Help Us Identify This Couple- “The Good People of Lanark County”

Help Us Identify This Couple- “The Good People of Lanark County”


If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up they say. After I had my heart attack, the good people of Lanark County were so supportive of me. It has not been easy for me these past few months, but I insisted on keeping my writing up and specifically wrote about my heart attacks and strokes so others would see we all go through things. Because of all you I didn’t give up on bad days. You have no idea what you did for me.

There are many good folk in Lanark County that ask not for thanks, but when we hear about them they inspire us like Peter Porteous. You seldom see these folks in the newspapers– but I want to make sure they are recognized. If even just a few words, they need pats on the back and gold stars.

I had no idea how many people felt the same way and the other day I received a lovely note from Paula Theriault.

Hi Linda,

After reading your article about Peter Porteous, more specifically, your comment about people working behind the scenes, a couple people came to mind.  Both these individuals I met by chance, and you being a long time resident may know of them and their good works but, no one I’ve talked to has. So as said, your article brought them to mind.

This lady’s name unfortunately has slipped my mind. However, I’m sure you can find out. They live on Napoleon street, just a few houses up towards the highway from the 4 way stop at Arthur St.

I met this lady when I became curious about her front yard vegetable garden. I took a chance and knocked on her door to see if I could look closer at the garden. Her husband answered and invited me into their backyard to meet his wife. I learned that teenagers had planted the front garden with the directions of a farmer friend. They also invite these and other teens into their home for conversation and a meal throughout the winter

Their backyard is beautiful. They are continuing to develop it into a place of peace and relaxation that local seniors might enjoy.  All these things they do as a way to “pay it forward’ and share happiness–Paula Theriault


So I have no idea who these people are. Can someone help me so we can put a name to these good folks and add them to “The Good People of Lanark County” and give them the gold star of kindness.


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





The Secret Santa of Carleton Place– Peter Porteous

We’ll Never See a Woman Again Like That-Irene Crosbie

Marian MacFarlane — Silver Threads Among the Gold

Carleton Place Blind Woman Saved Four Seniors

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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