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|Your Isle Madame site is magnificent. I can't
thank you enough for giving this to us. Your idea was great, but
the finished product is really unique. Everything
...the houses, old and new. the skies, water scenes, land and
even the roads with the grass showing are done with such loving care.
It captures the essence of the area....the quiet , peaceful and beauty
of the whole island,
my aunt's abandoned farm and our crazy tricolor Acadian boat on Old Wharf Road, Poulamon.. It is a Masterpiece!!!!
I sent your website to my two sisters and three cousins and friends. They are all so thankful for your time and effort. I belong to the Isle Madame Listserv. It would like to tell the Listserv about it. Many have already visited the island and many more might come.
Olive LeBlanc Dawson
Name: Heather Slade
Name: Phyllis A. Duffy
Location: Haverhill, MA
Comments: Great fotos of Isle Madame! I had the pleasure of visiting
the island in the summer of 2003 seeking my Acadian roots. My maternal
great grandmother was from Arichat and I felt lured to Isle Madame
because of that newly discovered link and also because it was love at first
sight when I spotted it on a map. Great site! Learned about it from
Name: Benny Britten
Location: Beaver Bank N.S.
Comments: Born and raised at Poirierville, son of Harold and Aggie.
Name: Arlene MacDonald
Location: Sydney, N.S.
Comments: Thank you so much, Godfrey, for sharing the wonderful pictures of Isle Madame with us. It is a tour of the island, really, to be able to remember the folks who live or lived within the walls of those homes, and to pause for a while to drink in the beautiful scenery. A great deal of planning and time must have gone into this project, but the end result is fantastic, and has brought so much joy to so many people, those of us who know and love the island and visit as often as possible, as well as those who have not yet had the pleasure. Thanks again and God bless.
Name: dick thibeau
Location: halifax/poulamon in summer
Comments: great photos. must have been a lot of work.
Thanks for posting pages 9 and 33 - much appreciated to be sure. .
I did not realize until Olive told me, that you are the son of Doris Landry and the late Omer LeBlanc. See your mother mostly every time I go to Isle Madame. She looks wonderful.
Name: Bob Martell
Location: Naples Florida
Comments: Great Pictures!
Name: charlie&bernadette hearn
E-Mail: charlie firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: real nice ,sent it to my sisterin new brunswick she loved
it hadn't seen some of the places for years
Comments: Great place,good people
Name: Teddy Poirier
Comments: nice web site see you next trip home
Name: Rene' (Pete) Boudreau
Location: Middleboro, Massachusetts
Comments: Great Pictures.
Location: Hermosa Beach, CA
Comments: I was born in Poulamon, so I really enjoyed all the photos
of the area. You have made a very interesting web site. I
Name: Naomi Fougere
Location: Poulamon N.S.
Comments: YOU DID A FANTASTIC JOB TAKING ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS, JUST WONDEFUL AND TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THEM WITH EVERYONE IS JUST GREAT.
Name: Kenny &Linda Boudreau
Comments: Nice pictures, a lot of work
Name: Doris Leblanc
Location: D'Escousse, Cape Breton
Name: Maggie Thomas
Location: hamilton, ontario
Comments: Looks wonderfully peaceful! great web site.
Name: Maurice Landry (Moe)
Comments: This is pretty awesome keep up the good work,(whoever you
Name: Beatrice LeBlanc
Comments: Hi GJ:
Name: Shirley and Bob Carpenter
Location: Topsham, Maine
Name: SHERI SAMSON
Location: WEST ARICHAT, ISLE MADAME, NS
Comments: Wow!!It is beautiful to see all the homes in Isle Madame...I
did notice that not all of West Arichat is there...because that is where
I live now and my home is not photgraphed. But, it is beautiful.
Thank you to the photographer. This is a nice keepsake for those who live
Name: Tim Laplante
Location: Paradise, NS
Comments: Excellent site. Originally from Poulamon and born in Arichat. Great to be able to relate to some of the homes.
Comments: I would like to know where u find the time to take pictures of everyone's home on the island, Are u not suppose to get permission to do something like that? All I hope is that this doesn't have to do with DIMA..
You did not leave an email address so the only way I can get back to you is by adding this footnote to your letter.
I do not know who DIMA is but if they are, as I suspect, some government organization or insurance company that is out to screw you, they will do it without any help from me. If it is an insurance company the only way to control them is to unite as a community. If you can get enough people together you can bargain with different companies that will give you some advantage. If fact you could probably form a co-op insurance group.
The pictures that I have on the website are to small to be of much value to commercially interested individuals. All pictures were taken from publicly accessible locations so if anyone wanted them they would have already been taken, and you would never know about it. It would be as simple as driving through a community with a movie camera sticking out a car window and the island could be photographed in one afternoon. Then they would charge you if you wanted to see them or would keep them secret.
The only way to remember "the way things were" in the past is to record "how they is". As the present becomes fades into the past we forget information is lost. I am hoping that people will write in the guest book and share part of the life and memories of one of the most beautiful places on earth.
