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Documenting Carleton Place — George Smith

Documenting Carleton Place — George Smith

Share what you learn, and this old gal is not getting any younger, so i saw this photo and as far as I am concerned, it needed to be documented.. So here is one day in the 1970s that The Canadian took a photo of a group of boys in the council chambers of the town hall getting a gun license.

Here are some comments:

Terry Latham–Same place I got mine. The old court room

Stephen Giles–Council Chamber, Town Hall

Tom EdwardsTed Hurdis Wasn’t his name George Smith. He teamed up with Lloyd Hughes and they teamed up to give us our gun licenses.

Sylvia GilesLooks like third from left David Johnson, Dave Moore and then Robbie Hutt??? Not sure?!

Llew LloydThe badge I received said I was a Safe Hunter.

Ted HurdisPretty sure second from left is Lynn Buffington

Tom EdwardsThe fourth guy from the left is Dave Munro.

Penny TraffordTed, Garry says for sure it’s Lloyd Hughes, and he’s still pondering on the other name. He knows he lived on the same block as the North Side Grocery

Yvonne Mahon told me about her father’s (Thomas J Mahon) leather hunting coat that was on display at the registration desk at the Mahon Family Reunion.  After he passed away in 1997 they thought the jacket that he used trapping hunting and fishing was lost. However to the families joy the jacket was found in his workshop inside a bag. Because it had been in the cold outside workshop for a long time mice had gotten to it and it was in need of some loving care. Yvonne’s daughter said during one summer she took that jacket outside and sat under the umbrella and repaired it tear by tear. Thomas was from Combermere which is a village located along the Madawaska River in south-eastern Ontario.


Sometimes You Just Need to Remember– Reggie Bowden

Don’t Bring Your Guns to Town!

When Otters Attack — in North Elmsley in 1875

The Wolves of Lanark County

  1. This Ram was Ten Yards Long Sir and His Horns Reached the SkyDancing With Wolves in Perth
  1. Angry Mobs, Wolves and Bloodsuckers –Selby LakeShades of The Godfather in Dr. Preston’s Office in Carleton PlaceIs This Story Just Up a Tree?
  2. A Bird Weighing How Much was Found Near Barry’s Bay?


Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors of Carleton Place?

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors of Carleton Place?


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The History of Doors Open Ontario

Every year, Doors Open Ontario attracts large crowds across Ontario. From April to October, residents and visitors are invited to discover first-hand Ontario’s hidden heritage treasures, some of which have never been open to the public.

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Photo– The Grand Hotel

September 16, 2017 – September 17, 2017

Join us for Doors Open Carleton Place!

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Carleton Place Town Hall

Masonic Temple

Grand Hotel, The

Hawthorne Mill – South Shore Landing Inc.

Keyes Block Apartments



I will be doing a walking tour Saturday 16 beginning at 11 am at the Domino’s Parking Lot. I will stop for 10 minutes at:

Grand Hotel, The

Masonic Temple

Keyes Block Apartments

Carleton Place Town Hall (ending)

So come along for the informational and fun walk and I will stop at these above places for 10 minutes. If you want to stay longer than 10 minutes or even come back and visit them after the tour all good. It’s about about local history and open doors– so come have fun!!

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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.



Family Fun Day– Click here..



Have You Been to the Keyes Building? Here is Your Chance

Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place– Wooly Bully!!!! Part 6

Preserving the Past With Love Without Embalming It — Photos of the Carleton Place Museum 2011

What Didn’t You Know? The New Town Hall 1897

Romancing the Mississippi Hotel

Hawthorne Mill–The Early Years– 1874 -1927

Mysteries at the Carleton Place Masonic Lodge


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 (US


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Shenanigans of the Monday Night Town Hall Opening

Shenanigans of the Monday Night Town Hall Opening


October 29,1897-Almonte Gazette

Livery rigs were at a premium in town on Monday night owing to the number of Almonters who drove up to attend the Carleton Place concert. Three of our young townsmen, probably unable to secure another vehicle, had a lively ride to and from the junction town that evening by means of a railway tricycle they were fortunate enough to secure.

