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Montreal 1909′ by Robert N. Wilkins

One of our good neighbor’s and friend has written a book and would like to invite everyone to the Book Launch.

Montreal 1909′ by Robert N. Wilkins
Book Launch: Sunday, June 4, 2017, 1:00 – 4:30
Centre Culturel Georges Vanier
2450 Workman Street,
(Little Burgundy) Montreal.

Montreal 1909’

Explore Montreal in the year 1909. Learn about the day-to-day lives of our civic ancestors over a century ago, what they experienced in their everyday routine – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Extracted from the now defunct Montreal Star (at one time, Canada’s largest newspaper) this Edwardian journey through The Star’s microfilmed copies starts on a wintry Saturday, January 2, 1909, and ends on Friday, December 31 of that same year with the town in the grip of a major typhoid epidemic.

Montreal 1909′ is a testimony to the delights of local history. In rummaging through its 600 plus pages, consisting of both extracts and commentary, one emerges with a clear sense of what our city was like, warts and all, 108 years ago. A must read for the inquisitive Montrealer.

“Montreal 1909 delves deeply where history books often don’t into the minutiae of daily life. Here we have an intimate portrait of a city just beyond the scan of a human lifetime, close enough to our own days to seem familiar, far enough away to verge on the exotic.” – John Kalbfleisch, Second Draft Columnist, Montreal Gazette

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Family Day in the Park – A Huge Success!

Family Day in the Park was held on August 27th and was another huge success with everyone having lots of fun and surpassing our previous events.  Thanks to the fantastic weather it is estimated that almost 450 adults/children attended enjoying almost 600 hot dogs and 400 corn-on-the cob.

The day could not have been such a success without our amazing volunteers in preparing the corn, cooking the hot dogs and serving the food to everyone, thank-you!.  We also owe a special thank-you to Roxanne Dufour and her team from the borough of Ville-Marie, Culture, Sports, Recreation and Social Development, in providing the food, supplies, entertainment and great support.

Finally, many thanks to everyone that attended and enjoyed the Family Day in the Park.  Our events continue to demonstrate what a fantastic community we live in and the proud spirit of everyone.

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Garage Sale Success!

It was another fantastic year for our annual street wide garage sale. The annual event grew where we saw an amazing 27 participants, up from 16 last year.

The garage sale continues to be one of the best events of the year for us where we get to clean out items that we no longer need but most importantly an opportunity to socialize with our neighbours and showcase what a great neighbourhood we live in.

Many thanks to everyone that participated and a special thank you to Shengdong and Ai Ling who placed the signs early in the morning and Rudy who gathered them at the end of the day.

Start planning for next year’s garage sale planned for June 17, 2017!

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Victor Hugo / Lucien L’Allier Annual BBQ – 2016

Many thanks to everyone that attended another successful BBQ.  Fortunately we had good weather that allowed everyone to enjoy the festivities, great food and most importantly meet and chat with our neighbours.

I would like to thank everyone that volunteered in setting up, cooking, cleaning up after and lending us their BBQ’s.  Many thanks to Mike, Jean-Marie, Dominik, Hovig, Diane, Linie, Louise, Claudia and Fadi.  Your help was greatly appreciated and contributed to making the event the success it was.

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Family Day – An Excellent Day!

Family Day in the Park that was held this past weekend was again an enormous success.  Thanks to the brilliant weather it is estimated that almost 400 adults/children attended enjoying 450 hotdogs, 300 corn-on-the cob and lots of fun.

The day could not have been such a success without our amazing volunteers in preparing the corn, cooking the hotdogs and serving the food to everyone.  We also owe a special thank-you to the borough of Ville-Marie, Culture, Sports, Recreation and Social Development, in providing the food, supplies, entertainment and great support.

Many thanks to everyone that attended and enjoyed Family Day in the Park.  The event certainly demonstrated the fantastic community and spirit of our area that we are all very proud of.

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Annual BBQ 2015

Our annual street BBQ for local residents was another huge success with a record number of people. It was a great evening to chat with everyone to get to know each other better. It was great to hear of people getting reacquainted after many years, discovering that work colleagues live on the same street and meeting our new neighbours.

Many thanks to everyone that volunteered to help set up and to our fantastic BBQ chefs who worked hard preparing great hamburgers and hot dogs. I would also like to make a special thank-you to Magda for all her hard work translating documents and e-mails.  A big thank-you!

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Victor Hugo / Lucien L’Allier Garage Sale – June 20

Picture1Victor Hugo / Lucien L’Allier Garage Sale – June 20!

Our annual garage sale is June 20th. Each year our street-wide garage sale is more successful and it will be great to make this event even better with more residents participating.

