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Did you Know the History of the Carleton Place Arena Christmas Tree? — and other stories…

Did you Know the History of the Carleton Place Arena Christmas Tree? — and other stories…

Photo Linda Seccaspina

“We have six to eight major Christmas events at the arena — from the town’s annual Appreciation Night to the Bowes Brothers’ holiday show,” Bob White said. “So many people get to enjoy the tree.”

The large tree, which stays up until after the new year, still has a Cook’s of Carleton Place tag attached. It will not be removed.

Read the rest of the story by Tara Gesner here… CLICK

Photo- Tara Gesner

Noreen Tyers

December 5 at 8:47 PM  · 

Cutting a Christmas Tree at the House of Old at R. R. # 4

You know when you are a city folk and you decide to move to the county, and it’s your first Christmas at the House of Old.  You know all it takes is a dusting of snow that glistens in the dark when the moon shines.  One can not imagine what thoughts goes through your mind, it’s the Christmas Season

It does not matter that the house is not new and fancy, maybe you don’t have the latest in household items.  What matters is the beauty and the serenity of the place.  If you take the time to look at your surroundings you are in awe of what the night brings.  I found I could see stars I never did in the city before.  The old Owl was sitting on the corner of the Barn that had seen better days, but this was a distant project to protect.  The Hoot from the Owl just completed the setting and life was good, he was just acknowledging our presence, he approved.

You know, I might want to call myself a bit of a romantic, but life was good, my family was with me, everyone enjoying a walk after dinner.  A discussion was happening with some very excited voices of the kids, what their first Christmas in the Country what was going to be like.  They were all excited about venturing to the Sugar Bush to cut down a fresh tree from the land where they lived. 

They were happy with the first snowfall, and our dog had been taken off his lead to walk with us at his leisure, he had to be tied as he did love to chase the neighbour’s  cattle and that was a, No, No.   You never think of the retraining of your pet, to country ways but there is, after all sort of beasts, he was not used to like porcupines, who demonstrates displeasure should he get to close.  While being tied, he was so used to the deer coming to the apple trees he did not seem to bother with them. I do have to admit the kids, maybe thought some of the deer were Santa’s Reindeer.  Every once and awhile they would speak to our dog Bow and say, don’t hurt the babies, and he never did chase them or did he harm them in any way.  He would watch as they cleaned up the falls on the ground and enjoy every morsel.  Was it magic maybe they were some of Santa’s reindeer.

From the first snowfall, the idea of Christmas was sure to generate conversation on Christmas and what it was going to be like in the countryside.  To keep our two children on track and focussed, we decided that the tree that would be cut, would have nothing but handmade decorations.  There will be a couple of exceptions and that was the old antique ornaments of my grandparents and parents tree, and they just always went on, you know one of those traditions.  In order to keep the children busy we decided that we would get them started making the Christmas Ornaments for our tree.

Well the decoration workshop got busy, and we planned what would go on the tree.  Some coloured construction paper was bought, adults cut with the scissors and the kids made the chains and glued.   An old bushel basket was placed in the Summer Kitchen to put the ornaments as they finished.  We strung popcorn and cranberries for garlands. The bits and pieces of skeins of wool was gathered to make some hanging little dolls, both boys and girls.

We had decided that we would invite the extended family for Christmas Dinner, Oh dear our Dream of an Old Fashioned Country Christmas had got slightly out of hand.  The last head count was about fourteen adults and OMG kids, about eleven of them, yes we had a place to hold that many bodies as we would be eating in the Summer Kitchen which was a big room. 

The heating for the Summer Kitchen was a big old Findlay Wood Stove, six plates and a warming closet with Lion Heads adorning the corners and a water reservoir attached to the stove. As we heated with wood in the house we did have a good supply and it was just outside in the wood shed.  No Worry, my husband always called me the wood sorcerer, as the wood furnace was my chore to keep it burning, it went out when he tried to tend it.

The food was good, everybody was bringing something, an old fashioned Pot Luck, and I did not have to do the desert–someone else had volunteered, I had Christmas Cake we made  for a treat.  We had enough Potatoes, Carrots and other things from the Garden, including summer savoury and parsley. I had made some Meat Pies (Tourtieres) and Sausage Rolls, using my Mom’s recipe, we had enough to feed an army.

