Shenanigans at the Hawthorne Mill?


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Heritage Carleton Place— Photo–May Cornell on Mississippi with Hawthorne Mill in Background

People are happy the Hawthorne Mill is being renovated and loved again. I really had to laugh when I saw these. Don’t forget to go visit the mill on Saturday– 

An Invitation to the Old Hawthorne Mill



Photo by Robert McDonald Photography

Dale Costello– So happy the restoration of this timeless building will evolve into something which brings back vivid memories for those born and raised in Carleton Place. My heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Mr. Thorbjornsson and team in seeing through to successful completion. This historic building was on my path to the canoe club and passed by it thousands of times. Thank you sir.

Jeremy Stinson– If I recall correctly, that usually meant trespassing if that was on your path. Statute of limitations has surely passed, but I remember getting scolded for taking the direct (north side of the building) route.

Dale Costello–I pulled out my transit every time I walked by to be certain I wasn’t on mill property. You can’t be too careful. Chief Cornell complimented me for being a law abiding citizen.
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Dale Costello–Jeremy, ya gotta go to the top of the heap.
Ray Paquette– Gee, I never thought of it as trespassing! Wasn’t it an extension of Emily Street? I wish I had a nickle for every time I used that route on my way to the swimming pool.
Ray Paquette —Obvious, Herb didn’t see everything that was going on!?!?!?!
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Blaine Cornell- Careleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Ray Paquette —One of my buds was the police chief’s sonson Blaine. May have interceded on occasion.
Joann Voyce More than one occasion if my memory serves me correctly….


Author’s note– You tell them Joanne!!! 


 - I Ur. W. H. Matthews, the retiring bead...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Oct 1899, Fri,  Page 4


Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.





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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?


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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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