It is a fun day for family and friends and you will be able to clear away unwanted items and make money too!

The garage sale will be advertised on various internet websites, CJAD radio and signage placed around the area the morning of the garage sale.

To have the best garage sale check out our website for tips and tricks.

http://residentsvh.ca/wp/en/news/garage-sale-tips-tricks/

Hope to see as many as possible this year!

Victor Hugo / Lucien L’Allier Sugar Shack – 2015

Our second annual Sugar Shack that was held last weekend (April 11th) and was a huge success with record attendance (450+). Everyone had the pleasure of enjoying pancakes, maple taffy, calèche rides, games, face painting and climbing on the firetrucks and most importantly meeting neighbours and making new friends.

The success of our events continues to demonstrate the great sense of community spirit and pride we all have in our unique area and the city.

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Christmas Food Drive – 2014

food drive 2This past weekend (December 13/14) we help our second annual Christmas Food Drive.  Once again thanks to the efforts and generosity of so many people the food drive was a huge success.  Contributions arrived from so many people, some who arranged a small food drive at their work or condo building for our food drive to a young boy offering one of his new toys.

The toys and gift items have been delivered to the Tyndale St. George’s Community Centre and Desta serving the Little Burgundy area and the toys have been delivered to the Shriners Children Hospital.

It is amazing and very rewarding that everyone should be proud of that such a small group can make such a huge difference.

On behalf of all the community groups, the Shriners Children’s Hospital and all those that will have a happier Christmas, thank-you.

Garage Sale Tips & Tricks

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Each year our street-wide garage sale is more successful and it will be great to make this event even better with more residents participating. It really can be a fun day, you will be able to clear away unwanted items and make money too!

The garage sale will be advertised on various internet websites, CJAD radio and signage placed around the area the morning of the garage sale.

Preparation

  • Start planning now! Spring is a great time to go through cupboards, closets, garage and boxes for those items no longer used or needed.
  • Invite your friends and family to participate with you. A garage sale can be a lot of fun day and the more the merrier.
  • Tell your friends about the garage sale
  • Have your children involved selling lemonade etc. It can be great fun for them too and they will feel part of it!
  • Have a calculator ready
  • Have newspaper available to wrap breakable items
  • Have plastic bags for items
  • All items should be priced
  • If you are selling electrical items such as appliance s and electronics, have a power source/extension cord available to test the items.
  • Have some inexpensive plastic coverings in case of rain
  • Set-up early (7am-8am). People will start visiting early looking for the best items.

Tips & Tricks

  • Make it a party or a “fair” like day. If it looks like you are having fun and have lots to offer you will attract more people.
  • Don’t underestimate your items you will be surprised what and why people will buy. It may be “junk” to you but a treasure for someone else.
  • Have plenty of change available. $50 is recommended of $5 bills, $2, $1, .25, .10 and .05 coins
  • Never use a cash box, keep your money in a money belt or on your person
  • Try not to accept large bills, save your change
  • Beware of some early birds. Some are antique dealers and some have stores and will bargain hard.
  • Children’s clothing and toys sell well. Recently cleaned is recommended. Be prepared to give them away after the garage sale.
  • Adult clothing does not sell as well as children’s so you should price accordingly and be prepared to give to your preferred charity at the end of the day.
  • Put large items in front, it looks good when people drive by.
  • As items sell keep moving items to the front to give appearance that you have a lot of items.
  • Do not take money bills before you give the change. This will prevent people saying you gave the wrong change.
  • Never let ANYONE use your bathroom under any circumstances
  • Keep your front door and patio door locked and your kitchen window closed if there is easy access to your backyard! If your garage door is open be sure to block off areas that people should not enter and keep a close watch.
  • Don’t put items aside because someone liked them but does not have enough money and will return. If you wish ask for a good deposit and specify that you will hold them until a specified time only.
  • Think twice before break a set of two, for or six. Someone may want the entire set.
  • Don’t let people try out clothing. All sales final, no returns.
  • Watch people with large bags or backpacks. Some may only appear innocent
  • Be aware of someone lingering around the same spot. They might be waiting for the right moment.
  • Remember that “Dollar Stores” are your competitors. Don’t ask for unreasonable prices.
  • Don’t be offended if someone challenges your prices, it part of the game. You may want to ask yourself if you are priced too high.
  • Decide what you will want to do as the day progresses. If you don’t want to store the items another year consider marking the prices down further in the afternoon. I like to think the items in the sale are leaving for good and I don’t want to see them again.
  • Liven up your garage sale with music, balloons etc. It will attract people and make time go faster.
  • Keep a sense of humor during the day and get ready to bargain and have fun!

Good Luck !