Remembering Pakenham 1976- Do You Remember These Places?


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Author Unknown- If anyone knows please let us know.


Another year has rolled around

And so I take pen in hand

And try to compose another poem

About Pakenham our fair land.

We hope our theme is known far and wide

As I’m sure of it you often hear

For there’s something of interest in Pakenham

At any time of the year.

In summer we have celebrations

On mostly every occasion.

You can play ball or go swimming

Or just on the beach be lazing.

You might go see Wendy

And learn at her Eldercraft Shop

And at the new leathercraft store

Now don’t forget to stop.


You can cross our Five Span Stone Bridge

And get to Andrew Dickson’s studio and craft shop,

There you’ll find quilts, stained glass windows, and Pottery

But be sure you don’t let them drop.

Now in Pakenham you will find

You can get groceries at Scott’s or Mann’s

Get your hair done at Eleanor’s or Debbie’s

And get gas or oil at Langford’s or McCanns.

You can get your electrical supplies at Bradleys,

Your hardware at John Parish’s Store.

But if its eating you want to do

Why Chenier’s and Centennial have it galore.

There are other sources of business

In Pakenham all year.


A touch of the old as well as the new was presented at the Pakenham Craft Show. (19 May, 1976 – The Arnprior Guide)

And in case you think I’ve forgotten them,

I’ll try to name them here.

Go to Branje’s or Barr’s for your welding

For Plumbing and heating John Early or Deugo Bros. get

Travel by Barr’s own bus lines,

And Ed Coady’s lumber pro­ducts don’t forget.

There’s Scheel’s butcher where they sell steaks and roasts

There’s a good fire hall next door of which we often boast,

We have a fine library where you can get good reading

And cross the corner is the Dr’s office sometimes you might be needing.

There’s the Royal Bank on the main street

Our fine school where the children are bused to and fro

The Council Chambers on the corner,

And to Berry’s for feed you might go.


There’s Wood’s fleet of trucks

Which draw cattle far and near

And right beside it is Stewart House

While there you may have no fear.

Peter Lehman has moved out of the village

To a new home fairly near,

But don’t you worry folks

Because he still sells John Deere

There may be a few I have left out,

Now I didn’t intend it you hear?

But if I have forgotten you,

I’ll try to remember next year.

We’re so proud of our fair village

Where there’s nothing but good will,


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And you may worship at St. Andrews ,

Or St. Marks or Peter Celestine on the hill.

Now if it’s sports you have a liking to

There’s the curling rink where you might raise your hopes,

And if that doesn’t entice you,

You might go to Mount Pakenham ‘s slopes.

Now this time of year is really important here

As each one rushes on his ways,

There’s an awful hustle and bustle

As it’s Winter Carnival Days­–

There’s so much activity in ten short days,


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Be it skating, dancing or skidooing trips.

Contest for Miss Pakenham and Lumber Jacks and suppers

The pace would nearly make you flip.

This started out to be a short poem

I got carried away, that’s clear

But remember there’s “Something of interest in Pakenham”

At any time of the year. M. L.

No one seems to know for sure what people want these days, except that they won’t accept a cent less.

This photo of Scoops is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News

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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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