As we were having a fresh tree it would be put up a week before Christmas, the Summer Kitchen was cool and that was good for the tree.  Come Saturday, the kids were out of bed at the Crack of Dawn, and were ready to go, breakfast was needed so that did slow down the pressing duty.  To watch the expressions on their face it was worth a thousand pictures.  We found a tree and it was a beauty, the only thing was it was big.  Father cut another piece off the bottom when we brought it in, and soon it was in the old pail with some water to keep it fresh, with the cut off branches used for some greenery to decorate.  The only problem was keeping the kids from decorating, right away, they just could not understand the tree needing to find its place and the branches fall into place. They did not need a lesson in a tree being frozen being outside, too much information for the situation.

It was a good thing school was still in session for a couple of days, as this put off the decorating process for another few days.  When the anticipation was at its highest peak and holding off decorating could not be extended  any longer, so the tree trimming started.  Now being as they had never decorated a tree from the start, it was hard to restrain them while Dad was placing the lights on the tree.  One could tell that this process was definitely holding them back and they were all ready to start.   

 “Is it time yet Dad, can we put some decorations on yet, please Dad”.  

 It was a parent decision to let them go ahead and we would rearrange later. Homemade star for the top, crochet decorations over Candy Canes, Some Pine Cone Elves, and the chains and the garlands are a few of the Creations that adorned our tree, and the treat  the fresh smell of evergreens.  It was a good idea to not bring out the tinsel, as the placement would have been clumpy and not one string at a time. Restraint is great in some situations and I have to admit that the tree cutting, homemade decorations, and all the elements, just did fulfill the dream of a Country Christmas in a country setting, and what a delight that we made the decision to come.

By the way the meal was delicious and the family did enjoy their experience of a Christmas in the Country.  A trip to the Sugar Bush for some, while dishes were being done was also a highlight.  The next Christmas we had our own home raised Turkeys, the taste superb, after all they were fed fresh corn and apples from the farm, along with their meal.  Each family received a turkey as part of their Christmas Gift.  Have not tasted a good wholesome turkey since leaving the House of Old.

 From the pen of Noreen, Dec 2020

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CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa JournalOttawa, Ontario, Canada23 Dec 1974, Mon  •  Page 2

also read-The Landmark Pine Tree in Watson’s Corners– Gloria Currie

The Christmas Tree Farm Carleton Place

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada08 Jul 2017, Sat  •  Page 38

CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada11 Dec 1984, Tue  •  Page 3

My 365 Tree

To be honest we had stopped decorating the interior of the house in a big way after the fire in 1995. Two years ago, I sucked my heart in and decorated every single room for the Carleton Place Hospital Foundation Christmas House Tour. Not everyone was behind my decision, but I had to make this effort in his memory.  I knew that the house would never again display his talents and love for the season, and wanted to do it as a tribute for his love of Christmas.

After the fire we all remembered the ravaged Christmas tree that stood in a corner, so instead, he put up a giant tree in the TV room in 1995 and bought music boxes.  That tree has stood there 365 days a year since December 1996 and will never ever come down. Read-In Memory of The Man Who Loved Christmas

The Old Arena — Community Memories

The Old Arena — Community Memories

Jan 1971–

The old Almonte arena in the photo above stood where the new one now stands. Linda Nilson- Rogers believes the old roof caved in so they built a new one. She said that the best thing was Fred Larose running the Canteen! He was a nice man and he would let the kids take extra creamers for your hot chocolate.

They also had these long heaters by the stands that roasted you in front while your butt froze!

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 Dec 1970, Sat  •  Page 11

Thanks to the Almonte Fire Department and several other public spirited individuals, Almonte youngsters will soon have a rink to skate on.  The firemenhave been busy Hooding a large section of. the parking area at the end of /the N.L.A.S. ‘grounds and hope to have fairly decent ice-to skate on by this weekend. 

