Tag Archives: cars

Burns Service Garage – Comments and Memories

Burns Service Garage – Comments and Memories

Bob Smithson

The image in the photo is that of the Service Station and gas pumps where Red Munroe and others worked. The Main Office, Parts Department (Laurie McPhail and others), Service Bays and Paint Shop were located across the road from the Legion. The car lot area had its own service bay located to the rear of the lot which had an upstairs office where all the sales staff were located etc. (Edgar Carroll, Des Smithson, Cameron Smithson, Mike Vaughan and a young Clarke LaRocque). Jack Smithson, my father, was the General Manger and as I recall, Evelyn Lotan provided administrative assistance for the business, Dalton Burns was Finance and Stewart Burns the Owner. I recall that Jack Vanbridger, Elford Giles and Don MacIntosh were the mechanics along. Can anyone else add some other names and details

Dawn Jones

Linda : i believe Burns globe service was owned by Stuart Burns who had a car dealership across the street. I will verify that once i talk to a relative.

Dawn Jones

Linda : i believe Burns globe service was owned by Stuart Burns who had a car dealership across the street. I will verify that once i talk to a relative.

Bev Madden

..and before Burns it was owned by Gord Hill

Ken MacDonald

Dawn Jones

Burns Pontiac Buick

Dennis worked there in the body shop.

Actually that might be his car in the photo

Kathi Norton

Omg – that is terrific to see the old golf gas station of my father’s! Thanks for sharing! If anyone has any memorabilia of “Burns Pontiac Buick” I would be happy to pay someone for such items as key chains, callenders etc… please contact me directly!

Kathi Norton

Yes Burns Pontiac Buick was across the street, where Napa is today! It was in operation in the 60’s and 70’s

Stuart McIntosh

A 1958 Pontiac Pathfinder baby blue was the car my parents purchased at Hill motors.. used it to get my drivers licence – a little while ago – haha

Susan Elliott Topping

I remember Art working there! When I walked by to go skating, he would yell, “Hi Suzie Wing Wong”! because of my ponytail! LOL

Ronald Ford

I worked at Burns service station with Gordon mcclymont in the sixties

Cathy Paterson

I remember your Dad having the car dealership in Almonte I believe Mr Clarke LaRocque worked there as a salesman for your dad

Mike Gallant

Worked at the Service station for 3 years while going to school—then to the main dealership Burn’s Pontiac across the road to begin my career!!!

Tom Edwards

Was Edgar Carroll at Burns Pontiac Mike Gallant.

Mike Gallant

Yes Tom, Edgar Carroll, Clark Laroque, Des Smithson, Cameron Smithson, Laurie McPhail, Teddy Metcalfe, Hughie Whitten, Mrs Lotan, Mrs Wrigglesworth, Fuzzy Barr, Ray Gallant, Billy Southwell Eddie Gosset and the list goes on!!! Fun time working between the hotel and the Legion haha!!!

Peter Low

Continuing on, Mike: Body Shop>> Ronny Arthur, Frank “Shorty” Morrow, Ray Pretty, Steve Mundt, Ken Brown, Paul Raymond. Front End Alignment>> Don McIntosh. Additional mechanics>> Clarence Hazelwood, Ken Bennett. New Car Prep>> Jack VanBridger. Parts>> Jack Greer. New Car Wash>>Grant McDougall and Mike Villeneuve.

Mike Gallant

Peter Low Yes—Ernie Lalonde, Art Landry, Pat Laforce, Ken Mason, Nick Carter——I am sure I will think of a few more

John Metcalfe

Mike Gallant my brother George Metcalfe body shop

Dawn Jones

Mike Gallant ; Dennis LeClaire worked there for a time in the body shop.

Don Raycroft

Wow you have a good memory. Great crew of good people. I think Jack Smithson showed his face now and again as well!

Mike Gallant

Yes Don—Jack was there often as he owned Almonte Leasing. he stored some tires in the basement at the Gulf station across the street. He leased the 5 ton Flour mill trucks and we would service them on Saturdays!!

