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Sometimes You Just Have to Wave Pom Poms Right?

Sometimes You Just Have to Wave Pom Poms Right?
Ville de Cowansville
February 20, 2010  · 

Ballpark Bernard Street -1955– Cowansville Quebec
Bruck Mills opened this park in July of 1946

One day sitting at the Bluebird Restaurant on Main Street in Cowansville having french fries and a coke I had an epiphany. I was too young for Harry’s Poolroom just around the corner on South Street, but hopefully not too young for my dreams glancing back at me from a Seventeen Magazine.

The centrefold that month in 1962 was full of cheerleaders from all over the country and at age 11 going 12 my summer goal was to be one of them. Being in the chubby category and not enjoying sports one bit– it was going to be a challenge to achieve my dream. I told myself that cheerleading was not a sport, and I should be able to wave pom poms quite effectively without a lot of sweat.

In those days there were no tumbling or fancy pyramids, and to be quite honest it was basically just a girl’s fan club for the team. Comparing the cheerleaders now from the 60s with their pleated skirts and modesty, who knew what it was going to evolve into?

Later that week I found out that a junior league summer football team was being formed called the Cowansville Colts and they were looking for cheerleaders. If you look on Facebook, not much can be found about the team. Actually, people seem more interested in remembering what the old A & P looked like on the Main Street rather than a local team that won less than a handful of games. In 2017 on Facebook’s Ville de Cowansville page Jacques Giarde asked for any photos or memories of the Colts from the Brome-Missisquoi Junior  League. Nary a one came up. It goes to show you in those days when the cheer section started for the game we didn’t turn into Beyonce. History would have always documented ‘Beyonce-ness‘ no matter where or when it was.

Somehow I was picked to be a cheerleader for the Cowansville Colts team and some of the mothers took our waist measurements for our pleated white skirts being teamed up with a blue sweatshirt. Of course there were mandatory oversize white bloomers that looked like they came from granny’s underwear selection. There is no doubt that my waist measurement was as big as my dreams, but no one said anything about it. The first game was to be held at the Bernard Street ball park which was just around the corner from my home on Albert Street. This was the place in town that everyone in Cowansville went to– from baseball in the summer to a huge skating rink in the winter. If you were involved in any kind of local sports this was sports central in town.

All week long we practised at the ballpark with cheers I can only find on Google now from some game in Pennsylvania in 1959. But, even though I will be 70 this year I can still remember every word of those cheers and the moves. Granted, if you ask me what I did 10 minutes ago, I can’t remember, but ask me to recite those cheers and I can replicate them- without leg movements though. Coordination is now gone with the wind.

That summer we cheered at games in Cowansville, Knowlton, Sutton etc.– and at the end of each game I went from well kept cheerleader to looking like an apocalyptic disaster trying to cheer this team on to win. But, win they did not. In two minutes and thirty seconds at half time of each game we tried to make the team understand what we gals with the pretty white bows in our hair wanted. But, our cheers never seemed to catch on.

In 1962, may it be recorded, the Cowansville Colts only won one game– the last one, and the next summer of 1963 I was shipped off to Seattle, Washington as my mother had died that year. The Beatles suddenly replaced cheerleading in my life and when I returned home in August I wanted nothing to do with football or white pleated skirts. 

I guess that summer of 1962 was all about trying to be successful in what you dream about and especially losing the fear of failure. You have to start somewhere, and maybe that push in cheerleading led me up to touching Paul McCartney’s hair at the Edgewater Inn in Seattle in 1963– or having the nerve to sit outside Alice Cooper’s house in Greenwich, Conn. All I knew was that I had figured out that no matter what you look like: If you are chubby, short or tall, it just doesn’t matter. In reality the best cheer in the world is to cheer somebody else up- remember the power is never given to you– you just have to take it!

Bring it on!

From Ville de Cowansville on facebook

Le Yamaska 19 sept 1962

Les Frontenacs de Farnham ont défait les Colts de Cowansville, en dernière minute, ce fut une surprise avec un record définitif de 21 à 19.

