. Frank Leblanc who turns 90 on February 18th.
We wish him good health and happiness in the coming year.

A delicious pot luck supper sponsored by all of the ACW’s of the Greater Parish of Gaspe was held at St. Paul’s Church hall on Saturday, March 10th. All proceeds went toward the Education Fund for students leaving the area to further their education.














Gaspe News by Ivy Miller- March 2012

Beautiful sunny weather continues – had a major snow storm on February 25th but apart from that not a whole lot of snow for Gaspe this year. It looks as if we will have an early spring.

Wakeham York Winter Carnival was a great success again this year. Congratulations to the organizers for all their hard work.

A Valentine Tea for the Elderly was held at the Seniors Room in Wakeham on February 12th. The hall was nicely decorated and fine china was used for the tea and delicious lunch. Debbie Sams, Norma McDonald and Johnny Cotton entertained the room full of
Seniors. The seniors have been very busy lately – snowshoeing, senior dancing, bowling and kurling as well as playing 500 and tuck..

Congratulations to Crystal Miller (daughter of Dale and Wanda Miller) and Shawn Hudon who were married on February 09th in Mexico. The happy couple live in Calgary, Alberta. Crystal’s dad, Dale, Joan, her sister Gina, Bruno and little Ellie Ann flew to Mexico for this happy occasion. We wish them many happy years together.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Arthur Mullin of Sandy Beach who passed away on February 21st. Visitation was at the Fortin Funeral Home with the funeral service at St. Andrews Church York on February 24th.

Congratulations to Tyler and Lisa on the birth of their little daughter Ryann. Tyler is originally from Gaspe and the son of Doug and Dorinda Patterson who are now proud “first time” Grandparents. Very proud great grandmother is Pearl Patterson and great grandfather Murray Patterson. Doug and Dorinda will meet their new granddaughter when they visit her in Barrie, Ontario the third week of March.

Meetings are being held to try to come to some decision for the future of the Greater Parish of Gaspe. The first meeting took place at St. Paul’s Church Hall in Gaspe on February 18th with a good representation from each church. The second meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 17th.

Congratulations to Howard Miller of Gaspe on becoming the new Director General of The Eastern Shores School Board. We know he will do a superb job.

Get well wishes to Curzon Patterson of York who was recently in the Hotel Dieu Hospital and also to his wife, Elaine, who is recovering from knee surgery. A speedy recovery is wished for both of them.

Happy Birthday to Merle Miller Coffin who was 90 on February 20th. Her daughter Connie from London Ontario and son, Morris from Nackawic, New Brunswick came home for this special occasion. An open house was held at her home in Wakeham
on February 18th so family and friends could celebrate with her. Linda Thibault, Merle’s grandson, Stephen and his fiancée, Melanie, Greg and Joan Castle, also came for this happy event. Merle enjoyed her day and received many nice gifts, flowers and good wishes.

Also celebrating on February 20th were Murray Olsson of Welland, Muriel Cass, Emery Patterson of Wakeham and our bishop, Dennis Drainville. Hope you all had a wonderful day.

Our deepest sympathy to family and friends on the sudden passing of Gary Paul of Haldimand. Gary passed away on February 27th. Prayers and visitation were held at the Fortin Funeral Home on March 2nd with burial of ashes at St. John’s –St. Philip’s Church in Sandy Beach on March 5th. Our thoughts are with all the family at this time.

Happy Birthday to Pam Patterson, our leap year baby, who celebrated her 40th on February 29th. Hope your day was great Pam and we wish you many leap year birthdays to come.

We no longer see a depanneur in Sunny Bank This store which has seen many owners over the last 100 years has closed its doors and is now demolished. We will all certainly miss this handy little store which provided us with so many everyday items.

Congratulations to Margaret and David Patterson who celebrated their 60th anniversary on February 26th. Their daughters, Shirley and Alma came home for the weekend to be with their mom and dad on this happy occasion. Their son, Paul, spent the winter here in Gaspe so was also home at this time.

The Cross County Ski Trek- Grande Traversee de la Gaspesie took place from February 18th –February 25th. This is the 10th year for such an event and the two hundred cross country skiers traveled 300 kilometers in the Gaspesie. It was quite a spectacular thing to see all of the skiers coming across the bay.

Happy Birthday wishes going out to Mr. Frank Leblanc who turns 90 on February 18th.
We wish him good health and happiness in the coming year.

A delicious pot luck supper sponsored by all of the ACW’s of the Greater Parish of Gaspe was held at St. Paul’s Church hall on Saturday, March 10th. All proceeds went toward the Education Fund for students leaving the area to further their education.
















Gaspe News by Ivy Miller- March 2012

Beautiful sunny weather continues – had a major snow storm on February 25th but apart from that not a whole lot of snow for Gaspe this year. It looks as if we will have an early spring.

Wakeham York Winter Carnival was a great success again this year. Congratulations to the organizers for all their hard work.

A Valentine Tea for the Elderly was held at the Seniors Room in Wakeham on February 12th. The hall was nicely decorated and fine china was used for the tea and delicious lunch. Debbie Sams, Norma McDonald and Johnny Cotton entertained the room full of
Seniors. The seniors have been very busy lately – snowshoeing, senior dancing, bowling and kurling as well as playing 500 and tuck..

Congratulations to Crystal Miller (daughter of Dale and Wanda Miller) and Shawn Hudon who were married on February 09th in Mexico. The happy couple live in Calgary, Alberta. Crystal’s dad, Dale, Joan, her sister Gina, Bruno and little Ellie Ann flew to Mexico for this happy occasion. We wish them many happy years together.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Arthur Mullin of Sandy Beach who passed away on February 21st. Visitation was at the Fortin Funeral Home with the funeral service at St. Andrews Church York on February 24th.

Congratulations to Tyler and Lisa on the birth of their little daughter Ryann. Tyler is originally from Gaspe and the son of Doug and Dorinda Patterson who are now proud “first time” Grandparents. Very proud great grandmother is Pearl Patterson and great grandfather Murray Patterson. Doug and Dorinda will meet their new granddaughter when they visit her in Barrie, Ontario the third week of March.

Meetings are being held to try to come to some decision for the future of the Greater Parish of Gaspe. The first meeting took place at St. Paul’s Church Hall in Gaspe on February 18th with a good representation from each church. The second meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 17th.

Congratulations to Howard Miller of Gaspe on becoming the new Director General of The Eastern Shores School Board. We know he will do a superb job.

Get well wishes to Curzon Patterson of York who was recently in the Hotel Dieu Hospital and also to his wife, Elaine, who is recovering from knee surgery. A speedy recovery is wished for both of them.

Happy Birthday to Merle Miller Coffin who was 90 on February 20th. Her daughter Connie from London Ontario and son, Morris from Nackawic, New Brunswick came home for this special occasion. An open house was held at her home in Wakeham
on February 18th so family and friends could celebrate with her. Linda Thibault, Merle’s grandson, Stephen and his fiancée, Melanie, Greg and Joan Castle, also came for this happy event. Merle enjoyed her day and received many nice gifts, flowers and good wishes.

Also celebrating on February 20th were Murray Olsson of Welland, Muriel Cass, Emery Patterson of Wakeham and our bishop, Dennis Drainville. Hope you all had a wonderful day.

Our deepest sympathy to family and friends on the sudden passing of Gary Paul of Haldimand. Gary passed away on February 27th. Prayers and visitation were held at the Fortin Funeral Home on March 2nd with burial of ashes at St. John’s –St. Philip’s Church in Sandy Beach on March 5th. Our thoughts are with all the family at this time.

Happy Birthday to Pam Patterson, our leap year baby, who celebrated her 40th on February 29th. Hope your day was great Pam and we wish you many leap year birthdays to come.

We no longer see a depanneur in Sunny Bank This store which has seen many owners over the last 100 years has closed its doors and is now demolished. We will all certainly miss this handy little store which provided us with so many everyday items.

Congratulations to Margaret and David Patterson who celebrated their 60th anniversary on February 26th. Their daughters, Shirley and Alma came home for the weekend to be with their mom and dad on this happy occasion. Their son, Paul, spent the winter here in Gaspe so was also home at this time.

The Cross County Ski Trek- Grande Traversee de la Gaspesie took place from February 18th –February 25th. This is the 10th year for such an event and the two hundred cross country skiers traveled 300 kilometers in the Gaspesie. It was quite a spectacular thing to see all of the skiers coming across the bay.

Happy Birthday wishes going out to Mr. Frank Leblanc who turns 90 on February 18th.
We wish him good health and happiness in the coming year.

A delicious pot luck supper sponsored by all of the ACW’s of the Greater Parish of Gaspe was held at St. Paul’s Church hall on Saturday, March 10th. All proceeds went toward the Education Fund for students leaving the area to further their education.








































by Ivy Miller

Monday March 12 19:16:37 2012
Nineteen people attending Senior Snowshoeing this morning in Wakeham, our largest group yet. A beautiful, sunny morning and very inviting trails were enjoyed by all.

by Andy Patterson

Tuesday March 6 0:39:32 2012
Just a friendly reminder from 'The Gaspe Cancer Foundation' that renewal of memberships is due. You may have put aside the blue insert that was inside the 'Pharillon' last week, if you have mispplaced it, the mailing address is 'The Gaspe Cancer Foundation' P.O. Box 6078, Gaspe, Qc., G4X 2R6
Thank-you for your continued support.

by Debbie Sams

Monday February 27 18:28:03 2012
A Fantastic Day of Fun at Forillon!

A special invitation from Forillon National Park to indulge in a day of family fun

GASPÉ, QUEBEC, February 24, 2012 – In celebration of spring break, Parks Canada invites you to join in a day of activities for the whole family at Forillon National Park. Starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, families are invited to come out and play with Parka, the Parks Canada mascot, at the Petit-Gaspé campground. Be sure to dress warmly and bring your lunch (the campground service building will be heated).

Getting Ready for Winter Interpretation Activity
At 10:30 a.m., learn about the many strategies animals use to survive in winter. Nature can be very clever! Duration: one hour.

Snow Castle Contest
From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., build a snow castle with your family and friends. Your architecture skills could win you a prize!

Ready, Set, Kicksled!
At 1:30 p.m., start your engines for a friendly kicksled time-trial race. Parents and children will team up to kicksled around Loop C of the Petit-Gaspé campground!

In addition to these activities, the Park team will be hosting workshops on winter and wilderness survival skills, queenzy building, and nature discovery. There will also be a draw for door prizes!

How to Get To the Activity Site
From the Park’s South entrance, take the 0.8 km trail toward the Petit-Gaspé campground service building. It will be groomed for travel on foot, snowshoes, or skis. Les Petites Maisons du Parc has kindly offered to lend out skis, snowshoes, and kicksleds to those interested (limited quantity).

To learn more about the delights of winter at Forillon National Park, visit www.pc.gc.ca/forillon or call 418 368-5505.

The winter activities offered at Forillon National Park are a testament to Parks Canada’s long-standing efforts to engage visitors and help them enjoy and discover the Park’s treasures and beauty year-round.

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by Michel Queenton

Friday February 24 1:26:17 2012
The End of an Era

For the first time in over 100 years our village of Sunny Bank, Gaspe, Quebec, will not have a grocery store or depanneur.

In the early 1900’s William Eagle had a store at the corner of the bridge lane now the home of Terry Miller. Joseph Patterson had a store for several years, as did Douglas Patterson followed by Mrs Rob Palmer. I can remember buying ice cream in cones from Mrs Rob Palmers Store around 1943.

Then in the early 1950’s Wilson Miller built and operated a successful grocery store with delivery service around the bay. This store was located near Heathers beauty salon and was sold to Bruce and Ralph Patterson in 1961. B & R Patterson, grocery and dry goods store served local customers from 1961 to 1970 on that site, then moved the store to it’s present location at the corner of the bridge lane to be on the main road to Murdochville and the Gaspe copper mines. Delivery service was provided to the homes of the many faithful customers around the Gaspe bay, winter and summer, and a dry goods department was opened in a new wing where gift items, cards, paint, nails, fishing and hunting equipment was sold. (If we didn’t have it we could get it).

Dale Miller and Wanda then bought and operated this store successfully for several years, followed by Andre Jean and Claudette Eden. They then sold the store to Joanne Jean and Ghislain Shaw who operated the store until the flood of December 15th 2010, when they lost much of their stock, and the building was badly damaged as water backed up 43 inches, behind the access to the bridge. This road which was poorly constructed by the department of transport in 1977 and causes a dam when the river overflows it’s banks flooded the store with over two feet of water.. Because they had only owned the store for a short time, and with the many delays in Government financial aid, they were not in a position financially to move the store as required by the government stipulations.

For this reason the last Sunny Bank store will close its doors and the buildings will be demolished within the next two months. This store will be missed by many local residents.

by Bruce Patterson

Thursday February 23 17:28:57 2012
Fourteen members of the York River Seniors had a wonderful time on Thursday, February 23, snowshoeing on the CEGEP trails near upper Wakeham. After an invigorating hike, everyone returned to the cozy chalet to enjoy the warmth of the wood fire and a delicious lunch. Today’s menu included chili, lentil soup, freshly baked rolls, muffins, cake and wine. What a wonderful way for friends to spend time together on winter’s day.

by Deborah Patterson

Wednesday February 22 20:45:25 2012
The Seniors Book Club met today for the first time. Seven ladies were present and spent a pleasant afternoon engaged in informal discussion relating to reading tastes, favorite authors etc., and then exchanged books. This was followed by refreshments and a lively chat on a variety of topics. It was a great chance to get together, meet new people and have fun.
We hope to have our second meeting in early April. Anyone wishing to join the group should contact Debbie by phone at 368-3723 or by email at Debbie@gogaspe.com.

by Deborah Patterson

Tuesday February 21 1:15:18 2012
Bridge construction has begun in Sunny Bank, over 14 months after the flood which devastated the area. It would appear that Transport Quebec has accepted responsibility for the damage resulting when their causeway blocked the normal flow of the York River in December, 2010. Residents hope that the 10 metre bridge will help prevent a recurrence in the future.

by Andy Patterson

Monday February 20 11:40:01 2012







Lets Get A Memorial For The Montreal Bluebird Cafe Fire Victims Of 1972


the City Of Montreal has planned to honor our loved ones:
The letter is written as follows:
Bluebird Café Memorial 40th Anniversary Sept. 1, 2012

On September 1st 1972 an arson fire spread through the buildinng that housed the Bluebird Café/Wagon Wheel situated on Union Street, North of René-Lévesque Boul. which caused the deaths of 37 people, 39 years later Relatives & Friends of the victims have asked the City of Montréal to commemorate this tragic event on the occasion of the 40th anniversary, in 2012

With the agreement of Mrs Helen Fotopulos, member of the Executive Commitee responsible for cultur, heritage,design and feminine ondition, a small working committee was formed. The group is composed of representatives of the Fire Department, the borough of Ville-Marie and of the Centre of Montreal History. This is coordinated by the Office of Culture and Heritage.

Proposals on August 31, 2012:
-A plaque in the ground, on public property (in front of the site) protected by the Heritage Montreal protected in Perpetuity.

-A Commemorative Mass at the Mary-Queen-of-the-World Cathedral @ 9:30am
-Followed by a cortege Procession of Family, Friends,Firemen, city and other representatives/dignitaries through a route to the site of the Bluebird Café/Wagon Wheel @ 10:45 am
-Unveilling of the plaque at the site @ 11:15 am
Free Time Break From 12:00 to 14:00
-Vernissage/exibitions at the city hall of the History of the Montreal City Fire & the Bluebird Café Fire


by Lloyd Willett

Sunday February 12 19:51:19 2012
York River Senior citizens hosted a Valentine’s Day tea Sunday afternoon in the Wakeham Senior’s room. Transportation was arranged for those needing a lift, thus giving all of our most elderly, the opportunity to come and join in the fun. The valentine centerpieces, tablecloths, along with heart shaped cookies and decorated cakes, made for a very attractive setting. Debbie Sams, Norma MacDonald and Johnny Cotton provided the entertainment with a lively selection of instrumentals and sing-along numbers that had several people up dancing in the aisles. What a great way to share together such a blustery cold day. Members have been encouraged to visit shut-ins incapable of participating in such activities and we were delighted to learn that two of our group brought cakes, made tea, and spent an afternoon chatting with a once very vibrant member of our community. In conclusion we'd like to thank everyone who helped make this event such a huge success.

by Deborah Patterson

Friday February 10 14:32:23 2012
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller- February 10, 2012

February is here and still the nice brisk sunny weather- Mother Nature is being really kind to us this year.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Weston Mullin who passed away in Quebec City on January 11th after a short illness.

Get well wishes to Alex Baird of Douglastown who was in the hospital in early January. We hope he is feeling much better now.

A very happy birthday to Mrs. Ella Gillis of Wakeham who celebrated her 90th birthday on January 19th. Best wishes for a healthy and happy year and keeping looking young!

Mrs. Mary Miller from Sandy Beach recently celebrated her 95th birthday on January 23rd. A birthday party was held at the home of her brother, Mr. Joe Patterson on January 22nd Mary has been spending the winter there looking out for her “big brother” Approximately 30 people stopped by to extend birthday wishes and enjoy a cup of tea and delicious birthday cake. Everyone had a very enjoyable afternoon visiting with these two wonderful senior citizens.

Our deepest sympathy is being extended to family and friends of Alpheus Patterson of Wakeham. Alpheus passed away after a short stay at the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Gaspe on January 15th. Visitation and the funeral service, officiated by Rev. Fran Aird, took place at St. James Church Wakeham on January 18th. Burial of ashes to take place at a later date. Alpheus will be certainly missed in the community.

Get well wishes to Keith Patterson who is in the Hotel Dieu Hospital with a back problem. We hope he is feeling much better soon.

A very happy birthday to the Eden twins who turned 87 years young on February 1st. Greta , wife of Harris Mullin lives in Wakeham and Dora, wife of Les Selby lives in Fonthill, Ontario. We hope they had a wonderful day.

A Meet and Greet afternoon was held at the Senior Citizens Room in Wakeham on January 29th. We were enjoyably entertained by Elizabeth Baird and her guitar. Several draws took place during the afternoon while we enjoyed wine and cheese. Our president, Tony Patterson announced that there are plans for the new Seniors/York Youth Hall to be built in the fall.

Lorna and Everett Clark spent an enjoyable Christmas Holiday in Wemindji with their daughter, Stacy, husband Daren and boys, Samuel and Jake. They then all came to Montreal to spend New Years with, Deanna, Allison, Samantha and Megan. Their son Tony who lives in Vancouver also joined them in Montreal. Valerie, Lorna’s sister visited her daughter Lori and family in Ottawa and then to Montreal to spend New Years. Lori, Andrew and their three little ones also spent some time with them in Montreal.

Get well wishes to Elaine Patterson of York who has recently had a knee replacement. We hope she is up and around real soon.

Muriel and Linda Cass are back in Wakeham after spending the holidays and the month of January with Valerie and family in Montreal. It is nice to see them back.

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Chudleigh Patterson of Moncton, New Brunswick, .who passed away suddenly at the Moncton hospital on February 3rd He and his wife, Sylvia were originally from Gaspe. The Funeral service was held at St. James Church in Moncton on February 7th. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Wakeham/York Winter Carnival begins this Friday, February 10th with Disco Skating and Pizza from 6-9:00 P.M. Hope our weather holds out so everyone can get out and enjoy all the carnival activities.

Happy 45th Birthday to our son, Scott Miller, who lives in Stettler, Alberta and celebrates on the 13th of February. Wish we were close to celebrate with you!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! May your day be filled with love and happiness!

by ivy miller

Wednesday January 25 16:22:11 2012
Information Bulletin

Embrace winter at Forillon!
Forillon National Park wants you to “go out and play” this winter


GASPÉ, QUÉBEC, January 25, 2012 – Winter is now firmly upon us and Parks Canada has a challenge for you: put on your tuque and gloves and get out there and enjoy the many activities on offer at Forillon National Park.

1+1 = Winter Fun

Astronomy + Dinner
Sébastien Nadeau, guide-interpreter at Forillon National Park, invites you to discover Forillon National Park’s spellbinding winter night skies. Then enjoy dinner at Café de L’Anse, part of Centre Culturel Le Griffon, where culinary discoveries are on the menu. Meet us on Saturday, January 28 at 5 p.m. in the Portage hiking trail north parking lot at L’Anse-au-Griffon. And don’t forget to dress for the season.

Breakfast + Snowshoeing
What remains after a forest fire? You might be surprised to find out. Sébastien Nadeau is your guide on this expedition to the site of the first prescribed fire ever set in Forillon National Park, in 2009. But you have to build up your strength first before setting off on an 8 km snowshoe run, so meet us for a delicious breakfast at Café de L’Anse, part of Centre Culturel Le Griffon on Saturday, March 17 at 8:30 a.m. Snowshoeing will start at 10 a.m. at the Portage hiking trail north parking lot at L’Anse-au-Griffon.

Note: To enjoy the “Dinner + Astronomy” and “Breakfast + Snowshoeing” activities, register by phone at 418-892-5679. Fees will be charged for park entry and meals.

Forillon + School Break
In honour of school break, Forillon National Park is hosting a day of fun activities for the whole family on March 7. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, kicksledding, and interpretation activities are on the program. At the Petit-Gaspé campground from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free admission.

So many different ways to enjoy winter
Cross-country skiing enthusiasts are blessed with a vast network of trails (over 40 km of maintained trails taking them through breathtaking forest and mountain winter landscapes. And snowshoers are in for a treat as well. Many of the park’s trails are perfect for snowshoeing, including Le Promeneur (2 km), and the trail of La tour du Mont Saint-Alban (4,7 km). And why stop at the tried-and-true classics when you can shake things up a bit with off-trail skiing or kicksledding? And spending a night or two, either winter camping or in a yurt or shelter, is sure to be an unforgettable experience of Gaspé winter at its finest.

To find out more about the full range of winter options at Forillon National Park visit www.pc.gc.ca/forillon or call 418-368-5505. For information on winter accommodation options visit www.gesmat.ca or call 418-892-5873.

Forillon National Park is proud to offer the public new ways to discover (or rediscover) the park in winter. The Park team plans to continue diversifying its winter activity offerings in collaboration with the local community.


Michel Queenton
External Relations Manager
Gaspésie Field Unit
Parks Canada
michel.queenton@pc.gc.ca

by Michel Queenton

Tuesday January 17 17:58:37 2012
We would like to inform the community that the funeral for Mr Alpheus Patterson will be held Wednesday January 18, 2012 at St. James Church in Wakeham. Visitation will be from 1:00p.m.- 2:00p.m. and the Funeral Service will begin at 2:00p.m.

by Dorinda Patterson

Saturday January 14 15:29:23 2012


We Would like to Extend our Deepest Sympathies to The
Family of Weston Mullin and All Relatives Of Whom Passed
Away on Wednesday Morning Jan.11

From Gaspe Meet and Greet Committee
Burlington
Earle Coffin, Jackie Patterson,Evert Mccallum,Glenda
Patterson

by Earle Coffin

Saturday January 14 11:22:26 2012
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller- January 12, 2012

Holidays are over and so far we have had beautiful winter weather here in Gaspe. At this time I would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.

Melba Patterson celebrated a special birthday on December 8th. Hope your day was a great one and have a wonderful year.

A happy belated birthday to Earl Assels of Sunny Bank who celebrated his 60th birthday on December 10th. Have a great year, Earl.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs. Hazel Patterson of York who passed away at the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Gaspe on December 18th. The funeral service was held at the Fortin Funeral Home on December 22nd. Burial of ashes will take place this summer.

Our condolences to the family of Mr. Hubert Langlois of Gaspe who passed away at the Hotel Dieu Hospital on December 18th. Visitation and funeral service took place at the Fortin Funeral Home on December 20.

Karen and Emile Patterson had an amazing Christmas gift this year. Their baby boy, Gabriel, was born on Christmas Eve. Congratulations to the happy family.

We hope Mrs. Wilma Roberts of Sandy Beach is feeling much better after her stay in the hospital before the Christmas holiday.

Paula and Ricky Shannon of Wakeham spent a wonderful holiday with Mike, Dawn, Meghan and Hailey and Lisa, John, Jack and Amy in Burlington. They also visited Faye and Blair Miller and family in Guelph. They were happy to see Ricky and Diana Sams of Ottawa who were visiting Burlington at that time.

Heather and Dean Patterson were happy to have their family home for the holidays. Stefanie and Marco, Chelsia and Christian were here from Montreal and Craig and his fiancée, Audrey from Vancouver. They had a wonderful winter holiday, enjoying the great outdoors of Gaspe.

Our deepest sympathy to family and friends of Earle Coffin of Wakeham who passed away at Monsigneur Ross on December 23rd. Visitation and prayers took place at the Fortin Funeral Home on December 27th with burial of ashes to be held this summer. George and Sharon Dee, and Betty Coffin came to Gaspe for a few days before Earle’s passing. Two other sisters of Marjorie, Ella and Ginny, were also here at this time and stayed with her until after the New Year.

A very happy 90th birthday on January 9th to Mr. Ivan Patterson of Sandy Beach. Open house was held at the home of his granddaughter, Jan and her husband, Pierre’s on Sunday, January 8th.

Christmas Eve service was held in St. Andrew's Anglican Church in York, this year, with over a hundred people attending. Deacon Lorna Baird conducted this beautiful service, and Karen Briand and the choir provided us with wonderful music.

Get well wishes to Andy Patterson of Sunny Bank who recently had surgery. We wish him a speedy recovery and also a happy 60th birthday on January 5th.

Cindy Eden had a wonderful surprise at her 50th birthday celebration– When she opened a large birthday present her brother Blair from Kamloops, B.C. was inside!

Tyler Patterson and his girlfriend Lisa came from Barrie, Ontario to spend the holidays with Tyler’s parents, Doug and Dorinda Patterson and brother Brandon.

Ellen Patterson was happy to have her son, Jeremy, of Sherbrooke home for the holidays. Jeremy is presently teaching at Champlain College in Lennoxville.

Get well wishes to Marilyn Sams who is in the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Gaspe. We hope she is feeling much better soon.

It looks like the ice is thick enough for the fishing shacks which seem to be appearing at this time. York Rink has been operating since before the holidays –we hope it will be a good winter for all outdoor sports.

by Ivy Miller

Sunday January 8 3:22:10 2012
The York River Seniors Group activities for 2012 will be starting again on Monday January 9th. The first activity will be "Kurling" which will be held at the GES starting at 7pm. The activities schedule is available on the York River Seniors web page located on the gogaspe web site. We have a lot of different events planned for coming months and hope to see you there.

by Tony Patterson

Saturday December 24 23:53:50 2011
A beautiful Christmas Eve service was held in St. Andrew's Anglican Church in York, and over a hundred people participated in the celebration. On behalf of the congregation, I'd like to extend a big thank-you to Rev. Lorna Baird for conducting an inspirational service, and to Karen Briand and the choir for the wonderful music. It was very uplifting to see such a wonderful turn-out.

by Andy Patterson

Wednesday December 21 0:35:47 2011
The York rink will be open on Friday December 23rd, at 3:30p.m. to start the 2012 season. The schedule remains the same as last year. Come and enjoy the fun, see you there!

by Lorilee Jean

Sunday December 4 12:42:49 2011
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller- December 3, 2012

We have just experienced a fabulous fall–weather wise– let’s hope it will continue for awhile – but snow would be nice for a week or so before Christmas.

All the church sales are over and I believe every one was a great success again this year- with good crowds and delicious afternoon teas.

Ron Mundle of Wakeham is recovering from a knee replacement. We wish him well and hope he will be “up and running” real soon.

Gilbert and Elaine Coull were very happy to have their daughter, Treena and grandson Ben from Montreal to spend the weekend of October 29th .

Belated Happy Birthday wishes going out to some November people:
Janice Syvret and Glenn Miller celebrated “special” birthdays on the 2nd this year – we won’t say but one turned 70 and the other 60. Other November 2nd birthdays – Pearl Palmer, Elizabeth Baird Coffin and Roy Coffin. Lisa Reilly - 3rd and Chris Miller on the 4th. Lorna Baird on the 7th. Emile Berger celebrated his 16th birthday on the 8th
Hayden Sams- 10th Dean Patterson the 12th. Linda Mullin – a special one on the 19th. David Boyle-the 20th. Craig Carter –the 24th Dawn Miller, Marguerite Palmer and Frankie Patterson on November 27th Hope you all enjoyed your special day.

On Sunday, November 6th Elizabeth Baird Coffin had a surprise birthday party for her mother, Lorna Baird in honour of her 80th birthday. It was held at the Seniors Room in Wakeham and a large crowd attended to wish Lorna a very happy birthday.

Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Adeline Baird who passed away after a length illness, at the Hotel Dieu in Gaspe on November 11th A service of prayers and songs was held at the Funeral Parlor in Gaspe on November 19th. Adeline worked for Multi Service and will be sadly missed by her co-workers, clients, family and friends.

Congratulations to Chris Miller (son of Blair and Faye Miller of Guelph) and Nicole Patterson on the birth of a beautiful baby girl, Sophie. Sophie came into the world in a hurry and the happy parents were at the hospital only a half hour before she arrived. Sophie is a little sister for Charlie and Connor.

Happy Birthday to Pearl Patterson who celebrated her birthday on December 1st. Best wishes for a healthy and happy year to come!

A very special birthday wish to Gladys Coffin who has her 90th birthday on December 2nd. Gladys is now living in York with Carter and Ada Coffin. Happy Birthday to Carter on the 23rd.

Get well wishes to Desmond Miller of Wakeham who has just undergone surgery. Best wishes to Dessie for a speedy recovery.
A special birthday wish to Louise Miller Nichum who lives in Denmark. Louise was 40 on December 3rd. Hope you had a great day Louise!

Get well wishes to Melrose Patterson who has been in the Hotel Dieu Hospital recently. We hope he is feeling much better soon.

Victor Annett hasn’t been feeling well lately. We wish him well and hope he will be feeling better real soon. His daughter, Joanne, and husband Billy are home visiting Victor and Coreen and also Billy’s mother Dorothy Ascah.

A very enjoyable afternoon was held at the Royal Canadian Legion on Sunday, November 27th. We were entertained with Christmas Songs by a lot of good local talent.
I believe the highlight of the afternoon was when Johnny Girard came on stage with his saxophone – it had been forty years since he entertained an audience but he still sounds terrific. Lots of delicious sweets and coffee were served. A painting donated by Ron Mundle was won by Stella Grant. All proceeds from this afternoon went to the local Cancer Association.





by ivy miller

Monday November 21 15:47:36 2011
Kurling, The York River Seniors will be playing indoor Kurling at the Gaspe Elementary School this evening (Monday Nov 21)starting at 7pm.

by Tony Patterson

Wednesday November 2 21:44:51 2011
The West Coast Gaspé Reunion 2012 is now booked for September 7th - 9th at the Zajac Ranch in Mission BC, so start making those plans to attend! We would love to see lots of Gaspé folk and their families at this event. More information will be posted following our committee's first planning meeting in early January. Hope to see you all there!

by Lani Baker Mitchell

Friday October 28 14:06:51 2011
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller- October 28, 2011

Congratulations to all the lucky moose hunters. As usual, the first weekend was rainy but as the hunt continued the weather improved.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Mary Ellen Drody Savidant who passed away at the Pavilion Monseigneur Ross on October 9th. Funeral services were held in St, Patrick’s Church, Douglastown on October 13th. She was a beautiful lady who will be missed dearly by family and friends.

Get well wishes to Mrs. Ella Gillis of Wakeham who has been in Quebec undergoing an operation. Her son, Kevin from Edmonton, Alberta flew home to be with his mother in Quebec. We hope she will have a speedy recovery and back into all her favorite activities soon.

The York River Seniors have been very active lately. At the first of October they boarded a bus for Forillon Park for the Changing of the Colors, stopping at Rosebridge Hall for breakfast. A “Meet and Greet” was held on Sunday afternoon at the Seniors Room in Wakeham with thirty new members joining the group. A Card Party was held on Friday, October 14th. Line dancing on Saturdays at the Senior’s Room. On Sunday, October 23rd they hosted a delicious Harvest Supper at St. Paul’s church hall and served over 200 people. Then on Monday evening, October 24th they had Kurling at Gaspe Elementary School, Tuesday evening a walk on the boardwalk and then coffee and chatting at Tim Hortons.

Heather Patterson (Dean) flew to Montreal to spend last weekend with her daughter, Stefanie, Marco, Chelsea and Christian. She did a little shopping, lots of baking, and enjoyed her visit with her family.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Ronald Matterson of Gaspe who passed away on September 25th. Funeral services were held at the Cathederal in Gaspe on September 28th.

Faye and Blair Miller of Guelph, Ontario were home the middle of September to visit family and friends. They had wonderful weather while here and Blair got some golfing in. While here they celebrated the 90th birthday of his mother, Hazel Patterson of Sunny Bank.

Our condolences to the family of Gary Mabe who passed away on October 22nd. Funeral service was held on Wednesday, October 25, at Brownlee Funeral Home, Ingleside Ontario. Gary was originally from Corner of the Beach.

Get well wishes to Adeline Baird who was recently in the Hotel Dieu Hospital –Gaspe. We hope she is feeling much better.

Tilly and Alvin Patterson from Manitoudwadge were home for two weeks visiting family and friends. While here Alvin went moose hunting with his father, Carleton Patterson.

Get well wishes to Gayle Miller Savidant of Sunny Bank who was recently in the Hotel Dieu Hospital.and is now at home recovering.

Kevin Clark, son of Everett and Lorna Clark, from Stettler, Alberta was home for moose hunting this year. He was one of the lucky hunters.

Happy birthday to the October people-
Tina Coffin – October 3rd A special birthday wish to Doda Miller –who turned 80 on October 3rd - Susan Coffin Kenny and Shelley Coffin Rudderham- October 5th Dean Phillips – October 6th Barbara Foley – October 15th Tara and Meigan Simpson – October 17th, Ivan Patterson of Guelph on October 21st, Jack Reilly , Burlington, who turned four years old on October 27th. Alpheus Patterson – October 28th and Elma Baird – October 31st.

Our condolences go out to the family of Hilda McAfee Roberts, wife of the late Harold Roberts, who passed away on October 19th . Funeral services were held at the St. Marjorique Church on October 22nd. She will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Get well wishes to Ovelan Syvret who is in the hospital in Montreal and recently had surgery. We hope he is feeling much better soon.

Vernice and Barrie Dumaresq went to Ottawa to attend the wedding of their nephew, and grandson of Selwyn and Sadie Dumaresq. Christopher Mulholland and Kristine Sleck-Frappier were married on October 08th. On October 10th they attended the 80th birthday of Selwyn . They had dinner on Thanksgiving with Diane and Ricky Sams at their daughter Paula’s. While in Ottawa they stayed at Vernice’s sister, Debbie and Donald Sams.’

We just returned from a wonderful three week holiday in Stettler, Alberta with our son Scott, Maggie and Maria. While there, we shopped in Red Deer, spent a weekend in Calgary where we visited the Bass Pro Shop and spent a day at the Heritage Centre. The next weekend we went to Canmore. We were very happy to be able to celebrate with our beautiful granddaughter, Maria, on her eleventh birthday on October 17th.




by Ivy miller

Sunday October 23 22:51:05 2011
The executive committee of The York River Seniors would like to thank all those that attended our Harvest Supper on Sat Oct 23 at St. Paul's Church in Gaspe. We would like to thank all those who volunteered by preparing, cooking, serving, & cleaning. It was great to have so many in the community both young and older working together to help. We would also like to thank Albert and Elaine Patterson for offering to be in charge of organizing the event. Until next year!!!!!!!!

by Tony Patterson

Tuesday October 18 23:02:56 2011
Burlington and Beyond

Mark, Melanie & Christian Craig, of Burlington, hosted a Thanksgiving dinner ,for family and friends. As it was a warm evening people were able to be outside on the patio, enjoying drinks and good company. The dinner was buffet style, even trying to taste a little of each thing, plates were full! Delicious! Everyone sat around tables that were placed facing each other, a good way to chat while eating. Tables were delightfully decorated for the occasion. Good company, good drinks, good food---what else could one ask for, except a second piece of pie !!

Billy Boyle has returned to his home in Mississauga after being a travelling man since June. First off to the Gaspe Golf Tournament, then to his home in Gaspe, from there he motored out west and north, back to Kapuskasing for a wedding, back to Gaspe and now he is in Ontario for the winter.

Ryan Palmer and Veronique Cantin of Ottawa spent 3 weeks touring Spain, France and Germany, visiting with friends along the way. While in Paris they became engaged-----another wedding to look forward to.

Maureen Palmer and John Pope of Kapuskasing were married on Sept 3rd. Maureen is the daughter of Sue & Scott Palmer. The weather co-operated and the wedding day was delightfully warm and sunny.About 200 guests attended the ceremony in the Anglican Church in Kapuskasing. Pictures were taken at a park nearby, a lovely location by the river . Gary Laminger & Greg Patterson, uncles of the bride were on hand to record the event. Reception was held at Knights of Columbus Hall. Ryan Palmer, brother of the bride did a most satisfactory job as M.C. Much music talent from both sides of the family kept everyone entertained well into the night. My favorite was an 89 year old uncle who played the guitar and sang, "You Are My Sunshine" My kind of music ! The bride and groom sand a duet, with the groom on the guitar. Awesome !It was a great party with many family and friends coming together to have fun and wish the new couple happiness. John & Maureen spent a week in the Dominican Republic and are now settled in their home in Kapuskasing. All the best !

Scott & Susie Palmer are now back in Kapuskasing after several weeks at their cottage in Gaspe. For one week it was a happening place as all the family were home and many friends came to say Hi. One evening there were 26 sitting around singing and listening to Ryan Palmer & John Pope playing guitar.

Gary & Lois Laminger of Kitchener are spending a month in St. Petersburg, Florida. They have been enjoying the warm weather and beaches. Also are having several visitors. Gary's daughter, Gillian,husband John and son Colby were there for a week .Keri, Lois' daughter and her little Leland and niece Breanna also spent a week and now Gary's sister and her husband are there. The children (and adults too, no doubt !) enjoyed Disney nd Universal. Gary has been able to take in basketball, and baseball games .

Friends called at the home of Lisa Patterson to see her new grandson, Tucker Charles, son of Taylor. Every one got to hold the little sweetie, and he never woke up ! A Delicious assortment of sweets was served during the afternoon. Lisa's brother Shane and wife Karen were there also with their little girl, Josie who is a real doll. Lucky Charles & Jackie to have these little ones to keep their life busy.

Gregory & Mariette Patterson are proud grand parents . Quinn William Shepherd , son of Will & Kim was born on Sept 25 in Toronto. Mariette spent a few days helping Kim out . I have not seen him yet but he sure looks cute in the pictures. He is my fifth great grand child.

Fred & Judy Patterson from Dartmouth, NS spent a week in Gaspe at their summer cottage. Judy also spent a week in Montreal visiting a good friend.

Gerry Patterson flew from France to Montreal, where his friend, Scott MacLeod met him and brought him to Gaspe. Scott stayed next door, with his mother, Beth, in Eric Coffin's cottage . Very nice to have these friends so near to drop in.

Grahm David Miller,formerly of Wakeham, Quebec, passed away in Edmonton, Alberta, just a few days after his 83rd birthday. Francis and Ruth, his brother and sister flew out, where they were guests of Ivan & Virgina Miller. In spite of the sad occasion, it was pleasant to be with family and friends. Graham's wife, Doreen , has since moved into a retirment home.

Tom & Ruth Armstrong spent 2 weeks touring England and Scotland. The tour strated and ended in London going through the Cotswolds, Stratford, Lake District and Yorkshire. A varied and beautiful scenery. Many large houses and castles were on the itenerary, Churchill's Chartwell being the most interesting. In Scotland Tom got to see his brother and an old school chum, and in London spent some time with his grand daughter who lives there. A nice trip and a smooth flight home---good way to end a delightful holiday.

by Ruth Armstrong

Friday October 14 17:36:26 2011

A "Celebration of Life" honoring Lew Stoddard will be held on Tuesday Oct. 18th at 3 PM at the Surrey Pentecostal Assembly in the Prayer Room.

16870 - 80th AVENUE (corner of 168 & Fraser Hwy)
SURREY, B.C.


by Lani Baker Mitchell

Friday October 14 14:28:16 2011
A service for Lew Stoddard will be held at 3 PM on Tuesday October 18th at the Pentecostal Prayer Room in Surrey, BC. I will post the exact location/address of the church when I get it from Lew's daughter.

by Lani Baker Mitchell

Saturday October 8 2:19:14 2011
Thanks for the link to the National Film Board (NFB). Found a really great movie called "Finding Farley". What an adventure these people had.
Thanks
Norman Gavey

by Norman Gavey

Wednesday October 5 20:30:56 2011
I have posted a short notice on Lew' Stoddard's Blog about his death. Please feel free to add comment to the posting as i think his family and friends might be appreciative of that.
Lani

by Lani Baker Mitchell

Tuesday October 4 21:24:21 2011
I am so sad to have to let you know that Lew Stoddard died this weekend after a lengthy battle with leukemia. Lew spent endless hours working to help the Coffin family clear the name of Wilbert Coffin. Through his efforts, this troubling case was once again brought to the attention of all Canadians and others worldwide.
Lew gained a great affection & respect for Gaspésians and would have dearly loved to have spent some time in Gaspé.
Although he didn't get the opportunity to do that, his hard work on behalf of Marie and family will mean that he will always have a " place at the table " when we Gaspésians talk about those who mattered.

by Lani Baker Mitchell

Monday October 3 2:48:05 2011
It was a resounding success! The York River Seniors club held a Meet&Greet/Wine&Cheese on Sunday Oct 2nd at the seniors room in the Adult Ed. building in Wakeham from 1:30 to 4pm. Appromimately 80-90 people attended the afternoon event and were entertained by great music provided by Berta Roberts, Alfred Cassidy, Marcel Lapointe, Yvan Frenette and John Cotton. To show their appreciation for the great music a number of people took to the floor and danced the afternoon away. We would like to thank those from the community who attended and paid their yearly dues and to those who completed application forms to become new members. We would also like to thank all those who helped in the setting up, serving of the wine & cheese and the clean up.

by Tony Patterson

Tuesday September 20 22:28:57 2011
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller- September 2011

Well we are in the third week of September and have had some lovely sunny days this month – maybe summer has arrived!

We certainly saw a lot of visitors around this summer-Gaspe has been a busy place.

Linda and Archie Patterson of Wakeham had all of their family home at the end of July and first week of August. Tammy, (who celebrated her birthday while in Gaspe on July 26th- Happy belated birthday, Tammy) Todd, Tanner and Ty Russell were here from Regina for two weeks, their son, Jason and grandson, Seth, came from Milton and Justin and his girlfriend, Sue from Toronto for a few days.

The Norman Patterson and Beryl Eden family had a reunion at Fort Haldimand the first week of August. The weather wasn’t great but they were able to enjoy some quality family time. In all there were approximately sixty who came from near and as far as Big Valley, Alberta to spend time together. The activities include a delicious supper and a wonderful evening with live entertainment, a visit to the cemetery to say prayers for all their deceased family members, walks on the beach, campfire evenings and lots of “catching up” with each other.

Paula and Ricky Shannon had a busy household this summer.. Mike, Dawn, Meghan and Hailey were here for a week at the end of July. Lisa, John, Jack and Amy were home for the first two weeks of August. They all live in Burlington, Ontario. So nice to spend time with you guys!

Deepest sympathy to the family of Kathleen Seamer Patterson of Wakeham who passed away peacefully at her home on August 6th. She spent the last week of her life doing something she loved the most – playing cards with her family.

On August 14th, two special events took place at St. Andrew’s Church in York. Madden Richard Peter Keays, son of Carmen Coulombe and Michael Keays, who we are happy to welcome back to Gaspe, was baptized . Gracie Annett was honoured for her twenty years as lay reader. She was presented with a plaque from the Greater Parish, flowers from the ministry team and a gift from York ACW. Congratulations, Gracie.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Evelyne Fournier Adams who passed away on August 13th at the Enfant Jesus Hospital in Quebec City. Burial was in the St. Marjorique Church on August 19th.

Pioneer Days were a great success again this year. Only one event –Children’s Day had to be postponed until the following day. I think the highlight of this annual event was the Dinner Theatre which was held at Gaspe Elementary School. The gym, being decorated in the fifties and sixties theme looked fantastic. A couple of guys and a group of ladies (dressed in “poodle skirts” and loafers) performed to the Fifties and Sixties music before and during dinner. This incredible performance was directed by Karen Briand and she and all her dancers deserve much praise. The Silent Auction once again went over well with many interesting and unusual items to bid on. Seniors Day was very successful this year with over 160 registering. We are all looking forward to Pioneer Days again next year.

A crowd of family and friends gathered at Mont Bechervaise on August 19th to celebrate Brian McCallum’s 50th birthday. We were entertained by some very talented singers during the evening and saw a video of the life of Brian and his family. A very enjoyable evening was had by all. We wish you many more Happy Birthdays Brian.

Congratulations to Sara Hackett and Lorne Jean on the birth of their second son, Landon, who was born on September 3rd. A little brother for Jacob.

Happy Birthday to Linda Annett Miller on August 04th and to Linda Alexander on August 12. Sandra Eden Lavigne celebrated on August 10th, Tyler Patterson of Barrie Ontario celebrated his birthday on August 19th.

Congratulations to Melissa Patterson and Daryl Peters who were married on Saturday, August 13th. They were married in St. James Church, Wakeham and the reception was in St. Marjorique Hall. We wish them many happy years together.

The family of Elmer Patterson had a commemorative memorial service on August 20th at St. James Church Wakeham. He was accidentally killed fifty years ago on Murdochville road. A delicious luncheon was served at the Senior Centre in Wakeham where family and friends were able to reminisce.

On Friday evening, August 12th , the family of Ruth Miller Patterson Armstrong held a party at the Royal Canadian Legion in Gaspe to celebrate her 80th birthday. Over 150 people from far and near came to help celebrate and wish her Happy Birthday. She had no idea so many people would attend and that she had so many friends. A delicious lunch was served and everyone had a wonderful chance to chat with each other. She said she would see everyone in twenty years to celebrate her 100th. Nice to see you so young at heart, Ruth.

On Friday, August 26th Heather Patterson (Dean) of Sunny Bank celebrated her 65th birthday by inviting her family, friends, and clients to a dinner party at Gaspe Elementary School. Over two hundred people attended her party. Heather and Dean’s daughter, Stefanie (whose birthday was the same day as her mothers) and three of her friends from Montreal came to celebrate and to help out with the party. Heather’s brother, Dallas and wife, Lizzie came all the way from Edmonton, Alberta to celebrate with her. More out of town guests were Joyce Patterson from Montreal, Frances and Michael McVeigh from Bathurst and Vernon and Barbara Patterson from Manitouwadge. The gym was beautifully decorated and a delicious meal was served. To keep the party in high gear, Heather had Tammy Adams entertain us all evening with her wonderful voice and music. It was indeed a great party. Always stay young, Heather, and we wish you many happy birthdays to come.

We were happy to have our brother, Bryce, visit us at the end of July. Bryce spends his summers in Prince Edward Island and the rest of the year in Bedford, Nova Scotia.

Bonnie and Jimmy Scarboro from Nakawic and their family – Chandra and Vic and little Nicholas from Calgary and Jason ,Dawn and their three children, Julia, Harrison and Dex camped out at the campground in Haldimand for a week. Phyllis and Roy Coffin were also in Gaspe at this time. While here they attended some Pioneer Days events and visited family and friends. It was so nice to see all of you.

Mr. Joe Patterson from Sandy Beach had a very happy birthday on August 31st. Mr. Joe celebrated his 101st birthday by going out for lunch and visiting with family and friends in the afternoon at his Haldimand House. Nice to see you looking so young, Mr. Joe.

Get well wishes going out to Alpheus Patterson, Ellen Patterson and Marjorie Bechervaise Fournier who are in the Hotel Dieu hospital in Gaspe. We wish them good luck and hope they are all soon feeling better and back home.

Birthday wishes going out to the September people.
Lisa Miller Maurice –Sept 4th , Bessie Patterson – Sept 5th Bryce Coffin – September 8th, Glen Alexander (70th)–September 8th, Mabel Carter – September 9th Harris Miller – Sept 14th , Donna Phillips –Sept 17th, Phyllis Patterson Miller (80th) and very special wishes to Hazel Mulllin Patterson –Sandy Beach(Sept 27th) Hazel Patterson – Sunny Bank Sept 28th and Howard Gallichan-Sept 28th also of Sandy Beach who all celebrate their 90th birthday. We hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends.

Congratulations to Mike Stacy and Jill Syvret of Denver on the birth of their precious little son, Declan Michael on September 10th. Declan is the first grandson and third grandchild for Brad and Janice Syvret of Haldimand. Grandma Janice is in Denver right now lovingly lending a hand to the family. Enjoy your visit, Janice.

by Ivy Miller

Wednesday September 14 22:36:52 2011
90th Birthday Celebration

We will be having an open house in honor of Mrs Hazel Mullin Patterson's 90th Birthday.

Date: Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Place: Sandy Beach Church Hall

by nadine jean

Monday September 12 10:27:34 2011

FYI York service for September 18 is changed. There is an ALL PARISH SERVICE at St. James Wakeham at 10:00 am. Hope to see you all!

Clarence Coffin

by Clarence Coffin

Sunday September 4 21:30:44 2011
A reminder of the up comming events for the York River Seniors group.
Sept 6th (Tuesday) An evening walk leaving provigo parking lot at 7pm (weather permitting)
Sept 11th (Sunday) Grandparents Day with music at the Manior 1:30 to 4pm
Sept 16th (Friday) A 500 card party at the Wakeham Senior's Room 7pm
Call 418 368 2014 Pearl Patterson
Sept 20th (Tuesday) An evening walk leaving provigo parking lot at 7pm
Sept 28th (Wed) A dance at the Royal Canadian Legion 7pm
Sept 30th (Friday) A 500 card party at the Wakeham Senior's Room 7 pm
call 418 368 2014 Pearl Patterson
Oct 2nd (Sunday) Meet & Greet with music at the Seniors Room Wakeham
Payment of yearly dues ($25.00) and a chance for new members to
visit and find out more about our club.

by Tony Patterson

Sunday August 28 23:02:42 2011
On August 12th my children held a party to celebrate my 80th year, at the Legion Hall in Gaspe. I was amazed and very pleased to have 150 people come to wish me the best. Its marvelous to have so many good friends and family . I felt like a Queen !! I have tried to write thank you letters and for those who do not receive one it is because I did not find your address. Please accept my heart felt thanks for your presence at my party and for all the lovely gifts I received. See you all next year. Love to all, Ruth

by Ruth Armstrong

Friday August 26 11:12:31 2011

FYI--St. Andrews, York -- Change in Schedule for September 4 Service. It will be a Harvest Service, there will be Eucharist & a Baptism. 7PM

Clarence Coffin

by Clarence Coffin

Friday August 19 17:22:44 2011
congradulations to my granddaughter Emilia Ascah on completing her 15 months of her study for early childhood education at College Lasalle and getting a position with a day care in chateauguay ,
she had a hard journey with her studies and working part time at zellers and taking care of aiden and alex
love you granny (Ruby)

by ruby ascah

Tuesday August 16 19:15:11 2011
A correction for last Gaspe News - Gerry Fitzpatrick passed away in Montreal on July 11th and Delbert Fizpatrick at Hotel Dieu in Gaspe on July 20th. My apologies for this error.

I. Miller

by ivy miller

Tuesday August 16 18:41:58 2011
Sustainable Trail Building Can Be Learned!

A Free Trail-Building Workshop Will Be Held at Forillon National Park

GASPÉ, QUEBEC, August 15, 2011 – Parks Canada invites you to participate in a trail-building workshop. Specialists from the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Canada Trail Care Crew will be offering this hands-on training free of charge on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Forillon National Park.

Trail Care Crew

Supported by Parks Canada and the Trans Canada Trail, the Trail Care Crew is managed by the Canadian office of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). Its mandate is to build new trails, maintain and restore existing trails, participate in solving trail management challenges and promote trails in order to improve trail experiences.

The IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew is a dynamic two-person team of professional trail builders that travels throughout Canada year-round. During the 2010 season, the IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew reached more than 1,000 Canadians and trained over 350 volunteers on best practices for sustainable trail building.

The Care Crew will be visiting Forillon National Park from August 25 to 28, 2011. There it will deliver a one-day theory and practical workshop on trail building and the principles of sustainable trail design.

Who is the workshop for?

This workshop will be beneficial to any person or organization interested in the use or development of sustainable trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, bird watching and all other outdoor activities.

The workshop will be held at the Interpretation Centre in the North sector of Forillon National Park on August 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will include three hours of theory, followed by a comprehensive half-day of hands-on activities and instruction in the field. Topics include building basics, turns and footbridges, trail modification and restoration, and effective signage.

Are you interested in attending this workshop? Act quickly—space is limited! Confirm your attendance at 418-892-5607.

Parks Canada is leading the way in the protection and presentation of natural and historical heritage in order to provide Canadians with learning opportunities and exciting experiences.


Information:
Michel Queenton, External Relations Manager
Gaspésie Field Unit - Parks Canada
418-368-5592
michel.queenton@pc.gc.ca




by Michel Queenton

Friday August 12 12:44:25 2011
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller – August 12, 2011

We are two weeks into the month of August and we are still waiting for summer to arrive. We have had a few sunny days but not the beautiful Gaspe summer that we normally have.

A 25th anniversary party for Sandi and Karl Hackett was held at their home in York at the end of June. A large crowd celebrated with them and everyone enjoyed a delicious b.b.q and salad supper. Congratulations to Sandi and Karl.

Brad and Janice Syvret were happy to have their son, Tommy and granddaughter, Madeline, visiting them from Calgary the middle of July. Brad’s father, Ovelan, came to visit Brad and Janice at this time and to see his grandson and great granddaughter. He will return to Montreal the third week of August.

On July 13th a “going away party” was held in St. Paul’s Church Hall Gaspe for Rev. Jason Pollick. Members of the Greater Parish of Gaspe gathered to wish Jason well in his new parish in the Diocese of New Westminster in Gibsons, B.C. He will be missed by all.

Congratulations to Heather Roberts and Dave Vibert who were married in St. Matthews Church – Peninsula on July 16th. A reception was held at l’Age Dor in Gaspe. We wish them happiness and a long life together.

On July 24th Rev. Jason had his last service for the Greater Parish . A large crowd attended this service which was held in St. Andrew’s Church York with a delicious lunch following the service.

Congratulations to Jolene Annett and Steve Jean on the birth of a baby girl, Alexa, who was born on July 13th. The happy grandparents are Claudette and Andre Jean, Sylvie Deraps and Lewis Annett.

Get well wishes to Edgar Clark who recently had to be flown to Quebec City because of a problem with his heart. We hope he is feeling much better soon.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Delbert Fitzpatrick of Gaspe who passed away on July 20th and his brother, Gerry, just a week after, in Montreal.

On the 25th of July we saw something unusual on Haldimand Beach. Two white baby belugas came to shore and played around for awhile before entering the roped off area where people were swimming. They were later seen in Perce on their way to join their family at sea.

Mr. Joe Patterson is back in Gaspe and down at his “Haldimand” house with his daughter, Martha and husband, Brian Costello. It is nice to see him out and about and we wish him a very happy 101st birthday on August 31st

Congratulations to Linda Jean and Roland Patterson of Wakeham who were married on Saturday, July 30th in St. James Church Wakeham. The reception was held at the MicMac Hall in Pointe Navarre. We wish them much happiness.

A Gospel Hour was held in St. Andrew’s York on Wednesday evening, July 27th as part of Pioneer Days. The choir led by Karen Briand had the congregation clapping their hands, singing along and we were all sorry to see the hour end. Coffee and sweets were served to bring the evening to a close.

Lorna and Larry Miller were happy to have their daughter, Lorelei, husband Boris and daughter Brooke home from New Market for a visit this summer. They spent time in their chalet which is close to Murdochville for part of their time in Gaspe. It was nice to see Marilyn and Donnie Whaley from Fonthill, home during Pioneer Days. Lorna’s brother, Leigh from Oakville is also visiting. Lorna and Larry spent the month of June with their daughter, Louise, husband , Kim and family in Fredericia, Denmark. They had a wonderful holiday and were treated royally.

Michael Kelly, son of Mavis and Claude Kelly returned from Afghanistan on July 28th. His family welcomed him back to Canada by meeting him at the airport in Quebec. Michael did not know that they were going to be there and had a wonderful surprise when he stepped off the plane. So glad that you are back home safely, Michael, along with all the other Canadians.