‘The fate of the Almonte Community Centre is still in doubt, pending the arrival of an engineer’s report being prepared by J. L. Richards and Associates, consulting engineers, of Ottawa. In any case, it looks doubtful that the building will be available until February and the outdoor rink at the N Ii.A .S. grounds can fill a big void until that time.

Although the fare m en’s rink will not be surrounded b y boards, making i t unsuitable for hockey, it will be equipped with enough lighting to perm it night skating. ‘ Water for flooding is being pumped from the river with a portable pump and the firemen have been flooding every night working in teams of two. They couldn’t have asked for better weather for making ice, during these last few days. – Everyone will be free to use the rink but skates will have to be changed the old-fashioned way — sitting on a snowbank. Work was started on the project last Saturday and the firemen are grateful to several people who helped make it possible, including the N.L.A.S., Mayor Chas. ‘Baker; Lindsay Farm Equipment, Dave Drummond, H Harry’s Motor Sales, Jerry O’Connell, Francis Naismith and Don Lowry.

Dave Rooney

I was only in there once before they tore it down. I played 2-3 years of hockey outdoors before the new arena building was constructed.

Geordie McConnell

I would LOVE to see an old photo of the outdoor rink! That said, I still see it in my head when my feet get really cold (PTSD?).

John Dalgity

Early Saturday morning practices, freezing cold & wait for the sunrise!

Dave Rooney layers of long johns under their equipment we know they did not sweat skating. I remember cleaning the ice with shovels before the tractor came out to water.

Sandra Thompson

I enjoyed many skate days on the ice in this building. I remember reporting to the person looking after the ice at the time that there were pieces of wood on the ice from the rafters. I remember not being on the ice long after because we were all asked to leave. Shortly there after the rink was closed for inspection & renovations. Little did we know it would be torn down and replaced with a new building. The town council, I believed voted on installing an out door rink for use. I could be remembering incorrectly but I also believe Susan Elliott was with me at the time, do you remember this Sue?

Sandra Thompson

Susan Elliott Topping, I believe Peter L is correct because I remember Freddie & Norma Larose being there a lot but there may have been someone else there that night the wood chunks were coming down. Perhaps Freddie & Norma along with Chuck and Sis had plans. I remember them always being together. Good times & memories.

Cathy Paterson

Remember going there for school carnival and racing in our skates to a chocolate bar at the other end ! Everyone got one

Susan Elliott Topping

Had lots of family work there. I did too-ticket window in 1970.

Nancy Durant Hall

I played hockey, and love skating at the rink when I was not on the river

Marty Taylor

Likewise. Played hockey for several years. Many of the surrounding towns we went to play at, only had outdoor rinks, so I considered myself lucky to have an indoor rink. Also, behind the arena, was tobogganing every winter.

Ted Hurdis

Played hockey there many times. The coldest rink around , no question !!

Peggy Byrne

I remember racing to get the shovels so you could scrap the ice before Freddie Larose would flood the ice – no Zambonis back then.

A group of skaters on the Indian river. A hockey game is on in the background.
Skating has always been a popular pastime for Almontonians. Skating was referenced in poetry and around the town accounts in the town’s first newspaper the Express in 1861, 1862. Whether it was on the frozen Mississippi or Indian Rivers or the numerous small ponds that dotted the rural landscape skating was the thing to do on cold winter nights. Skating parties and carnivals were very popular social events. Skating was something men and ladies could enjoy together. When the first indoor arena on the Island was built it saw an endless stream of patrons both young and old.

Ray Madden

Played hockey there many years for Corkery Fearnots ,Junior Raiders & Stan’s Packers in 1960s & 70S. Great memories. Yes I did play with Cheeser. Great guy. I also remember your dad as rink manager giving some of us players a buck for each goal we scored in a juvenile tournament in the early 60s. I hope we didn’t take all of your allowance.lol. That may have been before your time.

