The Gill Net Lodge
January, February 2003
Past notes are here.
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Six days after the start of the month and I'm the first!! .....Patty, you're slowin' down...
Here are some pictures taken in Stanley Park - Vancouver
A winter walk in Stanley Park
(takes an incredibly long time to download)
I was just checking
today Jan. 6th, Happy New Year to all, Aunt Monica you look GREAT.
DEC 27 & 28 Brendan and I drove to Uncle Joe's and teamed up with Paul,
Frankie, all of us had a great chat. Paul looks very much the same
with his long hair. I wouldn't have to tell you, but I will, Eleanor
had a delecious hot supper, roast Pork. I got lots of great pictures.
I will show them off when I come to N.B. in the summer. Love Aunt Patty.
2 Kingston babies arrived safely over the Christmas break -- Suzanne and Howard's and Michael(Bernard's son) & Louise's. Both boys. This is great news.
My girls have been sick since before Christmas. Rebecca developed pneumonia last week, but is pretty well mended now. Boy the drugs they have for these things are incredible. I remember Will Vickers having pneumonia in elementary school and being out for weeks.
Unfortunately, Katie-Rose is beginning her chest cold and I am trying to keep it from developing into pneumonia. Oh joy, oh bliss.
Dad has not received his call to go to Saint John for his surgery and is getting more and more antsy as the weeks go by. He found out last week that he is 4th on the waiting list. I don't know whether to feel more sorry for him or Mom who has to put up with his impatience. ha!
Bye for now....ME
are you feeling that good, you are jumping out of cannons, is it the new
love life? Hi, Allie, hope you get the o.p. soon, I know all about
waiting ( 7 weeks) in hospital for me.
Take care Love Patty.
Hi you Northerners:
Terry, the kids and I are off for a roadtrip for the weekend. We are driving to LA (about 5 hours from LV )
to enjoy the 80's in California. Hope your weekend is warm around a fire! Talk to you later. Our door is open to any snowbirds!!!
22, 2003 - 06:54:08 am:
Message from Mary Ellen at :
I am so envious.
It is -38C here today with the wind chill. Ray and I took turns putting
wood in the woodstove over night as the electric heat just didn't seem
to have the right effect on a night like we had last night.
I am envious as well Mary Ellen. Toronto is bloody SIBERIA. Must go now. Hands too cold to type.
Yes, very cold
here in Vancouver, too. The high for today is only going to be +7C
with an over night low of +4C....Brrrrrh
Weather in Calgary -27 with windchill -35and 5cms of blowing snow --and they say by 6 tommorrow it will be plus 3. Go figure.
it up....-50 with the windchill this morning...tires are square/ transmission
very slow and my furance bill was $400.00 between Dec15th and Jan 10th.
by Gail Savoy
MIRAMICHI – District 8 RCMP will say goodbye to Inspector Kevin Vickers on Wednesday and welcome a new officer to the position. Vickers, a 27-year veteran of the RCMP, will begin his new job as Director General of the National Contract Policing Branch for Canada in Ottawa. It is a senior executive posting and a very considerable appointment. “I’ve been promoted to the rank of chief superintendent,” said Vickers, who is set to begin his new job on Jan. 22. The Miramichi native, son of Bill and Monica, will oversee nine different branches. They include managing provincial RCMP contracts with the federal government, creating policies for urban and community policing, critical-incident programs, major case-development systems, and national traffic services.
Vickers says each
branch has its own situations and policies to deal with. “In the
critical-incident program I will deal with events such as what happened
in Burnt Church or the G-8 Summit. Any where there is a major crisis, I
am responsible for overseeing and developing policies to deal with it,”
he said. Vickers says he is looking forward to the new position
but adds he will miss this region.
“The last two-and-a-half years have been the best years of my years in the RCMP. It has been an absolute dream to have been able to return to the Miramichi after 25 years in the service.”
During his career, Vickers spent ten years in the North West Territories working and living in small native communities, ten years in various locations in Alberta, and five years on and off in Ontario.
During his years in the RCMP, Vickers worked as an undercover drug investigator and as a major-crime investigator. “To be able to come home and work so close to the Miramichi was wonderful,” he said. When asked if being a native Miramichier helped him in dealing with the native fishing dispute in Burnt Church, Vickers hesitated. “I guess I respected the different points of view in the different communities. I delivered milk in Burnt Church and Néguac during my summer vacations while in school. Having a core understanding of the people was a contributing factor to helping with the problem.”
Vickers adds he
has enjoyed having excellent relations with all the communities in District
8 and says he looks forward to possibly returning to New Brunswick as the
commanding officer of the province. Vickers will be replaced by Sgt.
Ross White, who was previously posted to Richibucto (District 5). White
will receive a promotion to inspector. Vickers. wife Anne and his
two children, Andrew and Laura, will remain in Miramichi until the end
of the school year.
Mom & Dad are on their way to Saint John this morning. Dad will be admitted this afternoon at the Saint John Regional. He is hoping that they put a stint, but he really does not know at this point.
We were joking
last night that the saints have not kept up with the times. There
is no saint to pray for when you are having Heart by-pass. Mom said
perhaps we should pray to Sister Donovan and Sister Corbet who passed away
recently and are -- in her mind-- saints. If any one has any ideas
on who is the appropriate Saint, let me know. I always pray to Saint
Jude when I am in doubt. Ha! Bye for now....