D Christopher Vaughan

My Dad Des Vaughan worked for Jack Smithson in the early 1950’s,but I thought it was across the street from the Legion – can anyone help out with that? Before my time, as it was when he worked for Jack that he met a Bell Telephone operator who worked on Mill Street named Elizabeth, and well, the rest is history. OK, i checked with my mom, and she has corrected me. My dad worked for Gord Hill at Hill Motors

Ronald Ford

Hill motor was across from superior restaurant. Burns Pontiac Buick was across from the legion

John Metcalfe

The car lot was across the street from legion and the picture is of their gas bar and 2 bay garage beside Lindsay farm equipment

Stuart McIntosh

Looks like a new /65 Pontiac parked out front.

Gerry Newton

Worked there in 1971 for a few weeks before crossing the road in parts.

Sandy France

Gordie Hill owned the GM dealership until the mid sixties when Stewart Burns bought Gordie out. Britt Thurston was the next owner but he moved the business up near Scoops

Julie Taylor

The building on the left that my Dad Don Lockhart grew up in still has my great Grandfather’s safe in it. Unfortunately I don’t think we will ever get it back as my Dad says it would need to be lifted out with a crane. 🙁

Janet Drynan

Remember the service station well. We owned it and the Lotan house and ran our auto repair business out of it

George Metcalfe

I worked at this Gulf station and then in the body shop across the street both owend by Stewart Burns

Bob Smithson

J.C. started-up a Car Leasing Company as part of Burns Motors, and eventually went on his own working from his basement office. He eventually became the County Registrar in the Land Registry Office until he retired.

Carl Roberts

Worked in the Body Shop with Shorty Morrow

Don Duncan Hi Nancy do you also have memories of riding to Almonte High School cramed into the back seat of Keith Brydges old rusted out station wagon. School buses have come a long way!

The LeMaistre Garage Fire

Break In! Thurston’s Garage and Lunch Bar

Clippings of the Winslow-Spragge Name and the Local Garage

Sir Malcolm Campbell Bluebird for Sale at Taylor’s Garage?

Wilbert Foster Garage Fire —Lanark

The Central Garage in Carleton Place by Terry Skillen

The Garages of Carleton Place –1970’s

Documenting the Golden Eagle Gas Bar — Mill Street

Movin’ on Mill Street– Supertest Building

Memories of the Golden Eagle Gas Station

Esso? Downtown Bridge Street Carleton Place

Filler Up! Got a Flat!! Photos of Gas Stations

Looking for Memories of Harold Linton’s Gas Station

Take Me to Your Litre — The Anti-Metric Gas Station

Esso? Downtown Bridge Street Carleton Place

The White Rose Service Station in Carleton Place

Dollars Worth of Gas in Carleton Place

Before the Canadian Tire Gas Bar There Was..

The 1982 Gas War — Perth Vs Carleton Place

The Falcon History and Hockey– Comments from the Readers

The Roadmasters of Carleton Place

The Roadmasters of Carleton Place

Article thank to Sylvia Giles-

Patty Baker

I believe my Mom Mildred Fox-Baker helped start the Roadsters. The regularly travelled monthly by bus to Toronto, Niagara & Stratford! She loved live entertainment & I attended a few events with her. They had name tags made out of round cross cuts of pieces of wood which were varnished & their name on it. I don’t believe this was the same club as the Roadmasters Road Club? I don’t know if it still exists as my Mom is now gone.

Allan Code.. Code Motors

Read AboutMcCreary’s School here

Pearl Stuart Teacher McCreary’s School

400 to watch Kart races on High Street.. Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 12 Aug 1960, Fri, Page 40 CLICK on photo to read

The lads were pretty fond of their cars. Lots of spit and shine, and lots of shinny hubcaps. I recall how all of us young dating couples would congregate in a lineup of lads, ladies(?) to steam up the car windows (innocent necking days back then). There were always trips to Port Elmsley Drive In theatre to watch a great movie under the stars. There were trips to Rideau Ferry to dance the night away, and of course we all stopped either at A&W drive thru or spent Friday nights at Carleton Place Curb Service, back in the day. In those days the food servers roller skated to your car with those great burgers and fries! Let’s Have Some Curb Service!

As I sit here though I am now remembering Ronnie Latham was part of the Roadmasters (I need help remembering them all). The guys had the greatest jackets made up and I wish I had photos.

Much appreciated! Thank you Linda

No thank you Beth Sweeney!!!!


Linda Gallipeau Johnson emailed me last night with this comment:

Linda, in a conversation about racing yesterday i was telling my grandson about the go-kart race track on the far end of High Street – the ladies that raced were called “Powder Puffs” as i remember. Also remember our neighbor Marion Menzies – Grade 3 teacher at Central used to race as well as her husband. Wonder if there were ever any pictures taken?