July birthdays
Tommy Syvret-Calgary – July 4th,David Miller- Guelph-July 6th, Dale Miller –Sunny Bank and Wendy Clark-Wakeham –July 7th, Earle Coffin – Wakeham –July 8th,Todd Miller- Sandy Beach- July 10th, Mark Carter –Montreal and Les Boyle- London – July 13th, Linda Cass and Kay Coffin – Wakeham – July 17th, Betty Stanley – L’Anse Aux Cousins – July 19th, Melrose Patterson – Wakeham -July 21st, Myrna Jean – July 27th David Baird – Gaspe and Marc Lavigne-Chateguay – July 28th Hope you all had a very happy birthday and wishing you a great year to come.
More summer events and visitor updates next time – if you have anything for this column please e-mail me at imiller@cgocable.ca


by ivy miller

Wednesday August 10 20:45:29 2011
There are still several articles of clothing left at Camp Fort Haldimand from the children's camp. Towels, sweaters, tshirts, sneakers, and medication are waiting to be picked up. These articles can be collected from 8am-4pm until August 17th at Camp Fort Haldimand. If these hours are not suitable to your schedule then please contact me at mmullin09@ubishops.ca

by Megan Mullin

Saturday August 6 12:01:21 2011
I am pleased to forward a check for $34.00, a donation to the Gaspé Cancer Foundation. This represents a portion of the sales I made at the Pioneers Day Craft Sale on July 30, 2011.
The CD/DVD collections “Gaspé of Yesteryear”, “Gaspé - Scenes of the Past” and “Cemeteries of the Gaspé Area” were the three main attractions.
Thanks to the people who so generously donated photos for my album, I was able to make the collection appealing to many.
PS I am still adding old photos.

by Morris Patterson

Thursday August 4 13:03:52 2011
Breakfast on the Grass . . . with Leif Vollbekk
Forillon National Park and the Festival Musique du Bout du Monde
suggest an unforgettable sun salutation at Cap-Bon-Ami

GASPÉ, QUÉBEC, August 3, 2011 – Following last year's successful concert by the musical group Ragleela, where nearly 300 spectators gathered at Cap-Bon-Ami at dawn, Forillon National Park and the Festival Musique du Bout du Monde repeat the experience again this year and invite you to have breakfast on the grass while attending Leif Vollebekk's concert on Sunday, August 14, at 5 a.m.

Leif who?
Based in Montréal, Leif Vollebekk is a rising singer-songwriter. His sensitive and poetic folk music combines the soft and mellow side of Patrick Watson’s music with the rough and authentic charm of Bob Dylan. His first album, Inland, released in 2010, has brought him to Quebec, France and the United States.

Last July, Leif Vollebekk performed in the Magdalen Islands, this month, he makes a stop in Cap Bon-Ami, at Forillon National Park, long enough to see the sunrise. A unique concert, sourrounded by nature, presented as part of the Festival de Musique du Bout du Monde de Gaspé. (www.musiqueduboutdumonde.com).

Musical Breakfast on the Grass
Seaside, with majestic cliffs that take on a red hue at dawn, seabirds waking to the pure tone and airborne sound of Leif Vollebekk’s acoustic folk . . . Can you imagine awaking to anything more inspiring?

You are invited to fully savour this magical moment by participating in a large-scale musical breakfast on the grass. Fresh bread, croissants or fruits of the season? Whatever your favourite breakfast food, bring it with you and enjoy it on location. Don't forget your thermos; coffee will be served on site.

In case of rain, the concert will be held in a tent near St. Peter's Church, in the South sector of the park, at noon.

Parks Canada, which is marking its 100th anniversary this year, invites Canadians to celebrate and enjoy memorable experiences in its parks and historic sites all across the country. Come celebrate!

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Information:
Émilie Devoe, Communications and Public Relations Agent
Gaspésie Field Unit - Parks Canada
418-368-5515
emilie.devoe@pc.gc.ca


by Émilie Devoe

Saturday July 30 0:33:42 2011
We, the executive community members of The York Rivers Seniors, would like to thank all those who attended the Seniors Day events that were held today at the Fort Halidmand Camp. Approximately 160 people registered between 10 to 11:30am for the days events. It was quite warm in the hall but a great time was had by all.
We would also like to thank all those who volunteered to assist in the preperation and serving of the lunch, assisted with the bingo, assisted with the setting up and then cleaning up of the hall when all was finished. With out volunteers any event such as this would be impossible.
We would like to thank Ben Trudel and his band for an afternoon of great music.
We received great reviews and those attending from other clubs were very please
with their day and had great thing to say about the members of the York River Seniors Club.

by Tony Patterson

Wednesday July 27 0:42:46 2011
I just want to concur with my brother Denver Leggo on the article about the Bluebird Cafe...I am very upset also, because they chose to omit three of our fellow Gaspesiens in the article, who their familys happens to be our neighbours... I also what them to apologize...

by Lana Leggo

Sunday July 24 22:05:06 2011
We will in Gaspe to bury the ashes of the late Eva Ruth Mullin on August 6 2011 in St Andrew's Cemetery in York. A .grave side service will take place at 2 pm

Dennis,Winston & Betty

by Dennis Mullin

Saturday July 23 23:43:20 2011
Today I read the article in Spec on the Blue Bird Cafe fire of 1972. This has always been a misnomer as the Wagon Wheel was the object of the attack and the victims were all patrons of this venue. The sign on the building featured the Blue Bird Café and although no customers of that business was harmed, the media has mostly referred to this as the object ot the event.

I, as well as many Gaspesians, was a patron of the Wagon Wheel in the late 60's and early 70's.
I was a more than a bit upset by the Spec article which mentioned two Gaspesians?? who perished during this tragic event. The article mentioned 2 victims from the Chaleur Bay area but ignored the following of my neighbours, Sandra Annett, aged 14, Marilyn Dery, aged 16, and Patrick Maher aged 24. These three came from the area between Percé and Gaspé and Lloyd Willett knew this but chose to ignore them. Why? I feel that the families are owed an apology.

Denver Leggo

by Denver Leggo

Wednesday July 13 9:44:07 2011
The Great Gaspe Golf Tournament - 16th Edition

by Vic Miller

WILLIAMSBURG ON.

130 Gaspesians (or wannabes) hit the course at Cedar Glen on Saturday, June 4, for a round of golf. 90 others congregated in or around the clubhouse for a round of catching up on the latest news of their friends.

My wife and I spent Friday night at the McIntosh Inn of Morrisburg and met many friends there. The Inn staff are not only freindly and courteous but go out of their way to make you comfortable. I had arguably the best fish and chips this side of Gaspe! They even offered to put on a buffet breakfast on Saturday morning for the many Gaspesians staying there over the weekend.

The new organizing team of Brenda McDonald & Rick Adams, Sue Sams & Lynn Mullin, Kathy Patterson & Dan Miller followed the time tested system developed over the last 15 years by John & Shirley Boyle and Barb & Gary Mabe. The event went smoothly, evidence of a lot of planning and work.

The golfers headed out on a shot gun start at 11:00 am. The weather was cool; a typical Gaspesian June morning. Reports indicated that the course was in good condition, even with a rainy April and May.

The now famous, and much coveted, Red Plaid Jacket was won by Jim Jensen with a score of 80 (Jim won 1st place due to a putt-off or was it a put-off??) and
Florina Aubert with a score of 86. Other winners were:
Men 2nd - Sylvain Adam - 80
Men longest drive - Jim Jensen
Sr Men 1st - Morley Nadeau -84
Sr Men 2nd- Ralph Mckoy - 85
Sr Men longest drive - Morley Nadeau
Women 2nd - Kim Davis - 87
Women longest drive - Kim Davis
Sr Women 1st - Debbie Mckoy - 89
Sr Women 2nd - Brenda McDonald - 103
Sr Women longest drive - Sandra Walker
Closest to the pin - Debbie Mckoy

A 50/50 draw was once again offered with $832.00 in tickets being sold. The Gaspe Spec received $416.00 with Ian Musgrave and Bobby Palmer pocketing $208.00 each. During the early years a prize was offered but for several years a 50/50 draw has been the norm.

A familiar face was at the microphone this night as prizes were awarded and door prizes were drawn. Gary Mabe was back again to do the honours. Names were drawn for the many door prizes including a hand made car and truck crafted by Wendell Miller of North Bay who is an accomplished artisan. Wendell also made a utility cart which was presented to Dennis Casselman, owner of Cedar Glen. Other donors of door prizes are: McIntosh Inn, Earl Mabe, Larry Patterson, Ian Musgrave, Donna Phillips, Howard Clark, George Dee, Gail & Ron Dumaresq, Geoffrey Phillips and Dave Rich.

The Club served up an excellent BBQ dinner. Weren't those baked potatoes tasty? And the steak was perfectly done. A great meal from great people!

As the day drew to a close the Organizing Team was asked to comment on this year's edition of the GGGT.

"The 16th Annual Great Gaspe Golf Tournament was once again a real success. Thanks to the Cedar Glen Golf Club staff and the continuing support of fellow Gaspesians and their friends" said the Team, "And we are ready to do it all again next year at Cedar Glen. Mark your calendars for June 2, 2012."

It was indeed a real success. And with an enthusiastic team at the helm we look forward to many more years of Gaspesians gathering together for a day of incredible camaraderie and just having a good time. This intrepid scribe will be here also, God willing!!

by Vic Miller

by Vic Miller

Saturday July 2 21:56:30 2011
hi, SPCA Gaspe will be holding its General Meeting
at the Town hall in Gaspe
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at 7 p.m.
A new board will be elected and we will discussing
the future of the SPCA. We need your help.
For more information, please call: 418-368-8768
or you can e-mail me at: kurooney@cgocable.ca
or you can write: SPCA Gaspe Box 6113 Gaspe, Quebec G4X 2R6
Thank you, Bonnie

by Bonnie Rooney

Friday July 1 14:50:44 2011
July is here and more dreary days-will we ever see the sun? Enough of the rain- we need some beach weather now.

It is almost impossible to find a parking spot downtown these days and we are starting to see some “out of province” licenses – guess some ex-Gaspesians and/or tourist are in town.

Debbie and Terry Walsh of Ottawa visited their families in Sunny Bank and Douglastown at the end of May.

Congratulations to Todd Sams of Ottawa, originally from Gaspe, on his graduation from the Media Communication Program -Algonquin College. Todd is now employed as a greeter at TD Canada Trust in Ottawa. Way to go, Todd.

On Sunday, June 26th despite thick fog and heavy rain some 40 members and friends of the York River Senior’s Club boarded a bus for an outing to Perce. Other members and guests motored to Perce by car. A total of some 51 seniors had a delicious buffet brunch at Biard’s Restaurant in Perce. Everyone was able to chat and exchange greetings while enjoying the wide selection of food offered at the buffet. The next stop saw the group visit La Vielle Usine de L’Anse-a-Beaufils installations which include an art gallery, gift shop, bistro bar and landscaped terrace and wharf. Smiles were on everyone’s face as they browsed throughout the old restored fish factory. Fortunately the rain had let up and so the group was able to spend some time outside “La Vielle Usine” before boarding for the return portion of the trip to Gaspe. Special thanks are extended to the Eastern Shores School Board for supplying the school bus and to Mr. Dale Miller for driving the bus.

Happy Birthday to the June people -
June 06th- Marilyn Whaley of Fonthill, Ontario
June 07th- Vera Patterson-Gaspe
June 09th – Ron Mundle-Wakeham
June 11th- Cynthia McDonald-Wakeham
June 16th- Mike Shannon-Burlington
June 18th – Paula Shannon-Wakeham
June 19th – Dorinda Patterson and Donalee Bechervaise Preston-Wakeham
June 26th- Katie Annett- who is now a ” teenager”
June 28th – Jeremy Betteridge celebrates a special birthday – 25th
June 30th – Stan Vibert-Wakeham

Congratulations to Dale Miller of Sunny Bank who has retired this year from driving the school bus. He will be greatly missed by all his “little ones” and teachers as well. We wish him a happy and healthy retirement.

Happy 45th Anniversary to Dean and Heather Patterson of Sunny Bank. We wish them all the best and many more years together. They were in Montreal visiting Stefanie, Marco, Chelsia and Christian on the day of their anniversary- June 25th so hope they had a great day.

Ron and Cynthia McDonald recently flew to Vancouver to visit Chad, their son, and to assist him as he recovered from knee surgery. While there they visited many of the attractions of the area such as Stanley Park, Gastown, Granville Island, Canada Place, Harbor Center, China Town and the Olympic Cauldron. On two occasions they drove the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler and were quite surprised to see that some of the ski trails were still in operation. Playoff hockey fever was on while they were in the city and so they were able to view Vancouver games at CBC Place at Georgia and Richards Streets surrounded by the enthusiasm of the local fans.

On Saturday, June 25 the auditorium of C.E. Pouliot Polyvalent was packed with family and friends of the 2011 graduates. Nineteen graduates proudly went on the stage to accept their diplomas from Miss Jennifer Roy, their principal. Shane Foley and Dave LeTemplier had the pleasure of being masters of ceremony. They both retire this year and will be sadly missed by the staff and students. Congratulations to both teachers and to the graduates. We wish them a wonderful future in whatever paths they choose to follow.

Have a wonderful month of July, everyone!

by ivy miller

Monday June 27 1:03:05 2011
The Rosebridge St. Matthews United Church will be having a special church service on July 17th celebrating the 100th anniversary of this church. Rev. Fran Aird will be leading the service and also Rev. Peter Lougheed a former minister of our parish will be our Guest Speaker.

by Kim Simpson

Friday June 24 0:51:54 2011
Hi I am trying to get something going for the 40th Anniversary of the bluebird cafe fire that happen in Montreal 1972.

Please join ( support a Memorial For The Bluebird Cafe Fire Victims Of 1972 )and (Lets Get A Memorial For The Montreal Bluebird Cafe Fire Victims Of 1972 ) all on facebook we are working on geting a memorial for the 2012 40th anniversary of the bluebird cafe fire that happen in montreal and we will be holding a candlelight vigil on sept 1 2011 down town every one is welcome please come join us and join our room we need your help its for the 37 murder victims and the 56 injured lets not for get them lets remember them

by Lloyd Willett

Friday June 17 19:53:14 2011
Le Musée de la Gaspésie is pleased to announce the launch their new bilingual web site. Check it out by following the link on GoGaspe under "Gaspe Links" or by visiting www.museedelagaspesie.ca

by Amélia Giroux-Gagné

Friday June 17 14:45:10 2011
York River Senior Citizen ---- BRUNCH

York River Senior Citizens and guests are invited to participate in a Breakfast Brunch that will be held on Sunday, June 26th. 10:30 A.M. at Biard's Restaurant in Perce. Cost for members $ 10.00 and non-members $14.50. A bus, leaving from Gaspe Elementary School on Sunday at 9:30 will provide transportation to Perce for those requiring it. To confirm your participation, please register before Friday June 24th. by contacting Albert Patterson 368-2752 or Alfred Cassidy 368-2011. Also please indicate your travel arrangements by bus or car.

by Ron Mundle

Thursday June 16 14:40:28 2011
Eric Sams has won the first ever GoGaspe Hockey Draft. He did this by selecting ten NHL hockey players who together accumulated 164 points, and outscoring the next best selection by 8 points. You can see the final results at "www.gaspepool.com."

Watch for our next hockey draft in September. At that time you will be invited to select any 10 hockey players who you believe will get the highest combined total points during the regualar season. We will have a great selection of prizes, and entries will be free!

by Andy Patterson

Thursday June 16 9:00:39 2011
Malbay Festival Events :
Location: Belle Anse School
Dates: July 22,23 & 24th
Thursday: Pre- Festival Event: Senior's Day ...Starting @ 9:30 Place to be determined.
Friday: Children's Day ( face painting, pony rides, games, & free lunch for the children....Lunch is being sponsored by Robin Jones De Barachois ...
Gift Bingo ( Under The Tent) on Festival Grounds
Pamela Rooney & The Exceptions

Saturday July 23rd
Baking Contest Contact Marleen or Carolyn Devouge @ 645-3966
Bake sale / Yard Sale 10.00$ a table ( contact Carole Chicoine @ 645-2524 )
Talent Show ( Contact Chantal Lejeune @ 645-2166 and Carole Chicoine @ 645-2524)
Randy Matterson & Leonard Vezina for a night of good music
along with Regis & Ernie.

Sunday July 24th
Open air service
Lumberjack Breakfast
Fiddling Hoedown
CowPie Bingo
along with Leonard & Randy

Come and enjoy and fun filled wekend for all the family ....See you there !!!

by Carole Chicoine

Tuesday June 14 1:23:14 2011
Forillon National Park: Expropriated owners and their descendants may request their pass beginning today.

GASPÉ, QUEBEC, June 13, 2011 – Forillon National Park is announcing the
implementation of its pass program for expropriated owners, their children,
and grandchildren, as well as their spouses. Are you eligible? Beginning
today, you can apply for your pass.

What is the pass?

In August 2010 Parks Canada announced the introduction of a pass for owners
whose permanent residence had been expropriated during the creation of
national parks or national historic sites of Canada and for their
descendants. This measure has since been expanded to apply to all
expropriated owners (including land, lumber lot, and cottage owners).

This new pass will give three generations (expropriated owners and their
children, grandchildren, and spouses) the right to access the national park
or national historic site whose creation gave rise to their expropriation;
these people will be able to freely visit the places that have special
meaning to them, such as cemeteries, former family residence sites, and
expropriation commemoration sites, and to take part in commemorative events
organized or supported by Parks Canada. This national program will allow
several hundred families nationwide to return to places where they grew up
and where a part of their life history unfolded.

For the 2011 season at Forillon National Park, temporary measures will
facilitate park access for all eligible persons. In the medium term, an
individual pass will be issued to all such persons in the form of an ID
card with photo, renewable every five years.

How can I get it?

You can apply for a pass by filling out the form available at the Forillon
National Park’s website at www.pc.gc.ca/forillon. The print form will also
be available at the Parks Canada Gaspé office (122 boulevard Gaspé in
Gaspé), as well as at the Anse-au-Griffon and Penouille reception centres,
the North Area Interpretive Centre, and the park’s North and South Area’s
entrance kiosks. For more information on the procedure for obtaining a
pass, call us at 418-892-6028 or write to us at forillon2011.info@pc.gc.ca.

The implementation and expansion of this pass program are important steps
in Parks Canada’s reconciliation process with expropriated persons. At the
Forillon National Park, the process has included special rediscovery days
in 2009 and 2010 and the completion of the new permanent exhibit Gaspesians
from Land’s End. These actions reflect Parks Canada’s desire to recognize
the contribution of these families and communities to the history of our
region and country and are a solid base upon which Parks Canada intends to
continue building.

by Michel Queenton

Thursday June 9 2:31:34 2011
A painting sent to Premier Jean Charest so he may give it to Celine Dion.The portrait was painted by Quebec artist Gerald Dwight Byron who passed away 50 years ago.The painting is a portrait of his wife Francoise Byron.Francoise found it evident Celine Dion possess this art because of her sincere affinity towards her Quebec Heritage.She also refuse to envision this art residing anywhere other than Quebec.The painting was hidden for 50 years,never to be seen by anyone.She revealed many years later in her late seventies exposure of her breast was a concern for her / send me a e mail and i will send you a picture of the portrait

by romalatti

Saturday June 4 14:40:16 2011
Camp Fort Haldimand Summer Camp!
The 2011 Summer Camps will take place at Camp Fort Haldimand on the following dates:

July 10-16: Residential Camp (ages 8-12)
July 11-15: Day Camp (ages 4-12)
July 18-22: Preschool Camp (ages 3.2-6)

Pre-register you children now so they don’t miss out on any of the fun at this year’s camp. The program for this year’s Day and Residential Camp is “Shake it up Cafe”, a cooking based program that explores the Bible as a cookbook filled with recipes for living out God’s word.
To obtain a registration form please contact Megan Mullin at mmullin09@ubishops.ca or 418-368-7250. The deadline for pre-registration is June 15, 2011

by Megan Mullin

Friday June 3 22:00:55 2011
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller – May 2011

We were happy to have our brother, Bryce Coffin, from Bedford, Nova Scotia visit us for a week in April. He visited family and friends and had great weather while he was here.
He plans to visit Gaspe again in July.

Heather and Dean Patterson recently flew to Vancouver to visit their son, Craig and to celebrate his 40th birthday on April 22nd. They flew to Las Vegas with Craig and his girlfriend, Audrey where they had a fantastic time but didn’t win too much at the casinos. They flew back to Vancouver and then on to Whistler where they had the pleasure of relaxing in an outdoor spa. They left Vancouver and then to end their three week vacation they had a one night stop in Montreal with Stefanie, Marco, Chelsia and Christian and then back home to Gaspe. They had a great holiday.

Brad and Janice Syvret are backing home in Haldimand after spending the winter months in Florida. They had a wonderful holiday with their new friends in the Villages but were glad to get back to see all their old ones in Gaspe.

Diana and Ricky Sams of Sunny Bank have moved to the Ottawa area to be near their family. We wish them happiness in their new environment. They will certainly be missed by all.

Paula and Ricky Shannon of Wakeham spent a month in Myrtle Beach with their friends, Stan and Lise, Wade and Sharon, Burne and Leah, Steve and Denise, Leonard and Louise, and Lawrence and Connie. They had a wonderful holiday - with the men golfing and the ladies relaxing on the beach, shopping and enjoying the wonderful sunshine. They later spent two weeks in Burlington with Mike, Dawn, Meghan and Hailey, Lisa and John, Jack and Amy before returning back home.

May Birthdays
Ada Jones from Sunny Bank celebrated her 85th birthday on May 5th. Nice to see her out and about, driving her car, and looking so young.
Tony Patterson – York – May 6th
Murray Patterson, Wakeham, Mark Lavigne from Chateguay ,Erskine Patterson, London and Bobby Palmer, Burlington on May 9th.
Sandra Clark Simon celebrated a special birthday on May 14th and Nadine Eden Cassidy on the 15th.
Blake Carter, Toronto – May 17th
Brandon Patterson – Wakeham –May 19th
Carrie Patterson –celebrated a special birthday on May 25th Larry Miller and Wayne Miller also had a birthday on this day.
Lorna Miller celebrated a very special birthday on May 28th. Blair Miller – Guelph
and Ivy Miller – Wakeham also celebrated on the 28th. Clark Patterson-Wakeham and Stacy Patterson – Moncton had a birthday on May 30th Lindsay Patterson- Sunny Bank-May 31st. Hope everyone had a great day.


Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Marjorie Stewart Scott who passed away at home on May 16th, after a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held at St. Andrews York on May 18th. The family welcomed everyone to the Royal Canadian Legion for refreshments after the service.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Reg Fournier who passed away at home in St.Majorique on May 10. His funeral service was held in the St. Majorique Church on May 14th. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Johnny Burke entertained us at the Seniors Room in Wakeham on May 11th. He sang all the old favorite Country songs along with some of the newer ones for two hours with a short intermission. During this time we had the opportunity to buy his tapes and T-shirts. He will be having another tour next May- and expecting to be in the Gaspe area. so maybe we will be lucky enough to have him entertain us again.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Harold (Hallie) Eden of Hope, B.C. who passed away on May 5th. Hallie was originally from Wakeham.

Vision Gaspe Perce Now sponsored a Health Education Program for Seniors, animated by Tracey Jones Gagnon and Jessica Synnott Eden. This program ran from the middle of January until the middle of May. Each week a different topic was chosen on health and fitness with presentations and question periods. It was extremely informative and we are looking forward to something similar in the fall.

The York River Senior Citizens held their annual general meeting on Monday, May 30th at the Royal Canadian Legion. After the meeting, cocktails were served and we enjoyed a delicious supper catered by Al and Elaine Patterson. We were then entertained the rest of the evening with great music and song, provided by Al Cassidy, Yvon Frenette, Marcel Lapointe, Billy Miller, Michel Langlais, and Bertha Roberts. A great time was had by all.

The community was saddened to hear of the sudden death of Ray Chicoine on May 27th in York. His funeral service was held at St. Andrew’s Church in York on May 30th. Our deepest sympathy to Holly and family and to all of Ray’s family.

Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Harold Kruse who passed away peacefully in Ottawa on May 25th. His funeral was held on Tuesday, May 31st at St. Paul’s Church Gaspe where he was a church warden for many years.



by Ivy Miller

Thursday June 2 1:10:32 2011
REMINDER!! Summer Job Opportunity: Camp Fort Haldimand is looking for counsellors and counsellors-in-training for the 2011 Camp Season. The training camp (which must be attended by all counsellors-in-training and counsellors) will begin July 3rd. Individuals applying as a counsellor-in-training or counsellor must be available to work at the camp until July 22nd. Individuals aged 13-14 can apply as counsellors-in-training and individuals 15 and over can apply as counsellors.

If you would like an application form, or to receive more information, please send an email to cfh_summercamps@hotmail.com . Applications will be accepted until June 3, 2011.

Come and join in the fun of summer camp!

by Rhonda Stewart

Thursday May 19 20:41:31 2011
there will be a Candlelight Vigil in Mermory of all the victims of the Bluebird Tragedy in montreal that happen in 1972 every one is welcome to take part please check it out on facebook and all people living in montreal from gaspe please come and join there were a few people from gaspe in that fire that night from gaspe the site on facebook is(Candlelight Vigil in Mermory of all the victims of the Bluebird Tragedy)and please join my room (Lets Get A Memorial For The Montreal Bluebird Cafe Fire Victims Of 1972)

by Lloyd Willett

Saturday May 14 13:20:33 2011
"Treasure Trove in Gaspé and the Baie des Chaleurs (1919)", by Margaret Grant MacWhirter, is now available on the Internet for your reading pleasure. For those who prefer, the full version is included on Morris' DVD "Gaspé of Yesteryear".

by Morris Patterson

Saturday May 7 14:15:44 2011
Summer Job Opportunity: Camp Fort Haldimand is looking for counsellors and counsellors-in-training for the 2011 Camp Season. The training camp (which must be attended by all counsellors-in-training and counsellors) will begin July 3rd. Individuals applying as a counsellor-in-training or counsellor must be available to work at the camp until July 22nd. Individuals aged 13-14 can apply as counsellors-in-training and individuals 15 and over can apply as counsellors.

If you would like an application form, or to receive more information, please send an email to cfh_summercamps@hotmail.com

Applications will be accepted until June 3, 2011.

Come and join in the fun of summer camp!

by Rhonda Stewart

Friday May 6 23:24:36 2011
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller – May 06, 2011

The robins are here and early flowers are up and blooming. We are having days of heavy rain which is melting the snow but is also making the York River very high once again.

Natalie and Justin Poole and their three sons, Jalen, Brady and Makail from Ottawa came to Gaspe during the March break to visit Natalie’s parents, Marjorie and Jean Pierre Fournier.

Heather Maloney Patterson recently had a wonderful holiday in Arizona with her four brothers and sister and their spouses who have homes there. The weather was beautiful while she was there (102 degrees!) and she enjoyed golfing, a dinner cruise, and of course, shopping and a fantastic visit with her family. While there her brother, Rod, had a special birthday- his 60th and her sister, Jacinta also celebrated hers. Before flying to and returning from Arizona she spent time with her daughter, Stefanie, husband, Marco and grandchildren, Chelsia and Christian in Montreal.

A party was held at the Mason’s Hall in Haldimand for Tony Patterson, Sunny Bank,
on April 20th to celebrate his 50th birthday. A beautiful dinner was served and a good time was had by all.

A Bingo was held by the York River Seniors Club at Gaspe Elementary School on April 09th. Over $1100 was raised and a lot of wonderful prizes were won.

On April 16th a party was held at the Seniors Hall in Wakeham to honour Lorna and David Baird on the occasion of their 45th Anniversary. Congratulations to them and we wish the happy couple many more years of happiness.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Royce Miller, of Kingston. Royce‘s parents were Lionel and Ena Miller from Gaspe.

April Birthdays:
Sue Bond of Sandy Beach on April 3rd
Jean Eden of Prince Edward Island on April 6th
Barrie Dumaresq on April 10th Archie Patterson– April 12th- 6-??? Natalie Coffin Muise-April 14th
Lucas Blake Miller – Sandy Beach – April 16th
Elaine Coull – Sunny Bank April 17th
Doug Patterson, Glen Patterson and Craig Patterson (Vancouver) Gladys and Marjorie Bechervaise on April 22nd
Sueie Mullin April 23rd Bonnie Coffin Scarboro of Nackawic on April 26th . Ricky Shannon also had a birthday on this day and celebrated with his family in Burlington.
Gilbert Coull - April 27th
Ellen Patterson, Ralph Vibert, Lance Clark, Marjorie Coffin of Wakeham, Irene Cassidy, Cathy Miller Whistle of Guelph all celebrated on April 30th.
We hope you all had a wonderful day!

