And the Power Went Out — A Vintage Flashback


On Wednesday, a Hydro poll was hit on Victoria Street earlier in the afternoon, and power was not restored until 930 PM. As I drove down Bridge Street after dark it was so eerie to see one side of the main street lit up, and the other sitting in the dark. I felt for the 500 residents that were without power, and the businesses that lost half a day of business.


Photo by Ryan Gard- Carleton Place Social Scene

It reminded me of an incident I took pictures of from the files of Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum months ago. In February of 1975, it was reported in the Carleton Place Canadian that Carleton Place and the surrounding district was without power on that Monday in February due to a school bus hitting a hydro pole on the Ramsay Township 8th line. The accident occurred on a regular morning pickup of students going to school in Almonte.


Alan Thompson of R. R. 3 Carleton Place skidded on the snow packed road, slid into the ditch and came to rest on the hydro pole. There were no serious injuries, but the kids were shaken up. Damage to the bus was around $200, but repairs to the pole would be about $1000. The hydro crews arrived quickly but had a task ahead of them with many wires down on the ground. The freezing weather hampered repairs, but service was soon restored.


About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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