They did the distance to C. P. in twenty minutes, we understand, and on the return trip were spurting to lower the record, when, opposite Mr. Wylie’s factory on the outskirts of the town, there was a collision with one of those pretty little stripe-backed animals known technically as the **Mephitis Americana, and the animal shuffled off its coil with more speed than the spurters deemed necessary under the circumstances.




For some time after the unfortunate accident the survivors were threatened with social ostracism by their many friends, but the burial of at least two suits of clothes and persistent and well-directed attempts at fumigation have rendered such a contingency unnecessary. We have not heard in what dialect the owner of the triple wheeler clothed his thoughts when he set out on his next trip, and we are ready to believe that the local C.P. residents are dumb as an oyster over the affair, doubtless owing to the fact that it is against the rules of the company to give every Richard, Tom or Henry particulars as to collisions, washouts or other accidents ! 




Read more about the October 25th concert here.. What Didn’t You Know? The New Town Hall 1897

The receipts from the Carleton Place concert were $212.50, and $75 was cleared.

* *Mephitis Americana–SKUNK



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  23 Nov 1897, Tue,  Page 6


 - Life at the top Renovation of Carleton Place...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  21 Nov 1978, Tue,  [Second] REVISION,  Page 1


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.




What Didn’t You Know? The New Town Hall 1897

Carleton Place Town Hall Sued For Cupolas!

Why is the Town Hall Stage Slanted? Is it Collapsing?

Saved By The Bell in Carleton Place? What Does the Photo Say?

Pardon me Boys — Is That the Carleton Place Choo Choo?


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A Photo Birthday Message for the Queen-April 21 2016


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A few pictures from last year’s “royal” events in Carleton Place and Almonte.



Photo-Carleton Place Town Hall-2015


Photo-Carleton Place Town Hall-2015– Jennifer Fenwick Irwin



Photo-Carleton Place Town Hall-2015- Display from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Photo-Carleton Place Town Hall-2015


 Almonte Lions Club  June 13, 2015-Fairview Manor


 Almonte Lions Club  June 13, 2015-Fairview Manor


Photo-Carleton Place Town Hall-2015



 Almonte Lions Club June 13, 2015-Fairview Manor


 Almonte Lions Club  June 13, 2015-Fairview Manor


 Almonte Lions Club  June 13, 2015-Fairview Manor



Photo-Linda at the Blossom Shop with her hat creation-2015




Have Hat Will Travel — Carleton Place Royal Tea — September 9th

Searching for the Queen in Carleton Place and San Diego — A Photo Album

Electrical Plugs — Hats– and Impressive Men – Putting on the Ritz in Almonte



The Rooftop Christmas Tree in Carleton Place (2016)



Photo by Linda Seccaspina


November 28 Update— I saw the movie on Showcase this weekend.. LOVED it!!

The film The Rooftop Christmas has been filming in Almonte for the past few weeks. Today they were filming a “courtroom” scene in the council chambers inside the Carleton Place Town Hall. I posted a snippet of their last Christmas movie at the end of this blog, and most of their films (Johnson Production group)  are seen on the Hallmark Channel.

The star Michelle Morgan is best known for the series Heartland and was also in Supernatural as Jemma Verson. Tim Reid is also in the movie and known for many popular roles, especially That 70s Show.

The Rooftop Christmas Tree

By Johnson Production group


Credited cast:
Michelle Morgan Michelle Morgan
Sarah Wright
Tim Reid Tim Reid
Dale Landis
Stephen Huszar Stephen Huszar
John Keaton
Roger Dunn Roger Dunn
Judge Sam Conner
Alison Brooks Alison Brooks
Abby Wright
Peter Michael Dillon Peter Michael Dillon
Frank Wright
Krista Morin Krista Morin
Jessica Keller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Tucker Sean Tucker
Mr. Huber
Eddie Guillaume Eddie Guillaume
Danny Landis
Shannon Lawson Shannon Lawson
Mrs. Costello
Julia Scarlett Dan Julia Scarlett Dan
Young Sarah
Toni Ellwand Toni Ellwand
Marcie Whitcomb
Roseline Mouana Roseline Mouana
Mrs. Landis
Jacob Williams Jacob Williams
Young Danny





Release Date:

1 December 2016 (USA) See more »