These pictures are for those who enjoy it, as many do if you look at the comments. People who may live far away, those who are in the December of their life, people who have visited the area or have friends in the area and more. People who want to remember or reminisce or want to show their children the communities of their ancestors
Their are a few comments from the guest book that makes the time spent
of the website worth it.
Thank you for your letter Gizmo. If their are pictures that you or anyone
would like removed please let me know.
Name: Henry Doyle
Webmaster Comment: Hello Henry
Name: Denis and Jacquie Theriault
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Comments: Hello Godfrey,
What can we say but WOW! Thank-you for sharing your gift with the rest of us. It was wonderful to see pictures of my husband's aunt's and uncle's homes, Denis' Mémé and Pépé's old homestead in Boudreauville, and our cottage in Poirierville!
Makes me count the days for vacation when we're back in God's country.
Godfrey, thanks again, you gave us many hours of pleasure, and whenever we need a little pick-me-up, we can visit your site.
Take care Godfrey, and to anyone who has never seen beautiful Isle Madame, start making your vacation plans now, but be warned you'll never want to leave!!
Denis and Jacquie Theriault
Name: joe dewolf
Location: billerica ma. usa
E-Mail: patsyjoe25@earthlink .net
Comments: Great Pictures I grew up right across from the Poirierville
warf I also have land in Poirierville
Name: Harold Martell
Location: Lochside Rd.
Comments: Just wondered if you could do a update photo of pic. Im-1798JpG
as it was too dark and you could not see our home..and if real estate starts
to climb I would like to have a good photo on your web...thanks harold.&
Name: Wanda Edwards
Location: Now Lake Echo - from Pondville
Comments: I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful website. The pictures are wonderful, it must have taken an awful long time. My children thought it was great to see Pondville Beach on the internet... Thanks again.
Name: Nancy Barry( Bellefontaine)
Comments: Descendant of Arthur and Lilly Dorey Janvrins Island
Name: Darlene DeCoste
Location: Calgary, AB
Comments: Hey fellow Islanders... You're making me homesick with all the beautiful pictures... You've done a beautiful job capturing the natural beauty of our Island... It would really be nice to have pictures of the people (family and friends) who still live there posted on your website... I grew up in Poirierville, daughter of Anna DeCoste. Attended many Rockybay/D'Escousse Hall dances... Say hi to my sister Carolyn/Charmane DeCoste. Thanks for the memories...
I stumbled onto your site while web-surfing, and what a beautiful surprise!
It was wonderful to see all the pictures of homes on Isle Madame, and just
as they looked when we last visited, in summer 2004. Thank you so
much for all your hard work in preserving the history of the island through
your photographs! My husband and I and our 2 young daughters first
visited Isle Madame in the summer of 2002, staying for a week in Silver
Donald Cameron's rental cottage in Poirierville. From day one, we
fell in love with the island's beauty, history and people. We felt
such sorrow at leaving at the week's end that we returned later in the
summer to purchase our own little piece of Isle Madame. We've been
told that the old house on the property is unsalvageable, so we hope to
build a new one someday in the meadow to the right of the house in your
Thomas & Debra Pulaski
Name: Matilda Joyce-Goyetche
Comments: Hello G.J.,
Location: Isle Madame
Comments: Although your intentions may be good I feel that there may be a bit too much information with this format. Peoples names & civic #s are posted along with the picture of their house. There may be some people who do not want this posted for all the world to see. I feel that people should have been given the option. That would be a major undertaking but then again so was the rest of this site.
Webmaster Comment: Thank you for your letter of concern. No one has asked to remove any information but I have had some who wish more information to be added or updated or to have clearer pictures of their homes or to have their home added to the site. Civic numbers are not listed on the site. If anyone would like their pictures removed they have only to say which information or picture they wish removed and it will be. You did not ask me to remove your house so I asume that you basically think this project has some value. As you can see from the comments people are really enjoying the work that was put into making this site. This site is costing me money to keep up and I do not make money from it so I may not be keeping it up for long anyway.
Comments: this site was awesome my friends and i are working on a french
project in french class on Isle Madame and we we going to go out and take
picture of all the tourist attractions on our Island but know we don't
have to because we found this site.
Webmaster Comment: Thank you for taking the time to write. Hope you do well on your French project.
Name: EARL PETTIPAS
Comments: Hello G.J. Long time since I heard from you.Heard you are in Yarmouth..Thanks a lot for the lovely pictures of the Island..I see your mom, when I go home from time to time..She is still doing well, and looks great. Thanks again and best wishes..Earl
Hi Earl: Hope things are well with you. GJ
Name: George Hearn
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Comments: THANK YOU: I believe and imagine that these pictures of the
island will give me many years to think about. Every picture of every page
have opened memories press between pages of my mine forever. Thank You
Hello George; Thanks
for you letter. Glad you enjoy the site. GJ
Name: Bev & Leo Boudreau
Location: Grandique Road
Comments: Nice Photo's of Isle Madame. It was nice to see our house
Name: Alan, Caroline & Mark McHugh
Location: Newtownards, N.Ireland
Comments: Hi, our friends Wayne & Jen Gleave of Highway 320 Poulemon told us about the site. Had a look around and it brought back a lot of lovely memories of our visit last year. Hi to Naomi & Willard Fougere, Lionel, Laura & family and everyone who made us feel so welcome. Hope to see you all next year (except the guy who smashed up our hire car at Wal Mart in Port Hawkesbury!!)