Joe Ryan

Having lived very close to the arena for all my younger life , i was a “rink rat” who spent much of the winter months hanging around the old barn. Fred Larose used to pay us “two bits”….25c to clean up the stands and dressing room after the games , which on many nights were packed to the rafters. We would also climb the scoreboard and change the score when someone scored. Lots of ice scraping and hauling the 5 gallon drum full of hot water around to flood the ice. It was COLD but had a great atmosphere for the games , with people cheering and banging on the tin sides. When there was nothing going on we had a way to crawl under the arena and get onto the ice to play some shinny and do lots of skating. Fred and Norma also had us work the canteen once in a while and paid us off in candy and the odd hot dog. I believe , if i’m not mistaken , the old building was torn down , but the boards remained and thats what we used for the outdoor rink. At that time we used to play shinny under the front bridge…a few places on the island ..Willard’s and lots on the rink behind St Mary’s school. HATED when the weather got warm and we weren’t able to play our great sport!!!!!

Judy Morton

Many memories – skating carnival! I won a prize for my costume and Louis Peterson handed them out! I have the photo somewhere.

Mary Anne Harrison

They held a walk a thon to raise funds for the new rink. I think it was 22 miles. We walked out to Clayton on the old road (by the Naismith House) and back in to Almonte on the new one (by the Civitan Hall). The new road was still under construction at the time. Anyone else remember doing that.

Judy Ann

Got hit at the side of my right eye with a puck when I was 13. 8 stitches by Dr King & lucky it didn’t hit further, either way … could have been right on my eye or my temple. I think that’s the first time I realized my Angels were watching over me

Karen Hirst

Another dating site with Ken–opportunity to hold hands, skate to the music, round and round we’d go, learning to do the curves smoothly, attempting to skate backwards as well and stay off our bottoms !!! Fun entertainment, some hot chocolate to warm us up from the canteen.

Thanks to Arlene once again.. ADHS celebration at Almonte Arena. ( not sure for what or the year)

The Almonte Arena where it stands today, near Gemmill Park, was opened in 1950. A newspaper clipping posted in the comments below confirms this information – thank you friends! Winnifred Knight Dunlop Gemmill bequeathed the land to Almonte in ’43 after her death.

The first image below is of the “newly constructed skating rink”. It was used from 1950 to 1973. The earliest plaque on view at the current Almonte and District Community Centre (ACC) & Arena highlights the 1973 erection of the Arena. (Also on plaques at the arena: The Community Centre erected in 1975, reno’ed in 1995 & again most recently in 2010)

Almonte Gazette, Oct 1949

Brian Mckenzie-Thompson
October 19, 2020  · 

Well folks, it’s the end of an era! The “mayor” of Almonte (Bram Karp) has officially retired from the Almonte arena! 10 years of hard work from this hard working individual. Always quick to greet people as they walked through the door and welcomed them back as they left! Congratulations
Brammer! — with Bram Karp.

A group of lads pose with their sticks before strapping on the blades for a game of shinny.
Almonte–The Almonte Arena where it stands today, near Gemmil Park, was opened in 1950. Through the years it has seen its share of activity. Hockey players, Broomball players, Figure Skaters, Ringette Players, call this there second home in winter months. Roller hockey and ball hockey enthusiasts use the surface in the summer months.
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
10 Mar 1971, Wed  •  Page 5
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
14 Feb 1973, Wed  •  Page 67

Ian Tyson in Carleton Place 1974 — Five Bucks a Seat!

Ian Tyson in Carleton Place 1974 — Five Bucks a Seat!

1975 almonte gazette

Ian Tyson has a successful television show and an encouraging new album on his hands. He also has a problem. “Im trying to translate the success of the show,” said Tyson, draping a long leg over the arm of a living room chair. I don’t know how to handle it. Im like a kid with a new toy I dont know what to do with it.” The new album, released by Columbia Records and entitled You Were On My Mind, is doing moderately, the singer said in an interview. “It’s not setting the world on fire. It may. The title song is a newly-arranged version of Ian and Sylvia’s highly popular single which brought them wide attention a few years back. The rest of the cuts are examples of a more polished and developed Ian and Sylvia.