Lorna and Larry Miller of Wakeham had a wonderful two week holiday with their daughter, Lorelei, husband, Boris and their two granddaughters, Ashley and Brooke in New Market. While there they celebrated Lorelei’s birthday. They also visited Marilyn and Don Whaley in Fonthill and Leigh Clark in Oakville. The weather wasn’t that great but they had a very nice visit with their family.

Vernice and Barry Dumaresq traveled to Fredericton to spend the Easter weekend with their son Michael, wife Wendy and grandchildren, Robert and Kaitlyn.

Eric and Kay Coffin are back in Wakeham after spending the winter months in Belleville, Ontario. Their son, Mitchell, wife, Della and family also live in Belleville. Nice to see you back folks.

Get well wishes to Marie Stewart who had the misfortune of breaking her ankle in two places. Hope it heals fast and you will be up and around again soon.

The Great Vigil of Easter was held on Saturday evening, April 23rd in St. Paul’s Church Gaspe with Revered Fran Aird officiating. A large crowd attended this beautiful service and listened to some wonderful Easter hymns sung by the Greater Parish Choir, directed by Karen Briand. We also had a christening that evening – Rebecca Lynn Adams, daughter of Jeremy and Rhonda Stewart Adams received her name during the service.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Wendell Mullin who passed away in the Cobourg Hospital on April 9th. Wendell was originally from Gaspe -the son of the late Evelyn and Warren Mullin. Wendell used to come to Gaspe to fish each summer and will be missed by those who knew him.

Our condolences to the family of Karen Suddard Johnson, wife of Ashley Johnson, who passed away on April 27th in Calgary after a lengthy illness. Karen was the daughter of Adair Gay of Sandy Beach and Maynard Suddard of Abbotsford, B.C. Interment of ashes will be at a later date.

Kevin and Sue Bond of Sandy Beach spent a wonderful Easter holiday with their family in Ottawa and Aylmer.

A Senior’s Awareness Day was held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Gaspe on April 20th. This Day was hosted by Vision Gaspe Perce Now and booths were set up where information regarding services offered by various organizations could be found. A delicious meal was served at lunch time. During this time Gary Briand was presented with a beautiful quartz clock set in marble. This award, presented by Peter Ross, on behalf of Vision Gaspe Perce Now, was in recognition for all his dedicated years of volunteer work with the English Community. Everyone enjoyed this day very much and look forward to it happening again.

Congratulations to Corinne Suddard Annett who just had her first book published- The life of Father Jean Marie Waiter, the founder of the Sanctuary- Our Lady of Pointe Navarre. An open house to celebrate this special occasion was held on Sunday, May 1st.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!

by IVY MILLER

Friday April 29 1:09:42 2011
I want to let fellow Gaspesians know, and to congratulate Marlene Snowman on her recent appointment to the post of Commander of the RCMP detachment for Moncton, Riverview, Dieppe,New Brunswick.

by Art Jones

Wednesday April 27 23:38:38 2011
Hi Leonard
Just in case my e-mail address is not on the message I sent, I guess you will need it to get in touch with me.
It is as follows: kayeden@nb.sympatico.ca
Phone No. 1-506-237-2170

by Kathleen Eden Firlot

Wednesday April 27 23:16:08 2011
Hi Leonard
I thought you would be interested in Hally. Send me your e-mail and I will drop you a line.
It will be nice to hear from you.
Kathleen

by Kathleen (Eden) Firl

Wednesday April 27 17:58:54 2011
I would like to wish my niece Christine Miller-Snow a ver Happy Birthday. We are looking forward to seeing you and Nathaniel this summer. Love Tony & Edmond.

by Tony Patterson

Sunday April 24 3:38:20 2011
I was just wondering if there are any 'Tenniers' left in the Gaspe. I am a descendant of Victor Tennier. My husband and I are planning a visit in July or August 2011 and would love to have all the information I can get.

Shirley Madew

by Shirley Madew

Tuesday April 19 13:38:25 2011
I was a neighbour and a friend to Harold Eden and his family while growing up in Wakeham and I would like to hear some news on his health. I get the feeling he is ill, but do not know anything more, or how seriously ill he is. Any news would be appreciated.
Thank you.

by Leonard Mullin

Friday April 15 16:56:36 2011
I just received a phone call from Hally Eden's daughter Marie, telling me about her father's illness. Thank you so much for letting me know Marie. I am heart-broken to hear this news, as Hally was like a brother to me. We spent so much time together growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with Hally,
Laura and all the family.
With love
Kathleen


by Kathleen J. (Eden) F

Saturday April 9 22:17:52 2011
I found a dog that has a golden lab body and pitfull type face, he has no tag and is not fixed. I live in the Forillon area. If you have any idea where or who this dog belongs to please call 418-892-0059.

Trouver un chien, brun pale, yeux bleu. 1229 BLVD Forillon, 418-892-0059.

by Olivia Gauthier

Saturday April 9 21:02:46 2011
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller-April 08, 2011

It’s supposed to be springtime here in Gaspe but by the look of the snow left in the fields it will not happen quite yet. However, I did see some daffodils peeking through.

The community was very saddened last month to hear of the death of Travis Savidant, son of Kenny Savidant and Cynthia Theriault. Travis was fifteen years old and lived in Hamilton, Ontario. He was on his way to school when he was hit by a car which went up on the sidewalk after being hit by another vehicle. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Gillis, Girard, and Savidant families. A very touching memorial service was held at St. Paul’s Church, Gaspe on March 24th. A delicious lunch was served in the church hall while people offered their condolences to the family.

A Pot Luck Supper was held on March 12th in St. Paul’s Church hall by the ACW members of the Greater Parish of Gaspe. It was a great success with all proceeds going to the Education Fund.

Happy Birthday to the March people.
Faye Miller and her grandson, Matthew Whistle of Guelph, Leigh Clark of Oakville and Berton Miller of Gaspe on March 6th.
Diana Sams of Gaspe, March 9th and her husband, Ricky Sams on March 26th
Edie Coffin of Nackawick and Dennis Palmer of Gaspe on March 10th.
Nancy Clark and Sharon Reeder on March 16th
Colleen Drohan on March 17th –Happy St. Patrick’s birthday!
Jill Syvret on March 24 and her father, Brad Syvret on March 30th
Maggie Annett of Stettler, Alberta on March 27th
Peter Annett of Gaspe on March 29th.
Hope you all had a great day!

Stevie Palmer of Toronto was home for a week visiting with his mother and father, Marg and Dennis Palmer, family and friends. He had wonderful weather while in Gaspe and enjoyed his walks in the beautiful fresh air.

Deepest sympathy to the families and friends of Clovis Morris who passed away
recently. Mr. Morris was in the insurance business for many years and was well known in the Gaspe area.

Tony Patterson and Edmund Lizotte of York recently visited Las Vegas. They had a great visit with Tony’s sister, Judy and husband, Norman McCallum who spend their winters there. They flew out of Quebec City so were able to visit with Edmund’s brother. The highlight of their holiday was to attend one of Celine Dion’s concerts at the Caesar Palace. Over 4200 people were at this performance. They had a wonderful visit and escaped some of the snow back home in Gaspe.

Vernice Dumaresq recently visited her son, Brian, wife, Christie, William and Amy in Montreal. She then went to Sherbrooke to visit her youngest son, Dale, wife Guylain and son, Leon. While there she helped Dale celebrate his birthday on March 11th. She had a great visit with her family.

Get well wishes to Desmond Miller of Wakeham who is back home after undergoing surgery at the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Gaspe. We hope he is feeling better soon.

Stella Miller of Sunny Bank had the misfortune of breaking her hip. She has been in the Hotel Dieu Hospital and we wish her a speedy recovery.

Our deepest sympathy going out to the family of Ada Rooney Kennedy who passed away at the Ross Sanitorium on March 18th The funeral service was held at St. Patrick’s Church, Douglastown on March 21st. She will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Jeannine Reeder Thibault ,wife of Wilbert Thibault, who passed away on April 1st at the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Gaspe. Funeral services were held at the Gaspe Cathedral on April 5th. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Margaret and David Patterson of Wakeham recently traveled to Toronto to be with their son, Woodrow,who was undergoing liver surgery. This is the third time for this procedure and we wish Woodrow all the best for a speedy recovery. While in Ontario they helped their daughter, Molly Anne, celebrate her 50th birthday. Happy Birthday, Molly and all the best for a wonderful year to come.

Happy Easter to one and all!


























by Ivy Miller

Saturday April 9 18:50:32 2011
Although mom and dad have been away for over 40 years they still have many friends and family still in the Gaspe region and I would them to pray with us as our father/ husband/ grandfather is in palliative care in the Hope hospital in BC. Harold Keith Eden, husband of Laura Dora Coffin, was diagnosed in Dec. with lung cancer and has had several strokes. With his wife and family by his side he is being well cared for. Even across this many miles we can reach out to comfort each other and just hope for the best.

by Marie Eden-Smith

Saturday April 2 14:31:30 2011
Candlelight Vigil in Mermory of all the victims of the Bluebird Tragedy Thursday, September 1 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm Come one, Come all. We need to make this event happen, We are trying to get a memorial put up on the site and have people remember this tragedy. Year after Year, you hear about the Polytechnique Massacre here in Montreal and there is a mermorial for this, then why not have one for the worst fire massacre in Montreal's history.at The old site of the Bluebird Cafe on Union Ave. between Rene-Lesveque & St-Catherine Street (it's a Parking Lot now)look for us on facebook at (Lets Get A Memorial For The Montreal Bluebird Cafe Fire Victims Of 1972)please join and be part of History


by Lloyd Willett

Thursday March 31 12:22:44 2011
Lets Keep This Going And See If We Can Get 1'000 Hits 937 to To Go To See If We Can Get On The Ctv.News So Please Join And Be Part Of History (click on Lets get a memorial in blue )and when in the room on the left of the page click on the like botton and add a comment

please join (Lets Get A Memorial For The Montreal Bluebird Cafe Fire Victims Of 1972)on facebook

by Lloyd Willett

Thursday March 24 11:30:47 2011
REMINDER: The registration deadline for the 16th annual Great Gaspe Golf Tournament in Williamsburg, Ontario is April 15th. Tee off time at the Cedar Glen Golf Club is Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 11:00 AM, followed by dinner late in the afternoon.
Fees: Golfers: $55 includes 18 holes of golf and dinner. Golf Carts are an additional $32 plus taxes, payable at Cedar Glen pro-shop on tournament day. They must be reserved when registering for the tournament.
Non-golfers: $22 for dinner only.

Registration forms, information or questions: contact any member of your GGGT committee by email or phone:
Email address: gggolft@gmail.com

Committee contacts:

• Rick Adams or Brenda McDonald at (613) 592-9740
• Dan Miller or Kathy Patterson at (613) 824-3747
• Lynn Mullin or Sue Sams by phone at (613) 264-0012

by Dan Miller

Friday March 4 15:05:00 2011
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller- March 04, 2011

Well here we are already in the month of March, which came in as a lion, and it has been blowing hard ever since. We have lots of snow and there is more in the forecast.

The Wakeham-York Winter Carnival was a great success again this year with most outside activities being held despite some very cold weather. A big thank you to all the organizers who worked so hard to make this event happen. The ice conditions at the rink are still very good so hopefully everyone is taking the opportunity to use it.

Judy Roberts Stanley of Burford, Ontario passed away in Cambridge Memorial Hospital on February 24th. Deepest sympathy to her husband, Owen and family. Judy is originally from Gaspe. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Derek Vibert of Barachois, Quebec. Derek passed away at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal on February 25th with complications following a liver transplant. His funeral service will take place on Friday, March 11th at the Fortin Funeral Home in Gaspe.

A bake sale was held at the Carrefour Gaspe on February 12th by the Gaspe Cancer Foundation. Over fourteen hundred dollars was raised for this great cause with the sale of baked goods, donations and memberships.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Berna Coffin from York Centre who passed away at the Hotel Dieu in Gaspe on February 11th. Funeral services were held at St. Andrews York on February 14th. Berna sang in the choir for 80 years of her life and will certainly be missed by family and friends.

Our condolences go out to the family of Rowena Cunning of Sandy Beach who passed away in Montreal on February 15th. Her funeral service was held in St. Paul’s Church Gaspe with burial in the cemetery at St. John-St. Philip’s Sandy Beach on February 18th.
This wonderful lady will be missed greatly by family and friends.

Happy Birthday to our February people:
Scott Miller of Stettler, Alberta – February 13th
Donald Sams of Ottawa -February 14th
Carleton Patterson of Wakeham on February 18th and his son Emery, on February 20th. Also on the 20th, Merle Coffin and Muriel Cass of Wakeham, and Murray Olsson of Welland, Ontario.
Heather Patterson (Lowell) of Sunny Bank on February 22nd.
Darrell Patterson of Oshawa celebrated a special birthday on February 27th. the big 4-0!
Pam Patterson is a leap year “baby” so Happy Birthday, Pam whichever day you celebrated on –since there was no February 29th this year.
We hope you all had a great day and wish you all the best for a happy and healthy year to come.

Congratulations going out to Tony (Rob)Clark, originally from Wakeham but now living in Vancouver. Tony won the Gold Medal for British Columbia and went on to win Bronze in the Gold Medal Plates – Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, B.C.. That goes to say that Tony is the third best in the Country. Way to go, Tony! I bet your “citrus glazed Frazer Valley quail breast” was simply delicious!

We wish Andy Patterson of Sunny Bank a speedy recovery after undergoing kidney surgery in Quebec City. Andy is back home in Gaspe and is doing well.

Jeremy Betteridge,originally from Gaspe,but now living in Lennoxville, has just written his thesis entitled “Powerless Politics: An examination of the legal, political and economics precursors to the state of exception”- Law in it’s relationship to Politics and Society. This thesis was 90 pages in length and he presented it at Carleton University in Ottawa where he received very high praise. At present Jeremy is teaching a course at Champlain College but hopes to utilize all his hard studying in something more permanent soon. Congratulations, Jeremy, on all your endeavors.

On February 25th, two hundred cross-country skiers arrived in Gaspe. These cross country skiers were participating in the Traversee de la Gaspesie(TDLG) which is an annual event. They began their one week journey through the Gaspe Peninsula at Mont Albert and ended their trip in Gaspe. Residents from Gaspe joined the skiers to welcome them to the town. Sculputures carved from large blocks of snow greeted the skiers when they arrived at Rue de la Reine.




by Ivy Miller

Thursday February 24 18:58:01 2011
(Gaspe, February 24 2011) The Gaspe service point of the Alzheimer’s Society is presently organizing the fifth edition of the Memory Walk, which will be held on May 29. We invite you to participate in the event as « elite walkers » and thus to contribute in collecting donations.

The event aims at raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and at raising funds for the Alzheimer Society so it can continue to support Alzheimer patients and their loved ones.

The 2010 edition of the Memory Walk raised more than 10 000$ in donations and sponsorships. Help us make the 2011 edition an equally important success!

You can reach us by phone at 368-6634 and by e-mail at moniadenis@globetrotter.net.

by Alexandre Sheldon

Wednesday February 16 18:15:53 2011
The Cancer Support Group will be holding a meeting March 1st, 2011 7:00 pm at the Centre in Douglastown, the Centre is located behind St. Patrick's Church.



Please call the Vision Gaspe Perce Now office 418 368-3212 if you have any questions

by Cheryl Leggo

Monday February 14 13:05:38 2011
The Health and Nutrition Program session this Friday, February 18th, 2011 from 9:00 am - 11:30 am, will present the short documentary Supersize
Me,about fast food and obesity.

The session is free and open to 50+ and held at Wakeham Adult Centre.

Please call the Vision Gaspe Perce Now office if you have any questions 418-368-3212.

by cheryl leggo

Saturday February 12 16:55:45 2011
Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Berna Coffin (Price). Visitation - Sunday Feb. 13 2-4pm & 7-9pm. at Residence Funeraire Valere Fortin - 86 Jacques Cartier.
Burial service at St. Andrew's Church York, Feb. 14 at 2 pm.

by Clarence Coffin

Friday February 11 22:57:10 2011
I am sad to announce that my mom, Mrs. Berna Coffin (Price) passed away this afternoon February 11, at 1:40 in Gaspe hospital. Funeral details to follow.

by Clarence Coffin

Saturday February 5 19:39:09 2011
I just picked up a copy of an old book from www.abebooks.com called "I acccuse the assassins of Coffin" by Jacques Hebert. It is an interesting read. I hope with all the evidence that Mr. Stoddard has uncovered that the federal government will finally do something about reopening the case.

by Norman Gavey

Thursday February 3 19:58:11 2011
Gaspe has had three major storms so far so we are indeed experiencing a winter wonderland. Downhill, cross country skiing and ski-doing are in full swing and conditions are great. York Rink has very good ice right now so skating and hockey are other sports which are being enjoyed. The Groundhog didn’t see his shadow – so we could have an early spring – enjoy the winter activities while you can.

During the Christmas and New Year holiday, Nancy and Garry Clark from York visited family and friends in Ottawa, Bowmanville, Milden and Manitoudwadge . They stopped in Montreal and met Sharon (Nancy’s sister) who was visiting her son, Danny, Lisa and Cassidy. Her oldest son, Scott came to visit from Hamilton. They all had a wonderful holiday.

Virginia and Ricky Sinnett from Sunny Bank were pleased to have their daughter, Karen and Glen home for the holidays.

Nadine and Alfred Cassidy were happy to have their daughter, Irene, who lives in Montreal home during the Christmas holidays. Their son, Lloyd and girlfriend, Alishia arrived home on Christmas day. They had a lovely family visit and then drove them to Halifax to catch the plane to St. John’s. They visited the Cassidy family and had the pleasure of being there for the arrival of Alfred’s brother, Stephen and wife Sharon’s first grandchild, Norah, who weighed in at 7 lbs and 4 oz. Norah’s parents are Alex and Allison. On the way home Nadine and Alfred stopped in Moncton to visit and have breakfast with Hans and Mireille Dumas. They had a great holiday.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Whorwell Jean who passed away at the Hotel Dieu, Gaspe,on January 5th. Funeral service took place in St. Andrew’s Church-York on January 8th. He is greatly missed by family and friends.

Congratulations to Heather Patterson who just celebrated her 46th year in hairdressing. Way to go, Heather-that’s a lot of hair-dos. Keep up the good work and maybe we will celebrate 50 years with you.

We had several special birthdays in January.
Mavis Kelly of Wakeham celebrated her 65th on January 15th.
Carol Jones of York and Blaney Langlois of Wakeham celebrated their 65th birthday on January 16th.
An open house was held for Marie Stewart on Sunday, January 23rd in honour of her 80th birthday.
Elaine Patterson of York had a special birthday-her 75th on January 31st.
Other January birthdays –
David Patterson of Wakeham – January 4th
Andy Patterson of Sunny Bank- January 5th
Ella Gillis of Wakeham on January 19th.
Mary Miller of Sandy Beach on January 23rd. Her niece, Lorna Miller took her out to lunch, along with several other friends.
Judy LeMasurier also celebrated her birthday on January 23rd
We hope you all had a great birthday and all the best for the year to come!

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Loretta McKoy Stanley who passed away at the Laval Hospital in Quebec City after a short illness. Funeral service and burial of ashes will take place at a later date in Gaspe. She will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Cecile Godfrey Wolvers who passed away recently at the Hotel Dieu, Gaspe. Her funeral service was held at Christ the Kings Cathedral in Gaspe on January 28th.

Vernice and Barry Dumaresq were delighted to have their son, Dale, daughter-in-law Guylaine and little grandson, Leon, home for the Christmas holidays. They live in Sherbrooke.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Johnny Leduc, husband of Barbara Eden, who passed away suddenly on January 28th . Visitation was held at the Fortin Funeral Home and the funeral service was held on Monday, January 31st in St. Marjorique.

Our condolences go out to the family of Vida Langlois, wife of Hubert Langlois, who passed away on January 29, 2011 at Hotel Dieu Hospital Gaspe. Visitation and the funeral service were held at the Fortin Funeral Home on February 1st.

Wakeham-York 41st Winter Carnival begins on February 11th. Get ready for a lot of outdoor as well as indoor fun!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

by ivy miller

Wednesday January 5 21:37:12 2011
Gaspe is a winter wonderland these days – It was so nice to finally get snow for Christmas and we were all very thankful not to get any more rain. It was hard to get any Christmas sprit when we knew of so many friends and relatives who were hit so hard by the flooding waters. I believe things are now starting to get back to normal.

This fall, Cynthia and Ron Mundle travelled to Australia to attend their daughter's wedding and then to New Zealand for a first time tour. They left Montreal on October 24th and stopped in Sydney for 5 days. While there they toured Sydney and the Blue Mountains. From there they flew to Perth in Western Australia for the wedding of their daughter, Keely to Terry Mahoney. The wedding took place on the shores of Matilda Bay with a reception following at the Swanbourne Surf Club. Following the wedding they spent 5 days in the Margaret River region with the newlyweds, their son Chad, sister Annette, brother-in-law Yvan, and four Canadian friends of Keely's who had made the trip to attend their wedding. While there they visited several wineries, breweries, a chocolate factory, a cheese factory and spent some time checking out their splendid beaches. On November 17th Annette, Yvan, Ron and Cynthia flew to Auckland to begin a 16 day coach tour of New Zealand that took them over the rolling hills of the North Island. They cruised across Cook Strait to the South Island, motored along the beautiful fertile Canterbury Plains near Christchurch and then over the Southern Alps to Milford Sound, Queenstown, the Fox Glacier and the Franz Josef Glacier. Finally they returned to Christchurch crossing the Southern Alps again but this time on the Tranz Alpine Train, an unforgettable experience. They returned to Montreal via Sydney and Vancouver on Dec. 4th. They will long have wonderful memories of this trip.

Happy Birthday to the December people:
Pearl Patterson – Wakeham – December 1st
Dale Jean – York – December 3rd –celebrating his 60th!
Louise Miller – Denmark – December 3rd
Gina Miller- Bathurst – December 7th
Melba Patterson and Sarah Bechervaise Wakeham –December 8th
Haley Shannon – Burlington – December 17th
Weston White- Gaspe Harbour- December 19th
Connie Coffin Steele- London – December 20th
Morris Coffin – Nackawic- December 25th
Krista Assels – Sunny Bank – December 26th
Heather Simpson – Wakeham – December 30th


Two Palmer sisters celebrated their 50th anniversary recently. Sueie and Melville Mullin celebrated theirs on December 9th and Elsie and Frances Patterson on December 28th We hope both couples enjoyed their day and wish them many more years together.

Elaine and Albert Patterson celebrated their 50th anniversary with a party for their family and friends at Gaspe Elementary School on New Year’s Eve. The gymnasium was nicely decorated, a delicious meal was served and we were delightfully entertained by local and out of town talent. Later in the evening everyone began dancing the old year out and welcomed the New Year in. Their son, Stacy, wife Andrea and children,Luke and Hailey were home for the holidays and to help Stacy’s parents celebrate this special occasion. We wish them many more happy years together.

On December 17th we attended a Memorial Service at St. James Church Wakeham for those who had lost loved ones in the last year and recent years. We had a small attendance but it was a very inspiring service led by Rev.Jason. Karen Briand played some beautiful hymns on the organ. A candle was lit by each person in memory of loved ones.
On Sunday , December 19th a Gospel Hour was held at St. Paul’s Church Gaspe . The choir conducted by Karen Briand, and guitarists, Rev Jason and Elizabeth Baird Coffin supplied us with some wonderful music and singing.
On December 20th A Senior’s Evening was held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Gaspe. Approximately 50 people were served a most delicious turkey dinner catered by Albert and Elaine Patterson. We were entertained all evening by Alfred Cassidy, Yvan Frenette, Marcel Lapointe, and Bertha Roberts.
Tony Patterson, our president, was in Rimouski having treatment and was very sorry to miss this event. Bonnie Annett, filling in for Tony, was presented with a gift in appreciation for all her efforts. With delicious punch and food and fantastic music everyone enjoyed this Christmas party immensely. Since this was such a success I am sure one will be planned for next year.

Candie and Kurt and their three little ones from Brampton came to Gaspe to spend Christmas with Candie’s mother Barbara, Glen and her sister, Tracey, Ben and girls. On Christmas Day they had the newest addition to their family, Kristofer, baptized in St. Andrew’s Church. Other Christmases, Candie and Kurt have brought Kimani and Kristina home to be baptized in St. Andrews Church as well. Candy was also baptized in St. Andrew’s Church many years ago.

Two Palmer sisters celebrated their 50th anniversary recently. Sueie and Melville Mullin celebrated theirs on December 9th and Elsie and Frances Patterson on December 28th We hope both couples enjoyed their day and wish them many more years together.

Elaine and Albert Patterson celebrated their 50th anniversary with a party for their family and friends at Gaspe Elementary School on New Year’s Eve. The gymnasium was nicely decorated, a delicious meal was served and we were delightfully entertained by local and out of town talent. Later in the evening everyone began dancing the old year out and welcomed the New Year in. Their son, Stacy, wife Andrea and children,Luke and Hailey were home for the holidays and to help Stacy’s parents celebrate this special occasion. We wish them many more happy years together.

Paula and Ricky Shannon are back home again after spending a very nice holiday with their children and grandchildren in Burlington and visiting Paula’s sister Faye, Blair and family in Guelph. Paula spent a very enjoyable evening at Ruth Miller Armstrong’s. Ruth had some ladies in to play a few games, eat some Christmas goodies and enjoy a good chat. Stevie Palmer came to visit Paula and Rick and family at Michael and Dawn’s one day over the holiday.

Donna Phillips was very happy to have family home for the holidays. Lana and Andrew Miller and their two sons, Ryan and Brandon, Dean and his wife Elise and their two children, Danielle and Mitchell came home to spend a Gaspe Christmas with family and friends.

Andy and Debbie Patterson were delighted to have their son, Kevin, his wife, Nyree and two little daughters, Hannah and Blaire for the holidays. They live in Waterloo, Ontario and flew home for Christmas. They could not fly out as planned after Christmas so stayed on for New Years. They had a great time New Years Eve and enjoyed their extended holiday.

Dave and Marketha LeTemplier were overjoyed to have their daughter, Mandy, her husband T.J.(John) Phillips and their little son, Connor, home for the holidays. While here in Gaspe, Connor celebrated his 2nd birthday on Christmas Day. Hope you had a very Happy Birthday, Connor. The Phillips’ live in Stonewall, Manitoba.

Tony and Edmond were home to ring the New Year in. Tony has been undergoing treatment in Rimouski and came home for a few days of the holiday. Nice to see you looking so well Tony. Good luck with the rest of your treatments.
Derek Vibert from Barachois was home with his family for Christmas. Derek has undergone a second liver transplant in Montreal and had to return to the hospital after the holiday. We hope his operation has been successful and that he is feeling much better soon.

At this time I would like to wish everyone a healthy, peaceful and happy New Year. I hope that 2011 will be a great year for all!




by Ivy Miller

Tuesday January 4 23:12:46 2011
Reminder: the next Greater Parish of Gaspe Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for Monday January 10, 2011 in Wakeham Senior's Center at 7 pm. If you have items for the agenda, contact Rev. Jason Pollick, Glen Alexander or Ricky Sams.

by Eric (Ricky) Sams

Monday January 3 21:25:10 2011
Burlington News Jan.3 2011

Saturday December 11,2010 a number of ex Gaspesians
and Gaspesians, namely-Bill Palmer, his son Bobby--
Daughter Valerie---, Kingsley Miller,Frank&Elaine
Miller,Ruth Patterson Armstrong,---met for what is
now an Annual Christmas get together at The Dutch
Mill Restaurant & Country Market in Millgrove.
Also Attending were, Don& Carol Langlois,Larry&
Judy Patterson, Grace Campbell Brown, Dave&Joan
Journeaux, Evans& Daphne Miller, as Jackie who
plans this yearly event & Charles were unable
to attend on that day as something turned up.
Also Faye Miller and her sister Paula Shannon
were in attendance as well.
This is a nice event to see your old friends
just before Christmas and convey Christmas and
New Years greetings and talk over past experiences.

