Who brings a congratulatory card to his own retirement party?
Moe Lemieux does. He just didn't realize the party was for him and not a wedding anniversary celebration for a veteran member of the Cornwall Hubs Oldtimers Hockey Club.
Good thing the old sweats who organized the gathering a couple of weeks ago at the RCAFA Wing gave Lemieux the bum steer with the bogus wedding anniversary line.
"If I had known this was for me (and not a wedding anniversary) I wouldn't have come," said a surprised, humbled Lemieux. "I brought a card with some money (gift)."
To that one of the 100 or so old sweats in attendance suggested that he put the money to good use -mosey over to the bar and buy a few rounds.
Lemieux, a founding father and the Hubs first president, is stepping aside as the organizations chief cook and bottle washer.
It's been a pretty good run ... 52 years in all.
Moe's hockey Hubs have been around longer than all but six of the National Hockey League teams. And, according to one of the original Hubs, retired police officer Ray Jodoin, only the late Connie Mack comes close to logging more years with the same sports organization. Mack ran the Philadelphia Athletes for 50 years.
Back 52 years ago Lemieux surveyed the local hockey landscape and saw a wasteland filled with former junior and college players. So, he came up with the Hubs and, as they say, the rest is history.
Lemieux is a die-hard Boston Bruins fan ... so it is no surprise that he christened the team the Hubs. To his credit, swearing loyalty to the Bruins was not a requirement to become a Hub.
To a man, the old sweats who have toiled, or still do, for the Hubs say without Lemieux's organizational skills, the club would have withered on the vine long ago.
"He was one of the best (organizers) around," said former senior hockey player Marcel Labrecque.
HERE & THERE A piece of Cornwall Community Police Service history has been unfolding with little fanfare. Recently appointed staff sergeant Shawna Spowart is the highest ranking female officer in the force's history. She was the force's first (and only to date) female sergeant. The force has come a long way from its first female constable in the 1980s. Actually, the force hired two at the same time but there was a "minor" oversight with one of the history-making recruits. Soon after she started the freshly-minted officer announced that she couldn't take a cruiser out on her own because she didn't have a driver's licence. Seems the subject of a driver's licence never came up in the interview process. ... This hardly sounds like a good deal: City picks up the lion's share of the tab for the regional airport in Summerstown.
THIS & THAT There should be legislation banning five-day weather forecasts. They are, at best, mere suggestions, sort of like the posted speed limits in Quebec. ... Perhaps in response to suggestions that it should become self-sufficient (aka increased revenues), city parking enforcement had a full-court press under way in the downtown core last week. While two officers scouted parking lots a third was patrolling Pitt Street. ... In the wake of a Toronto knife-wielding teenager being shot and killed by a police officer, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair didn't waste anytime throwing the officer under the bus. Police union president Bill McCormick made a lot more sense with his let's wait for the investigation to be completed comments. Of course, Blair has never been considered a cop's cop of the Julien Fantino or Chris Lewis stripe.
TRIVA ANSWER Prior to annexation in 1957 the east side of Marlborough Street was Cornwall Township, but the old Cornwall (square mile) boundary went around Cornwall General Hospital, making it part of the city.
TRIVIA Where was the Lally lacrosse stick factory?
IN THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR Ron Chenier recalls riding the trolley buses and pulling the cord to ring the bell for the next stop, "And, of course, the cash box and the punched transfer tickets (pink, green, etc.)," said Ron. He also remembers the large billboard at the foot of Pitt Street (at Water) with the picture of a cop holding a child in his arms and the red accident numbers on the right, manually changed by an officer. He also wonders what became of the huge lacrosse sticks that graced the city's entrances (Guindon Park and Gray's Creek)? ... Jeff McCullough reminds us of penny scales, some of which coughed up a ticket with a picture of a Hollywood star or a scroll with horoscope. They were sometimes called lollipop scales... Black and white city police cars with a single roof light. ... When cops packed .38-calibre six-shooters and carried black jacks that were more lethal than the .38s. ... Harvey Provost remembers the Cornwall lawn bowling club on Sixth Street East, across from Steinberg grocery store which replaced the old CPR operation. On the corner of Pitt and Sixth streets was a great little diner called Vera's Lunch which Harvey's mother ran from 1959-1979. ... Richer-Wara Grill (formerly Royal York Cafe), 207 Pitt St. ... The swing bridge at Mille Roches. ... Lapierre's General Store in Moulinette....(Got a favourite memory to share with our readers? E-mail it or drop it off at the Seaway News 29 Second St. E.).
SPORTS STUFF John Wensink wanted to know if Bob Kilger would be at his Children's Treatment Centre roast next month. Why the interest in Kilger's attendance? Big John, who patrolled the NHL ice lanes for the Big Bad Bruins, would like to discuss the two "dumb" penalties Kilger called on him one night." Back before he got into politics, Kilger was a veteran NHL referee. Said Kilger, with a chuckle, when informed of Wensink's inquiry, "He's lucky I only gave him two (that night)." ...One of my favourite team names is the Toledo Mud Hens, a Triple A baseball club that has been around since 1896. Once, while passing through Ohio on the Interstate in the 1960s, drove out of my way to see the Mud Hens ball park. ... It won't be all in the family for Doug Gilmour and the Kingston Frontenacs. Gilmour, the Fronts general manager, traded his son, Jake, to Niagara Falls IceDogs for a 12th round pick in 2015. The Fronts took Gilmour the Younger in the eighth round of the 2012 OHL draft. ...
SEEN & HEARD Coun. Andre Rivette's early exit from Monday's council meeting had nothing to do with being upset with his colleagues . The veteran councillor wasn't feeling well.