Together, the Ian Tyson Show and the album have brought Ian back into the folk spotlight. He said he wants to capitalize on the exposure. That means taking Sylvia and The Great Speckled Bird their backup band back onto the road. And thats where the problem comes in. Id like to tour off and on in the States, said Tyson, smoking the one cigar he allows himself a day. “But its difficult with a big band. “With an entourage of nine or 10 musicians its very expensive to go on the road. Expenses have gone up astronomically. To tour successfully, Tyson would need a series of bookings throughout Canada and the United States. “But the circuit has disappeared for medium-priced groups like ours,” said Tyson, adding his band charges between $2,500 and $3,000 a night. The group would lose money flying to Western Canada or the U.S for only one engagement. “There’s no place for them to put us for one night where they could make money,” he said, nursing a cup of coffee. We’d end up losing on the deal.”

The telephone rang and he strode out of the gracious living room in his downtown home and into the den. A few minutes later he returned. “That was a guy who wanted us to do a tour of the East Coast. Id love to go East but the problem is that in Eastern Canada, the halls are small and the people havent a lot of money. You couldn’t charge $5 a seat they couldn’t afford to come. In most halls the promoter would lose money if the charge was smaller. It’s the kind of problem that has Ian Tyson thinking.

“I wonder if you could almost create a very contemporary version of vaudeville, he said. “It would be a monumental job, though.” His plan would be to arrange with a number of FM radio stations to sponsor regular concerts by middle-priced groups such as his own and people like singer Buffy Ste. Mane. The groups would go on the road for several weeks, knowing that another job was just an economical days journey away. He said he would like to try his hand at film producing and is excited about a recently-released novel by a Canadian from the West. “I’d love to produce,” Tyson said. “I don’t know about acting, though.” He is also interested in grabbing the championship of the Ontario Cutting Horse Association, of which he is president. Cutting horses are the elite of the western rancher’s spreads. They were used for “cutting cattle from big herds and directing them into various pens, but now it is a sport and a competitive one.

Four Strong Winds was written for a woman he has had a 55 year old affair with Evina Pulos

Ian Tyson’s affair to remember- CLICK

Evinia Pulos explains why, after 55 years, they are still inextricably linked

Ian and Sylvia 2021

realted reading

Carleton Place Commencement Concert 1943

Weird and Thrilling Concert in Carleton Place? The Fisk Jubilee Singers of Tennessee University

Memories Carleton Place- Town Hall

The History of the Carleton Place Library

A Concert at the Town Hall While Small Pox Raged on…. 1901

Chamber of Commerce Then and Now in Carleton Place

Should We Build a Rink? 1911

Should We Build a Rink? 1911

Carleton Piace Planning Covered Structure. — Carleton Place, Jan. 16-1911

Even though there were no other evidence, the very large attendance at the open-air rink on the market square this winter would force upon the public the importance of providing a rink building in Carleton Place. Under the unfavorable and always varying conditions, the open-air enterprise is having good patronage, for in no other town In the valley is there a larger proportion of young people and others who delight in the wholesome pleasures of skating.

The success of a good rink building is beyond question. The town cannot have hockey teams up to standard no matter how good the material, without a covered rink and neither can the town estimate the results either financially or as a public benefit by the open-air enclosures that have been used year after year, lap to last spring the movement for the erection of a building had gone on with every prospect of completion before the winter of 1910-11.

Plans, data, a splendid site, and a large portion of the necessary capital by subscription had been secured; but the big fire on May 10 , 1910 and a series of unfavorable conditions about the same time forced the enterprise into the background. Now, however, there is. to judge by public expression, every reason to revive and advance the proposal, and it is believed that, once started, It will obtain full endorsation. 

This photo was taken from the Patterson and Findlay Solicitor’s office in the old Bank of Nova Scotia building in January of 1936. It shows the backs of frame houses on Beckwith Street and the old arena. The Carleton Place Public Library now occupies the site.Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Carleton Place Arena 1981 — Mary Cook

The Old Carleton Place Arena

Cruisin Through the Dance Halls- From Carleton Place and Beyond!! Larry Clark

1971 –Carleton Place Minor Hockey League

1971 –Carleton Place Minor Hockey League

There were so many great Carleton Place hockey moments and when I saw this one and had to document it. So many great faces– May 19 1971

No photo description available.

Carol “Buzz” Williams – The CP Sniper — Carleton Place Hockey Hall of Fame

Who’s Who on the Carleton Place Midget Hockey Team?

