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Tom Miles re Pancake Sunday, 2011/04/22
Shona McLaughlan Sadler re MS, 2010/11/23
Gail (Jousse) Jean from Florida, 2006-02-13
Sinclair Harris from Inukjuak, 2004-11-01
Peggy (Seville) Kaus from Florida, 2004-10-26

Tom Miles re Pancake Sunday
The following letter to Lois & Tom Pavalasek was in response to a greeting card signed by the Summerlea congregation on the occasion of the 35th annual Pancake lunch in March 2011, and sent to Tom by the Pavlaseks.

Dear Lois and Tom,

What a delightful surprise to receive your letter plus so many kind greetings. Since we moved from Lachine in 1988 (arrived in 1969) and retired to BC in 1999, I was happy to see how many familiar folk continue to be active in the life of Summerlea.

The Pancake Luncheon was the result of much planning and long discussion. I don't recall being responsible for the idea, but I do remember some of the questions: How can we provide pancakes freshly prepared for a hundred people in ten minutes? Where do we get a recipe? How many people with electric frying pans would be needed?

Happily, Tom Pavlasek suggested Lois (a dietician) might provide a recipe (she graciously did), and volunteer cooks with frying pans were recruited. Wisely, Tom (the engineering professor) suggeested a practice run on a Saturday morning. The first run blew several electrical circuits (too many fryers in one area). Then there was a need for an attempt to have the pancakes closer to a 'Summerlea' size Finally, could we avoid washing dishes by using plastic plates. Agreed - a donor offered to provide 200!.

Then came the great day. Everything worked. The pancakes were served with dispatch. Buttered, covered with maple syrup, eager diners bent to the task. But soon followed howls of alarm. Maple syrup was running across the tables toward the laps of hungry guests! As the pancakes were cut, so were the fragile plates. The cooks continued to cook. Others, including kind ladies familiar with the kitchen, soon had all diners provided with solid, china plates. Pancakes and diners were joined once more in a happy union. The china plates were later washed without comment.

In succeeding years, disposable plates were used, but only after serious testing. (Ed note: With our current "Green Church" policy, disposable dishes and cutlery are a no-no.)

Lachine was home for our family for nearly 20 years. Our daughter and son went to Meadowbrook, then Lachine High. Then off to university. Summerlea congregation provided friendship and support, challenge and commitment, that enriched our lives. You have a place in our hearts forever.

Tom Miles

Shona McLaughlan Sadler re MS
Dear friends,

Greetings from home again here in Whitby...The procedure went flawlessly and relatively painlessly. I was at the office by 10:00 am, spoke to Dr. Siskin and Dr. Mandato, both very easy to talk to, ask questions of...then I was taken over to the clinic side and 'prepped' for the procedure...given valium, a saline intravenous and a local anaesthetic..

The nurse-practitioners, Michelle and Laura, were very kind as was the 3rd girl, a very attentive blonde lady I saw again today during my follow-up ultrasound, where I was pleased to hear all the veins had remained unblocked! They will be checked again in 3 months by Dr. Sandy McDonald, a supportive CCSVI-pro interventional radiologist in Barrie, ON (and a friend of Dr. Siskin).

During the Liberation procedure, I lay on a hospital bed flat out and Dr. Mandato put a wire camera object up through my groin artery into the jugular veins, both left and right. When he saw the reflux blockage he used the balloon angioplasty to 'blow open' the blocked areas...He would just say, "Stay really still....breath in and hold your breathe"...Then I would feel a bit of pressure, discomfort for about 2 minutes and it would be done...and he repeated this procedure with the left interior and exterior jugular..I think what he noted was he found my left jugular was more blocked than my right. They use a camera to reexamine what they are unbocking as what he sees during his procedure is not always consistent with what the original CCSVI test result he viewed from my Barrie Vascular Imaging result of Sept./ 17, 2010.