Today the accident of 1998 in Almonte- a spectacular accident near a school in June of 1993

After colliding with a truck a blue 1998 Grand Marquis ended up lying on top of two card in the parking lot of G. L. Comba. Const. Stan Carter said the damage was close to $20,000. the Marquis pulled a ‘brake burner’ at the stop sign on Stephen and Martin Street. It landed on high School office staffs Alice Ann Guthrie’s and music teacher Brian Tackaberry’s car.

What happened in Carleton Place in 1966?

Ice car racing!!!

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 03 Mar 1966, Thu, Page 17

Dave Langevin


1956-1957 Asphalt Stock Car racing at Lansdowne Speedway

Mike Kealey Driving For Nesbit Engienering and

Hector Langevin Driver in the Mechanics Race

Ray Paquette

The Nesbitt family of Nesbit Engineering had a cottage on the Mississippi and their son David was a regular at the Cheese Factory Dance Hall at Tennyson…

Susan Frappier Andress


My mom raced for Mike Kealy when she was 17. Her brother Don was a good of Mike’s.

Rick Roberts said:

Interesting to see the Vic Bennett Motors 1964 advert. I remember my father deliberating whether to buy the 1964 Corvair or the Chevy II. The debate went on for days. He eventually bought the Chevy II. Of course, as a 10 year old who was smitten by all things automotive, i spent quite a bit of time in the dealership while this was going on. My vote was for the Nassua blue 1964 Corvette that was in the showroom…. but that idea never had a chance!

Who was the “Nice Guy” of Carleton Place?Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 15 Feb 1974, Fri, [Second Edition], Page 30

Photo by Ted Hurdis–Ted Hurdis

“Here’s an oldie. It says Wilf Trotman , Ann and Mable Hurdis in front. Jack Hurdis and Loretta Purcell”.

Documenting the Roadmasters Road Club? Beth Sweeney

The Carleton Place Bathroom Appliance Cars

Rollin’ Down the Mississippi River —- Tunes and Cars of Carleton Place 1971

The Carleton Place Night Patrol: Aka Skin Dogging — Larry Clark

In Memory of Marvin MacPherson

Looking for Information on Pooh Bell & The Powder Puffs

Hillis Conroy —The Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings

Hillis Conroy —The Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings
With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..
Dad (Bob Aitkenhead) and Mrs. Heedon or Weedon (more on that car they are posing from later)

Dad (Bob Aitkenhead) and Mrs. Heedon or Weedon (more on that car they are posing from later)— Carleton Place

I finally found the article to go along with Ernie Trimble’s photo- Sept 6 1977– He won most desired car at the Perth Fair
· June 24, 2018  · 

My late husband loved this man and so do I. There is no bigger supporter of the Kings than Ernie Trimble.

When was the First Car Fatality in Carleton Place?

When Things Come 360 –The First Automobile Fatality in Carleton Place– Torrance, Burgess, and Names Names

The Carleton Place Bathroom Appliance Cars

Rollin’ Down the Mississippi River —- Tunes and Cars of Carleton Place 1971

Findlay vs. Bailey in Carleton Place —Horses vs. Cars

Do You Remember? Memories of the Pengor Penguin

Memories of the Original Road Gents Steve Villeneuve

Memories of the Original Road Gents Steve Villeneuve

Ross MunroI remember that car club, think they use to meet around where the Barley Mow is today

Colleen MontgomeryRoss Munro My brother Bev was part of that group.

Ross MunroColleen Montgomery I remember that too, Bill Southwell, and Rob Clement, that come to mind as well

George MetcalfeRoss Munro Warren Hummel, Doc McGrath, Peter Martin Pin (Dolly’s brother) Karl Grosleg and possibly Grant Chaplin

Ross MunroGeorge Metcalfe Bob(Pin) McClymont, Slip and Don Dodds maybe too?

