A Face of Dignity –With a Little Help From Our Friends



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“This is what respect and dignity look like for our Food Bank clients – it is always all about choice. We are seeing feelings of shame and failure replaced with smiles and hope.”

Karen Lomas, BOD Chair-Lanark County Food Bank

The Great Veggie Grow Off Kick Off & Open House was yesterday, Sunday, May 1, which featured an open house featuring their renovations and updated “self-serve” model.
The 3rd Annual Great Veggie Grow-Off Kick Off  coincided with the Lanark County Food Bank Open House. What the heck is that? That would be the friendly competition between gardeners in Beckwith, Carleton Place, & Mississippi Mills, to see which community can donate the most produce to the food bank over the summer.


Clients get to choose their groceries. A LOT LESS waste and a LOT MORE dignity and empowerment for our people.


Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.


Everyone stayed calm into the drizzle to wait for the speeches.


Carleton Place Deputy Councillor Jerry Flynn



Emcee and LCFB Vice Chair David Hinks



I prefer ‘butter- no parsnips”— but the first round of GVGO goes to Mississippi Mills – bringing in winter parsnips. Not sure it should count toward 2016, or should it?


Mississippi Mills mayor Shaun McLaughlin and Louis Antonakos – Carleton Place Mayor.



Jack Hinton and Glennis Harwig (of Mississippi Mills Neighbourhood Tomato) from Neighbourhood Tomato




Plant a Garden to Believe in tomorrow—Front garden beds for edibles, sharing and learning. We plan to offer at least one workshop a week in the garden. Presenters/facilitators will be a mix of expert gardeners and food/cooking experts, utilizing volunteers from Horticultural Societies, Master Gardeners, the Public Health Unit and other knowledgeable cooks. The aim is to make the workshops as hands-on as possible so that participants will be weeding, transplanting or harvesting. Knowledgeable volunteers will attend so that they may work directly with and mentor participants.


Where raspberries grow there is hope.–Beds for the raspberries. Once ripe, free and available to whoever wants to pick.



New, friendlier moniker/nickname for our food bank (cheques still get made out to Lanark County Food Bank, if you were thinking of contributing)

Read more about this in the next issue of Hometown News


So What’s Coming Up?

Community BOGO Dinner, in support of Lanark County Food Bank (The Hunger Stop) – Prepared by Chef Roger Weldon of Generations Inn & Ottawa Senators, and Rob Carpenter, The Beckwith Butcher. Tuesday May 17, 4:30-7:00 PM @ St James Anglican Church, 225 Edmund St, Carleton Place. Buy One-Give One: your ticket purchase will be matched and also provide a ticket to a food bank client/family. Adults $25; Children (6-12) & Seniors $15; Families (max 2 adults) $75. Tickets available in advance only, at Lanark County Food Bank, The Granary & Beckwith Butcher in CP, Baker Bob’s & Dandelion Foods in Almonte; Cash or Cheque only. Fill your plate, and fill that of a food bank client too! For more info call Lanark County Food Bank, 613-257-8546.

Family Fun Day, in support of Lanark County Food Bank (The Hunger Stop) – Sunday May 29, 1-4:00 PM, Beckwith Recreation Complex, 1319 9th Line, Carleton Place. Come enjoy the trails, plus numerous activities for the whole family including Guided nature walks; Scavenger hunt; Facepainting; explore a pumper truck and a rescue vehicle courtesy of the Beckwith Fire Department; enjoy a BBQ hosted by the Knights of Columbus, Dr. J.F. Dunn Council #5153. No charge, all activities by donation, including BBQ. For more info call Lanark County Food Bank, 613-257-8546.


Lanark County Food Bank

5 Allan St
Carleton Place, ON K7C 1T1





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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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