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Thursday, June 21, 2018

St Jean Baptiste Day celebration rocks Town Hall walls with "excitement and merriment" with 800 suppers served to end day's activities

Gilbert Chevigny with his lamb
On St Jean Baptiste Day activities to mark the occasion sponsored by Chapleau's French Canadian Association attracted hundreds and the day was a great success, according to  Sudbury Star report. 

The report included in the Richard Brownlee papers does not have the year, but judging by the people in the photos, my best guess is around 1959 or 1960. The younger folks were among by good friends growing up in Chapleau in the 1950s. If anyone knows the exact year, please feel free to let me know.

Headed by association president A. R. Morin, the day began with High Mass sung by Rev. Father R. Marchand at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church with special music under the direction of Robert Labelle, with Gaetan Roussel at the organ.

Although rain interrupted the plan momentarily, it did not spoil the pleasure of the hundreds of children and their parents who packed the Town Hall to capacity, following the parade.

A highlight of the parade was St. Jean and his lamb, a real one, with six-year-old Gilbert Chevigny playing the role of St. Jean. There were seven floats plus hundreds of children in the parade.

The parade went from Sacred Heart Roman Catholic School to the town hall where Paul Belair took over as master of ceremonies.
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Singers in solo and groups included Jeannine and Rita Morin who also played the piano. Daniel Lemieux, Cheryl Martin and Mrs. Charles Ouellette played selections at the piano while the Frappier sisters entertained with their singing, as did Norman Bosse. Group members included Jacqueline Broyeau, Rejeanne Roussel, Rita Morin and Denise St. Jacques.

The article noted that "After the concert the real uproar began in the basement and the old town hall's walls rocked with excitement and merriment of hundreds of children in high spirits. A supper of beans to end all beans was served as the final event. It was estimated that 800 suppers were served not counting those who returned for seconds."

Members of the executive committee who worked with Mr. Morin to make the day a success included Paul Belair, A. Leclerc, Claude Bourget, I. Charlebois, M. Carbonneau, Maurice Chevigny, N. Roussel and Maurice Levebvre. 

Women also "shared the load in the preparation for the celebration and in carrying out duties to make the day a success," the Sudbury Star article noted. See photo.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

'Enough publicity may do the trick' Arthur Grout suggests when Chapleau Post got a linotype machine

When Arthur Simpson, editor and publisher of the Chapleau Post got a linotype machine, it prompted Arthur Grout to write a letter to him entitled "Enough publicity may do the trick" referring to the completion of Highway 129.

Mr. Grout wrote that when Mr. Simpson started the newspaper, "Your main idea was to focus attention on Chapleau by publicity so that our claims and hopes for a highway into, and perhaps through Chapleau might be realized."

Writing the letter in the 1940s, Mr. Grout added, "You, and perhaps others had high hopes that when we had accomplished our objectives, that our town would grow, many with businesses would be attracted to the place."

Although the highway was not yet completed the letter noted that "Well -- half your dream has come true. You have the machine installed and running while we are still waiting on our road. But we still have the hope that our highway will be a reality in the very near future."

Always the Chapleau booster, Mr. Grout noted, "This district with its forests, water power storage, timber limits, mineral possibilities, tourist attractions, trapping and hunting areas, has everything and its opportunities are recognized by many. It needs a road to open it upand that can  not be denied much longer."

Mr. Grout revealed that he had been in Blind River where "all the talk is about how much is expected to be done on development work along the Mississaugi. Contracts had been awarded.

Returning to the subject of the newspaper's new linotype machine Mr. Grout encouraged Mr. Simpson, "So get that linotype hot. Tell more and more people about how Chapleau needs the road -- about what it can mean to our young people in new opportunities, and if you make it loud enough and strong enough, we may be able to drive in and out of Chapleau before the linotype has its first birthday."

Well, maybe pretty close, as the first vehicles to travel over Highway 129, did so in bitterly cold weather, and tragedy on January 23 and 24, 1949. The tragedy was that Thomas Godfrey who had been a major supporter of the highway for many years died of a heart  attack while making the first trip by car from Chapleau.