After he thoroughly checked and angoplastied the jugular bockage, he took the camera wire / angioplasty balloon and did the same with my asygous vein. At that point, when I was lying still, I could feel some real pressure weighing down over the vein which is in our upper chest...but only discomfort for a minute or two. With the unblocking of the jugular veins, I think I even felt a kind of 'drip; drip'..as if something was passing through the vein...blood rich in oxygen, I hope!

So, all in all, the procedure with Dr Mandato took about 1 1/2 hours at most, then my lying quietly to recoup and let the valium wear off was another 1/2 hour at least. No, I didn't suddenly feel I could jump up and down...but I felt subtle improvements...my right hand, which has been increasingly cold, stiff and less dextrous, felt warmer and more responsive... Before I had the treatmet I was getting pretty worried as when I was standing on 2 feet, I felt a wave of unsteadiness and felt I would fall over.Now, post-procedure, I am happy to note that my balance seems much better. In addition, my left leg, which was getting easily tired as I was relying on it too much, is feeling more strong. So those are the subtle changes I have noticed already. I hope and optimistically believe I will notice more improvements as time goes on and the improved circulation can alleviate unneccesary and damaging pressures in / around my brain.

It seemed to be a 'Canadian" weekend as all 4 patients Drs Siskin and Mandato operated on were from Canada...and in fact we all stayed closeby and ate together at the delicious Century House Restaurant. The other 2 MS patients, Julie (42) from Guelph, and Mark (about the same age) were debilitated differently from me..Julie, was in a wheelchair as her legs were bad but her arms were fine as was her cognitition etc. Mark was very thin, walked quite shakily with a cane ad his speech was a bit slow...Mark's brother Larry, his companion for the trip (as Mark had left his wife and 6 children at home in Guelph!) was videoing us for opinions etc. . In the brief post-op video, I got the feeling both other patients were disappointed with the initial 'nothing changed for me' outcome but were assured it often took time to notice even slight improvements..

I am just thrilled to have had this prodedure and to notice the small, but significant changes I do...plus I sleep more soundly and awake with both my hands able to do up laces, buttons etc...and believe me that is a plus... and now I swear to myself less!

Jim has been amazing through this journey to Albany...beside me and helping me all the way. And sadly, this has been a bad time to be taking me to Albany, as his dear father Dr. Bruce Sadler, passed away quite quickly and unexpectedly last Tues., Nov 16, 2010 at the Ottawa General Hospital, where he had been tranfered from Brockville General only on Sat Nov. 13. While a real shock to all, we are fortunate that we were abe to visit with Bruce before he passed away and that he died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. We shall all be travelling to Brockville on Thursday for Bruce's funeral service on Friday at 2:00 pm, Nov. 26, 2010 at the Irvine Funeral Home in Brockville.

Thank you again everyone for all your ever- present love, support and prayers as I continue to heal and improve from this Liberation procedure..... "We shall overcome!"
xoxox Shona, Jim and the Sadler 'crew'

2010/11/15 Dear Summerlea friends,

I was speaking with Mum this afternoon after she had been speaking with you at Summerlea Church. I was really thrilled to hear a blurb about my upcoming Liberation procedure in Albany had been included in your Sunday church bulletin so I thank Susan Ippersiel and Summerlea friends for that. I just want to say how overwhelmed I feel by the amazing support and continued prayers I have received from friends old and new all over the world really...

I am so excited to be going finally for this Liberation angioplasty in Albany this coming Sat.Nov. 20. ...I was actually totally impressed as I heard from both their nurse practitioner working on my case in Albany AND even the interventional radiologist who is performing my Liberation angioplasty! He was so informative and easy to talk to...and he wanted to make sure I knew that this procedure he is doing is not guaranteed to bring miraculous results or eliminate my MS altogether..that in fact the patients results seem to fall in basically 3 groups ...the first 1/3 have seen amazing results from the angioplasty unblocking their veins..the 2nd 1/3 experience some improvements and the last 1/3 apparently see little change in symptoms at all.