Mary Ellen, I
couldn't find anyone special but I talked to St. Joesph. Tell Allie
to get well soon.
Love, Aunt Patty
Hi Mary Ellen..... If Nanny was alive today I know she would be praying for your Dad with her White Rosary Beads. I believe Aunt Patty you have them now.....am I right?
Will, no I have
a black pair of beads that mom used. Hello, N.B. How
is Allie doing? We in Ontario would love to know.
Dad is back home.
He needs to have a quad. by-pass which will be scheeduled within the next
3 months. The doctor said his heart is very healthy and he should
Tom, come on,
wouldn't you rather be playing in the snow?
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7, 2003 - 11:17:49 am:
Message from Patty Kelly at email@example.com:
Not a word in
a week. MY!! MY!! Is the weather so cold it froze our hands,
so we are unable to type. Cheerio, Love Aunt Patty.
Just wanted to
drop a line on the Gill Net Lodge to say hi to everyone as it has been
a while since I posted a note. Glad to hear that Uncle Bill is doing better.
I was just curious as to where the current Gill Note photo was taken.
Thanks Aunt Patty
and John for getting those photos of your Christmas gathering to the site...like
John, I agree that they were wonderful to see. I was in N.B. this
past weekend and Mom and Dad had mentioned seeing them at Aunt Monica's.
Although it was very cool on the Miramichi, the sky was crystal clear blue
and it was an absolutely gorgeous day this past Saturday. Did a bit
of snowshoeing and took a lovely walk...the Miramichi River up our way
is covered with snowmobile tracks and as we were crossing the old Morrissey
Bridge on our return to NS on Sunday morning, there were people walking
on the river...not sure that was a good idea...take care all,
Great to see you
leaving a message at the Gill Net little brother. I hope the boys
and Jennifer are well. JoAnn is supposed to be coming this way this
weekend as she has some work to do at Dal. I am looking forward to
sharing some Fireball and conversation with her.
What is Fireball?
A Fireball is
the perfect drink for a cold winter's day or night. It is a cinnamon
whiskey drink served straight on ice as a liquour or in coffee. It
is available in the Liquor stores here under the name of Dr. MacGillvary's
Fireball. It truly is medicinal. ha! I would highly recommend
it for any of you whiskey lovers.
I was one of the millions, I joined 4000 people in a peace rally here in Calgary. It was truly amazing, the typical march here in Calgary is a between 100-300 people. Let us hope we have some impact on the Canadian government.
I am at my parents visiting for a few days from Edmonton. I just had the pleasure of witnessing my mom, Eleanor, opening a letter fom Charlie Hubbard that informed her that she will receive the Queen's Golden Jubliee Medal on March 1st! Everyone is thrilled. Mom is at a loss for words..can you believe that! ;-)
Best wishes, JoAnn
Hi! I had to obtain a mug shot today for a magazine article I wrote. Ladies and Gentlemen, your Gill Net Editor!! Actually, I think it looks like someone threw a bucket of mixed paint at me and I ducked just in time..:-)
JoAnn, my mother and father says news of Eleanor's medal made their day!!
My father was taken to hospital again for a few days after another scare however is now back home. Apparently the car keys were too much excitement his first day out and he will now have to settle for a permenant chauffeur.
John, I am amazed at how little you have changed in your looks since high school!! I am very envious. What is your secret?
medal, everyone who is Kingston or Creamer (or related to them in some
way) is invited to Ray and my home for a kitchen party after the big event.
If you are in Miramichi on March 1st, please drop by the house for some
conversation and refreshments any time after 5:00pm. We live 2 houses
north of Mom & Dad.
Congratulations to Aunt Eleanor! What an honor! It's has been 8 weeks now that the wind chill has been over -30. Today it's -50 with the wind chill. The kids are kept inside during lunch so it makes for a long day. It has been the longest streak of cold weather in the 17 years up here.
Tampa Bay is on
the count down! Cheers.
Way to go Eleanor!!!
Mary Ellen, it is times like this we wish we lived near to N.B. Have
a great day March 1st.
Love Aunt Patty
A BIG Congrats to Mother on her award, Little John and I will be travelling home to partake in the celebrations. Looking forward to seeing the whole clan on Wednesday !!!
24, 2003 - 12:17:54 am:
Message from Tom Kingston at :
How's the weather out there in the rest of Canada. We've received a little bit of snow here in Vancouver, but we ensure it stays up on the mountains. I went for a walk today. Here are some links to some of the pictures I took....
I e-mailed John Vickers a couple of pictures I took from my balcony before I went for a walk. When I returned home there was an e-mail from him. It read..............
I was going to take some pictures of our blizzard today from the balcony however it was too cold to stand out there.jv
Congratulations Aunt Eleanor!!
GREAT! Really great. I was looking for a site like this for a very long time. Go on!
Fixed what, John?
Have you been drinking again?
27, 2003 - 07:06:50 am:
Message from Anne Marie at :
John , aren't you about 1 hr older than Patrica? Happy Birthday on Friday.
Tom, your new and improved Toronto snowstorm photo you posted above makes us look more like Siberia. This on a day when the National Post informs me people in Victoria were busy today counting flowers.
I just got a call
from Mom that Dad has received his call from the Saint John Hospital and
need to be there on Monday morning. His surgery will be on Tuesday
(4th). This means the party this Saturday night will not only be
a celebration for Mom, but also a good luck party for Dad.