Earle Coffin

by earle coffin

Friday December 31 19:37:53 2010
John and I send "Happy New Years" wishes from Whitehorse, YK to all our friends and relatives who use Go Gaspe. We are in this COLD part of the world visiting our daughter, son-in-law and grandson. Thank-you for your friendship and support in 2010 and all the best for 2011. Shirley
PS Please note my new email is shirleyiboyle@gmail.com would be pleased to hear from those who have sent emails at my old yahoo address since I have lost your email addresses due to a virus. New "old" friends would be most welcome too.

by Shirley Boyle

Friday December 31 16:35:12 2010
Toronto News
On Saturday December 11,2010 an number of Gaspesians and ex Gaspesians,
namely-Bill Palmer, his son Bobby----Daughter Valerie----,Kingsley Miller,
Frank&Elaine Miller, Ruth Patterson Armstrong,---- met for what is now an
Annual Christmas get together at The Dutch Mill Restaurant & Country
Marker in Millgrove. Don& Carol Langlois were there and Larry & Judy
Patterson and Grace Campbell Brown, and also Dave& Joan Journeaux
Evans& Daphne Miller also in attendance.There were some who couldn/t
attend at the last minute because of colds and flu and for whatever
prior committments Evert Mccallum dropped in and said hello (he had a
prior arranged Family get together) This is nice event to see your
old friends just before Christmas and convey Christmas and New Years
greetings and talk over past experiences.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all.

Earle Coffin

by earle coffin

Thursday December 30 21:35:12 2010
This was our second trip to Gaspe in two years. This is after being away for some thirty years due to our move to Calgary. This time we took the "old road" from Montreal North to Rimuski. This was more than enjoyable, so much so, that we followed the same road back. My wifes mothers people were from Mont St. Pierre (and we brought her with us, she is 90) and my fathers family were from Brilliant Cove. As I was driving, I thought what other travellers would experienc, it was nothing than shear pleasure, that areas in Gaspe have been so well preserved. It was like travelling back in time. I also thought, what a shame more don't know of the splender along with the kindness and hospitality that is offered by the Gaspe people.

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and look forward to our next trip to this wonderful area.
Graham and Johanne Smith
Calgary, Alberta

by Graham R. Smith

Wednesday December 29 22:12:27 2010
Hi from Burlington.

Charles& Jackie Patterson,Earl Coffin, Evert McCallum, Elaine Miller, Glenda Patterson and Ruth Armstrong met at The Dutch Mill Restaurant (off Hwy 5) to have breakfast with Andy & Debbie Patterson who were in the area visiting their son and family. The restaurant is a lovely old building, nice smells, decorated for the season, a warm fire place and friendly staff. There is also a large area up stairs with many interesting items for sale. It was a pleasant morning , always nice to welcome people from Gaspe to our area.

Shane & Karen Patterson have much to celebrate this month. They moved from Burlington to a new house in Waterdown and to top off the month they have a new baby to welcome to their new home. I have not seen the baby yet, but have seen pictures of the darling little girl.

It is always a pleasure to go to Charles & Jackie Patterson to see the beautiful decorations that Jackie has collected through the years. This year she had many displayed in an antique display case (china cabinet) plus several around her living room. They also had a most magnificent tree well lit and decorated. It is very obvious that they enjoy this time of year.

Glenda Pattersoon enjoyed a concert put on by pre schoolers and to see her great grand son Jonathan do his part.

Melanie Craig and friends travelled to the U.S. for "Black Friday" shopping day. They left at midnight and got back at four in the afternoon, but although very tired they had a successful shopping trip.

Willie Palmer, Kingsley Miller, Ruth Armstrong, Lois Laminger and Susan Adams all enjoyed the concert in Hamilton Place, put on by the "Geritol Follies". All preformers are over 60, many in their 70's; 80's and one is 90 and still very active. It is a thrill to see these older people so active, dancing, putting on skits, telling jokes and generally enjoying themselves. This was their annual Christmas show which is always a very enjoyable way to start the Christmas season.

Last year I made a trip to Kapuskasing to see my daughter and family and as the train service was not what I expected, I wrote a letter of complaint. As compensation I received a free round trip ticket to Kapuskasing ! On Dec 6 I made the return trip to visit Susie & Scott Palmer again. While I was there my grand daughter, Maureen celebrated her 30th birthday and I also got to see the new house that she and her boyfriend had just bought. Susie and I attended a concert by Jubilee Singers of Kap,a very nice evening of Christmas music.

On Christmas Eve Francis & Elaine Miller had their annual dinner for family and friends. Elaine serves a delicious meat pie which we all look forward to every year. They had their two daughters, husbands and three grand daughters, plus Billy Boyle, Margaret Craig, yours truly and husband Tom. After dinner several friends called in and we all had a good time singing carols and songs.

One evening, near Christmas I had the pleasure of welcoming some ladies to spend the evening at my home. Besides Annie, Elaine, Glenda and Helen from Burlington , we were pleased to see Paula Shannon who was visiting her children in Burlington. We had a few contests, lots of chit chat (Gaspesians never lack for some thing to talk about !) and then they tasted my goodies that I love to bake this time of year. A very nice time spent with good friends.

Gregory & Mariette Patterson spent Christmas with their daughter Kim and husband Will in Toronto. Kim & Will prepared a delicious dinner for Greg, Mariette and Will's parents .After having their meal they all went swimming and in the hot tub, a nice way to relax . The next day Greg & Mariette drove to Burlington to have some time and dinner with Tom and I. Then they travelled on to St. Catharines to visit with Michael, Teresa and Brooklyn Dorion. Lois & Gary Laminger came from Kitchener to be with her brother and family for dinner. It was so nice to have family together.

I do hope that life in Sunny Bank is back to normal (or as close to normal as possible) for the many people who were affected by the storms. The pictures I saw were not nice and I can not imagine the misery of actually being there.

Wishing every one a Happy and Healthy New Year. Ruth Armstrong

by Ruth Armstrong

Thursday December 23 12:48:04 2010
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by Michelle Sinnett

Saturday December 18 16:38:18 2010
To the people of Gaspe,
We visited the beautiful town of Gaspe and area this past summer and found it absolutely wonderful. The mountains, the ocean, the Parc Forillon, Isle Bonaventure, La Maison Wakeham, Le Musee de Gaspe to name a few were absolutely breathtaking.
We are thinking about you and rest assured you are in our prayers.
Soyez courageux.

Gilles & Brenda Paquette
Sarnia Ontario

by Gilles & Brenda Pa

Saturday December 18 9:57:50 2010
Torrential rain began on Dec. 16 in the Gaspe area, dropping more than 240 mm (almost 10 inches) of rain in some areas leaving the entire area flooded and in a state of Emergency. Rivers and brooks were swollen far beyond record levels and roads were washed out in numerous places. Shelters were set up and residents of several areas, including Sunny Bank, were under mandatory evacuation.

The water peeked about midnight completely covering the lower end of Sunny Bank by as much as 5 feet of water. All the area around Jean Grocery was affected. Only after finding a way to bypass the new highway to Wakeham, built about 1977, did the water begin to subside. Around 9:00 PM the flow rate of the York River reached 330 cubic metres per second, the highest level recorded in 35 years. The previous high was about 290 set during the month of May (year uncertain), and the normal for the month of December is about 5 m3/s. Next morning by 5 AM the level had dropped to about 220.

On the morning of Dec. 18 flood levels were down by about a foot, and the stars were shining. A welcome sight! Fortunately two beautiful days followed with temperatures well above the freezing mark, allowing people to return home, assess the damage and begin the clean-up.

by Andy Patterson

Friday December 10 0:00:02 2010
Re: Winter Church Closures: I supported the idea at the Executive meeting which preceded the vote at the last Regular Meeting of the Advisory Council. I've been in Rimouski for several weeks since then and have had a lot of time to reflect. I still think that it is a good idea and will in time eventually evolve to the permanent closure of these same churches. We need to sit down and consider the short and long term implications; especially the financial effects that this will have on the Greater Parish and indeed the Dioscese as a whole. I am presently drafting a letter to the Greater Parish expressing my concerns for the future. I will read this letter at the next regular meeting of the Advisory Council.

At one time the Malbay Mission was comprised of 6 churches which were open year around. We now have 1 open full time and actually 2 in the summer. Declining numbers and support will eventually lead to the same situation nearer to town.

by Denver Leggo

Tuesday December 7 16:36:35 2010
Sad day for the St. Andrew's Anglican Church in York

By a narrow vote of 15-14 (with one disallowed ballot) it was decided to close the York Church for the upcoming winter. Some believe it to be difficult to maintain seven churches with a small population like ours, so it was recommended by the Greater Parish steering committee that some churches be closed temporarily. Each Parish held a special Vestry Meeting. York has the greatest number of parishioners and the annual income is among the largest in the Greater Parish, but after 115 years of continuous service, our church will close it’s doors between Christmas and Easter. There are a lot of disappointed people in the parish.

by Andy Patterson

Saturday December 4 22:01:27 2010
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller – December 03, 2010

Gaspe is seeing more spring like weather than winter right now with the disappearance of most of our pretty white blanket. However, I do imagine we will get our share of snow shortly.

Happy Birthday to Dean Patterson of Sunny Bank who celebrated his 70th birthday with a bang! His wife, Heather, had a wonderful birthday party for him with a houseful of family and friends attending. A couple of weeks prior to this his son, Craig, and daughter, Stefanie and Marco treated Dean and Heather to a trip to New York City for Dean’s birthday. They toured the Big Apple, attended live theatre, went to see Billy Elliot, and enjoyed some fabulous meals. Then they returned to Montreal and then on to Ottawa to attend the beautiful wedding of Dean’s nephew, Michael, and Jen on October 30th. They certainly had a fun-filled two weeks. .

Happy Birthday to the November people: Janice Syvret, Glenn Miller, Pearl White, Elizabeth Baird –(2nd) Lisa Shannon Reilly (3rd) Christopher Miller (4th) Margaret Patterson(5th) Lorna Baird (7th)Debbie Sams (7th) Hayden Sams (10th) Dawn Rooney Shannon, Charlene Eden-(17th) Linda Mullin (19th), David Boyle (20th)Garfield Simon (24th) Marg Palmer and Dawn Miller( 27th.) Lowell Patterson (29th) We hope you all had a great day!

Get well wishes to Sandra Bechervaise Gaul of Douglastown who is recovering from heart surgery. Hope you are feeling much better soon.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Eva Mullin who passed away at the LHSC Campus in London on November 3rd. Burial of ashes to take place at a later date at St. Andrews-York.

Congratulations to Crystal Rehel and Bobby Clark of York , on the birth of a baby girl, Miley Anne, born October 31st. A little sister for Ashton.

Get well wishes going out to Wayne Patterson from Sandy Beach who is in the Hotel Dieu in Gaspe recovering from a foot operation. We hope he is feeling better soon.

Our condolences go out to the family of Betty Dumaresq who passed away in Gaspe on November 30th. The funeral service took place at St. Pauls Church, Gaspe on December 03rd

Tasha Gillis, granddaughter of Ella Gillis of Wakeham came to Gaspe with her little daughter, Ella Rae, to spend some time with her grandmother. While here, she took her grandmother to the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph and to the Royal Canadian Legion for the dinner and presentations. The three of them spent precious moments together.

Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Alma Simon, wife of Ronald (Bud) Mullin who passed away on November 23rd in St. Eustache Hospital. Funeral Services were held on November 26th and the burial of her ashes will be at a later date.

David and Lorna Baird are back home in Wakeham after spending over three months in Ontario with their family. The purpose of their trip was to assist their son, Billy, who received a stem cell transplant in early August and after being back in the hospital twice with pneumonia and other complications he now seems to be on the road to recovery. Get well soon, Billy. David and Lorna also spent time with their other two sons, Murray and family in Cobourg and Sandy and family in Almonte. Nice to see them back home.

The ACW sales are now over and each parish did very well. The Friends of St. Pauls will be holding their sale on Saturday, December 4th and a group of local ladies will be holding a Christmas Sale at St. Paul’s Church Hall on the following Saturday, December 11th. We wish them good weather and a good turn-out as well.

An enjoyable afternoon was held at the Royal Canadian Legion on Sunday, November 28th to raise money for the local Cancer Association. A very large crowd was entertained with talented singers and musicians and served a delicious afternoon tea. Several lucky people won door prizes and a good time was had by all.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Norma Fitzpatrick Gaul of Douglastown who passed away on December 1st after fighting a courageous battle. She will be sadly missed in the community.

Merle Coffin of Wakeham was recently hospitalized with pneumonia. She is back home and we hope she is feeling much better soon.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday.

by Ivy Miller

Thursday November 25 23:00:06 2010
Hi Kind of neat to see this little story on world computor Picture of the York river off of the Sunnybank bridge is beautiful. Arlene

by ArleneBoyle

Tuesday November 23 10:38:16 2010
Ontario tidbits;

Lisa, Taylor & Jackie Patterson hosted a baby shower for Karen,wife of Jackie & Charles' son Shane, on October 24, at the home of Lisa & Taylor, in Burlington. Friends and relatives enjoyed an evening of fun and delicious food. Karen received many beautiful gifts, she and Shane are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of their baby. Shane made 2 cakes and iced them with pink and blue icing. To determine the sex of the baby he asked that each person take a piece from which ever they thought the baby would be. Boy won out ! We'll soon know!

Lyn Mullin & Sue Sams motored to Gaspe where Lyn went on a moose hunt with some friends. Sue visited with brother Ricky and wife Diane .

Scott & Susie motored to Ajax to visit family. On their way they stopped at Frankenmouth, Mich, where Richard & Dinah MacLeod met them to do some shopping. Frankenmouth is a Christmas town all year with many lovely Christmas shops and on the outskirts there are out let malls to delight any shoppers heart.After they left their shopping mecca they continued to Port Lambton where they visited with Steven & Janice Miller, also Stevens mother Audrey (Patterson) and his sister and brother, Christine and Colin. On to London to see Scott's cousin, Troy Palmer and wife Connie. They also stopped for a short time in Kitchener to see Susie's sister Lois and her husband Gary. Font Hill was their next stop to see Lon & Coreen Mullin who had just come back from Costa Rica. ON to Ajax where Dinah was planning a party for Scott's 60 th birthday. Several friends and relatives had a great evening -night??? . Ryan and Troy entertained with guitars and singing. A great way to celebrate being 60 !

There were four tables of Gaspesians attending the Rembrance Day dinner, Nov 11 at the Legion Hall in Burlington. It was a short but pleasant evening. I was fortunate to sit by Kingsley Miller, a veteran of WW 11 and one with a perfect memory. The meal was well served by the cadets and very delicious. Always such a pleasure to meet with friends.

Francis & Elaine Miller had a few people in to visit with Walter & Marilyn Patterson from Kanata, while they were visited in Burlington with Glenn & Annie Patterson. Walter & Marilyn had come by train to attend the funeral of Walter's sister, Margaret McKenzie of Hamilton.

Along with Jackie, Helen & Glenda Patterson I attended a fiddle concert at a nearby church herein Burlington. The main man was a champion fiddler and with his band of players and singers the music was magical. As it was a start to the Christmas season, most of it was seasonal, some good jokes and a 16 year old boy with flying feet who enthralled the crowd. The lunch served by the ladies of the church was a feast both to the eyes and to the body . An evening to remember.

My husband, Tom, & I flew to Calgary Oct 7, to house and dog sit for Tom's son and his wife. The weather was like summer, very enjoyable as we were able to walk in a large park near by. This park at one time was a Ranch along the Bow River and is now full of walks and hiking trails, and several types of wild life. I visited a step-cousin who I had not seen since 1979, we spent a nice evening with her and her husband. One afternoon, Norman & Judy McCallum (another cousin) took me out for lunch and then Judy and I went and spent an hour or so with Emily Boyle (a cousin,what else ?). A great year for seeing cousins !

Gery Laminger flew to Las Vegas where he met up with his sister from Winnipeg to help her celebrate her 50th birthday. MY daughter, Lois had driven Gary to Buffalo airport and stopped to spend some time with me on her way home, a nice surprise.

Last Friday I took my 8 year old great grand daughter, Breanna, out shopping for her Christmas gifts. I tried to give her a quick lesson in economics and succeeded as we shopped at Dollerama store and she had $$$$$ left over for her own use. A quick learner and lots of fun for Nanny.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Janet Patterson Mullin of London, who lost her daughter Eva recently.

November birthdays (only have a few,perhaps others could let me know when their birthdays are)
Earle Coffin Nov 12
Sheila Miller Kruse Nov 20
Eric Gallichan Nov 26

by Ruth Armstrong

Monday November 8 22:52:52 2010
Vistitation and memorial service for Eva Mullin will be held at Feron's Furneral home 1010 Boul Shevchenko Lasalle Que. ON sAT. nOV.13 From 1 to 3 service to follow at 3pm.

by DENNIS MULLIN

Saturday October 30 13:38:32 2010
Woke up to our first snowfall in Gaspe on October 26- everything looked so bright and winter like – but hopefully it won’t stay –we aren’t quite ready yet.

Barry and Vernice Dumaresq of Gaspe had a very busy and enjoyable summer. Their granddaughter, Amy Dumaresq, was here from Montreal for two weeks .Her father, Brian Dumaresq came for a visit and took her back home. Barry’s nephew, Charles Dumaresq and his family from Ottawa were here for a visit. Barry and Vernice’s son Dale, Guylaine and grandson , Leon from Sherbrooke and Dale’s friend, Stephan Ross, his wife Melissa and boys from Drumondville spent time with them. Their son, Michael came for a few days on his way back to Trenton, Ontario where he is now stationed.
Barry and Vernice did a little visiting themselves . They went to Ottawa in August for Erin Mulholland’s wedding. She is the granddaughter of Selwyn and Sadie Dumaresq.
While in Ottawa they stayed with Vernice’s sister, Debbie and her husband, Donald Sams and two children, Jesse and Jordon.

Belated 89th Birthday wishes to two wonderful Gaspe ladies-, Ida SteCroix who celebrated on the 25th and Hazel Patterson of York who celebrated on September 27th We hope you both had a wonderful day.

In early September Eric and Kay Coffin from Wakeham visited their daughter, Wendy and son in law, Michael, and children in Gagetown and went on to Prince Edward Island to visit Bryce Coffin at his summer home. When Bryce returned to Bedford, Nova Scotia a couple of weeks later, Glenn and I spent a week visiting with him and his wonderful family. We had scrumptous meals –Bryce is quite a cook! And we also enjoyed delicious suppers at his daughter and son-in-laws. We drove out to Peggy’s Cove and even though it was a foggy, rainy day we still enjoyed seeing the spectacular surfs pounding against the rocks. When we returned to Gaspe we discovered moose tracks in our garden – along with all the smaller animals feeding off our veggies- groundhogs, chipmunks, squirrels we now had a moose as well.

Get well wishes to Berna Coffin of York who has recently undergone surgery. We hope she is feeling much better now.

Lots of babies being born this fall and we send congratulations to all the proud parents as well as the grandparents:
Congratulations to Rhonda Stewart and Jeremy Adams of York on the birth of their first child, Rebecca Lynn, born on September 16. First time grandparents for Holly Hackett and Verne Adams and a third grandchild for Wanda and Ronnie Stewart of Ottawa. Hope you are enjoying your little bundle of joy.
Congratulations to Pamela Simon and Danny Valente on the birth of a bouncing baby boy (8lbs.9 oz) on September 27th. They live in Laval, Que- grandma Sandra was there when Luca was born. This is the second grandson for Sandra and Garfield – they also have two granddaughters.
Congratulations to Carmen Coulombe, daughter of Ricky and Donna Coulombe, and Matthew Keays, son of Peter Keays and Nancy Marmen on the birth of their beautiful big baby boy, Madden, who was born on October 4th. Needless to say there is a lot of excitement on both sides of the family.
Congratulations to Tommy and Kristen Syvret of Calgary on the birth of their second daughter, Elliotte Pauline, who was born on October 22nd. Ellie is a little sister for Madeline and second granddaughter for Brad and Janice Syvret of Gaspe.
Congratulations to Candie (Jones) and Kurt on the birth of their third child, Kristofer Nathaniel who was born on October 25th. Kristofer has a big brother Kimani and sister, Kristina.

The Greater Parish of Gaspe Harvest Supper was a hugh success again this year. Approximately two hundred and fifty people were served this delicious meal.

Happy Birthday to our sweet granddaughter, Maria Miller, who had her tenth birthday on October 17th. Maria is the daughter of Scott Miller and Maggie Annett. Hope you had tons of fun, Maria.

Congratulations to all the successful hunters again this year.

Happy Birthday to Alpheus Patterson on October 28th. Hope you had a great day.

ACW sales are beginning with the first one being Wakeham ACW on Saturday, November 6th at St. James Church Hall Gaspe. Come out, buy some baked goods and gifts for Christmas and enjoy afternoon tea.

We wish a speedy recovery to Ellen Patterson who was recently in Quebec City to have surgery on her back. Hope she is feeling much better soon.

Happy Birthday wishes going out to Arthur Boyle of London who celebrates his 95th on November 2nd from his family and friends in Gaspe. Also celebrating on this day is Janice Syvret, Glenn Miller and Pearl White. We hope you all have a great day.

Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Russell LeQuesne who passed away at the Hopital Regional de Rimouski on October 22nd.. Funeral services were held at the Cathederal in Gaspe on October 27. Russell worked at the Gaspe Post Office and the Fortin Funeral Home where he was well known by so many and will be sadly missed by all. Jacinta Annett Donovan from Stettler and Myrna Suddard Methot along with her friend, Watson Boyle, from London, Ontario were home to be with their family at this sad time.

Congratulations to Michael Drohan and Julie Bourgouin on their recent marriage. They were married in Douglastown Church and had a beautifully decorated autumn wedding at Gaspe Elementary School. Best of luck to this young couple.

Happy Birthday to Charlie Miller, son of Chris Miller and Nicole Patterson of Toronto who celebrated on October 13th. Victoria Whistle, daughter of Cathy and Bill Whistle from Guelph had her birthday on October 18th. Happy third birthday to Jack Reilly, son of Lisa and John Reilly of Burlington who celebrated with a “pirate party” on October 27th. Hope all of you little ones had fun birthdays!.

Percy Annett celebrated a special birthday on October 27th. Happy 50th, Percy!


by ivy miller

Tuesday October 26 10:17:51 2010
The Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site registered a 15% increase in attendance for the 2010 season. During this celebration year, the site welcomed 11,277 visitors from June to September (compared to 9,552 for the same period in 2009).

As well as highlighting the 250th anniversary of the famous battle, the Battle of the Restigouche Historic Site also highlighted the importance of Parks Canada’s underwater archaeological excavations of the wreck of the Machault, carried out 40 years ago.

Visitors enthusiastically took part in the many special activities: workshops (creation of ship models, historically inspired drawings), exhibitions (arts, archaeology), costumed presentations, conferences on history, navigation, genealogy, underwater archaeology, and much more! The weekend of August 7 and 8 alone, during which visitors could meet with Parks Canada archaeologists, brought together more than 500 people.

This special programming was obviously of great interest to visitors who enjoyed reliving this historic naval confrontation between France and Great Britain with the North American territory at stake. Moreover, the inauguration of new artefact showcases connected to the battle and the new archaeological research performed in the Restigouche River also attracted a lot of interest.

Parks Canada will continue to diversify activities offered to visitors at the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site for the pleasure visitors derive from the discovery or rediscovery of this part of our history in a vibrant and original manner.

by Émilie Devoe

Tuesday October 26 10:02:38 2010
Gaspe's first snowfall of the year! Woke up this morning, Oct. 26, and the ground was white.

by Andy Patterson

Friday October 15 13:40:31 2010
hi i am trying to get something going for the 40th Anniversary of the bluebird cafe fire that happen in Montreal 1972 there were 3-4 people that died from gaspe
the more people that no about this room on facebook (REMEMEBERING THE BLUEBIRD CAFE FIRE OF 1972 in Montreal, QC Canada)it might happen so keep passing it on and post it on any sites you might no of check out video on youtube (montreal fire the bluecafe fire 1972) tell all your friends and thanks to all the people that are joining the rooms they are growing everyday please pass it on

by Lloyd Willett

Thursday October 14 18:20:41 2010
Winners of the raffle on October 11th 2010 at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Gaspe, Thanksgiving Dinner are: Ron Hackett of Gaspe-Water Colour of St. Luke's Church, Corner of the Beach. Karen and Wayne McRae of Manotick, ON - Christmas Quilt. Vivian SteCroix of Barachois-Quilt Rack.

Thank you to those who donated the prizes, to the ticket sellers who raised $2067.00 over the past year and all those who bought tickets. Congratulations to the winners and better luck next time to those who were disappointed.

One half the proceeds goes to the Gaspe Ecumenical Chaplaincy Foundation and the other half to St. Luke's Anglican Church, Corner of the Beach, Restoration Fund.

by Theresa Joseph

Thursday October 14 14:41:39 2010
REMEMEBERING THE BLUEBIRD CAFE FIRE OF 1972 in Montreal, QC Canada on facebook Hello to all again,
I would like for whomever would want to put their story or thoughts about their dearly departed or injured that was in the fire. If you would like to send it to me by e-mail as sdrosenthal1@yahoo.ca I would like to put a collection together in order to pass it along to the Montreal public. I would li...ke if at all possible to put faces to the names on the list of victims as well as to the ones that where injured. I think it's important for them to know that they are not & never have been forgoten. Looking forward to hearing from you here a list of the people who died that night at the bluebird cafe fire in montreal 1972 Elizabeth Montgomery, 25 of new-richmond Quebec
Joan Robbins, 23, 12 th Avenue Rosemount.
Patricia Mahoney, 18, Madison Avenue.
Susan Morrison, 19, 46 th Avenue, Lachine.
Sandra Annette, 14, Jeanne-Mance Street.
...Sandra Young, 19, King Edward Avenue.
Kathy Guay, 18 St. Germain Street.
Eva Towers, 13, Jeanne-Mance Street.
Judith Ann Towers, 23, Jeanne-Mance Street.
Leona Dalqueen, 25, Logan Avenue. St. Lambert.
Josephine Mackay, 29, 30 th Avenue Lachine.
Patricia Jobes, 14, Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia.
Kathryne Wintanen (Wirtanen?) 20, de Meules Street.
Kathryne McGimpsey, 20, Cellier Street, Anjou.
Marian Fanning, 24, Allard Street.
Mrs. Francis Bowles, 36, Knox Street.
Evelyn Hill, 21, Campbellton, New Brunswick.
Linda Livingstone, 19, Beliveau Street. Brossard.
Marlene Dery, 16, Old Orchard Avenue.
Huguette Normandeau, 18, Cartier Street.
Irene Sharpajew, 19 Earnscliffe Avenue.
Jerry Share, 23, St. Ambroise Street.if you have any pictures of these people please send them to my email and share this website with your friends on facebook (REMEMEBERING THE BLUEBIRD CAFE FIRE OF 1972 in Montreal, QC Canada)

by Lloyd Willett

Tuesday October 12 15:20:51 2010
On September 1st, 1972, patrons of Montreal’s Blue Bird Café and the Wagon Wheel, the country and western bar above the café, were celebrating the end of another summer. In the main entrance to the Wagon Wheel, however, 3 young men, drunk and upset over being refused entry to the bar began a fire on the staircase. With one exit now blocked by fire, victims sought out other means of escape. However, conflicting city regulations had left the Wagon Wheel with too few fire exits. This left only two escape routes, through the kitchen onto a foldaway fire escape, and through the window in the ladies washroom onto a car parked below. Due to these errors in judgement, 37 people were unable to escape the fire and smoke that night. Fire escape regulations have since been standardised to prevent another disaster of this magnitude. you can find out more on facebook (REMEMEBERING THE BLUEBIRD CAFE FIRE OF 1972 in Montreal, QC Canada)This is a group to see if we can generate interest. in erecting a memorial. to the 37 people who died. and the 56 others who where injured.Priv All content is public so please join

by Lloyd Willett

Saturday October 9 0:07:32 2010
Grand finale for the 40th anniversary of Forillon National Park
220 people gathered for the Colour Festival

GASPE (Québec), October 8, 2010 – Almost 200 people including whole
families and friends, gathered at Forillon National Park to enjoy fall at
its best during the colour festival on October 1, and 2.

On the program for the 40th anniversary celebrations, Gilles Boutin, the
aurora borealis hunter, presented a special conference. In addition, people
enjoyed hiking activities or discovery and creativity workshops. Amid a
setting high in colour, visitors could discover (or rediscover) the
spectacular beauty of Forillon National Park and join in the various fall
activities, all for free.

In the course of this special event, the team at Forillon National Park
took the opportunity to announce the names of the contest winners for My
Forillon Story, which was launched last May in celebration of the park’s 40
th anniversary. Participants had to supply a photograph of their most
special experience at the park along with a short description. In the 11
year-old or less category, winners of the contest were Alicia Beaudin (1st
prize), Aurélie Lacombe (2nd prize) and Dylan Beaudoin (3rd prize). In the
12 to 17 year-old category, winners were Élizabeth Marcoux (1st prize),
Camelia Garant (2nd prize) and Catherine Fournier (3rd prize). Lastly, in
the 18 year-old and over category, the first prize was awarded to Mario
Gosselin, second prize went to Jean-François Tapp and third prize to
Danielle Lagacé.