I said I was very positive & optimistic but realistic as well and I will be happy with any improvements and more ecstatic the more symptomatic improvements I notice with my MS condition. So we both understand our expectations and I remain optimistic, and believing God will be supporting me all the way...with help from my many Christian friends like yourselves. I feel very grateful and humbled by the caring support I have had and continues to have from you and so many other so THANK YOU!

Thank you again for your continued thoughts and prayers...and please circulate this email to those Summerlea friends whose email I don't have or who do not have email contact. THANK YOU ALL!

xox and Blessings always,
Shona McLauchlan Sadler

Gail (Jousse) Jean from Florida, 2006-02-13
----- Original Message -----
From: Gail Jean
To: Susan at Summerlea
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2006 9:12 AM
Subject: Copy of Marriage Certificate

Good afternoon Susan.

I was married on Saturday, November 2, 1963 at Summerlea United Methodist Church by Reverend McFarland.

My maiden name was JOUSSE, Gail Elisabeth and I married JEAN, Charles Fletcher.

My address was 3435 Broadway, Lachine, Province of Quebec, Canada. I was born 10/10/38 in Lachine.

I wonder if you could tell me how to go about getting a copy of my Marriage Certificate from the church? I am applying for US Citizenship and after all the hurricanes here in Florida, I lost a lot of my paperwork.

I used to attend Summerlea with my Grandfather in the 40's when it was a little wooden building out in the middle of a field. We would take the street car from the corner of 34th and Broadway and ride up to 44th. Then we had to jump on a little jitney affectionately known as "The Toonerville Trolley". That took us up through all the fields to "Dixie", which was the name given to the area of about 48th ave. on. You had to walk about ½ a mile up to the church and in the winter time it was quite an effort.

My grandmother was very active in the WCTU affiliate of the church and some of my best memories were of the wonderful ladies of the church at that time. When I married Charles I was given 4 bridal shower by various women's groups of the church. My gosh I sure am rambling, but those were wonderful days.

My current Email address is at my office. My home computer also took a beating with water damange.

Thanks for any information you might be able to provide.

Gail E. Jean
2680 Floridiane Dr.
Melbourne, FL 32935

From: Summerlea United Church
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 11:28 AM
To: Gail Jean
Subject: Re: Copy of Marriage Certificate

Hi Gail

It was nice to hear from someone from the past. These letters are always appreciated. If you know the names of any of the ladies that you may remember, I can surely let them know that I heard from you.

Regarding your copy of marriage certificate, the chuches in Quebec no longer issue them. They are not recognized as legal documents by the Province of Quebec. What you have to do is apply for a marriage certificate with the Director, Civil Status, in Quebec. There is a website that you have access to, www.etatcivil.gouv.qc.ca where you can download a form called "Request for Certificate or copy of act". It will need to be filled in, and attached with the appropriate fee indicated on the form, and sent to the address indicated on the form.

Good luck with this. There is also a phone number in Montreal, 514-864-3900 where you can obtain more information. I believe the website has a lot of information as well.

From: Gail Jean
To: 'Summerlea United Church'
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 1:28 PM
Subject: RE: Copy of Marriage Certificate

Thank you so much for your reply. I have downloaded the forms and will send them off today. I had a grand time browsing Summerlea's Webb site. There was a picture of a Sunday School Class that had been given by Mrs. Anderson and her daughter Marilyn was in the picture. I recognized one of the teachers in the picture as Mrs. Phyllis Guyton. Her daughter Sandra and I went to Lachine High School together. I recently saw Marilyn Anderson (Stocker now) last October at an LHS 50th Class reunion. We had such a great time and I am going to tell her about the Web-Site. Maybe she can identify some of the children in the picture.

I do remember that the Pastor was Reverend Hurst at the time I attended as a little girl and the organist was Mrs. Isabel Benson. Her daughter Nancy Benson was the premier soloist at the time.

The ladies that I knew have long since passed on because my grandmother raised me and was in her 50's back then. Another picture showed Mrs. Ada Midgley and I believe Elsie Pennock. What great fun. The next time I am up in Lachine I am going to come and attend a service.

Thanks again for your help.