See yas soon!
Alan, Caroline & Mark
Name: John Poirier
Location: Bedford, NS
Comments: Well done, it is essential to document elements of our past
before the data is gone.
Name: MARK MAC DONNELL
Location: LANGPORT, ENGLAND
Comments: I've heard of altruism but you take the biscuit. My whole childhood comes roaring back in one huge, emotional wallop -= definitely added to favourites.
Name: Christine Babin
Location: West Arichat
Comments: love the website.
Name: Blair Savoury
Location: Lwr. Sackville N.S
Comments: love your pics kepping them for relatives to see and enjoy
sandy and ann mckenna
Name: Mary Alice [ Landry ] Doyle
Location: Louisdale N.S.
Comments: WOW....Wonderful web-site, Great pictures, Excellent Job....
MY HAT'S OFF TO YOU....This comes from a former Petit De Grat native and
it rekindles old memories......THANKS FOR A JOB WELL DONE.
Name: Darlene Paon
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Comments: Hi Guys:
Comments: What a wonderful web site...for me it was like walking down
memory lane! My mom was from P.D.G. and growing up, I spent nearly every
summer vacation In Petit de Grat with my aunts, uncles and cousins. So
many of the houses are exactly as I remember them! Jeanette Macleod
Name: Cecilia Poirier
Comments: Enjoyed the pictures of Isle Madame. What a great idea and
a wonderful reminder to those who are away what a wonderful Island we live
Comments: Beautiful pictures- why so many houses? A misplaced
Name: George Kehoe
Location: Rocky Bay
E-Mail: George Kehoe/SB-Strait@strait.ednet.ns.ca
Comments: Great job. Our Island is as good as it looks. Only a person
from Isle Madame could love enough to do such a thing. And DIMA stands
for Development Isle Madame. We are trying to help our people to continue
to live here.
From: "Norm" <email@example.com>
Subject: Napoleon "Paul" Arthur Fougere
Mr. Godfrey J. LeBlanc:
I enjoyed your Isle Madame website very much.
I was wondering if you could help me. My grandfather Napoleon "Paul" Arthur Fougere born 9-18-07 in Nova Scotia ( I believe in Cape Breton and maybe Isle Madame); his father was Simon Paul Fougere (born Nov. 9,1861 Died 1909); mother was Leonie-Lida Pertus.
I am trying to find out where my grandfather grew up.....which address; which house. I noticed on you website picture #113 says it was bought from Simon Fougere. I wonder if that was my great grandfather. Do you know of any one I could talk to about this?
I was born in Cap La Ronde. I find it interesting to see pictures of houses
from my old neighbourhood.
Name: lena samson
Location: Little Anse, Rich. Co.
Comments: Incredible pictures, you must have a lot of patience.
Name: Silver Donald Cameron
Comments: What a great site! Thanks so much, GJ.
Name: Paula Fougere
Location: Seabrook, New Hampshire
Comments: I have not been to my grandparent's house in Poulamon since
I was a child, so I appreciate the photo of it. We had a wonderful
time visiting and I thank you for the trip down "memory lane".
Name: Dick Poirier
Location: 529 West 42nd St. Apt 6D NY,NY
Comments: I am the grandson of Ina Burke Poirier of D'Escousse. She was married to Phillip Poirier of Poirierville. They emigrated to Boston in the early 1920s. My grandmother was a cousin of Eva Harding also of Boston. Eva's son was Uncle Tony, Anthony Harding of Wilmington,MA and somewhere on Isle Madame. I will be traveling through the area the first week of August. I have never visited the area before and am very excited to see where my dad's family (Richard Edgar Poirier) came from. I am just so taken with the history of the area and would love to learn more. Please contact me with any information or suggestions of where to stay and points of interest. Thanks so much, Dick Poirier
Name: Corinne (Forgeron) Peltier
Location: Campton, New Hampshire
Comments: It was wonderful looking at the pictures of "home". I will be visiting in a few weeks and I am looking forward to it!
Name: david boudreau
Location: hamilton, ontario
Comments: hey all the gang down there! im bored today and i was feeling a little homesick (for Nova Scotia) so i started looking for some pics online, finally i found some and now its a little better. anyways, thought id sign this cause someone might find it. anyways, talk to all you guys soon hopefully. bye
Name: Michelle Lescombe(Britten)
Location: Niagara Falls Ontario
Comments: Grandaugther of Harold and Agnes Britten, daughter of Ben
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