Cowansville – Dans une finale surprise, les Frontenacs de Farnham se sont arrangés pour faire le toucher gagnant sur les Colts de Cowansville qui joueront fortement jusqu’à la fin de la partie ou les Frontenacs ont fait le dernier toucher pour ainsi gagner la partie. Il était apparent que près des dernières minutes, la ligne défensive de Cowansville éyait affaiblie considérablement et le champ arrière de Farnham usa d’un peu de stratégie pour enserrer tout les points gagnants. Les Colts dans le 1er quart, marquèrent 6 à 0, dans le 2ème, 7 à 6, et dans le troisième, 19 à 15. Mais à la fin, les Colts ne semblèrent pas capable d’avancer assez pour rester à côté de la marge d’un toucher.

Bien que cela soit un autre désappointement pour les Colts qui venaient juste de manquer une défaite avec les Larks de Knowlton, la semaine dernière, les Colts joueront la semaine prochaine pour une première partie de semi-finale, la première qui se tiendra à Knowlton, samedi prochain le 15 septembre. La deuxième partie se tiendra à Cowansville, la semi-finale sera le total des points de séries entre les deux clubs. Le gagnant des semi-finale jouera en première place avec les Frontenacs de Farnham dans un 2 de 3. Les points d’aujourd’hui ont été comptés pour Cowansville par : M. Laliberté (13), D. Peacock (21), ayant chacun un touché, et P. Jordan entra un point qui fut un succès. Pour Farnham se furent G. Harrison (31), un touché, R. Tarte (25) deux touchés, D. Racine (27) et H. Takeda eurent un et deux points respectivement.

Les majorettes des Colts appuièrent parfaitement leur club comme celles de Farnham qui sont bien organisées. M. H. Dubois de Montréal arbitre du QRFU arbitait la partie avec l’aide de Dick Ferris de Farnham et de Rupert Dobbin de Sweetsburg. M. E. Viens de Cowansville prenait les minutes et M. Ray Tétreault de Farnham était le correcteur de celles-ci. Les jeunes adeptes du football sont invités à aller à Knowlton pour les semi-finales dans la cours de l’école anglaise.

Venez supporter votre club local.

Le Yamaska 17 oct 1962

Dans la ligue Brome-Missisquoi Junior les jeunes représentants de Farnham ont terminé en beauté leur saison en remportant la grande finale aux dépens des Larks de Knowlton par le compte de 24 à 19. See Less

— with Jacques Giard.


Jacques Giard

Un appelle à tous…. Si vous avez des photos ou autres articles des ces ligues de football… Pourriez vous poster le tout ici…Je fais une recherche sur le football et son histoire dans la région…Merci

Born in Almonte- Don Young

Born in Almonte- Don Young
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 May 1975, Sat  •  Page 32

  • Name: Dr. Don Young
  • Hall of Fame: 9/17/1998
  • Inducted as: ATHLETE
  • McGill Career: 1928-1935
  • Bio:Dr. Donald Alexander Young was born on Feb. 15, 1907 in Almonte, Ont., and attended Lisgar Collegiate.  At the age of 18, he won the first of two Grey Cups with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1925 and 1926. He entered McGill in 1928 and over the next seven years, lettered 13 times out a possible 14 before graduating from the faculty of medicine in 1935.One of the greatest team players in McGill sports history, the 6-foot-2, 208-pounder was a seven-time all-star at flying wing and quarterback, including the 1932 season when he was the only collegiate player voted by reporters to The Canadian Press east all-star team.Young was the football team’s first three-time captain (1931-33) and led the Redmen to a Yates Cup championship in 1928.  In basketball, he was a star centre, captaining the team in 1930 and leading McGill to five Dodd’s Cup city championships and four intercollegiate titles between 1930 and 1935.A June 15, 1936 article in The Montreal Star stated that:”Montreal’s greatest post-war athletic figure leaves Montreal on July 1st after 8 remarkable years in this City… Donald A. Young leaves … to take up new duties at the Ottawa Civic Hospital.. Young became McGill’s most dominating athletic figure, a keen, hard playing sportsman admired by all.  Dr. Young will take with him to his new post the goodwill and best wishes of thousands of the McGill followers.  He won a little, lost a little, took his bumps and gave them.  His place in McGill’s athletic hall of fame is secure.  His progress in the bigger game that starts on July 1st will be watched with interest by all.”On the eve of his last football game at McGill, a Nov. 9, 1934 article in The McGill Daily stated:”… another factor which should make the game one not to be missed by any conscientious McGill fan is the fact that tomorrow, one of the greatest figures that Canadian intercollegiate football has ever known, bids farewell to the game whose finest principles he has so nobly upheld.  Don Young is the man.  He has played 7 years for the Martlet and no one can be said to have given his all more unselfishly and loyally than the lad who joined the Red ranks… and almost from his first appearance on the Molson Stadium gridiron, proved the same defensive bulwark and offensive gun which has been his water-mark through the years.”He was a member of McGill Athletics Board in 1931 and 1932, served as a major in World War II with Canadian Army Medical Corps and was awarded the Order of the British Empire. Young was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1970.  He died in Ottawa on March 2, 1988.HonoursSigned by a pro team (1926 M.A.A.A (CRFU))-signed by Canada’s Rugby/Football Union’s Ottawa
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 May 1975, Sat  •  Page 32