Chapleau had its highway, although many referred to it as a "turkey trail" through the bush. Mr. Simpson had his linotype and in 1950 was able to declare that Chapleau was also going to be on the Trans Canada highway.

The headline blared "WE GOT IT" in three languages on April 24, 1950 in three languages in the only Extra ever published by the newspaper in its history.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Chapleau's Lorne Riley will bring his band Mileage 51 from Dubai to Duggan's in Toronto this August to support Hospital for Sick Children

Chapleau's own Lorne Riley and his band Mileage 51 will be taking to the stage at  Duggan's on Toronto's Queen St W on August 2 to bring their brand of classic rock and blues to fans, friends and family in support of a good cause.  

Mileage 51 is well known in Dubai where Lorne currently resides. The band released an album "Stone Unturned" in 2015 and will play a selection of tunes from the album along with a list of well-known blues and rock favorites.  While admission is free, the band will be accepting donations for  Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.

 "We've heard from people in Chapleau, White River, Timmins, Sudbury, Ottawa, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Lethbridge and the Toronto area who plan to make the trip down to take in the performance.

"We're thrilled with the response and hope to have a full house. Playing on Queen St. W in Toronto is exciting.  It's Toronto's and arguably Canada's most renowned live music district. This is our first Toronto performance but not our last. We'd definitely like to tour up to Northern Ontario at some point as well...there's nothing like a northern crowd...I know that from experience!"

The band is named Mileage 51 after a place on the Canadian Pacific Railway west of Chapleau where Lorne spent much time with the Bouillon family. He advised that he still likes to make trips there when he gets back to Chapleau.

Lorne is the son of Jackie and the late Lorne Riley. A graduate of Chapleau High School he attended Carleton University graduating with an honours degree in Journalism and Law. He is currently Director of Corporate Communications at Dubai International Airport.

As an aside, Lorne's father, with Buddy Swanson and Tom Welch founded the Chapleau Junior "B" Huskies who won the International Junior B League and Northern Ontario Hockey Association titles in 1966-67 their first in the league.

In the 1978-79 season Lorne Jr played on the Chapleau Midget "C" team which won the NOHA title. As there was no Midget "C" title in Southern Ontario, they declared themselves "All Ontario Champions".

Lorne has been active on the music scene since he moved to Dubai over 9 years ago to work at the biggest international airport in the world. He has released three albums with three different bands (Mileage 51 "Stone Unturned", Monks on the Moon "When Worlds Collide" and Stereotypes 'Penny Earned'). Currently he is completing a series of singles that he will release under his own name.

"I've always been a fan of country music. So last fall I decided to write and release some original country songs. Three of them are just about done and more are in the works.  I'm really excited about them as it seems to be a genre that suits me.

" What I've learned since I started doing this almost a decade ago, is that while there is a lot of hard work and dedication required to write and produce the music, by far the hardest part is getting it played on the radio. I've had my music played in Dubai on the radio but not in the rotation. My goal with this country project is to finally crack that nut. 

"Before the end of the year I want to get an email from one of my old high school friends from Sudbury or Timmins or London or Sarnia or Toronto saying 'hey man, I just heard your song on the radio!'  That's the goal anyway".

If you are able to attend on August 2, you can let Lorne know on Facebook, or contact me at mj.morris@live.ca and I can forward messages to him. I am thinking about making the trip from Cranbrook!!!

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Chapleau Midget "C" NOHA  Champions 1979. Back row from left: Martin Healey, Shane Gillham, Tim Morin, John Bernier, Robert Serre, Dan Tebbutt, Michael Tremblay, Paul Legros, Geoffrey Hong, Michael Payette, Mike Tangie. Front from left: Marc Trottier, David Freeborn, Yves Gervais, Lorne Riley, Randy Carroll, Gary Chambers, Shawn Russell. Absent coach Jamie Doyle

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