Here Comes the Sun! The Townships Sun




Ever since I began writing about Lanark County– which is a hop skip and jump west of the Ottawa region I have discovered many fellow ex-pats from the Eastern Townships in Quebec.

The day I went hunting for information about a headstone belonging to William Davis that had been kept in a basement and ended up at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum was THE day that confirmed to me that there was quite the percentage of Eastern Townshippers in Lanark County.

Gary Leach, the warden of the St. James Church of England, in Franktown, Ontario took my Tilting the Kilt book to put in the church lending library. Within 48 hours I had calls from former townshippers wanting to know where they could get my book on Cowansville High School. This year I have had many requests from folks in my county to write about the townships, so I try to do one every few days. Of course not all of them will be straight-lace historical as I believe you need to be entertained to read and remember.

Barbara Heath, senior editor of The Townships Sun, saw my stories on the People From the Eastern Townships Facebook page and asked to print some of them. I don’t have to tell you I was honoured to be published in this little magazine that could that publishes 9 times a year. I write to share and I believe sharing with everyone will enrich everyone’s knowledge.

The Townships Sun is a small publication (since 1972) and they are not online, so if you decide to forgo a few Tim Horton’s treats this week sign up for a subscription to this wonderful little magazine. I am all about helping as you well know, and if you want to support  this little Eastern Townships magazine–the subscription rates are below.

Lanark County and the Eastern Townships both have scenery that will take your breath away and offer many road trips that lead to incredible vistas and historic villages. Lanark County and the Eastern Townships both promise many memories to take home.



Want to know about The Eastern Townships? Click here

Want to know more about Lanark County? Click here



Subscribing to The Townships Sun means getting convenient, to-your-door delivery of the magazine that delivers a compelling portrait of life in one of the most beautiful regions in the world — nine times a year!

It’s also a way to support a decades-old tradition of great journalism, keen insight, and a commitment to the culture of an English-speaking community that dates back hundreds of years.

For a one-year subscription, send a check or money order for $25 ($30 USA)  to:

The Townships Sun
P.O. Box 28
Sherbrooke, QC  J1M 1Z3

Be sure to include your name and home address!

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The Townships Sun (since 1972) is part of the QCNA

The Quebec Community Newspapers Association (QCNA) is dedicated to the professional and economic development of English community newspapers and their enterprises serving minority communities in Quebec. Recognized as the official representative of Quebec’s official language community newspapers by the federal and provincial governments, the public, and by the vast majority of Quebec’s community press whether independent, corporate, or not for profit, the QCNA is as unique as the members it serves. The association’s English and bilingual publications distribute weekly, biweekly, monthly and daily to some 770,000 readers across the province. These publications serve an exclusive English and bilingual readership in their communities through their focus on relevant local news and high editorial-to-advertising ratio. In fact, three out of five English-speaking residents read their local community newspaper.

The Quebec Community Newspapers Association provides advocacy, government representation, marketing and promotion for Quebec’s community newspapers and, among other things, highlights newspaper challenges in official language markets and provides possible solutions and establishes partnerships that will benefit members and the association.


Lanark County’s own former Eastern Townshipper Mac Knowles.


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 and now in The Townships Sun





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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