This successful Colour Festival event brought the 40th anniversary
festivities of Forillon National Park to a brilliant close. These
celebrations highlighted the beauty, richness and historical past of the
park through original, innovative and inspiring activities. Visitors had a
chance to take part in the first Bioblitz event while learning about the
aquatic biodiversity during Parks Day, embark on a search of new geocaches
and enjoy an Indian music concert while witnessing an unforgettable sunrise
at Cap-Bon-Ami.

The 40th anniversary celebrations also honoured the families who lived on
the Forillon peninsula before the park was created, especially by the
inauguration of a new permanent display Gaspesians from Land’s End at the
Dolbel-Roberts house and by holding gatherings and reunions throughout
various park areas.

This wonderfully diverse program was made available to the public in
collaboration with various partners including the Chambre de commerce et de
tourisme de Gaspé, the Club des Ornithologues de la Gaspésie, the
Expropriated families provisional committee and the Festival Musique du
Bout du Monde.

Parks Canada, in collaboration with its partners, continues to diversify
and improve year-round activities offered to visitors for their enjoyment
as they visit Forillon National Park, while creating memorable experiences
throughout the seasons.

by Stéphane Marchand

Sunday October 3 20:18:50 2010
Hello from Burlington:

Francis & Elaine Miller; Mark, Melanie & Christina Craig; Doug, Denise, Jessica & Michelle Irvine; Randy, Kurt & Karly Lis with friend Laurie all travelled to Lethbridge, Alberta to attend the marriage of Krista Vivian to Jason Wesley. Krista is the daughter of Jeannie & Gary Vivian and grand daughter of Francis & Elaine Miller. The newly married couple have now moved to Yellowknife to work. Francis & Elaine travelled on to Edmonton where they visited with Weston & Dora Annett and Francis' brother Graham and wife Doreen. They enjoyed an evening with friends Ivan & Ginny Miller.

Greg & Mariette Patterson of Havelock motored to Gaspe to attend the marriage of Mariette's nephew Steve Dorion to Natasha Donovan.They were guests of Scott & Susie Palmer while in gaspe. They enjoyed seeing a lot of friends and family.

Fred & Judy Patterson of Dartmouth NS made their third visit to Gaspe this summer to spend a week at their summer place in Wakeham.

Tom & Ruth Armstrong were pleased to have a visit from Tom's cousin, Maisie Brough from Edinburgh, Scotland. She was visited friends in Toronto and spent a day in Burlington.

On Labour Day week end, Lyn Mullin & Sue Sams entertained at a get together at their home in Perth. These friends try to get together every year as enjoy each others company. Those who attended and had a great week end were;
Greg & Mariette; Kerry & Sherry; Danny & Kathy; Ricky & Brenda; Johnny & Aggie;Sandy & Denise.

Amelia Clark Pelletier has been busy travelling this summer. She visited her son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Dianne, in Dartmouth, NS where she attended the graduation of her grand daughter, Denise, from College. She then went to North Bay to visit her sister Vina Trowsdale. From there she went to Ottawa with Vina, Laughlin & Bev Trowsdale to attend the burial of her brother, Clyde Patterson, on Sept 20th at the National Beechwood Cemetery. Amelia's son, Carl also attended his uncles burial and he and his mother toured the War Museum before leaving to return to London. On returning home , friends suggested a day at Pointe Pelee. Although they were too late for the Monarch Butterfly migration they did see several species of wild life and had an enjoyable day.

Lyn Mullin & Sue Sams motored to Swift Current, Sask, to see their son, Shawn settled in an apartment. Shawn has been hired by the Westeren Hockey League as an announcer for the Club. On their way back to Perth they visited with Scott & Susie Palmer in Kapuskasing.

Richard & Dinah MacLeod motored to Gaspe and spent a few days with Scott and Susie Palmer before going on to Bathurst to visit with Michael & Frances McVeigh, then on to Ottawa to see Richards brother and his family.

Scott & Susie Palmer are now back at their home in Kapuskasing after spending three months in Wakeham at their summer place. On their way home they visited with their son, Ryan and his friend Vero at their new home, near Ottawa.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Herb & Frances Nelson and their family on the sad loss of a beloved grand son.

Elsie Patterson Bobbette of Barrie spent three weeks with her son Rick and his friend Caroline on Manitoulin Island.

It was nice to see pictures of the West Coast Gaspe Reunion. It reminded me of the one in Peachland that I had attended with my bothers Graham and Francis and families. Not sure of the year, maybe 1973, but we all had a great time as am sure the ones at the recent one did too. Cogratulations to Anson Patterson on his 80th birthday.

Gary & Lois Laminger of Kitchener enjoyed a visit from Gary's daughter, Gillian, son-in-law John, and grand son Colby from Winnipeg.

Sybil Palmer of Ajax spent some time in California with her sister Marjorie and then on to Sooke B.C. where she visited her son, Brent and his friend Marie.

John Pope & Maureen Palmer of Kapuskasing dropped in for a short visit with her aunt and uncle, Lois and Gary Laminger in Kitchener.

My husband, Tom, and I have just had a marvellous trip to France & Scotland. My son, Gerry and his wife Shoko drove us to many beautiful spots in Southern France. We went to the top of Mont Ventoux, the mountain that is on the Tour de France cycling race every two or three years. We met many cyclist both going up and coming down and my heart was in my throat when I saw how fast they were coming down. We spent an evening with Gerry's land lady who speaks no English, very interesting ! In Scotland we had the pleasure of seeing the stage show of, "Calendar Girls", Two days in Pais was a delightful way to end the holiday

Now for Birthday wishes , past,present and future.
Sept 6, 1933 Ivan Coffin, Wakeham
Sept 10 1947 Gary Coffin
Sept 12 1955 Jean Miller Vivian, Gaspe
Sept 12 1934 Howard Clark, Wakeham
Sept 12 Weston Annett, Wakeham
Sept 13 1922 Vina Patterson Trowsdale, Wakeham
Sept 13 1938 Darell Miller, Wakeham
Sept 16 1955 Coreen Miller Broadbent, Gaspe
Sept 22 1931 Phyllis Patterson Miller. Wakeham
Sept 24 1943 Allison Miller, Wakeham
Sept 24 1934 Percy Miller, Wakeham
Sept 25 1964 Alma Patterson Smith, Gaspe
Sept 27 1958 Mariette Dorion Patterson, Gaspe
Sept 27 1957 Lois Patterson Laminger , Gaspe
Oct 1 1952 Gregory Patterson, Gaspe
Oct 3 1975 Jason Gallichan, Gaspe
Oct 9 1935 Glenda Eden Patterson, Sunny Bank
Oct 17 1952 Vanessa Adams Eden, Gaspe
Oct 18 1950 Scott Palmer, Gaspe
Oct 20 1935 John Miller, Wakeham
Oct 27 1952 Michael Miller, Gaspe
Oct 26 1940 Ralph Miller. Wakeham
Oct 26 1930 Walter Patterson, Wakeham

Ruth Patterson Armstrong

by Ruth Patterson Armst

Tuesday September 28 4:23:03 2010
Tuesday 28th September 2010

Hi!GoGaspe.com Community News

Well, I have come to know your area & its communities since logging-on weekly to GoGaspe over the last 3 months. I discoveredyour great website in trying to establish "The Trail of My Caldwell Descendants From Australia". It has led me to New Carlisle, the hometown since 1784, of the first 3 of our 9 generations of direct descendants, ie 1.UEL Robert(from Co.Antrim via NY & my g/g/g/g/gf), 2.John Todd (my g/g/g/gf) and 3.Charles Campbell Caldwell (my g/g/gf, m. in Sydney in 1842, with not one detail of his background on his marriage certificate. We could kill him, because we should have arrived in New Carlisle 20-30yrs ago).

So, now let me introduce myself, after explaining my early heritage. My name and rank is 7.Robert Charles Snr (b.1945), coming after 6.Charles Robert(my dad) 5.Hiriam Charles(my gf) & 4.Alfred William Caldwell (my g/gf.) and coming before 8.Robert Charles Jnr(my son) & 9.Taluka Caldwell Mcfarlane(my grand-daughter).

I live in the inland city of Bendigo in Central Victoria, which is 150 kms, N-W of Melbourne. It is located on the northern edge of the Great Dividing Range. This range runs over 4200 kms, across Victoria from west to east and runs up the East Coast of Australia to the tip in Queensland. It is a beautiful city, both architecturally & culturally wise, because it developed after the Great Gold Rush of Australia in 1851. Our buildings are a credit to our forebears, which remain a physical acknowledge- ment of their endeavours in a young Austrlaia at the time. Our Art Gallery is acknowledged as the best regional gallery in Aust. Another attraction is the Chinese Museum, which has the longest dragon outside China. Being centrally located in the state, it caters for all sections of the education spectrum, from preschool, kindergarten, primary school, secondary college, tertiary institution to university. It also caters for many sports, leisure pursuits and activities. Because of what Bendigo offered and its semi-rural environment, we moved here with my family in 1981, for our kids' (Robert, Elissa & Damien) future after teaching in small rural schools for many years, on the advice of Anne, who was raised in a small rural community. Even though I was born & bred in Melbourne, I have never regretted the move. Amd, as we get older we believe we will retire here, because as Anne has stated many times, "Friends are more important at this stage of our Life!" Today,it has a population of 100K+. and is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia , which is putting pressure on our infrastructure.

After reading comments about your weather in your back-dated news articles, I have to reveal the only down-side to Bendigo has been the 10+ year drought we have experienced, particularly with our Stage 4. water restrictions. But you will be pleased to know that we have had the wettest winter for many years, the water reservoirs are nearly full and we are now back to Stage 2. restrictions.

I just hope I have given Gaspesians a small snippet of our life in Bendigo and that our planned trip to Gaspe Peninsula in Aug-Sept 2011 will give us some insight into the life of my descendants in your area of Canada. And yes! we will be visiting Gaspe and hopefully meet some of the contributors & volunteers behind this great website, which I constantly praise to our friends. You should all be proud of your contributions. Wish I could say the same for a Bendigo community website, which we don't have.

Bendigo Bob from Oz.

by Robert Charles Caldw

Monday September 27 14:01:57 2010
In the last Gaspe News - Congratulations went out to Louise Patterson on her recent marriage to Emile Patterson St. Yves- it should read Karen Patterson. Please accept my apologies.

by ivy miller

Sunday September 26 21:49:40 2010
Gaspe News- Sept 24,2010

After experiencing a beautiful warm summer in Gaspe we now can feel that fall
is indeed here.

Congratulations and a very happy birthday going out to Mr. Joe Patterson from Sandy Beach who reached the wonderful age of 100 on August 31st. His family had a dinner for family and close friends at noon on this day and then open house in the afternoon and evening. Over two hundred and twenty people attended this special occasion throughout the day. Wonderful seeing you looking so young, Mr. Joe!

Happy 50th birthday to Dave McCallum on September 5th. – Hope you had a great celebration!

Happy Birthday to Bryce Coffin from Bedford, N.S. on September 08 and to Mabel Coffin Carter on September 09.

Congratulations to Steve Eden, son of Sherry Sams and Wesley Eden, and Caitlin Grosswell who were recently married in Ottawa. We wish them many happy years together. Friends and relatives came from far and wide. Chad Mundle, who was Steve’s groomsman came all the way from Australia. Chad’s parents, Ron and Cynthia Mundle, and his grandmother, Bridget McDonald visited with him in Montreal.

Alvin and Tilly Patterson and granddaughter, Ciara from Manitouwadge were home in August visiting Tilly’s brother, Percy Annett, and Alvin’s family, Carleton, Emery, Melrose, Myrna and Dale. They also visited Prince Edward Island for a few days. Hope you had a great holiday.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Martha Carey who passed away in Bonaventure on September 1st, just after her 90th birthday. Burial was in the Gaspe Cemetery on September 7th.

Congratulations to Chandra Scarbro and Vic Chung on the birth of their first child, a son, Nicholas, born on September 4th. They live in Calgary and Chandra is the daughter of Bonnie and Jim Scarboro. Proud “Grammy” Bonnie was in Calgary when Nicholas was born.

Lisa-Ann Clark and her boyfriend Wayne Duguay traveled from Longueuil to have their son, Eli Ulysse Duguay christened on Sunday, September 5th, at St. James Anglican church in Wakeham. After the service, a get together was held at the Legion in Gaspé. Lisa-Ann, Matthew and Jodie, with the help of family, had also arranged to celebrate their parents (Kimberley and Danielle) 25th anniversary at the same time as the christening.

Congratulations to Louise Patterson and Emile Patterson St. Yves who were married on Saturday, September 4th at St. Andrew’s Church – York. Their beautiful autumn –themed wedding took place at the Auberge de Commandant. We wish them many happy years together.

Get well wishes to Faye Miller of Guelph, Ontario who has recently undergone surgery.

Meigan Simpson, daughter of Wade and Heather Simpson, has moved back home to Gaspe to begin her career as a dietician with the CSSS. Her boy friend, Daniel Bourgouin, is hoping to begin working here in the near future. It is so nice to see young people coming back to Gaspe.

Funeral Service and burial of ashes took place at St. Andrew’s Church York, on Monday, September 13th for Edgar and Helena (Teenie) Miller, originally from Wakeham. Our condolences to all the family.

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Murray Coffin who passed away in Montreal on September 15th. Murray was originally from Gaspe.

by ivy miller

Sunday September 26 15:03:16 2010
If you're wanting to see photos of the Gaspe Reunion, you'lll find the reunion on Facebook. "Gaspe Reunion"

by Lani Baker Mitchell

Thursday September 23 13:42:50 2010
Believe it or not! A caribou passed near Sunny Bank on Sep. 20! It was obviously far from its native habitat, but the tracks were clearly imprinted in the mud. The nearest herd to Gaspe is in Parc de la Gaspesie. Check the GoGaspe featured photo (number 727).

by Andy Patterson

Tuesday September 21 1:02:19 2010
The West Coast Gaspé Reunion was a roaring success. Once folk relaxed after driving on the graveled, potholed road in, the fun began!!! A big thank you to Sonya (Miller) Woollacott and her sweet man, Doug, for those sign posts showing the way. We especially appreciated the one that read “Gaspé Pot Holes “ ! (I guess that was in case someone hadn’t already noticed!)
And when we all arrived…what a spectacular place!!!

Since all attendees got to share the same Lodge, it meant we could sit by the fireplace in the Lodge lounge and gossip to our hearts’ content! Tom Nelson caught up on old Wakeham/Sunny Bank gossip shared with Norma (Eden) Patterson, Ann Patterson, Bobbi (Miller) Baker, Blair & Vanessa (Adams) Eden, Wes and Dora (Eden) Annett, Wink (Vibert) and Suzanne Biehl and many others. Several Baker family members- Tim, Cory, Chris, Lani, Cindi Lou, Marni, Jill, Pat, Keith & spouses, joined the fun, as did Pattersons and Millers. There was much hugging, and laughter filled our comfy Lodge! We had dinner, a warm welcome from our MC, Carole Roberts, and a sing along…and, of course, some dancing and many giggles! Where on earth does 80 year old Norma Patterson get that endless energy?

Fun continued on a beautiful sunny Saturday with some Gaspé folk, including Chris & Tim Baker along with Vaneesa and Blair Eden jumping in the pool and Jacuzzi. Bruce Lacouvee, Cleve Patterson and others joined us for the BBQ, walked to visit the horses and farm animals, or along the lake and through the trails on the Ranch before we all settled into an evening of dinner and good times in the dining hall.

Not to be outdone by the strong contingent of Wakeham/York girls, the Rosebridge Girls took up the challenge of which town had the prettiest & smartest Gaspé girls by surprising us all with their great Rosebridge t-shirts. Way to go Ivy (Roberts Phillips) Nielson & her lovely sister, Carole (Roberts) Butler. Coming all the way from Cold Lake, Alberta to attend the reunion, Carole did a great job as our MC. Never discount those Rosebridge girls! 

With Jill Baker on piano and Mary Ellen ( Patterson) Marks playing the mandolin, we sang; we ate; we drank; we shared memories. Games were played and prizes won! THE prize of the night, a West Coast Reunion Cowboy hat, especially designed by a “Rosebridge Girl” was won by lucky Blair Eden who gets to wear it until the next Reunion in 2012!

Sonya brought along her mom, Peggy Miller, as well as her brother Kent Miller, sister Leslie (Miller) Charlton and Leslie’s hubby, Kirk Charlton for the Saturday events, and Doreen Jeannotte drove all the way from Alberta with her daughter, Dawne and friend, Richard Strong. Anson Patterson, who came with his lovely daughter, Susan, was surprised with an 80th birthday cake made especially for him by Ivy’s husband, Svend Nielson, and Doug and Sonya got to enjoy one of Svend’s special cakes for their 39th wedding anniversary!

We ended the festivities with a bonfire and s’mores (well sort of ended them! It seems some partied well into the wee early morning hours!  ) and headed to bed for sweet sweet dreams of our childhood Gaspé!
Saying good bye on Sunday wasn’t easy but, with the thought that we’d all meet again in 2012, we bid adieu to a wonderful West Coast Gaspé Reunon! We hope you all join us in 2012!

by Lani Baker Mitchell

Friday August 27 19:53:24 2010
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller- August 27, 2010

Wonderful summer weather continues – one of the nicest summers in a long while.

We enjoyed having our brother, Bryce, with us for two weeks. He saw a lot of friends and relatives that he hadn’t seen for years. He enjoyed the delicious fish cake and salmon suppers at Pioneer Days and the wonderful fresh Gaspe air. He has now returned to his summer home in Prince Edward Island.

Tommy Syvret and daughter, Madeline, were home from Calgary visiting with Brad and Janice Syvret and also Tommy’s grandfather, Ovelan Syvret . We hope the four generations a wonderful visit together. Brad and Janice had family and friends in for a delicious b.b.q. to celebrate Madeline’s 2nd birthday.

Sandra Eden Lavigne celebrated a very special birthday (65th) on August 10th. We hope she had a wonderful day with her family and friends.

The burial of ashes of Lionel and Ena Miller took place on August 10, in St. Andrew’s Cemetery-York. Our condolences to all the family.

Stefanie, Chelsia, and Christian Solari from Montreal and Craig from Vancouver were home visiting their parents Dean and Heather Patterson and friends. While here in Gaspe, Christian celebrated his 14th birthday. Charles Palmer, also living in Vancouver came home with Craig to visit with both parents, Bobby Palmer and Pearl White. A lot of former young Gaspesians were home at this time and they enjoyed a delicious steak b.b.q at the home of Dean and Heathers.

Donna Phillips had all of her family home this summer – Jeff & Cindy, Dean & Elise Lana & Andrew, and Sherry and Brian and families. They have all returned home now until next summer.

Jean Eden from Prince Edward Island was home during Pioneer Days visiting her cousin, Lois, family and friends. She is always happy to return home and has a great time chatting with old friends and taking pictures of our beautiful Gaspe.

Bobby Palmer was back in Sunny Bank recently, along with his friend, Cindy Miller, from Cambridge.

One afternoon recently, Doreen Caputo Gillis had the ladies in for a “High Tea Party”. She had some delicious goodies prepared which we enjoyed very much while sitting around chatting on her lovely sunny deck. Thank you so much, Doreen. She and her grandson, Jordan, return home at the end of the month.

The “Festival Musique du Bout du Monde” was a success again this year even though the attendance under the big tent was less than the previous year. The weather co-operated wonderfully for all the vendors along main street in Gaspe, the parade and for the entertaining bands in the evening. A great place to meet and greet old friends.

A “5-7” was held at St. John’s Church Hall in Sandy Beach on Thursday afternoon to thank all of the volunteers who helped make Pioneer Days such a success. We had a tasty corn boil with hot dogs and other delicious munchies. We were delightfully entertained by Paul LePage and Elizabeth Baird Coffin and their guitars.

Phyllis and Victor Miller spent two weeks home this summer visiting Linda and Archie Patterson, family and friends. Linda’s sister, Cathy, from Listiguish was also here for a few days.

Linda and Wayne Miller’s daughter, Tanya, with her three little ones, Emily, and twins Sarah and Kyle from Chateauguay were here visiting in July. Their daughter, Christine and son Nathaniel from Toronto came to visit also during Pioneer Days. Linda’s sister, Emily and husband Jacinto are now here visiting from Florida. We wish them a pleasant holiday.

We had a “Girls” afternoon one day last month when some old school friends got together to catch up with each other. Jean Eden, Edna Patterson, Helena Palmer, Beth Patterson, Linda Alexander, Linda Miller and myself had a nice afternoon sharing a glass of wine and having a good “chat”.

Elma and Bernard Baird from Douglastown had all of their family home this summer. Their son, Ricky and his son Malcolm, from Montreal, daughter, Linda, also from Montreal and their daughter, Dawna, Danny, and their children, Spencer, Vanessa and Lindsey from Cape Cod had a wonderful visit with their parents, family and friends.

Congratulations to Kimberly Clark and Danielle Synnott who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on August 17th. We wish them many more happy years together.

Paula Shannon and Heather Patterson spent ten wonderful days in Montreal visiting Stefanie, Marco, Chelsia and Christian. While there, Heather and her daughter Stefanie celebrated their birthdays on August 26th. So nice to have a daughter share your birthday. We hope you had a fantastic time!

Weston and Joyce Vibert are visiting with their brother, Ronnie, at their family home in Wakeham. Also Weston’s sister, Wilma is home visiting her brother, Keith.

I would like to apologize for omitting Marilyn and Don Whaley in the last Gaspe News regarding the family members who were home for Mrs. Ellen Clark’s funeral. So sorry, Marilyn and Don.

Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Robbie Phillips, originally from Gaspe, who passed away in Inverary, Ontario on August 18th . Donna, Dean and Judy Phillips, her son, Michael, and Lana and Andrew Miller and sons Ryan and Brandon attended the funeral service on Saturday, August 21st.




by ivy miller

Friday August 13 17:53:27 2010
Friday August 13 11:43:59 2010
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller- August 13, 2010

Beautiful weather continues here in Gaspe – great for all the visitors who are home and for the beach lovers. Gaspe is very busy these days with all the regular summer visitors and tourists as well.
Pioneer Days was a great success again this year with each event very well attended and the weather being very co-operative. The Silent Auction was a great attraction once again and exceeded last year’s biddings. Pioneer Days for next year is already in the planning and will be approximately the same time.

Our condolences go out to the family of Sydney Clark, originally from Wakeham, who passed away in Welland on July 6th. His sister, Margaret and husband David Patterson went to Ottawa and then on to Welland to attend his funeral on July 10th.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Freda Roberts, wife of the late Leslie Roberts, who passed away in Cambridge on July 16th. Freda was originally from Gaspe.

Our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Doreen Miller, wife of the late Ralph Degruchy, who passed away in Ottawa on July 13th.

Mike and Dawn Shannon, Meghan and Hailey, were home for ten days the middle of July visiting Paula and Ricky Shannon, family and friends. They had a great holiday and wonderful weather.

Happy belated 60th birthday to Valetta Patterson who celebrated with family and friends on July 16th. Her daughter, Patty, husband Tom Sr. and little Tom Jr. were home at the time to be with her on this special day.

Congratulations to Jolyane Annett, daughter of Sylvie Deraps and Lewis Annett, and Steve Jean, son of Claudette Eden and Andre Jean, who were married on July 17th. We wish them many happy years together.

On July 24th, two wonderful seniors from Sandy Beach,Ivan and Elsie Patterson celebrated their 70th Anniversary with family and friends. Open house was held under a lovely decorated tent under beautiful sunny skies with all of their family, except two members, who came from near and far for this wonderful occasion. A delicious lunch was served and everyone enjoyed their afternoon.

Belated birthday wishes to David Baird of Wakeham who celebrated his 75th birthday on July 28th. David and his wife, Lorna, are presently with their son, Billy, who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant. We wish Billy all the best for a speedy recovery.

Congratulations to Chelsea Flowers and Charlie Drody on their recent engagement. Wedding bells will be ringing in September of next year.

The community was very saddened on the passing of one of our seniors, Carl Gillis, who left us on August 04 after a short stay in the Hotel Dieu. The funeral service and burial of Mr. Gillis took place at St. James Church, Wakeham on August 7th. He will be sadly missed and our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Congratulations to Mr. Fabien Sinnett of Gaspe on receiving Governor General’s Medal for all his achievements in the history of Gaspe. The book “Gaspe Through The Years” for which he dedicated hours of time along with Mario Mimeault, in collaboration with Ginette Roy, was released last fall.

Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Beverly Patterson, sister of Howard, Wayne and Joyce
who passed away suddenly at the Hotel Dieu Hospital –Gaspe on July 24th. Beverly will be missed by family and friends and for her beautiful voice in the choir.

The burial of ashes of Pauline Patterson, wife of Erskine Patterson, took place at St. James Cemetery on August 04th. Rest in peace, dear sister. We miss you.


Betty Coffin of L’Anse Aux Cousins is back home again after spending the winter, spring and part of the summer in Cambridge. Betty has undergone treatment and we wish her all the best. Her granddaughter, Sarah, is now visiting with her. So nice to see you back home, Betty..

Larry and Lorna Miller of Wakeham had a very enjoyable visit with their daughter, Louise and husband Kim in Denmark. They met their granddaughter, Cassidy, in Montreal, and traveled with her to her new home in Fredericia, Denmark. Cassidy has already started school and seems very happy in her new environment.. Lorna’s two daughters, Lisa and Lorelei, brother Leigh and her sister, Kathleen along with her friend, Jean Pierre were recently home for the burial of ashes of her mother, Ellen Clark. Kathleen’s daughter, Darlene, husband Frank and two sons Michael and Alexander and cousin Wendy came home at this time as well.

Connie Coffin, her granddaughter Alyssa and great grandson, Aiden, recently spent time with Merle Coffin of Wakeham. Merle had been in Nackawic visiting her son, Morris, so Connie motored there to bring her back to Gaspe. They had a great holiday. Merle had more visitors a couple of weeks later – her granddaughter, Cindy, her son, Dillon and a friend from London, Ontario. Merle greatly enjoyed having her family home.

Daryl, Brandie, Madison and Logan Patterson from Oshawa, Ontario were recently home visiting family and friends. While they were home a 25th anniversary party was held for Daryl’s sister, Heather, and husband Lowell. Many friends and family gathered that evening to congratulate them and to wish them many more years together.


Not enough space to mention all visitors this time- more next edition…… please contact me at imiller@cgocable.ca if you have Gaspe news.




by ivy miller


by ivy miller

Tuesday August 10 22:43:42 2010
Burlington, Ontario.

Francis, Elaine and Glenda Patterson motored to Gaspe recently. Francis and Elaine spent their time at Weston Annett's house in Wakeham, while Glenda visited with her Aunt, Sybil Keays, on Haldimand Beach.

Marsha Patterson Walsh, from Florida is spending a few days , visiting her parents, Glenn & Annie Patterson of Burlington, Ont.

Mark, Melanie & Christian Craig of Burlington spent a few days in Gaspe, After sending a night with Scott & Susie Palmer, they moved to be with Mel's parents Francis & Elaine Miller. While there they entertained with a delicious barbeque and lots of wine, to celebrate Mark's 49th birthday. What a party ! Also Mel met up with cousin Fred and good friend Mitchell Coffin for a fun time---remembering old time together.

A combined 80th birthday party was held at the home of Jim & Marge Kraft. Both turn 80 this year. Jim & Marg spent several years in Murdochville and friends from this time plus family helped them celebrate.

David & Margaret Patterson motored to Ottawa and from there they went to Welland with Shirley and Peter Suddard to attend the funeral of Margaret's brother, Sydney Clark. From Welland they came to Burlington to their daughter Alma Smith's home for a few days. Seven of their children, plus in laws and grand children were all together at Alma's one afternoon and it was a pleasure for me to see the family that I knew so well in Gaspe.

On July 10th a baby shower was held for Keri Gallichan at the home of her mother, Lois Laminger. Keri received many beautiful and useful gifts. Since then little Leland has made his arrival into the world, weighing 5 lbs 14 ozs.

Charles, Jackie, Lisa & Taylor Patterson motored to Gaspe in July to spend three weeks at their home at Haldimand.

Earle Coffin spent some time in Gaspe, guest of Anson Patterson in Sunny Bank.

Jeanne Miller Vivian from Yellowknife came south to spend some time at her cottage, north of Peterborough, then on to Burlington to stay with her parents, Francis and Elaine Miller.