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 Oct 1999, Tue  •  Page 37
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
26 Oct 1999, Tue  •  Page 37

The Carleton Place Night Patrol: Aka Skin Dogging — Larry Clark

The Carleton Place Night Patrol: Aka Skin Dogging  — Larry Clark

Don’t have any idea who came up with this terminology but it was something we used quite often; like in, “ what will we do tonight” and this was most often answered with, “lets go skin dogging” (although we used it as one word).I say “skin dogging” now, as that is how it is defined in GOOGLE although the drift of the language has changed somewhat.

skin doggingfrom the term skin dog. when you’re cruising around, or walking through somewheres ( mall, main street,bar, shopping plaza) looking for ladies. or looking for any skin anywheres.friend: where you’s to? me: ahh just going skin dogging, man.friend: nice. nice.by skindoggg October 22, 2009 – Larry Clark


I find it awesome that this term has survived to this day as I figured that it would now be extinct and perhaps it really is, due to the advent of almost instant communication.

Anyway back to Brundage’s BA station, corner of Lake Ave. and Bridge St.; early evening, a group of us in one or more cars would discuss the evenings activities, settle on the above and head out, -north on Bridge St., paying particular attention to the steps at the bank (you know which one) all the way to the town line. Here a decision had to be made,-West to the intersection with High St. (destination diner???) or East to the intersection with Bell to check out Curb Service.

With no luck; back to Brundage’s to swing west on Lake Ave to pass the riverfront, Canoe Club and beyond the high school to reverse course. We must have found this occupation amusing and interesting because we did this circuit many times without (for the most part) or (never having) any “luck”? To break the pattern, a 180 at the town line would suffice, or if something of interest was spotted (seldom), a 180 would be performed at that point.

Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Howard McLinton’s Gas Station. Was it was up at the end of High Street on the left as you are going toward Highway 7. Now it is a private home — read Looking for Memories of Harold Linton’s Gas Station

At times we must have peaked the interest of the local gendarmes, for-on one of the many occasions when two (or more) cars were racing down the town line, the race ends at the Hwy 7 junction with a 3 car formation. When the dust settled, it was determined that the third car was occupied by Chief Cornell. A little chagrined (and soon out of pocket), they answered to the ensuing charges with an amount almost equal to a weeks wages.

Peter Bradley
Sat with Herb Cornell on High Street outside our gate manning the speed trap many times. When he went hunting he would often drop off some moose meat to eat. Wonderful Chief! Photo-Vintage Carleton Place & Beckwith
February 1, 2020  · 

It seemed a little ludicrous as these jalopies could barely attain  a speed of 50mph but they were dangerous in other respects. Two cars racing down the Town Line neck and neck, approaching highway 7; whether it was late braking or no braking; the driver one of the vehicles failed to stop and careened through the intersection and crashed the embankment on the other side, crushing his car and a portion of himself-his upper arm broken in several places.

The remedy was a complete arm cast (screws and rods) that he wore for several (6) months and the good news:- he became the best one armed pool player in CP. In order to keep these cars on the road, we all had to become back yard mechanics with varying degrees of competency-some much better than others. Take for instance, an evening drive to Perth and we are all commenting to the driver about his inability to properly steer the car . His solution was to apparently let the car drift to one side and then counter that with the encouragement of a drift in the opposite direction. Worked well for the most part as he only clipped two opposite direction cars. They were barely “grazings” so no stop was made by either party-especially since we would be long gone by the time anyone could turn around. I believe someone else took over the driving for the remainder of the outing.  The drifting tactic was discarded and replaced by good concentrated driving which was needed to overcome the erratic tendencies of the steering/front end wanderings. (I was not either driver).

The old Carleton Place icehouse at the end of High Street past the Supertest Garage on the left taken about 1972–Peter Bradley

Driving in a Winter Wonderland

Driving in a Winter Wonderland



As I listened to the roar of my snow tires through the snowfall last week, I had to laugh at some old memories. My late husband Angelo used to argue that winter tires were “for people from Toronto who have to call in the army to shovel the sidewalks when it snows.”  That was until one day he backed down my father’s snowy driveway on Miltimore Drive in Bromont and removed part of my Dad’s fence. Not content with believing his Delta 88 could do such a thing he attempted to reverse again, only this time he hit the mailbox. He remained silent on the drive back to Ottawa and I never heard him tell tall tales about snow tires again.


My late father Arthur Knight always insisted that you should keep bags of sand in the trunk for traction in case you got stuck in the winter. His 70s Ford Pinto was loaded to the brim with bags of sand, and when I went to visit him he insisted tossing in more in my trunk. It was supposed to add weight, and if I ever got stuck, the sand could be used for traction he said. I never actually got stuck, so I never had to use the sand. Somehow I doubt that a couple of sandbags add or subtract anything meaningful to the traction of a vehicle that already weighs a ton when empty, plus a few hundred pounds with a driver and passenger.


