Constable George McDonald — The Fearless Mermaid of Carleton Place?

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In 1965 Carleton Place Constable George McDonald became known as the Lloyd Bridges of Carleton Place in the newspapers. Reminiscent of the  popular TV show Dragnet, George was chasing a car through town. Suddenly, the driver stopped on the bridge which spans the Mississippi River and chucked his evidence over the edge. What was it?

Drugs?

Stolen Property?

Nope, it was a full case of beer. A 2-4 to be exact!

Undaunted, fearless George borrowed a pair of leaky hip waders and carefully made his way through the chilly waters to reclaim the evidence. No mention of where the liquid goods went after that–or if Lloyd Bridges called to use the story for the TV show Sea Hunt!

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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  1. Hi Linda: It is me again Donald Lee I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your articles great writing and it must take a lot of research keep up the good work.

    • Donald– thank you.. I don’t think people realize that I spend 5-6 hours a day doing this 7 days a week and then I think about history the rest of the time LOL ( I prefer the word focused over obsessed:).. If you go to the go to the Lanark County Genealogical FB page there are 15 new items a day and about 6 on The Tales of Carleton Place– So you can see how my brain works. I do it so young kids using a media device years from now can click on something and go “wow” that is kind of interesting..:) Well let’s hope anyways..:) Then I get this very kind email from you and smile. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to comment. You have no idea..:) Thank you

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