Taylor Patterson (grand daughter of Charles & Jackie of Burlington) together with a group of teens and their chaperones from North Burlington Baptist Church recently flew to Rwanda. They landed in the capial of Rwanda where they were taken to the Genocide Museum and from there were taken to 3 other cities. They went to various schools and met the students and also talked to the people of the community. One day they were able to go swimming in Lake Kivamariah, a fun time for all. They had daily Bible sessions in various schools. A great experience for these young people.
On the day that Taylor arrived home she left for Gaspe with her mother and grand parents. When she returned she went to a Christian Camp in Mussoka for a week. A very busy teen !

Yours truly spend a wonderful two weeks in Gaspe, guests of Scott & Susie Palmer and Fred and Judy Patterson. While I was there we had a "Miller" cousin reunion to meet with our long lost cousin , Billy Hull. We had lost contact after his mother died in 1957 so it was a joy to see him again, and to meet his charming wife, Maureen. Eighteen cousins, desendants of our grand parents John & Sarah Miller, met at "Sid's Kids Place" for an enjoyable afternoon.Lunch was prepared and served by my daugher, Susie and daughter-in-law Judy. Later in the evening, Susie adn Judy made pizzas for the ones who remained for the evening.
During my visit I enjoyed many visitors,lunches out,Pioneeer Days breakfast, supper and out door service, and being with my family.
Before I left gaspe I spent several minutes looking at the scenery from our back deck, trying to impress it on my mind. I lived with this view for 47 years but like mose people I took it for granted until I moved away from it.
Thanks to every one who many my time in Gaspe a special time.
Ruth Patterson Armstrong

Some birthdays for August----Happy Birthday every one.

August 3 1978 Ryan Palmer
August 7 1963 Judy Knight Patterson
August 9 1931 Evert McCallum
August 10 1945 Sandra Eden Lavinge
August 13 1954 Susan Patterson Palmer
August 14 1935 Ella Boyle
August 21 1927 Anson Boyle
August 28 1945 Sharon Boyle Dee
AUGUST 29 1929 Julia Patterson Stewart
August 31 1924 Janet Patterson Mullin

by Ruth Patterson Armst

Tuesday July 27 19:15:11 2010
Good afternoon,

The CEDEC of New-Carlisle, in partnership with CASA, the Musée de la Gaspésie and others have contributed to the creation of the ''William Wakeham Audio Guide Tour''.

Commander William Wakeham is best remembered for his exploits in Arctic soil. In 1897, under the command of Prime Minister Sir Wildrif Laurier, Wakeham and his crew sailed the waters aboard the S.S. Diana. The Union Jack was erected in Cumberland Bay (near Baffin Island in modern-day Nunavut) on August 17th, 1897. He received a medical degree from McGill University and occupied the functions of Inspector of fisheries before his famous voyage. The village of Wakeham and the locality of Wakeham's Bay (Kangiqsujuaq) adopted Dr. Wakeham's name.

A student guide portraying Wakeham is available for consultation at the Musee de la Gaspésie every day of the week during regular operating hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The audio-guide material is also available for rental. Files loaded to an MP3 player allow discovery of 8 specific locations in and near Gaspe. These files are also avaialble for download at www.museedelagaspesie.ca/williamwakeham Information on the restored ''William Wakeham House'' at 168 Rue de la Reine in Gaspe is also avaialble.

Please do not hesitate to furhter inquire via e-mail at wakeham.audio@gmail.com

Kind regards,
Jason - Portraying commander William Wakeham until August 13th, 2010 at the Musee de la Gaspésie

by Jason Synnott

Thursday July 8 9:57:42 2010
Information Bulletin

2010, a year of anniversaries

The Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site reveals programming
POINTE-À-LA-CROIX (Quebec), July 2 2010. – Yesterday the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site of Canada took advantage of the open house to unveil its summer program for 2010. The Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site will celebrate in 2010 the 250th anniversary of the battle. The activities planned this year will also help us remember the underwater archaeological excavations by Parks Canada on the Machault shipwreck,
which took place in 1970 and led to the opening of the interpretation centre 25 years ago. On Friday July 16th at 5 p.m., the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site will feature a vernissage of the exhibition Confluence, displaying the works of employees at the interpretation centre, inspired by their workplace and the confluence of waters and cultures.

Five thematic days will then be presented from July 28th to August 1st, during which visitors may attend conferences, demonstrations, workshops and discovery activities. On the Commemoration Day for the Great Upheaval, Wednesday July 28th, will be dedicated to the Acadian families who settled in Restigouche. On Thursday July 29th, two historians will make consecutive presentations of the consequences of the Seven Years’ War on the people in the Atlantic region and the Gaspe. Friday July 30th will be dedicated to shipbuilding and sailing in the 18th century. Saturday July 31st and Sunday August 1st, children and grownups alike will be able to take part in workshops on boat model
building.

On August 7th and 8th, for Archaeology Month, the significance of the underwater archaeological excavations on the Machault shipwreck will be highlighted. An archaeologist from the Underwater Archaeology Service of Parks Canada will reveal the results of new research carried out in the Restigouche River in June 2010. The Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site will take the opportunity to inaugurate new artefact showcases and to exhibit photos of the first excavations, which took place 40 years ago.

The program also includes the unveiling of an interpretation panel on the Micmac contribution to the Battle of the Restigouche and drawing workshops in the autumn. For more information on this summer program or the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site, phone 418-788-5676 or visit www.pc.gc.ca/ristigouche.

by Émilie Devoe

Monday July 5 23:04:34 2010
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller –July 05,2010

July is here but where are the hot, sunny, beach days? Let’s hope we will soon get some of our beautiful Gaspe summer days.

Our July 1st Pioneer Days breakfast was quite a success and we were not rained on as the forecast had predicted. Some summer visitors are here and it was nice to see them mingling with those who chose to eat their breakfast outdoors and catch up on each other’s news.

Deepest condolences to the family of Irma Clark Roberts who passed away suddenly on June 26th at the Hotel Dieu Gaspe. Her sons, Linden and Carter and Carter’s wife, Donna were home for an open house which had been planned to honor her 97th birthday on June 28th the same day as her son, Carter who was to celebrate his 65th. Unfortunately this celebration did not take place. Mrs. Roberts’ funeral service was held at St. James Church Wakeham on Tuesday, June 29th. This great old lady will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Neil Grant who passed away on June 17th at the Hotel Dieu Gaspe. Funeral service took place at St. Johns-St. Philips Sandy Beach on Monday, June 21st with Rev. Jason Pollick officiating. Neil will be greatly missed by family and friends.

The Relay For Life which was held at the C.E.Pouliot Polyvalent track on the evening of June 11th was a tremendous success once again with over $149,000 going toward the
Cancer Association. Everyone was moved with emotion when the candles in memory of loved ones or survivors were lit around the track.

Congratulations to all the 2010 grads of the C.E. Pouliot Polyvalent whose graduation took place on Saturday, June 19th. The girls all looked beautiful in their pretty gowns and the boys handsome in their formal attire.

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Gordon Palmer who passed away in Montreal on June 19th. Gordon was originally from Gaspe and will be missed by all his Gaspe family and friends.

Deepest sympathy to Terry Howell and the Howell family.Terry's wife,Diane, passed away in Coaticook on June 22nd. Terry is originally from Sandy Beach.

Happy Birthday to Jeremy Betteridge, who celebrated with family and friends on June 28th. Jeremy will be teaching criminology at Champlain College in Lennoxville this fall. We wish Jeremy all the best which he so well deserves.

Happy 70th birthday to Gracie Annett who celebrated on June 17th

An open house was held at the Senior Citizen’s Room in Wakeham on July 1st to celebrate the birthday of Berna Price Coffin who turned 90 on this day. We hope she had a very Happy Birthday !

Jaime Assels from Miramichi celebrated her 30th birthday on June 25th. Hope you had a great day Jaime and congratulations on being a first time home-owner! We hear also that Jaime’s sister, Erin and husband, Shawn have just bought a house as well. Enjoy your new homes!

Wakeham ACW had the first of the summer sales which took place on Saturday, July 03 at St. Paul’s Church Hall –Gaspe. We did extremely well, taking in approximately $1600. The quilt which was ticketed off was won by Doda Miller and the afghan was won by Linda Miller. The next sale coming up is the York ACW sale which is on Saturday, July 10th.

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Helena (Tennie) Miller, wife of the late Edgar Miller, who passed away recently in Brampton, Ontario. Burial of ashes, along with those of her husband, will take place in Gaspe in September.

Happy Birthday to Todd Miller of Sandy Beach who will be celebrating his birthday on July 10th. Hope you have a great day and all the best for the upcoming year.

by Ivy Miller

Saturday July 3 14:17:01 2010
Further to the article submitted re "Service at St. Lukes...": As is often the case when thanking indivduals, someone gets overlooked and to those I forgot to thank I wish to appologize. They are Sunny and Pat Vibert for helping with the cleaning of the church before and after the service in in so many other ways as well. A special thank-you to Sandra and Denver for transporting the prayer and hymn books to and fro from St. Peters, Malbay and the congregation there for lending them. Last but not least Elaine and Frank Miller of Burlington, good friends, who were spending time in Wakeham and stayed to do dishes and clean-up after the reception. Sincere thanks.

by Shirley Mabe

Friday July 2 11:31:11 2010
St. Lukes Anglican Church, Corner of the Beach

A congregation of fifty came out to St. Lukes Anglican Church in Corner of the Beach, (Coin du Banc), QC on Friday, June 25, 2010 for an evening service conducted by the Rev. Jason Pollick who was assisted at the altar by the Rev. Patsy Hayes, Deacon. The Rev. Lorna Baird, Deacon Ret'd, read the Gospel and Karen Briand did her usual great job of coaxing the old pump organ to provide great music while she lead us in singing the hymns. In place of a sermon, Theresa Joseph and Liz Ballans gave a very interesting presentation of their trip to Africa this past winter. Theresa and Liz spent four months mainly in Uganda where Liz's sister lives and works but had opportunities to visit several other places as well, including a visit to Burundi, the Anglican Diocese that is twinned with the Anglican Diocese of Quebec.

No doubt, like many in the congregation, some of your readers will have met Bishop Pi who visited Quebec last fall. For this reason the DVD shown following Liz's and Theresa's overview of their travels and impressions of Africa concentrated on this portion of their trip. We got to see the new church being built in Bujumbura which seats about 1300 people and the five choirs and nine clergy officiating at one of the services held in it. As well we had a view of Bishop Pi's home and the surrounding scenery and to hear about and see the "street kids" who have been assisted by the bishop and his congregation. I am sure everyone who saw it joins with me in thanking Liz and Theresa for sharing their photos and stories with us.

This service was in place of the "Christmas in July" service which has become an annual event at St. Lukes these past few years but cannot be held this year. Most of those in attendance, who had travelled from as far away as Peninsula, Wakeham, York, Sandy Beach, Douglastown, Malbay, Barachois, Perce and Shigawake, enjoyed refreshments and a social hour at the Mabe summer home. The wardens want to thank everyone for their generosity, 43 items were collected for the Gaspe food bank as well as many donations given to the Restoration Fund in addition to the usual collection. The hostess also wishes to thank those who brought contributions to the food table!

We would also like to publicly thank Lindsey Element and his crew for shingling a large part of the church roof last fall, no leaks were seen on the one rainy day we had during the time we had the church open in June. Now, we hope the work of completing the restoration of the church building can take place over summer and fall of 2010, God willing.

by Shirley Boyle

Thursday July 1 20:30:58 2010
To celebrate Canada Day, 21 Gaspesians met at Smitty's Restaurant in Burlington, Ontario. Besides the regulars who go to all these get togethers, there were second and even third generation Gaspeians there. It is so nice to see the younger ones, who obviously have affection for Gaspe, attending the functions.
We were able to have a large room by ourselves, asked to have the music turned low or off so that everyone could enjoy talking to neighbours. Isn't that what Gaspesians do best ??? Everyone enjoyed a good breakfast, plus nice company, while proudly displaying the fact that we are Proud Canadians.

by Ruth Patterson Armst

Monday June 28 17:37:11 2010
Hello from Ontario:

Scott & Susie Palmer are in their home, in Wakeham, for the summer months. On their way to the east coast they stopped in Ajax to visit with Richard & Dinah Macleod. Scott's brother Brent was there from Sooke, BC, also Ryan Palmer from Ottawa. Scott's mother, Sybil Palmer had spent a month in Kapuskasing with Scott and Susie, coming home with them. After leaving Ajax, Scott & Susie called at Havelock to visit with Greg & Mariette Patterson and then on to Perth where they spent two nights with Lynn & Sue Mullin in their new home.

Francis & Elaine Miller spent 10 days in Wakeham. While there they visited with many friends and relatives.

Mariette (Dorion) Patterson, Therese & Gilles Ste. Croix motored to Gaspe to vist with Christine Dorion and other family members.

Billy Boyle is now at his summer home in Wakeham. We were all pleased that he got over his operation and recovered so well.

Sympathy goes out to the family of Regis Morris of Burlington, who passed away recently.

July 27 was Carol Miller's 65th birthday and her family surprised her with a party to celebrate. Brothers Victor, John, Allison and Darrell attended along with other family members and friens, bringing the number to 50. Carol was very surprised as had no clue about the party, her son having taken her out while the house and food was being prepared. She received very nice gifts. Happy Birthday Carol!

I am sorry to hear that Elva Nelson Miller is a patient in the hospital. Elva and Merrill live in Kemptville. Hoping that you will soon be well enough to be home soon.

Mabel Miller and Shirley Boyle motored to Gaspe recently for a short visit. Shirley stayed in Corner of the Beach in her summer home, while Mabel visited her sister Ian in Wakeham and brother Harold in York.

Greg Patterson and Michel Dorion enjoyed an afternoon of golf in St. Catharines, recently. Greg stopped in Burlington , on his way home to Haveleock, to see his mother, Ruth and step-father Tom Armstrong.

Best wishes to Leonard Davis on a quick recovery after his recent surgery.

Glenda Patterson and her daughter Cathy Mclaughin flew to Seattle where they spent a few days with Cathy's daughter, Lindsay and husband Chris. Glenda said they had a great time as Chris drove them all around the area. From Seattle they went to Victoria and Vancouver and flew back to Toronto from there.

On June 20, 1945, Stan Bobbette and Elsie Patterson were married in St. James Church Wakeham. Sixty five years later they had family and friends together in Mulcaster Mews , where Stan is now residing. Children Dale (Mario), Ricky, Ronnie (Bonnie) and Randy( Tammy) were there, also grand children and great- grand children, a friend from NB , sister(bridesmaid) Ruth from Burlington, also nieces, nephews and several friends. The nurses and some of the residents stopped in to see the couple and their family. Finger foods, cake and tea was served. It was nice to see the whole family together.

I spent a most enjoyable afternoon in Beamsville, recently, with a friend from my days in nursing school. We always have a lot to talk about as we were very close during the two years I went to school in Toronto, and also worked together for some time. Hard to believe that it has been 30 years since we graduated.

Sympathy to the family of Ellen Clark. My memories of her are very pleasant ones, can't ever remember seeing her without her beautiful smile and hearty laugh.

Glenn & Annie Patterson of Burlington were married 60 years on May 6. Congratulations !

Birthday Greetings for May & June

Annie Patterson, Burlington (Wakeham) May 4 1926
Merrill Miller, Kemptville (Wakeham) May 21 1930
Wesley Boyle Montreal (Wakeham) May 24 1931
Anne Marie Patterson (Wakeham) May 30 1958
Blair Miller Guelph (Wakeham) May 28 1942
Victor Miller Lombardy (Wakeham) June 2 1932
Shirley Suddard Ottawa (Wakeham) June 8 1952
Christine Pelletier London June 17 1959
Leverett Miller (Wakeham) June 21 1952
Louise Musgrave (Wakeham) June 28 1957

by Ruth Patterson Armst

Thursday June 17 22:10:38 2010
About 400 people participated in the activities offered at the park’s North Area interpretation centre during the annual open house on June 12. Many visitors also took the opportunity to explore the park for free!

As part of the open house, several members of Forillon Park’s team were on site to meet people and tell them about the park’s departments: conservation, natural and historical interpretation, technical services, external relations and human resources. Among the demonstrations, the rescue operations and first aid presentations by the park’s conservation specialists (public safety) received a great deal of interest. There were also around ten tourist organizations from Greater Gaspé on hand to present their programming and unveil new offerings.

Several families with young children took part in special interpretation, entertainment, face painting and handicraft activities. Without a doubt, the highlight of the day was the greatly anticipated performance by Gallantine, who thrilled her audience with cheerful songs and the adventures of her cat Mimi, all while teaching kids about respecting nature and animals.

Food lovers were seduced by Chef André Lagacé of Gaspé’s Centre de formation professionnelle C.-E.-Pouliot. Besides the 500 shrimp “guedilles” that were served for lunch, the chef and his associates had several suggestions for summer recipes.

The annual open house is organized by Forillon Park and the Chambre de commerce et de tourisme de Gaspé to launch Greater Gaspé’s summer season. This year the event was also part of the “Forillon, 40 Years of Stories” programming to celebrate Forillon Park’s 40th anniversary.

For more information about Forillon National Park or the park’s 40th anniversary programming, call 418-368-5505 or visit www.pc.gc.ca/forillon.

by Émilie Devoe

Wednesday June 16 23:08:16 2010
I would like to hear some news about the Gaspe golf tournament ,Which was held in morrisburg the 1st. part of june. Thanks

by Barry Davis

Saturday June 12 12:55:05 2010
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller-June 11,2010

At present Gaspe is seeing some really nice sunny days after a spell of very dull ones. Most everyone has their vegetable gardens planted and their flower beds as well so hopefully we won’t have frost when the full moon rolls around.

Our sincere condolences go out to the family of a special lady, Ellen Clark, who passed away at the Sanitorium Ross on Tuesday, June 8, at the wonderful age of 97. Her daughter, Kathleen from Montreal and Marilyn and husband Don from Welland came to visit their Mom the week before she passed away. The Funeral service and burial of ashes will take place at the end of July. She was a great lady and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Arlene (Patterson) Boyle celebrated her 75th birthday on April 24th among family and friends, with a potluck supper and special slide show of Arlene's life so far. It was hosted by her three children, Vicki (visiting from Alberta), Ivy (of Pointe Claire) and Randy (from Ontario) at the home of Sharon & George Dee. It was a very nice evening that put a real smile on Arlene's face.

Happy Birthday to Aaron Boyle of London,Ontario who celebrated his 30th on June 1st, Michele Berube of Sandy Beach on June 3rd, Marilyn Clark Whaley of Fonthill on June 6th, Ron Mundle on June 9 and his wife, Cynthia of Wakeham on June 11th , Mike Shannon of Burlington on June 16th, and Paula Shannon of Wakeham on June 18th. and Dorinda Patterson on June 19th. Hope you all had a great day!

Carleton and Melrose Patterson of Wakeham have both been in the Hotel Dieu lately. Get well wishes go out to the both of them and we hope they are feeling much better soon.

Sheryl Grant Moyle of Alberta was home the middle of May to visit her father, Neil Grant. Her sister, Nancy is presently home visiting her Dad who is now in the Hotel Dieu. Neil’s son, Jamie is arriving this week as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with Neil ,Stella and their families.

Linda and Archie Patterson of Wakeham recently visited their family in Ontario- Jason, Kirsten, son Seth and baby daughter,Teagan in Milton, Justin and Sue in Toronto and Carter and Sharon in Mississauga. While they were there, their daughter, Tammy and two sons, Tanner and Ty from Regina flew in to join them. They all had a very enjoyable visit.

Lisa and John Reilly, Jack and baby Amy from Burlington, are home visiting Lisa’s parents Rick and Paula Shannon, family and friends. The second week of their holiday the weather started to co-operate and they even got some beach days in.

Billy Boyle is at the Boyle home in Wakeham for the summer months.

Dave Boyle from Port Colborne and two friends are in Gaspe opening up the summer house in Prevel for the holidays.

Glenn and I just returned from a wonderful three weeks in Stettler, Alberta visiting our son, Scott, Maggie and Maria. The weather wasn’t always the greatest – a couple of inches of snow one weekend and some rainy days but we did see the beautiful sun as well. We went camping in Drumheller one weekend and the last weekend we were there we went camping in Bachon- along with Michael and Jacinta Donovan, their son Nicholas and Lorie, son, Nathaniel, Billy and Joanne Ascah, daughter Robin and son Timothy, and Danny and Ida Patterson. On Saturday evening we celebrated Joanne’s 50th birthday which was on June 3rd. While in Stettler we had a beautiful salmon dinner at Michael and Jacinta’s- attended Maria’s soccer games, went to open house at the County and the same day attended an open house at T.D. Canada Trust and went shopping in Red Deer. We were treated extremely well by the westerners and had a great, relaxing holiday.

by ivy miller

Tuesday May 25 10:17:35 2010
Unusual weather patterns bring hot weather to Gaspe... On Sunday, May 23, 2010 the temperature in Gaspe rose to a whopping 32 degrees C (89 F), reportedly the hottest spot in Canada for that day.

by Andy Patterson

Wednesday May 12 16:28:15 2010
In southern Ontario we are having a spell of cooler weather, but our winter was fantastic and we had an early spring. I remember when I was living in Gapse, March 1977, my brother called to say they were barbequeing in the back yard. I thought he was nuts as at that time I could not see out of my dining room window because of snow, but that is the type of spring we had this year and it was enjoyed by all.

Mark, Melanie and Christina Craig took a Caribbean Cruise earlier this spring. Christina had the misfortune of doing injury to an knee while doing some activities aboard ship. In spite of this , they all had a good time and we are happy to find that Christina has recovered from her injury.

While Eric & Kay Coffin were spending the winter months in Belleville they did some visiting to see friends and family. Kay visited her sister, Beth MacCleod in Sarnia while Eric came to Burlington to spend some time with Francis and Elaine Miller. Kay came to Burlington, by train, and while she was here a few of us were pleased to meet up with them at the house of Charles and Jackie Patterson. As usual Jackie served a most delicious lunch.

Marlene Annett visited Francis & Elaine Miller for a few days before going on to be with her daughter, Lisa in Port Colbourne.

Linda Gallichan & daughter Cassandra of Branchton, hosted a baby shower for Keri Gallichan. Keri's grandparents Howard & Rowena Gallichan of Gaspe and also grand mother Ruth from Burlington were there, along with other family members and friends. Keri received many beautiful items for the new arrival expected in July.

Karli Liz, Denise Irvine & Melanie Craig hosted a bridal shower for their cousin and niece Krista Vivian of Lethbridge,Alberta at Karli's home in Waterdown. Grandmothers Elaine Miller and Doreen Vivian attended along with other family members and friends. Krista got a variety of items to help her start her new life. Some real sexy items were also received with much hilarity. Games were played and delicious food served to add to a most pleasant afternoon with good friends.

Greg & Mariette Patterson of Havelock motored to St. Catharines to spend a week end with Michel, Theresa & Brooklyn Dorion. On their way home they called to see Greg's mother and step-father in Burlington.

Elaine Miller, Marlene Annett and her two daughters, Lisa and Carla flew to New Orleans where they spent an enjoyable week.

Amelia Pelletier motored to North Bay with her daughter Christine and spent some time with her sister Vina Trowsdale.

Congratulations to Lyn & Sue Mullin on their retirement to their dream house near Perth, ON. Recently they entertained friends for a week end. Danny & Kathy Miller, Johnny & Aggie Mullin, Greg & Mariette Patterson all had a very good time with Lyn & Sue in their new home. The four "boys" spent all their childhood together and it is nice to see them still being such good friends and being able to spend time together.

Will Sheperd & Kim Patterson were married in Cuban on May 5th, at a resort near Holquin. To help celebrate their marriage they were joined by family members and friends. Will's parents Bill & Karen, sister Emily and her boyfriend Matt, maternal grandparents Ed & Frances from Sudbury; Kim's parents, Greg& Mariette, paternal grandmother, Ruth, Uncle Fred& Aunt Judy, Aunt Lois. Several friends also made the trip and all spent a week. Weather was extremely hot , so many hours were spent in the pool. There was a swim up bar, another good reason to be in the pool !! Evenings were spent playing cards, watching the shows (and some of the wedding party preform !)just gemerally having a great time with family and friends.

Here are some birthdays, belated and otherwise. Happy Birthday to ALL
Mar 5 Brenda Scruton(Miller) 1946 Wakeham & Saint John NB
Mar 10 Gerry Patterson 1968 Wakeham & Montpellier, France
Mar 13 Marlene Miller 1954 Wakeham & Ottawa
Mar 19 Shane Patterson 1968 Gapse & Burlington
Mar 20 William Boyle 1938 Wakeham & Mississauga
Mar 29 Watson Boyle 1938 Wakeham & Montreal
Mar 25 Molly Patterson 1961 Wakeham
Mar 26 Faye Boyle 1939 Wakeham & Nova Scotia
Mar 30 Floyd Boyle 1930 Wakeham & Chateauguay
Apr 8 Coreen Mullin 1953 Wakeham & Font Hill
Apr 16 Rosemarie Webb 1957 Wakeham & Burlington
Apr 19 Sammy Patterson 1962 Wakeham
Apr 18 Ivan Miller 1925 Sunny Bank & Edmonton
Apr 28 Jackie Patterson 1938 Sunny Bank & Burlington

by Ruth Patterson Armst

Saturday May 8 11:29:01 2010
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller- May 07, 2010

A “Meet and Greet” afternoon was held by the York River Senior Citizens on Sunday afternoon, April 25th. Refreshments were served and we were delightfully entertained by Elizabeth Baird and Johnny Cotton. Door prizes were drawn throughout the afternoon.
Bonnie Annett, Vice President of the Seniors group will be acting President for Tony Patterson who is presently undergoing treatment. We wish him well and hope he is feeling much better real soon. Happy Birthday wishes to you, Tony, on May 6th.

A special birthday wish to Mrs. Kathleen Patterson who turned 90 on April 15th. A very enjoyable birthday party was held at the Senior’s Room in Wakeham School. Her daughter, Josie and husband Alfred Roberts from Timmins and her grandson, Steeve, Janna and daughter from Montreal were home for this special occasion.

Happy Birthday to the people who had April birthdays-
Jean Eden – April 6th, Archie Patterson- April 12th, Natalie Coffin Muise and daughter, Sophie,-April 14th, Lucas Blake Miller turned 2 on April 16th, Gladys and Marjorie Bechervaise, Glen Patterson, Craig Patterson, Doug Patterson – April 22nd Bonnie Coffin Scarboro and Rick Shannon April 26 Ellen Patterson, Cathy Miller, Ralph Vibert, Marjorie Coffin – April 30th Hope you all had a wonderful day!

Deepest sympathy to the family of Evelyn Roberts Suddard who passed away in Cambridge on April 21st. The funeral service was held on May 1st at the Shrine in Pointe Navarre.

Dickie and Edwidge Annett had three of their children home to visit recently. Michael was home when his father was in the Hotel Dieu hospital and Lisa, Theresa and daughter, Brooklyn, was home for the Easter holiday and for Edwidge’s birthday on April 2nd Hope you all had a great visit.

Our condolences go out to the family of Kingsley Mullin of Fredericton, originally from Gaspe, who passed away on March 23rd.

Brad and Janice Syvret of Haldimand have returned to Gaspe, after spending a very enjoyable winter in Florida. While they were there they had some Gaspe visitors, Donna Phillips, Andy and Debbie Patterson, Paula and Ricky Shannon and also their son, Tommy and granddaughter, Madeline, from Calgary.

Get well wishes to Margery Patterson and Marjorie Boyle Coffin of Wakeham who both had surgery recently. We hope they are feeling much better soon.

Laughlin and Sue from Mississauga, Ontario were home for a week visiting Laughlin’s father, Carleton, brothers Emery and Melrose and sister, Myrna and husband Dale. Myrna has finished her treatment in Rimouski and we wish her all the best.

Get well wishes to Stefanie Patterson Solari, daughter of Dean and Heather Patterson, who has recently undergone knee surgery. Heather and Dean went to Montreal to be with Stefanie and family while she was recuperating. We hope Stefanie is now on the road to recovery.

A very successful food sale was held on Friday, May 7th at the Carrefour Gaspe. Everyone was extremely generous with their donations of food and purchases. Proceeds went to Pioneer Days which will be held at the end of July.

Condolences are being sent to the family and friends of Sheldon Savidant who passed away in Calgary on May 4th. The funeral service will be held in St. Andrews Church, York.

Ashley Patterson from Big Valley, Alberta was home for the month of April visiting her grandparents, Curzon and Elaine Patterson and Blair and Marjorie Clark. Prior to coming to Gaspe, Ashley had been to Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. She has now started work as a conservation officer working out of Stettler.