Your Carleton Place Trading Card–Meet Number 7 — Brian Trimble

You have to Paint the Ice White?

Do you Know What This Hockey Sweater Was?

That Good Ole Hockey Game in Carleton Place

Roy Brown Hockey Photo

Doug Gibson–Founder of Junior Hockey in Carleton Place

He Shoots He Scores — Carleton Place Hockey

The Roar of the Referees and the Smell of the Hockey Bag in Carleton Place

O Brothers Kane in Carleton Place- Where Art Thou?

Where Was One of the Open Air Rinks in Carleton Place?

Graham McKeddie 1970s

Carleton Place Arena 1981 — Mary Cook

Carleton Place Arena 1981 — Mary Cook

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 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 Jan 1981, Mon  •  Page 4

Mary Cook Archives

Mary and Walter Swinwood — Mary Cook News Archives 1981

The Evolution of the Women’s Institute — Mary Cook News Archives 1982

Bob Sadler’s Boat Rides –Mary Cook News Archives 1982

Carleton Place Ladies Auxiliary — Chamber of Commerce 1987– Mary Cook Archives

It’s Hard for Women to get into Office in Carleton Place — 1974 –Mary Cook

Mary Cook Archives —Philip Mailey — January 25 1983

Carleton Place a place for Mad Scientists! Mary Cook News Archives 1983

Mary Cook Archives — Rifle Ranges and Nursery Schools — September 1980

Mary Cook News Archives — The Wool Industry 1982

The Moldowans —- Mary Cook News Archives 1982

Clippings of Cheryl Coker — Mary Cook News Archives

Donald Lowry …. Mary Cook News Archives

1976 Agricultural Tour — Mary Cook News Archives

The Dear Abby of Lanark County -Mary Cook Clippings

“Who is to say the street won’t be overrun with irate husbands ready to fill people full of lead?” Clippings of Mary Cook

Blue Grass Textiles Speedo- Mary Cook Clippings

Missing the Post Office — Mary Cook Clippings


Max Movshovitz Carleton Place Merchant — Mary Cook Clippings


Charlie Menzies — Talkin About Pickerel — Mary Cook Archives

Howard McNeely Mary Cook Clippings

You have to Paint the Ice White?

You have to Paint the Ice White?

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The rising middle class needed to find things to do, to distract itself, and have fun in the Victorian ages so they built an indoor rink. It was a wooden building  and had a gallery up top, so you could go up and watch the skaters. It was lit by gas and during the cold winter months it stayed open every night. In those days it was kind of like a ball room with an ice surface. In an era when most skating was done on frozen lakes, this type of venue was an innovation well ahead of its time.



Times changed and the hockey arena was born. This week I was lucky enough to watch the stages of getting the Carleton Place arena ice ready. I was amazed. Did you know the arena air has to be 18 degrees and each surface has to be flooded 8 times?



Then the lines are painted on etc and the ice painted white. If you did not paint the ice- the ice would look gray like the concrete floor. The hose has a special handmade cane with a nozzle on the end so the water comes out consistently. White powdered paint is mixed with water in a large tank creating a liquid paint mix. This paint is then applied to the ice surface with a large 12-foot spray boom and a pump. Blue/red lines are strung in place and you paint in between the lines – just like we learned in kindergarten.




Joanne Henderson

Bob White told me the biggest secret is that anyone flooding the rink has to have their heart in it and care about what they are doing.  It seems silly to say, but it’s true– it’s got to be in your soul. Intricate care must be taken and Bob, Rusty Knight and the Duff lad are the ones that flood the Carleton Place rink. Bob said they are going to train some of the younger lads during the next 4 years as no one as getting any younger that’s  flooding the rink now.:)



So when you walk into the arena next time- I would dish out some nice compliments to the arena staff for all the work they do that all of us— including me— takes for granted. Thanks Bob White for the great information!








Steve with the Zamboni.:) He’s American– this stuff marvels the heck out of him– what can I say?


