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.

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

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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.

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

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Carleton Place Deputy Councillor Jerry Flynn

 

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Emcee and LCFB Vice Chair David Hinks

 

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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?

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

 

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

 

 

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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.

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

 

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

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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

613-257-8546

 

 

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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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