Maybe We Should Film Oak Island in Carleton Place? The Day the Money Disappeared



It’s been more than 220 years, and treasure hunters on Oak Island (Nova Scotia) still don’t know what they’re looking for. Speculation has ranged from pots of pirate gold, to Shakespeare’s manuscripts or even the treasures of the Knights Templar.

In Carleton Place a lost treasure was finally dug up in 1995 that had been buried for almost 2 years. It took over a week with lots of men and machinery to find this treasure. What was it? Well—I had to read the article three times to believe it. But, it’s not a yarn, and every single word was documented in the Carleton Place Canadian of 1995.

The renovations to the Carleton Place District and Memorial Hospital emergency had been finally completed, but they had to find the money to pay for it. After a long search the buried cache of HeartBeat was finally uncovered by “The Pirates of Carleton Place” beside the hospital. That’s right- BURIED beside the hospital. C’mon, lads, shiver me timbers!

Two years previous our very own Captain Jack Sparrow,  Reverend Hill fought against the provincial health ministry who wanted to use those HeartBeat funds. But, the swashbucklers/the local fundraisers were dead against it. Instead of putting the money in the bank Captain Jack/Reverend Hill buried it right on the spot where the addition was supposed to have been built. Come show me how ye bury yer treasure, lad!



Reverend Hill had promised the citizens of Carleton Place that their money was going to be used to improve the hospital and not anything the Health Ministry wanted. But there was a slight hitch now reclaiming this money– they couldn’t remember where they had buried it. So they brought in a crew and dug until they found it. Brwaack! Polly want a cracker?

What was left after they found it? Merely dozens of holes on the Lake Ave East property as a reminder of what a quadrennium the HeartBeat committee had been in. A very relieved Hospital CAO Bob Dahl said the way the interest rates were the money was probably better off buried. How long had it taken to find that money? A crew had been brought in Saturday morning and aided by former Mayor Melba Barker, Hill and a slew of nervous committee members they uncovered the cache 4 days later on a Wednesday morning. Thank goodness all hope was not abandoned!


You can always trust the untrustworthy because you can always trust that they will be untrustworthy. Its the trustworthy you can’t trust. – Captain Jack Sparrow

Photos from the Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum








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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