Football Night in Carleton Place 1955 1959

Football Night in Carleton Place 1955 1959


 Meet the CPHS Senior Boy’s Football team of 1948! This slightly bedraggled group were the E.O.S.S.A. champions that year. Thank you Gordon MacNabb for the photograph!
Front row (left to right)
Art Evoy, Bob Gladish, Bob Dunlop, Bob Bryce, Garry Patterson, Martin Howard, Murray Sadler, Dave Anderson

Second Row
Sandy McCuan, Ted Pierce, Michel Findlay, Don Napier, Doug Brown,Bill Findlay, Bill Bennett, Gordon McNabb, Chris Findlay

Back Row
Lewis Levy, Keith Hamilton, Ray Chambers, Mac Camelon, Gordon Taber, Delmar Dunlop, Warren Churchill, Jack Hastie

Coach: Joe Kennedy (standing beside Art Evoy)



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  16 Nov 1955, Wed,  Page 26

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  16 Nov 1955, Wed,  Page 26



Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.



Whole Lot of Shakin Goin’ On—The CPHS High School Football Reunion 1987

Carleton Place High School–“Running CPHS Bears” 1948

CPHS High School Commencement 1956– Who Do You Know?

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Memories of Almonte by the Commonfolk Part 2

Memories of Almonte by the Commonfolk Part 2

There isn’t much I can’t find– it takes a bit — but I came across these notations from an Almonte.com Almonte.com WordPress site. I thought people would like to share or add to these memories. Most of these are from 2010-2014.. More to come–Please note I have left them as they were written.

Now on Best of Days Out in Ontario



Does anyone remember the fire in Almonte that took the life of 4 little Cole children,if so can you remember what year it was ?
Submitted by margaret robillard-box-– From Smiths Falls on Sunday, October 4, 2009




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal05 May 1965, WedPage 5

Please see separate posting of Cole family fire below

Looking for a very good friend of mine i knew very well back in the late 40’s and early 50’s/ Her name was Elizabeth Shaw.. Her father was working at one of the woolen mills in Almonte back then.If anyone has any info plse give me a shout. thanks again Des Julian
Submitted by Des Julian From Sudbury Ontario on Tuesday, September 15, 2009



My dad, Don Maxwell was from Almonte. He was the son of Martin and Barbara (Babby) Maxwell. I remember visiting the town as a kid and riding the horse drawn milk truck. My dad met my mom in Almonte in the late forties. He was engaged to a girl from Ireland he had met during the war but saw my mom who was doing her student teaching at the high school and that was it. I love going back… a gorgeous valley town.
Submitted by Janet From Kingston on Monday, September 14, 2009


Almonte is a town of friendly people with big caring hearts, a smile goes a long way.
Submitted by Wayne Spinks From Hopetown,Ontario on Friday, September 11, 2009



Photo from Almonte.com

I was born in Almonte at Rosamond Memorial Hospital in 1945, and spent the first year of my life in the Almonte Town Hall. My grandfather, Albert Ashfield, was the town custodian, and my Mom and I stayed there while my Dad was overseas.
Submitted by Sharon (Curry) Hollingsworth— From Halifax NS on Tuesday, September 1, 2009