Every year CAA publishes advice for winter driving and putting sand or litter in the back of a rear wheel drive car is always on the list. I personally prefer cat litter because it’s relatively inexpensive (non clumping, non scented) and provides decent traction.


When I was a kid everyone had snow tires. It was only in the 80s that people got silly and bought into the “all season” foolishness.


We’ve all heard someone say:


“I’ve been driving 50 years and have never needed winter tires–or– really, I only need two snow tires!”


Which meansHold my Timmies! I got this!


My Dad also used to tell the neighbours to pour hot water from the kettle on a frozen windshield. I heard him say that so many times, but he failed to tell folks about the puddle it left behind. That can lead someone to suffer a nasty spill– which he seemed to take each time he luckily didn’t crack the windshield with that boiling water.


Or how about turning your car on and idling it so the car will be warm? Sometimes I had time to run up Albert Street and buy something at Bonneau’s before the neighbour’s car was fully warmed up. Years ago cars didn’t have technology to properly warm up a carburetor but some folks still believe the myth their Dad and Grandfather told them about keeping the car warm.


If anyone ever tries to tell you any of these are true, block your ears and slowly back away. My favourite thing about winter? When it’s over!  Just be glad you don’t live in Newfoundland!


Cattle Driving — Keeping the Beast on the Road

“Let the Cattle Pass” An Insulting Nuisance

Weekend Driving- Smiths Falls Franktown and Carleton Place 1925

Tips From the Almonte Gazette “Travel Section” 1874



Ted Bain Danny Arnstein and the Checker Cab

Ted Bain Danny Arnstein and the Checker Cab

img - 2020-01-22T143839.143


In 1982 for a two dollar bill and change, the townspeople of Smiths Falls could take a ride in a Checker Cab and make believe they were in the Big Apple. Ted Bain, the late owner of B & B Taxi, realized a lifetime ambition when he purchased his green and white Checker Special.

He had been  negotiating with a dealer for two years to get hold of a second-hand Checker.  Although the car was a 1979 model, it looked like it came straight out of a ’50s movie. That’s because the last time the company changed the model design was 1956.

Out of of his fleet of 13 cars, the Checker was most in demand. That $2.25 unmetered Checker ride in 1982 was going to cost more if the two cab companies met Smiths Falls council regarding a fare hike.  The council favoured installing meters in town taxis but Bain didn’t think that was the best approach.

Built by Checker Motors Corporation in Kalamazoo, Mich., the car had a six-cylinder Chevrolet engine and General Motors powertrain. Extra-wide doors allowed enough space between the front and back seats to hold a wheelchair and the car itself was extra heavy. Bain pointed out it was the same model viewers saw weekly in the popular television series Taxi. 

All parts, including fenders and rocker panels, were replaceable, Bain noted. As a mechanic and body man by trade, he did all his own work. He said a front fender costs him $80 in U.S. funds and, as the frame itself  was of heavy construction, he hoped by rebuilding to get an extra 10 years out of the car.

Despite his lifetime love affair with Checker cabs, Bain was not aware that Danny Arnstein, owner of the Yellow Taxi Cab Company in New York and Chicago, spent 30 years as a summer resident in the area until his death in 1960. His unusual $100,000 cottage on Livingston Island ( Now Colonel By Island) in Big Rideau Lake still stands and can be seen by boating visitors to the overnight docking area, owned by Parks Canada.




This is the largest island in a set of islands collectively known as “Long Island”. It was formerly known as “Livingston Island” and may still be marked that way on older charts. The flat roofed building on the Island was called “Wag’s Lodge,” built by Danny Arnstein (co-owner of Yellow Cab in New York and Chicago) in 1949-50. The cottage features two massive “peanut rock” fireplaces and “driftwood plywood” walls. Of note the building has deteriorated and Parks Canada has restricted access in and around the building.




Movie stars Allan Ladd, Jane Powell and singer Paul Anka were a few of the celebrities Arnstein entertained there. And employees of his cab company were brought up to spend their vacations on the Rideau. Bain hoped to have 14 of the famous fleet of Checker cabs on call but didn’t know how his wife would take it. “She says I fell in love with Checker and chucked her aside,” he laughed.

