Always Do Your Homework

This past Sunday I took advantage of a beautiful Summer day to visit Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal. I confess I did not sufficiently do my homework prior to my visit and, as a result, did not find most of the grave markers I had hoped to find.

As I was exiting on the south side of the cemetery I took note of a sign advertising the Cemetery’s iPhone/iPad app. After downloading the app yesterday, I can say with certainty they have done a good job. Had I been aware of the app prior to my visit, I would have found many of the graves I wished to see, though not all.

Last year when I visited Cote des Neiges Cemetery I was able to find the majority of the graves I wished to see thanks in large part to their wonderful online database of people resting in the cemetery. While there, I even took note of interesting grave markers I had not intended on finding, such as those of A.L. Van Houtte and of Patrick Madden.

Resting in Mount Royal Cemetery are many interesting folks from all walks of life. Mayors and martyrs, policemen and firemen, clergy and lay people all can be found. Of the ones I wanted to find, I almost missed the monument to Thomas Lett Hackett, a young Orangeman murdered by Catholics as he was returning home from divine services on July 12, 1877.

For people interested in visiting their family’s graves but are unsure of their locations, the Cemetery does offer a free lookup. This isn’t as instantaneous a solution as the other cemetery on the hill however, prior to my next visit, I will do my homework (or get them to do it for me, for free).


Little League Tournament Continues

The 7-team Little League Canada championship has concluded the round robin portion of the tournament in Valleyfield, Quebec, where the High Park Braves finished atop the leaderboard with a perfect 6-0 record followed by the NDG Major Lynx, the Southwest LL All Stars, and the South Vancouver All Stars all with 4-2 records. Because none of the three teams defeated both of their other opponents, the tie for 2nd was broken using the runs against ratio, total runs against divided by total defensive innings. The nod for 2nd went to the team from South Vancouver, leaving NDG and Southwest LL tied for 3rd, which Southwest LL takes as a result of their victory over NDG during round robin play. Final standings are:

High Park Braves 6-0
South Vancouver All-Stars 4-2
Southwest Little League 4-2
NDG Major Lynx 4-2
North Regina Little League 2-4
Lancaster Allstars 1-5
Les Elites de Valleyfield 0-6

Semi final action takes place tomorrow (August 9th) with the winners advancing to the championship game on Sunday (August 10th):

Semi Final 1 August 9 @ 13h00 NDG vs. High Park
Semi Final 2 August 9 @ 16h00 Southwest LL vs. South Vancouver
Championship August 10 @ 13h00 Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2

If you’re a fan of baseball, from NDG, or find yourself with some free time on the weekend, the players in this tournament and the organizers will welcome you with open arms.

All games are taking place at Stade Roland-Boyer, formerly known as Parc Delpha-Sauvé.

The winners of this tournament advance to the Little League World Series, taking place in Williamsport, PA from August 14-24. No team from Quebec has represented Canada in this tournament since Valleyfield did in 1992.

Say it loud and say it proud: GO LYNX GO!