Don’t Go Searching on Craigslist For a Family on Christmas…



Kory and his mum

I admit I wear my heart on my sleeve, and there is probably no one that watches more Christmas movies than I do. I know from a personal standpoint that a good Hallmark cry now-and-again is a personal form of emotional cleansing–like last night after viewing a movie about a woman looking for a family to spend the holidays with  on Craigslist. In a world where there is so much sadness and so much to be afraid of, good things do happen to people–not only in Hallmark movies like My One Christmas Wish.



In this area if you are looking for a family to spend Christmas day with Kory Earle and the People First of Lanark County have you covered. Come enjoy Christmas at the Carleton Place Legion, and even Santa Claus will be showing up at 1:30. From 11 am to 4 pm there will be food, music, and most of all, a place to feel loved on the 25th.


If you are worried about lack of transportation –as in previous years, Buds Taxi is providing free transportation to and from the dinner in Carleton Place.  Meal delivery is also available, and anyone that can’t make it to the Legion for the dinner is invited to call (613) 451-0051 to have their meal delivered.

I know I am lucky – and I am sure most of us, no matter what, wouldn’t change ‘our people’ for the world. Like everyone else we have had our disagreements, but through it all we are family, and we stick with each other – through thick and thin. Whenever you need them, the people you call family will be there for you.

Go spend some quality time at the Legion with Kory and the crew.

Author’s Note–And may the internet give you comfort when your family gets a little out of whack this holiday season. After all– we have all become family….even if we are not related.

Calif. woman who tries to rent family via Craigslist gets so much more

My One Christmas Wish



Thanks to the Free Community Christmas Day Dinner Committee  all the folks and businesses like Valley Granite & Tile who have donated food and money.

The Skinny….

Celebrating 10 years of giving – the Free Christmas Day Dinner is back in Carleton Place— Lake 88

People First of Lanark County and the Free Community Christmas Day Dinner Committee are hosting the 10th annual Christmas day dinner at the Carleton Place Legion on Dec. 25.

The tradition started in 2006 and has been a success for the past 10 years feeding more than 1100 people since it started, involving 400 volunteers and 200 sponsors.

This year, the day-long event featuring live music is being held at the Carleton Place Legion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and as always, everyone is welcome!

Famous for coaxing smiles out of her listeners, Arlene Quinn will be sharing her voice and music at the gathering starting at 2:00 p.m.

“We even got a call from the North Pole that Santa Claus will appear at 1:30 p.m.,” said Earle.

Again as in previous years, Buds Taxi is providing free transportation to and form the dinner in Carleton Place.  Meal delivery is also available and anyone that can’t make it to the Legion for the dinner is invited to call (613) 451-0051 to have their meal delivered.

“So what are you doing on Christmas Day,  why not come along for the ride and join us… this fantastic event is open to everyone!” said Earle.

While we are at it……



As we get closer to Christmas Day we are short Hats and Mitts… Dollar Tree has a box setup where you can purchase it there and put it in box… Our thanks to the Dollar Tree and the Customers for there support and Donation… Dollar Tree has agreed to keep the Box until Friday December 23, 2016

We do accept Gently Used with thanks:) Please drop them off on the deck at 131 Santiago St Carleton Place

Lets ensure everyone is kept warm these holidays! Many Thanks




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


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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