Mr. “Joe” is back in Sandy Beach after spending the winter months with his daughter, Martha and husband, Brian Costello in Ottawa. He will be celebrating his 100th birthday in August. Way to go, Mr. Joe.

Timothy Grant and his son, Graham, who live in Vancouver, spent a week in Haldimand visiting with his father, Neil Grant, Stella, and family. While here Tim enjoyed fishing with his dad.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Linda Miller Patterson, wife of the late Donald Patterson, of Sunny Bank. Linda passed away on Sunday, May 2nd in the Hotel Dieu Hospital just six weeks after her husband. The service was held at the funeral parlor on Friday afternoon, May 7th Both Linda and Donnie will be sadly missed by family and friends.





by ivy miller

Monday May 3 23:07:15 2010
Went on facebook and looked up remembering the bluebird cafe fire 1972 and it redirected me to GoGaspe.com community news. My neighbour lost their daughter in that fire.

by Lana Leggo

Friday April 2 12:29:36 2010
The York River Senior Citizens Club has re-opened and has signed up many new members. A very enjoyable card party was held on Saturday, March 20th with Garfield Simon winning -1st place and Adair Gay- 2nd. More interesting events are planned for the near future.

Ron and Cynthia McDonald recently went to Montreal to a Bon Jovi Concert. They enjoyed this 3 hour concert immensely with over 20,000 people attending.

The community has been very saddened with the passing of Donald Patterson of Sunny Bank on March 20th, after a short stay in the hospital. Donnie was retired but had been bus driver and janitor at Gaspe Elementary School for many years and will be sadly missed by all. Deepest sympathy to his wife Linda and all the family.

Dorinda and Doug Patterson of Wakeham recently went to Quebec City for Dorinda’s check up. An hour before they reached Quebec a snow storm blocked the main highway and they had to spend a very tiring night in a restaurant. Dorinda had a good check up with her doctors and they arrived back home safely without any more mishaps.

Stevie Palmer has been home visiting his parents, Dennis and Marg Palmer. He had really nice weather except for one snow storm-the first one Gaspe received for a couple of months. It was back to winter when Spring had officially arrived.

Donna Phillips is back home in Sunny Bank after spending a wonderful winter with her family in the Montreal and Ottawa area. She also went to Florida and had a great visit with Brad and Janice Syvret.

Happy Birthday to Maggie Annett of Stettler, Alberta who celebrated on March 27th.
Her mother, Corinne Annett of Pointe Navarre celebrated a special birthday (70th) on March 14th. We hope you both had a great day and best wishes for a wonderful year.

Michael and Jacinta Donovan, Joanne, Billy, and Timothy Ascah from Stettler, Alberta were in Gaspe visiting family and friends.

On Monday, March 22nd Rev. Fran Aird co-ordinated an afternoon of music by Friends in Song (Karen Briand, Debbie Sams, Linda Drody and Fran Aird) at the Ross Sanatorium. Approximately 50 people were in attendance and it was very much enjoyed by the patients as well as the volunteers. A light lunch was served following the entertainment.

Get well wishes to Blair Eden of Kamloops who is recovering from a recent knee replacement. Hope you will be up and around and out on the golf course soon.

Get well wishes to Myrna Jean of York who is presently in Rimouski hospital undergoing treatment.

Deepest sympathy going out to the family of Iona Mullin West, husband of Ron West who recently passed away in Lennoxville, after a very short illness.

On Saturday, March 27th, the ACW members of the Greater Parish of Gaspe had a “pot luck” supper. Approximately eighty people attended with all monies raised going toward the ACW bursary fund.

Happy 60th Birthday to Brad Syvret on March 30th. His son, Tommy, and little granddaughter, Madeline, came to visit Brad and Janice and helped “grandpa” celebrate this special day.

Happy Easter to all!



by Ivy Miller

Friday March 26 19:24:23 2010
WAY TO GO HAWKS!!! FINALLY I can be proud of the HAWKS again!! (little inside joke my boys play for the cambridge HAWKS hockey team and even though they are good they can take pointers from a REAL team who plays as a team!) way to go you all make us former poly grads proud!
Congrats Pat on your new position, I never really understood why CEGEP didn't have a team now we do and i see you making it the best like you did with the polys teams. You are a great coach and even though i haven't played in a game in a hundred years i toss the ball around with the kids and it is funny to hear YOUR words coming out of my mouth! God love ya Pat and good luck!!!

by Kimberley Stanley

Thursday March 25 13:49:08 2010
GASPE POLY WINS REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

After finishing in first place in their Sport Etudiant de l’Est du Quebec Juvenile Basketball League, and finishing third at the Anderson-Bailly Provincial Basketball Tournament, the Gaspe Polyvalent School Juvenile Boys’ Basketball Team, the Hawks, traveled to Carleton for the Sport Etudiant de l’Est du Quebec Regional Basketball Championship on March 20 and 21. For their section of the tournament, they were considered the favourites after going undefeated in league play.
In their first game, they played against the second team from the Polyvalent de Matane. This was an easy first game as they won 66-22, holding Matane to only 6 points in the second half. The team was led by Kyle Lavoie with 20 points, Brian Fournier with 17 points, and Mathew Cabot with 16 points. This win put the Hawks into the semi-final, where they were expected to have a much tougher game.
In the semi-final, they played the first team from the Polyvalent de Matane. In league play, this team had given the Hawks a tough time. In the semi-final, the Hawks showed they had come to play as they played excellent defence, only allowing the Matane team 13 points in the second half of the game. The Hawks went on to win the game 78-32, putting them in the championship game. The top scorers for the Hawks in this game were Mathew Cabot with 25 points, Kyle Lavoie with 20 points, and Brian Fournier with 11 points. All team members turned in a strong defensive effort, but in particular Kevin Adams who held the top player from Matane to 0 points in the second half.
The championship game saw the GPS Hawks play College Notre-Dame from Riviere-du-Loup, the second place team in the league. Again defence, as it was all weekend, was the key. The Hawks held Notre-Dame to only 11 points in the first half and led 34-11 at half-time. Again, it was Kevin Adams who showed the way defensively limiting Notre-Dame’s best player to only 12 points in the game, 6 points in each half. It was the intensity of the defence, with full court pressure, in the first half that put the game out of reach for Notre-Dame. The Gaspe Polyvalent School Hawks coasted to victory by a score of 62-34, winning the Regional Juvenile A Championship. Leading scorers for the Hawks in this game were Brian Fournier with 19 points, Kyle Lavoie with 16 points, and Mathew Cabot with 13 points.
Since GPS did not qualify for the AA league, many people wondered what would have happened if the A champion were able to play the AA champion. Every year GPS teams must go to qualifying tournaments in October and early November with very little practice, compared to the other teams, and arrive at these tournaments being behind these teams in terms of play, and practice time. The reason for this is that the soccer season for the Eastern Shores School Board does not end until the end of October. Some of the referees made statements that the Hawks would have made it very interesting for the AA champion from Ecole Secondaire de Riviere-du-Loup. We will never know.
Team members: Shawn-Micheal Vigneault, Jeff Fournier, Dave Adams, Mathew Cabot, Kevin Adams, Jean-Gabriel Maltais, Jean-Francois Auger-Maltais, Kyle Lavoie, Josh Gaul, Kellie Rooney, Matthew Annett, Brian Fournier, Mike Drohan, Assistant Coach, and Pat Drohan, Head Coach.

by Pat Drohan

Thursday March 4 13:04:33 2010
Gaspé Municipal Library - - Book Rotation Week - - March 16

During the week of March 15-16 the library network will exchange about 800 of the English adult and children's books in the Gaspé branch for an equal number of new books. Do plan to come in after that and see what treasures have arrived. The next rotation will take place in October.

The Gaspé Municipal Library ("Biblio") is located on Harbour Street, between Place Jacques Cartier and the Brise Bise, in the former Fringale building.

Library hours:
Mondays: 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Wednesdays: 2:00 to 5:00 pm and 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Fridays: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Remember too that with a Special Request you can order just about any book you might want that does not happen to be available in this library branch. For information about this, and other library services, call Tracy Wolfe at 368-3005.

by Tracy Wolfe

Sunday February 28 19:55:48 2010
Some weeks ago the York River Seniors Citizens Club was in danger of folding. In effort to secure a future for the group, a meeting was held earlier this afternoon for all interested persons. Almost 40 seniors showed up, including two representatives for FADOQ, proving beyond any doubt that there is a vibrant future for the group. Eighteen new members joined and an new executive committee was formed. The executive will meet on Tuesday to begin their mandate, and establish a direction for the future of the organization.

by Andy Patterson

Sunday February 28 10:47:27 2010
I first visited Gaspe in July 2008, and fell in love with it immediately. Last year I went there 7 times, each time for me is +2,000km, but worth it! My first trip there this year will be next weekend. Hopefully there will be many more trips too. The Gaspe scenery and the people are just amazing, my dream is to one day be a full time part of it. Thank You so much Gaspe.

by Ralph Piercey

Friday February 26 15:30:52 2010
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller- February 25, 2010

Our mild weather continues- an unbelievable winter for Gaspe so far. The robins are still here – guess they are just as confused as we are.

Congratulations to Sandy Patterson and Richard Mullin of Ottawa on the birth of their son, Chase Logan who was born on February 3rd.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Gwen Nelson, wife of Lloyd Martin, from Alsask, Saskatchewan who passed away in the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on February 6th.

Congratulations to Rev. Fran Ayrd who recently became a canon of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Quebec City.

A special birthday wish to Carleton Patterson of Wakeham who turned 80 on February 18th. We wish him a good year.

We would like to send birthday wishes to several people who celebrated on February 20th
Merle Coffin, Muriel Cass, Emery Patterson (the big 6-0) of Wakeham , Murray Olsson of Welland, Ontario and Bishop Drainville of Quebec City.

On February 21st, Adair Gay had Muriel’s family and friends in for a delicious dinner and enjoyable afternoon. Muriel’s daughter, Valerie was home to celebrate with her Mom on her 90th birthday. Keep looking young, Muriel.

Birthday wishes to some of our other February people – Donald Patterson on February 8th, Scott Miller – February 13th, Donald Sams –February 14th Heather Patterson(Lowell) February 22nd

On February 7th a special service was held in St. Paul’s Church – Gaspe with Bishop Drainville officiating. This service was held for the induction of Rev. Jason Pollick, our new rector of the Greater Parish of Gaspe. A delicious lunch followed the service.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs.Gerald Drody who passed away at the Hotel Dieu Gaspe on February 15th. She was a lovely lady and will be missed by family and friends.

Congratulations to Heather Roberts and Dave Vibert who were engaged on Valentine’s Day. We wish them much happiness.

The Wakeham-York Carnival again was a great success celebrating it’s 40th year. All outdoor activities were held as scheduled. The bingo, amateur hour and pot luck supper which were all held at Gaspe Elementary School were well attended as was the breakfast at York Rink. Congratulations to the organizers for another successful year.

We have a new restaurant at Place Jacques Cartier. Ronnie Hackett opened the “Resto Place Jacques Cartier” on February 17th .We wish him good luck with his new venture.

Misfortune hit our Via Rail Station in Gaspe. There was a fire in the early morning hours of February 23rd Firemen were able to extinguish it but the office was very badly damaged.

We are all glued to our televisions these days watching the Olympic Games and Canada is looking more golden that ever expected. Way to go, Canada!



by ivy miller

Thursday February 25 13:56:08 2010
Lloyd, can you please tell me how you found 'Remembering the Bluebird Cafe fire in 1972, in Montreal, Quebec on facebook???
Thank you...

by Sandra Eden Lavigne

Tuesday February 23 22:56:14 2010
The Gaspe VIA Rail station was gutted by fire early this morning. The fire appears to have caught during a robbery attempt around 5 AM when someone was trying to open the vault using a torch. The fire was extinguished but damage was extensive in the office area.

by Andy Patterson

Monday February 22 12:08:43 2010
Remembering the bluebird cafe fire of 1972 in montreal This is a group to see if we can generate interest in erecting a memorial to the 37 people who died and the 56 others who where injured so please join this group and lets see if we can get a memorial for these people that died that night there were three people from new-richmond there that night. go on facebook and look for the site Remembering the bluebird cafe fire of 1972 in montreal Quebec canada

by Lloyd willett

Sunday February 21 17:37:24 2010
Another Wakeham-York Carnival concludes, but this time with a day of heavy rain. Sunday's events were cancelled, except for the drawing of the prizes. The first prize, fishing excursion with camp included at Lac Baillageon, was won by Marc Lemieux. Pauline Hackett won second prize and Gordon Garmaise won third. Though much warmer than usual for a winter carnival, Saturday was an excellent day for the Annual Snowmobile trip. Over 60 snowmobiles and ATVs traveled to Lac Baillargeon. Soup was served and poker hands were sold, before returning to the York Rink around supper time. Snow conditions were excellent and the trail was well groomed. On behalf of the entire community I would like to congratulate the committee on a very well organized and successful 40th Winter Carnival.

by Andy Patterson

Sunday February 14 19:05:14 2010
Once again the annuual Wakeham-York Winter Carnival is being very well attended. The Amateur Show went very well Friday night and the BINGO onSaturday drew a large crowd. On Sunday afternoon almost a hundred people gathered at the rink for the various activities, which included a masquerade, tea boiling, ice bowing, and nail driving. The weather cooperated with the temperature well above the freezing point. For the full schedule of events check the link below.

by Andy Patterson

Thursday February 11 12:43:53 2010
Strange weather continues... Sunny and around the freezing point in Gaspe, while Texas and Northern Florida brace for snow, and Washington, DC digs out from one of the worst storms in history. Up to Feb 10 the total snowfall in Gaspe is 143 cm, while Washington has received 180 cm.

by Andy Patterson

Sunday February 7 21:29:29 2010



Outpouring of Love at the Gaspe Polyvalent

The students and staff of the Gaspe Polyvalent were saddened to hear of the earthquake in Haiti in January. They felt so far away and unable to lend a hand to help with the disaster. So they did the next best thing and they decided to raise money to send to the people of Haiti. They started a Penny War and each day students from each grade level and staff brought in pennies. At the end of two weeks, the grade that brought in the most pennies would be the winners.
The Penny War was a great idea and by the end of the second week the students and staff had amassed $1,479.43. The money was sent directly to the Canadian Red Cross for the Haitian Relief Fund.
The Secondary 3 students were the winners of the Penny War, with special mention to Sec.4 and 5. The winning students were allowed to have 15 minutes extra for their lunch hour, for one week.
This was a fantastic effort by the Gaspe Polyvalent students and staff and we congratulate them for thinking about those less fortunate people in Haiti. We can make a difference, one penny at a time!!

by Bonita Annett

Thursday February 4 23:14:34 2010
Gaspe Poly keeps ESSB Chanpionship

On Saturday, Jan. 30, the Gaspe Polyvalent School Hawks hosted Bonaventure Polyvalent School in the annual Eastern Shores School Board Senior Boys’ Basketball Championship game. The Hawks basketball team was trying to retain this championship that they won last year.
GPS used the first quarter to take the game from Bonaventure. Using a pressing defence, the Hawks were able to take a commanding first quarter lead of 28-5. From here on, the experience of the Hawks showed as they play in the Sport Etudiant de l’Est du Quebec Juvenile basketball league. The Hawks continued to play strong defence for the next two quarters, with an excellent offence, and at the end of the third quarter they held a 74-35 lead and coasted to a final score victory of 90-53. They were presented with a banner declaring the Gaspe Polyvalent Hawks ESSB Senior Boys’ Basketball Champions for the 2009-2010 season.
All players on the GPS team scored in the game but the team was lead by Brian Fournier with 31 points, Kyle Lavoie with 25 points, and Mathew Cabot scoring 19 points. It should be pointed out that probably the only girl playing on a competitive juvenile/senior boys’ basketball team in Quebec, Kellie Rooney, scored 6 points and also contributed with her rebounding. BPS was lead by Courtland Lee, who scored 36 points, and Greg Renouf, who scored 15 points.
The Gaspe Polyvalent Hawks return to play in their Sport Etudiant Juvenile League, where they are currently in first place, on Saturday, Feb. 13, in Rimouski, where they will try to finish in first place in regular season play. The team will also represent the Eastern Shores School Board at the annual Anderson-Bailly Provincial Basketball Tournament that will take place at Stanstead College, in Stanstead, Quebec, from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21.

by Pat Drohan

Friday January 29 20:35:06 2010
Gaspe News by Ivy Miller- January 29, 2010

Winter at last! After spring like temperatures and fields of grass we are now having winter- great for the ski hill and cross country ski trails.

Happy Birthday to Mary Miller of Sandy Beach who turned 93 years young on January 23rd. Her niece Lorna, Paula and myself treated her to lunch that day. She spent the afternoon with her sister, Ellen Clark, who is 97 and in the Sanatorium Ross.

Bonnie Annett Sams celebrated a special birthday on January 22nd. Hope you had a great day, Bonnie.

Happy Birthday to Blenda Patterson of Edmonton who celebrated the big 7-0 on January 25th. Hope it was great!

Wendy Eden of Wakeham celebrates her birthday on February 1st along with the Twins – Greta Eden Mullin of Wakeham and Dora Eden Selby of Fonthill who celebrate their 85th birthday. Happy Birthday and hope you all have a wonderful day.

Beatrice McNally, who resides at the Monastery, celebrated her 100th birthday on January 8th with a party in the afternoon and in the evening went with her family to their friends’ home to celebrate some more. Sharon and George Dee, (her nephew) came to Gaspe for this special occasion.

Happy Birthday to Mrs. Ella Gillis of Wakeham on January 19th.

Wakeham York Carnival will be celebrating 40 years this year. Carnival dates are from February 12th until the 21st. Schedules are available at the local stores and there are lots of activities for all. Hope everyone will come out and enjoy themselves and help make this winter carnival a great success.

Congratulations to Heather Patterson of Sunny Bank who is celebrating her 45th year as a hair stylist on January 29th. Way to go Heather – will you try for 50 years?
Coffee and goodies were served to her customers during the week and each one has a chance to win a prize. Thank you, Heather, for your many great hair do’s!

Get well wishes going out to Betty Dumaresq who is in the Hotel Dieu and to Linda Alexander who was hospitalized last week to undergoing testing. We wish them both good luck.

Sharon Reeder and Nancy Clark hosted a card party on Wednesday evening, January 27 to raise money for St. Andrews Church. Twenty ladies had a lot of fun and received some great prizes. A delicious lunch was served.

A special Happy Birthday to Jonah Patterson of Sunny Bank who turned 21 on January 17th

by Ivy Miller

Thursday January 28 18:28:39 2010
News from Ontario

Brent Palmer of Sooke,BC flew to Toronto to attend a conference concerning his work with Mustard Seed Food Bank. While in the vicinity he visited his mother, Sybil Palmer, sister and brother-in-law, Dinah and Richard MacLeod in Ajax.

A pary was held at the home of Dwayne & Wendy MacLeod in Ajax to celebrate the 65th birthday of Dwayne's father Richard. Friends and relatives attended and had a lovely evening. A delicous luncheon was served with the help of Dwayne's little daughter, Paige.

Francis Miller celebrated his 80th birthday Jan 10th. The night before his birthday, he and Elaine hosted a delicous dinner for family and friends. Their three daughters,Jeannie, Melanie , Denise, sons-in-laws Doug and Mark, grand daughters Carly, Jessica, Michelle and Christina were all there to help Francis turn 80. Others who enjoyed the delicious meal and good company were,Rtuh (Francis' sister) and Tom Armstrong, Randy Lis and friend Laura, Mickey and Scottie Gerrie and Billy Boyle. Denise read soem poetry concerning people who are aging !!!

Scott & Susie Palmer motored from Kapuskasing to Ajax to attend the party for Richard MacLeod. On their way they stopped in New Liskeard to visit friends, on to Burlington where they spent two days with Ruth & Tom Armstrong. Lois Laminger came from Kitchener to see her sister and Susie spent some time shopping with cousin Melanie, always a fun time I am told.

Francis & Michael McVey motored to Ajax to surprise their friend Richard at his party. They spend some time at Francis & Elaine Millers. While in Burlington they had a luncheon with several friends at Ye Olde Squire. There were 10 people who enjoyed the meal which was very well served.

Marsha Patterson Walsh flew from Florida to visit her parents Glenn & Annie Patterson in Burlington.

Ryan Palmer and friend Vero Cantin from Ottawa flew to Brazil for a visit with friends near Rio de Janiero. They did all the touristy things including hang gliding and para sailing, and have pictures to prove it! We were all very glad to hear that they were back in Ottawa safe and sound.

If any one is ever in this part of the world in June or early December I would like to recommend a good show at Hamilton Place. This is called The Geritol Follies (remember the Geritol that was supposed to cure the aging process?) and it is made up of people all over 60, many in their 80's . They sing , dance, put on skits. The MC is a lady from Glasgow who tells racy jokes and is very amusing. I have been attending for 20 years and find each show different and amusing.

Many of the Gaspesians from Burlington enjoy going to the Legion Hall in Waterdown. On Thursdays there is a good band playing there in the afternoons. It is a country band and plays the old tunes that most of us enjoy and so seldom hear any more.

by Ruth Patterson Armst

Wednesday January 20 21:51:07 2010
CANCELLED:
Due to Technical Difficulties the session on Alzheimer's: Challenges and Support will be cancelled. The session would have be held at the Gaspe Polyalent on February 3rd, 2010 beginning at 1:00 - 3:00 PM.

We apOLOGIZE for any inconvenience this might have caused. If and when the session will be rescheduled, it will be posted on GoGaspe.

by Vision Gaspe Perce N

Thursday January 14 15:37:57 2010
Cancer Support Group will be holding a meeting on January 26th, 2010 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Vision Gaspe Perce Now office located in the Douglaston Community Centre, behind St. Patrick's Church.

If you have any questions, please call the Vision Office at (418) 368-3212.

by Vision Gaspe Perce N

Wednesday January 13 19:36:44 2010
Vision Gaspe Perce Now in partnership with Amiquebec will be hosting a tele-workshop on January 20, 2010 from 6:45 - 8:00 pm. The subject of the workshop will be "The double whammy of mental illness and addiction. The session will be held in English.

The tele-workshop will be held at the Vision Gaspe Perce Now office located in the Douglastown Community Centre which is behind the St. Patrick's church in Douglastown.

We would dial into the call as a group, listen to the presentation which last approximately 1/2 hour and then a question period for the balance of time.

Please call Cheryl Leggo at 418 368-3212 if you have any questions or to reserve your spot.




by Vision Gaspe Perce N

Monday January 11 20:14:56 2010
Vision Gaspe Perce Now in conjunction with Telehealth (Community Health Education Program) will be bringing via videoconference
Alzheimer's:Challenges and Support held at the VCN Room, 301a at the Gaspe Polyvalent - English Section on Wednesdy, February 3rd, 2010 from 1:00 - 3:00pm., the session is held in English. The session will be lead by Laura Guerschanik, B.A., Coordinator of Educational Services and Specialized Counsellor - Alzheimer Society of Montreal.

The topics covered at the session will be:

What is Alzheimer's disease and related disorders?
What are the symptons and risk factors of Alzheimer's?
What mediciations are currently available?
Introduction to communication strategies

Please come and join us as well as any questions you might have. Please call Cheryl Leggo at 418 368-3212 to reserve your spot and if you have any further questions.

Today's technology helping to increase access to health topics in English!

by Vision Gaspe Perce N

Sunday January 10 9:25:23 2010
Maybe it is winter after all. On Jan. 9 our temperature finally dropped below the freezing mark. It is -5 C today with light flurries, and the ground is mostly white again... Interestingly today's temperature in Toronto and Burlington is -16 C, and Orlando is 8 C.

by Andy Patterson

Saturday January 9 14:29:43 2010
One can never figure out Gaspe weather - it is a day after I submitted Gaspe News saying that it was like April - now, a few hours later it is looking so white and fresh as winter should. Sorry if I led you astray!

by ivy miller

Friday January 8 16:20:58 2010
Well here we are going into the second week of January and the weather is like April. We have had such spring like conditions lately, the robins (pulling worms from the ground) and cardinals are here and even some peony roses have dared to show themselves at this time- very unusual for Gaspe.

Happy New Year to all of you and I hope everyone who was “away” had a wonderful holiday with their family and friends and safe traveling. The fireworks which were held on New Years Eve in the town of Gaspe were spectacular as you probably have seen on GoGaspe.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gillis who celebrated their 70th Anniversary on December 22nd. A party was held at the Royal Canadian Legion to honour them on this special occasion. Mrs. Gillis was even up dancing to the music of Lorne Cotton. A delicious lunch was served along with a large Anniversary Cake. They received two bouquets of beautiful red roses and other gifts.

Our deepest sympathy to Sandra Eden and children, Mark and Leanne and their families
on the death of Regent Lavigne, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Regent passed away in Chateuguay on December 15th.

Our community was saddened to hear of the passing of a wonderful man- Mr. Percy LeQuesne who passed away on December 26th. He will be fondly remembered by all and for the many years he worked at Baker’s Hotel. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and friends.

Get well wishes to Marjorie Eden Davis of Welland who recently had two knee replacements. Hopefully she is feeling much better now and is up and about.

Sharon Reeder of Sunny Bank was happy to have two of her sons home for the holidays- Danny, Lisa and daughter Cassidy from St. Constant, Quebec, and Scott from Hamilton, Ontario.

Virginia and Ricky Sinnett were pleased to have their daughter Karen and Glen home for their holiday in Sunny Bank.

Edith and Faye Coffin, daughters of Berna Coffin of York were home for Christmas.

Krista and Earl Assels were happy to have their family home for the holidays- their son Darcy and Ashley, daughter Erin and Shawn and daughter Jaime.

Candy Jones, daughter of Arthur Jones and Barbara Foley, Kurt and their two little ones were home for Christmas. While they were here they had their baby daughter, Kristina Marie, baptized in St. Andrews Church,York on December 23rd . Kristina has a big brother, Kimani.

Jeremy Betteridge, son of Ellen Patterson, was home for the holidays. His girlfriend, Chantal came from Baie Comeau to spend New Years with him in Gaspe.

Lorna and Everett Clark had a wonderful Christmas holiday visiting their daughter, Stacy and Darren and their two sons, Samuel and Jake in Wemindji. They then came to Montreal to spend a lovely New Years with their daughter, Deanna and Allison and granddaughters, Samantha and Megan.

Melba Patterson spent a great holiday with her family in Ottawa and Paris. She visited with Cathy and Danny in Ottawa and then they all traveled to Paris to spend part of the holiday with Joanne and Gordon.

Birthday wishes going out to Gary Briand of Douglastown who had a special birthday on January 3rd. Hope you had a wonderful day!

Happy Birthday to Andy Patterson who celebrated on January 5th. Hope you had a great day.

Myrna and Dale Jean spent the holiday with their daughter, Paula, Jamie and grandchildren, Caleb and Emma in Cambridge.
Ricky and Paula Shannon are home again after spending the holidays with Mike, Dawn, Meghan and Hailey, and Lisa , John, Jack and little Amy in Burlington. They also visited Faye and Blair Miller and family in Guelph. They had a great holiday.

We are happy to hear that little Cole, son of Vicky Jean and Michael Fournier is back home and doing well after spending time in the hospital in Quebec.

On Wednesday, January 6th, Rev Fran Aird and a group of volunteers held an Epiphany party for the residents of the Pavillion Ross. Members of the Pastoral Care team brought the residents to the chapel where the party was held. A light lunch with fruit punch was served along with two delicious cakes. Volunteers dressed as the three wise men presented each resident with a gift which they seemed to be so happy with. We were entertained by four talented ladies, Karen Briand, Debbie Sams, Debbie Patterson and Linda Drody singing songs which were familiar to all. Everyone seemed to greatly enjoy their afternoon. Thank you to Rev. Fran and her husband, Peter for organizing this wonderful event for the shut-ins of the Pavillion Ross.



by Ivy Miller

Tuesday January 5 11:56:26 2010
Please note that in order to keep our news board fast, we have moved all news items from 2005 - 2009 to an archive file and have started with an empty database for the year 2010. You can still view all the previous news items by clicking on the archive link at the top of the news page. Happy New Year and we would like to wish everyone a great 2010.

by Ron Patterson

Tuesday January 5 11:52:08 2010
Gaspe has been having unusual weather so far this winter. While others are having cold temperatures and snow, we have been hovering around the freezing mark and having rain for a week now. In fact the little snow that we did have has started to melt. It is looking a lot more like April than January outside my window this morning.

by Ron Patterson



Since Jan. 19, 2002