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Our crew is: Chief Pilot  - Vesta Stevenson
Chief Navigator  - Terry Baker

number 185      date Aug 3rd 1997

. Welcome to Jennie Hurley, retired  Manager, Marketing -
International and living in Beaconsfield,
on the West Island of Montreal.
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. Phil Pawsey sends us his bio -
Here is a short bio hoping that I may hear from some friends who
were in the same place at the same time.
RCAF 1942-45,Edmonton manning depot,Brandon manning depot,
# 3 Wireless School Winnipeg, AOS Ancienne Lorette, Graduated as
Navigator Wireless, Officer Training Calgary, Lachine, Bournemouth
Eng. Cambridge Flying School, GR course at Blackpool Eng.
War over, discharged at Calgary filling in a TCA application for a
Navigator position.
TCA/AC 1946-1983 Accepted as a Ground Radio Operator, course at
Winnipeg then Sydney NS, Asst Flt Dispatcher Moncton, Link Trainer
Instructor Toronto, Link Trainer Moncton and Dartmouth, Flt Ops
Ground School Instructor Montreal on Viscount and DC8's, Flight
Navigator DC8, Second Officer Supervisor B747, F/O B727(dubious
distinction of being oldest person to check out in right seat)
Back to B747 as S/O Supv. for pay purposes with retirement near.
Married in 1948 to Mary Beatty who was a teletype operator at YQM.
Four childern. Now live in a 1820 stone house on Ottawa River
about 6 miles east of Hawkesbury/Grenville.
Phil Pawsey.
Someone must have bumped into Phil during that long career! Try
him email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - eds)


. Keith Hadfield is a Pionair and on our mailing list and he also
writes articles. He sends this one from the
latest edition of Maturity, a Bank of Montreal
publication -

The biggest change ever to come to P.E.I. is the Fixed Link, the
Spud Connection, the Span of Green Gables -- alternative titles
for the official Confederation Bridge. Decades of debate preceeded
this vast undertaking, but the island which in 1864 hosted the
Charlottetown Conference, ultimately linking Canada as a nation
three years later, has now acquired the ultimate link of its own.
It never takes long, though, for talk of links in P.E.I. to turn
to golf. In a province that stretches a mere 275 kilometres
tip-to-tip, avid the golfers can and do manage to play two of the
Island's 12 the courses in same day.
Praised by golfing magazines, Brudenell, l River, and Links at
Crowbush Cove -- hosting the 1997 Canadian Amateur Championship --
are challenging enough without the added distractions of arresting
seascapes and crashing waves.
The south shore beaches along the Northumberland Strait boast the
warmest water north of Bermuda, but the renowned ones --
Cavendish, Brackley, Stanhope, and Dalvay -- string 40 kilometres
along the north shore. A match for Waikiki without the high-rise
backdrops, they are the biggest draw in the province's single
National Park, one of the country's smallest but second only to
Banff  in popularity. It embraces barrier ponds, woodlands, salt
marshes, sculpted dunes anchored by the marram grass that
flourishes in sand, and a varied wildlife including over 300
species of birds, like the endangered piping plover and the
symbolic great blue heron. At the Park's east end stands
Dalvay-by-the-Sea, a splendid country inn and the Island's only
seaside hotel. Constructed in 1895 by American oil industrialist
Alexander MacDonald, its Victorian elegance earned it a role as
the White Sands Hotel in television's "Road to Avonlea" series.
Of course, a building that is much more widely-recognized -- there
is s even a replica in Japan -- is the Green Gables House in
Cavendish. Home to cousins of Lucy Maud Montgomery's grandfather
in the mid-1800's, it provided the inspiration for her novel about
the plucky Island schoolgirl Anne Shirley, which has been
translated into more than 30 languages. Road signs in Japanese are
valid evidence that over 350,000 visitors from around the globe
come to this site each year to view firsthand the childhood world
of Canada's most famous fictional character.


. This might be the time to remind you golfers of the 1997 Air
Canada System Golf Tournament - where else but P.E.I.!
When: September 7, 8 & 9th
Where: Brundenell River Resort, Rosenheath, PEI
Fee: CA$290 golfers, CA$125 non golfers.
Includes (for golfers) -
3 days of golf with golf cart.
Welcome reception Sunday evening.
Monday evening BBQ.
Tuesday evening banquet & prize presentations.
Buffet breakfast 3 mornings.
Hospitality suite.
Closest-to-the-hole prize on par 3's.
Golf towel and bag tag.
Bus service Charletown to Brundenell and return.
Mailing addr: PO Box 67, Cardingan, PEI C0A 1G0
Tel: 1-800-565-7633 or Fax: (902) 652-2886.


. Interline stuff.

The Air Canada timetable on their web site was updated July 25th
and valid until Apr 4th 1998.

If you are in the UK during this month, you may be interested in
the Birdman competition held in the south coast town of
Eastbourne on Aug 17th as part of the Airbourne '97 Show,
Stuntmen wearing weird costumes or eccentric mechanical devices
leap off the town's historic pier hoping to fly. There is a
UKP1,000 for the longest flight and up to 50,000 people are
expected to view this event. -( Sort of makes you happy you plus
on Air Canada! - eds)
After that, head to Llanwrtyd Wells in mid-Wales, where the
12th annual Bog Snorkelling championship will take place on
Aug 25th. Hardy competitors don flippers and snorkel and attempt
to thrash through 55 metres of peat bog.
(Now that's down to earth - eds)


.  That's it for this time, please we need your input, send
comments and email addresses of any others who may be
interested to Vesta with a copy to Terry.

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