Ted Hurdis We are very fortunate to have the ice and arena we do. Joe Crampton was the master that instilled pride and dedication into all the staff there.
Natalie Flindall
Thank you Linda for the article about painting the ice white. My grandfather always prided himself to having the first outdoor public rink every season, in Québec. I remember my grandmother taking about him, doing this, with great pride. Thank you to the staff at the rink. Already preparing for winter while we are still enjoying summer.



Martin Puckett



The old arena box


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 and The Tales of Almonte

Moonlight Skating to Greensleeves–Comments Comments Comments

Moonlight Skating to Greensleeves–Comments Comments Comments



Photo-Llew Lloyd — The Old Beckwith Street Arena


Doug B. McCarten We sure had a great time in that arena……

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Wow – nice photo Llew – did not think I would ever see that again!!


Llew Lloyd I remember that. The lights would be turned down and there was a ” moon light ” at each end of the rink .

Ruth Drummond Around disc of orange tissue paper put over the light, romantic don’t you think Dave.

Llew Lloyd Was ” Greensleeves “ the only record they had ? I remember if you helped clean the ice at the Senior B game , you got a free public skating ticket .

Doug B. McCarten Nope there were some waltz music 🎶 too lol particularly during moonlight skates

Peter Iveson The ugly old arena

Llew Lloyd The outside was ugly, but the memories made inside were beautiful .

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston So so right!

Jim Mikolaitis
I remember seeing Santa at the back of the rink after the parade and the firemen would give you a bag of candies. We would then circle back around the rink and re-enter the line to get another bag! Haha!
My BAD???
I also remember the “trough” urinal in the men’s washroom and man did it stink!
Funny what you remember! Haha

Joann Voyce There was also a tennis court on the other side of the cenotaph

Valerie Edwards Of course, many a good skate there

Dale Costello Oh so many treasured memories from the Beckwith Street Arena. I was very fortunate to have been raised in the era when winter activities centered around the rink. Played many a hockey game from Peewee, Bantam, Midget and Juvenile throughout the 50,s, under the coaching of Lorne Mcneely. Fabulous times and tons of memories.

Ray Paquette Remember how cold it was? Between periods we used to go into the rest rooms to get warm. During the summer months when ice was absent the arena was used for other community occasions including the annual CPHS Cadet Corps inspection as well as other events.

Penny Trafford I remember the skating, Halloween Costume judging, the arena’s own unique smell is still in my brain. Great memories.

Donna Mcfarlane played broomball there one year it was so cold

Cindy Showers This is so interesting.to read!

Ann Stearns Rawson Loved meeting up with friends at that arena for a weekend skate and then going to the Olympia Restaurant for hot chocolate.

Ted Hurdis I started my hockey there as a peanut. We played 1/2 a year then it was shut down. The dressing rooms were up some steep stairs especially for us little lads. Loved the old barn from their one public skating song down to the frozen water fountain. Hahaha

Ted Hurdis We use to have a girls hockey team too. Even way back then my sister Nedda played on it.

Norma Rotzal Skated there many times

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston There was no place like the old rink!!!

Marilyn White Loved moonlight skating night on Thur. They covered the big light at the ends of the rink with orange paper.


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Llew Lloyd Linda . I think this one originated with one of your other followers .
Image may contain: house, sky and outdoor Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


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Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  03 Feb 1959, Tue,  Page 17


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  05 Sep 1949, Mon,  Page 15

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  01 Dec 1936, Tue,  Page 19


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  21 Mar 1933, Tue,  Page 14


Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ 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.



The Old Carleton Place Arena

Doug Gibson–Founder of Junior Hockey in Carleton Place

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The Argue Hardware Ruler Comments

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Now You see it, Now You Don’t: The Disappearing and Reappearing of the Tim Horton’s Subterranean

Now You see it, Now You Don’t: The Disappearing and Reappearing of the Tim Horton’s Subterranean


Photos by Bill and Carole Flint= The Sky Pilots

A disappearing stream or subterranean (under Tim Horton’s Franktown Road) is the term used to describe a stream or a river, which flows into a sinkhole or a crack. There is a geological reason for this vanishing act: the bedrock under Tim Horton’s on Franktown Road is made of early Carboniferous (around 325-360 million years old) limestone. Limestone is prone to dissolving when it comes into contact with slightly acidic rain water, creating of fissures, sinkholes, and underground channels and caves (Pike Hole) that surface water can escape into.