Gail Jean

Sinclair Harris from Inukjuak, 2004-11-01
From: Sinclair Harris
To: Marg Lynn
Sent: Monday, November 01, 2004 9:01 PM
Subject: First impressions from Inukjuak

Hi Marg, nice to hear from you.

It was good to sit down and try to record some of my first impressions while they are still fresh... I am afraid I have run on a bit, and could have gone on and on .....


PS if you want to place Inukjuak on the map, it is about half way up the Hudson Bay coast.... South of Puvurnituk. It is at about the same latitude as the north of Scotland, and I am in many ways reminded of the Orkney islands, maybe because the lighting and colours are similar.

First impressions from Inukjuak.

Although I had been here to visit our daughter Nansi about 3 years ago, my first impressions as a resident (albeit a temporary resident) are very much more vivid.

This little town of over 1500 Inuit people is full of contrasts and contradictions.
The village is situated on the edge of the Inuksuac River on the East coast of Hudson Bay. It is a beautiful setting amidst low-lying hills and coastal islands. As part of the tundra, there is little ground cover other than scrubby grass and dwarf willows. As one walks around the village one sees low houses built off the ground on timber blocks to allow for the melting snow in the spring. There are no gardens and around the houses you will see dogs and children playing, Honda ATVs parked haphazardly and snowmobiles still covered awaiting the real arrival of winter. It is still hunting season, so many people are out on the land, and along the coast large working canoes are to be seen with their outboard motors still in situ.

Although part of Quebec, I see several Canadian flags draped in people’s windows. The spoken language is Inuktitut, with English as the second language. Conversely nearly all the Qallanat (southerner) staff at the CLSC is francophone.

As far as I can tell, there are three centres of activity. The two stores (one of which houses the post office) the CLSC that provides all health and social services and the school. The school has over 400 students and there is a daycare with 70 pre-schoolers. It will be no surprise to learn that the average age of the population is only 25. Most young women who graduate will do so with a baby on their back.

The “Maternity” is part of the CLSC. There are two community midwives and two local student midwives who together handle between thirty and forty low risk births each year. My role is to support the community midwives, and to help teach the students. Formerly all birthing women were required to leave their families for six weeks in order to give birth in the “safety” of a Montreal hospital – with often disastrous results for the community.

The church appears to have a prominent place in the community. There are two services on Sunday, plus an afternoon Sunday school and at least one bible study during the week. It is Anglican, and all services are in Inuktitut. I was going to attend last week but after a night up I was not quite ready for a two-hour service in another language!

Although this community has a history of violence and abuse, so far I have found the people warm and friendly. Every-one smiles at me as they race by on their ATV. I have seen as many as seven people (including two babies) on one vehicle! Definitely scary: I prefer to walk!

In the twelve days I have been here, the weather has been very varied. I thought winter had really come when I woke up to three inches of snow, but then the next day it poured with rain, all the snow disappeared and the resulting slush was dried by a fierce wind. Today is cold, sunny and crisp, and I notice the water at the edge of the bay is starting to freeze. With the changing of the clocks last night, it was dark today soon after 4.00pm….. I wonder what it will be like in another month or so?

Regards to every-one,

Peggy (Seville) Kaus, Orlando Florida, 2004-10-26
October 26, 2004 (email from Peggy Kaus to Summerlea United Church)

Dear Reverend:

I accidentally came upon your website and was thrilled to read that Summerlea United had rescued the stained glass windows discarded from the old Grace United Church on St. Joseph Street.

A brief history, I grew up at 220 - 32nd Avenue Lachine and attended Grace United from 1944 through 1953 when my family moved to Orlando, Florida. I am now raising my granddaughter, Mollie, who is 6 years of age, and have told her stories of my sitting in church listening to Reverend Rivers give his sermon and gazing upon the gloriously beautiful stained glass windows. Each one told a story in and of itself.

The purpose of my letter is to first find out if there is a possibility someone in your fold who might be able to take some photos of any of the windows you utilized for your chapel (with the sun shining through) and send them to me - or email them to me - - so I may show Mollie the windows and let her know just how special they are.