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal11 Oct 1949, TuePage 22

I was born in 1952 spent 2 years of my life in Almonte 1959 and 1960 and they are by far my fondest memories of my childhood. I lived across the street from the catholic church in a white house on Bridge street. I truly loved to see the pictures on this sight. My neighbor was an older lady by the name of Mrs.H. Martin whom i still have a little book she gave me The upper room. My sister patti was crowned queen in 1960 at the ice arena for what i am not sure.My best friends were to different girls one was Bonnie and her father owned a bowling alley that burned down and linda in my class in grade 2.We all got class pictures in grade 2 with our separate photos on one sheet I am the first picture top left. Does anyone out there remember the R.C.M.P. series that was on t.v. at the time? Well this has been great fun. Oh just one more thing in the memory we went to the Anglican church and Canon Meakin was the pastor at that time. Thanks so much for this sight who ever started it. it has given me lots of joy about my favorite memories and that town. Submitted by maureen johnson on Tuesday, August 18, 2009




While sitting watching the puppet parade go by today (August 8, 2009) we noticed a VR carved up at the top of the old post office building on Mill St.Does anyone know what those initials stand for???  Submitted by Richard Merrill Haney From Ottawa,Canada on Saturday, August 8, 2009


That would almost certainly stand for “victoria regina”, meaning Queen Victoria; those were her given initials during much of her reign. Submitted by Brent Eades From Almonte on Saturday, August 8, 2009



Photo from Almonte.com

Hi Almonte. recently I found the film that was made in Almonte back in 1950. called “Our Town is The World. it sude brought back some memories.. being that i was one of the young people in the movie.i manage to purchase it thru the NFB. and have watched it many times..For those who are interested you can find it at the NFB. website..
Submitted by Des Julian  From sudbury ontario on Sunday, June 28, 2009



The Millstone Church Street School

It’s always good to come back to this site… next best thing to being there in Almonte. Getting back to one’s roots is good medicine for the soul. It’s been 40 years since our family moved from Almonte, but it still gives me goosebumps every time I come into town. And I always make a point to drive by Church St. School, and our old home up on Hope St.
Submitted by Frank Blakeley From Peterborough, ON on Wednesday, June 10, 2009




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal21 Dec 1950, ThuPage 20

I read in one of your local papers that Almonte will get a Junior B Hockey Team next year.I was remembering the Almonte Bombers from the 1950/1951 season.They played against Smith Falls,Perth,Carleton Place,Renfrew and Arnprior.I believe that most of the players were from Ottawa.Some of the last names that I remember were,Hughes,Dinardo,Schroader and Lombardo.Does anyone have any memories of this team,were there any Almonte players?What was the logo and team colours?Do you remember any of the other players?The team played their home games at the old rink.My father ran the concession stand for a few years,his name was Bill Miller.My brother Terry and Donnie Peterson used to clean the ice during the first and second period.Any one have a few memories of this Almonte Team Submitted by Tom Miller — From British Columbia on Sunday, June 7, 2009


My connection to Almonte goes back to my Great grandparents, Carter and Vaughan
Submitted by Tom Carter  From Elliot Lake, On on Thursday, May 14, 2009



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal12 May 1939, FriPage 20

I would welcome any information on a Andrew Elliot who I believe died there on 24/1/1943. He was married to Barbara Gray. He was my great-uncle.Regards to All There
Submitted by Pete Boyd From Scotland on Wednesday, May 13, 2009



Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)




Memories of Almonte by the Commonfolk

221 Facebook Shares!! Memories of Almonte update– Don Andrews and Mrs. Scholar

Tragedy of the 60s — Cole Family Fire

Kate Upton Won’t be Washing Your Mercedes Canada – Zoomers


Kate Upton Won’t be Washing Your Mercedes Canada – Zoomers.



“Over six million people have watched the Kate Upton’s Super Bowl commercial on YouTube. If you are a Canadian citizen and have a tin foil hat hooked up to your television in Toronto you might be able to catch the signals for the Super Bowl commercials from Buffalo. Once again Canadians who are already deprived of Hulu and are connected to the Canadian Comedy Network instead of Comedy Central are subjected to Canadian feeds only for the Super Bowl. Of course we just got Kindle a few weeks ago, so maybe these Canadian content  rules will lighten up.”