In the past the stream flowed down Rochester Street where memories of opening up basement windows to let the flood streams go through are still talked about. Then it flows under my house (Springside Hall on Lake Ave E.) where in the Spring before we bought it and installed sump pumps after the first Spring the basement waters would be about 4-5 feet deep.

From there it flows into the old stream at the bottom of Lisgar Street where that stream was once a lot bigger. Big enough to warrant a small bridge on Lake Ave East where there was a small bridge near Beckwith Street. The staff at Nichols/Waugh used to clean their work tools in the stream on a daily basis on the corner of Lake Ave East.

But, where does it come back to the surface again? It is commonly stated that it reappears a few miles downstream and flows out at the arena. I asked our popular photographer John Rayner to shoot some photos, if he was near the arena, so we can see where it finally flows out into the Mississippi River.

So thanks to John here it is.

All Photos courtesy of John Rayner ac-pic-sm

These are just some of his fabulous photos–see the rest his Lanark Couty photos here on his blog The AC is Always On..

                      Go to about where there is a path between the ball fields.
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That scene above was to my back as I looked at the drain pipe.pipe (metal) below.
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There is another drain pipe (plastic) to the left as you look toward the river from the path, but it didn’t look as though it had discharged anything for awhile.
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I was able to go down the embankment to look back at the drain pipe (the metal one).
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A young nimble-footed person might have been able to get to where your stream enters the Mississippi, but I am neither young nor nimble, so I took a few photos back up on the trail, all to the right (toward the arena) of the drain pipe above. You can see where they meet up below, with your stream being on the foreground.
​All Photos courtesy of John Rayner
So that’s all I’ve got for you. You might see better later in the fall when all of the leaves have fallen.
I didn’t know about this, so it was fun to explore and find it.
Thanks John!!
 I grew up on Lake Ave. E. in the last war time house. We played in treasure valley a lot. Spring time we would build a raft in the pond in the valley and skate on it in the winter. Summers we played house at the ledges of rock going into the valley. One time some boys had bows and arrows. The end of the arrow had a nail on it. As we were running home guess who got an arrow in her little behind. That’s right me!

Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-This map dates to 1868 with updates in red done in 1873. Rochester Street didn’t exist in 1868 “This has become the division line by length of occupation”. The name Rochester is penciled in red in the 1873 update along with “this part of Street laid out by third parties”.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum The stream crossing under 12 Con. (now Lake Avenue East) had A BRIDGE! (at the corner of Beckwith Street). This stream still runs, mostly underground, but is visible in backyards along Argyle Street, and then again along Sussex Avenue.


Is that part of Tannery Creek? This is the barn where Canadian Tire was..

Peter Iveson- There was Tannery Creek– it emerged on the east side of Beckwith Street and ran between the MacDougal House and where Canadian Tire was, then run under the CPR tracks and eventually went through the old dump and into The Mississippi River.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ 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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Friday October the 13th– 6:30.. meet in front of the old Leland Hotel on Bridge Street (Scott Reid’s office) and enjoy a one hour Bridge Street walk with stories of murder mayhem and Believe it or Not!!. Some tales might not be appropriate for young ears. FREE!–


Here we go Carleton Place– Mark Your Calendars–
Friday October the 13th– 6:30.. meet in front of the old Leland Hotel on Bridge Street (Scott Reid’s office) and enjoy a one hour Bridge Street walk with stories of murder mayhem and Believe it or Not!!. Some tales might not be appropriate for young ears. FREE!–

Join us and learn about the history under your feet! This year’s St. James Cemetery Walk will take place Thursday October 19th and october 21– Museum Curator Jennfer Irwin will lead you through the gravestones and introduce you to some of our most memorable lost souls!
Be ready for a few surprises along the way….
This walk takes place in the dark on uneven ground. Please wear proper footwear and bring a small flashlight if you like.
Tickets available at the Museum, 267 Edmund Street. Two dates!!!

OCT 28th
Downtown Carleton Place Halloween Trick or Treat Day–https://www.facebook.com/events/489742168060479/

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