Before I left Lachine I attended Summerlea Elementary School and have seen photos of all the new landscaping and bike paths along the Lakeshore.

I would be happy to send a donation to Summerlea United in exchange for these photographs. They would mean so much to my granddaughter and myself.

Any photos of your church and buildings would be an extra treat. I still dream about those windows and feel very fortunate to be able to have shared them. (My dad, Alf Seville, taught Sunday School at Grace United for the adult class in the church itself.)

Thank you for listening and may you have a blessed day.

Peggy 'Seville' Kaus
Orlando, Florida

2004-11-01 (From Bill Lynn to Peggy Kaus)

Dear Mrs. Kaus,

It was a wonderful surprise to hear from you - a Lachine voice from the past. My name is Bill Lynn. I maintain the Summerlea United Church web site and I take many of the photos that appear on it.

In response to your email I took some photos of Grace Chapel and the church.

Photo 1: The chapel windows lighted from inside. As Marion mentioned, it seems that we did not receive the "story" windows that you remember. However, the windows we do have provide a lovely aura for the chapel, and they do remind us of the Grace people who came with them. The photo also shows the communion table and the lectern from Grace.

Photo 2: The windows lighted by sunlight. Perhaps not as beautiful as you remember them - the sunlight is heavily filtered by trees that were probably much smaller when the windows were installed.

Photo 3: The chapel set up for a meeting or choir practice, as it is so often used.

Photo 4: The window from outside - protected by double windows in the interest of energy conservation.

Photo 5: The trees that filter the sunlight before it reaches the window.

Photo 6: The outside of the church from the corner of Acadia and 50th Avenue.

Photo 7: The interior of the church.

We still have a number of Grace members with us, including Lucy Richards (now in her late nineties but still maintaining her own home), Tom Tucker (his daughter Connie Osborne is our fabulous organist and choir director), Marion Golden (one of the major guiding lights in the congregation), Kathie Williams, Flo Robinson, Shirley Ellison, and possibly others whom I am forgetting at the moment.

It was good to hear from you. Let us know if there is any other Summerlea or Lachine information that you would like to have.



2004-11-02 (From Peggy Kaus to Bill Lynn)


Thank you soooo very much for all your efforts. The windows are beautiful and I do remember them! The last time I visited Montreal in the 60's I stopped by Grace United Church and enjoyed just sitting in the sanctuary and looking at the pipes and at the windows. I spoke with the pastor who was there at the time - don't recall his name, but told him how much it meant to me to be able to come back and experience that special undescribable feeling just to be there and remember...... all great memories, except for one when my dad, Alfred Seville, was teaching the Sunday school class in the sanctuary and I came up the stairs, running down the aisle, hollering, "Daddy, Daddy, I have to go to the bathroom!" Only, I didn't make it! I was 5 at the time and too shy to ask anyone else. My dad didn't even get flustered. He just excused us for a few moments and that was that. That was in the winter of '47. But it is all so very clear to me.

My dad is going on 94, but his heart is failing and he is living in a nursing home about 40 miles from my home. My mother is also there. I try to fill our precious moments visiting sharing photographs of old familiar things that we can remember with full hearts and remind ourselves of all the blessings we have had in our lives together as a family. Those feelings never die!

Thanks again, Bill - - I was also pleased to hear from Marion. Marion's mom and my dad used to date and were members of the young peoples at Grace before my dad met my mom. Marion's folks became close friends with my parents since my cousin Jack Seville married Marions's aunt. So it's all in the family.

I must visit Summerlea United when my granddaughter and I take our trip to Canada in the next few years. Make room for us! If you have an organ, maybe I can play it!

Have a blessed day!

Peggy 'Seville' Kaus
Orlando, Florida

2004-11-02 (From Bill Lynn to Peggy Kaus)

Hi Peggy,
We have an electronic organ that sounds pretty good to me. Last year it stopped working and there was a problem finding a new "mother board", but it's working now and with any luck it will still be working when you get here.


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