I’ve got a Ghost Rash… Telling Secrets from the Past??




Yesterday I did a three hour tour of telling history on Bridge Street.  It was hot, but somehow we got through it. Well some of us did. LOL. I told a story about St. Andrew’s Church that I have told before. But this time I named names..


The story goes like this…..

It has been said that one of our more prominent late citizens in Carleton Place was quite a prankster in his youth. Trying to become a good Samaritan and rack up those brownie points he offered to help one of his friends pump the organ one Sunday in St. Andrew‘s Presbyterian Church. In those days the organ was pumped by hand, as the electric motor was not in use then.

After the kind offer was accepted the do-gooder began to sprinkle sneezing powder in and around the organ. As the organ began to play the first hymn the powder began to waft through the air. First the choir began to sneeze, then the minister, and finally the congregation joined in. No mention of what kind of punishment our local lad got when he got home- or from a higher power.



Well a month ago Ken Hastie or Pappy as I call him told me who did it. It was non other ythan David Findlay.  Very few knew– until yesterday when I opened my mouth about it and a few other names.

Last night I developed a light rash on my back and I began to scratch and am still scratching. In fact I am on my way I am about to go to Giant Tiger and buy a back scratcher. They have some beauties there for $5.99. After I mentioned it to someone they told me that it was a ghost getting back at me for spilling the beans on a lot of stuff yesterday on that Bridge Street walkabout. Hmmm…

2. What are the physical symptoms of being affected by ghosts?

  • Foul taste in the mouth.
  • Experience of eyes being pulled inside, irritation in the eyes, etc.
  • Dryness of lips, mouth and throat.
  • Oily skin.
  • Rashes on the skin.
  • Eerie feeling of being touched


So am I being haunted for telling tales out of school? As an old Chinese proverb says: “before telling secrets on the road- you need to look in the bushes first”.



Any comments on this??



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.



Three Cheers for Dave Findlay –The Movie

The Ministry of Propaganda in Carleton Place — Carleton Place Canoe Club


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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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