In memory of Ted Bain

Screenshot 2020-01-22 at 14.24.29



See pictures of abandoned interior here.. CLICK
The present building on the island was built in 1949-50 for Danny Arnstein, the owner of the Yellow Cab Company of Chicago and New Your City. The architect of the building was Horace Roberts of Westport.

The island was originally known as the “Isle of Guernsey”

In the 1940s, the Long Island Club was formed with at least three families involved, including Danny Arnstein (Yellow Cab Company). The front of the building contained four large bedrooms with baths, a very large living room and dining area and a game and sun room. All these rooms were fitted with call buttons to the kitchen. Behind the kitchen was a small sitting area for the servants, their two small bedrooms and shared bathroom. Mr. Arnstein visited the island every summer until his death in 1960 and always brought his cook and maid from New York City. The large central section of the cottage had 14 foot ceilings to match the Arnstein apartment in New York City. It boasted two 18th century chandeliers designed to hold 36 candles each. The stone in the four fireplaces was locally quarried limestone.

After Mr. Arnstein’s death in 1960, the island was acquired by Gerry Livingston of Smiths Falls and the island became known as “Livingston Island”. It was sold to Parks Canada in 1979 who renamed the island “Colonel By Island”.

 - The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
24 Mar 1947, Mon  •  Page 6

 - The New York Times
New York, New York
26 Dec 1922, Tue  •  Page 17

 - The Windsor Star
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
21 Mar 1936, Sat  •  Page 14

Press and Sun-Bulletin
Binghamton, New York
07 Mar 1966, Mon  •  Page 19

 - Daily News
New York, New York
22 Aug 1960, Mon  •  Page 151

 - The Miami Herald
Miami, Florida
28 Sep 1960, Wed  •  Page 29



Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place –Part 1–Bud’s Taxi

Assassinated Gossip about Lincoln, Payne and the Thousand Islands

Is there Still Gold on Wellesley Island ?

Murder on Maple Island

The Tale of a Pirate named Bill Johnston with Pirate Dog Supermodels

Stories from Ash Island

The Almost Tragic Story of Robert Henry

Assassinated Gossip about Lincoln, Payne and the Thousand Islands

The Lost Island– Now You See it- Now You Don’t!

Gold Mines and Disappearances

Did Anyone Find the Lost Barrel of Silver Coins That Lies at the Bottom of the Rideau Canal?

Did You Know About Fettercairn Island?

Did you Know About the Wedding Cake Cottage?


Do You Remember? Memories of the Pengor Penguin

Looking for a 1930 Pontiac –Napier Connection –Ken Brisco

A Common Sight on the Side of the Road




It used to be a common sight to see a lad sitting by the side of the road with a piece of sandpaper roughing up the surface before coating it with cement and a rubber patch to repair a flat tire. If you forgot your jack to raise the car, well the nearest farmer’s fence was used —often breaking some of the farmer’s rails. Nine times out of ten the drivers never replaced the broken rails and drive off with nary a thought.

The farmers developed bad attitudes towards the local drivers, and the drivers could not understand why. Of course today, fences are never needed for a flat but a bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.


10676206_833947523371140_3998685138995243383_n (1).jpg

Photo is from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Lanark County Genealogical Society Website

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News

Rollin’ Down the Mississippi River —- Tunes and Cars of Carleton Place 1971

Should Cows and Smart Cars be Tipped?

Lost Ottawa— Lost Carleton Place

Life Inside and Out the Gillies House –Photos 1910

The Great Gatsby’s of Lanark County?

Never Let Your Kids Eat Chicken Stuffed Kale Balls




Last night my son posted this on his Facebook page:

Eating kale-stuffed chicken balls admiring the beauty of the 2016 Lancer GTS in octane blue. The tires should be shined. But I’m not mad!!! How’s your night going?! #mitsubishi #lancer #lancergts#ftw #chickenballs #mitsubishimotors — at Motorhouse Mitsubishi.

Chicken-Stuffed Kale or Kale Stuffed Whatever Balls???? I am not a fan of kale, and I certainly didn’t make him for it, but all the more power to him UNTIL this afternoon when I got a call:

“We sold your car Mum– come bring it in.”

Well, if anyone didn’t know what it looked like it was pink! It just screamed me! Which suits me more? The pink car, or the red Outlander. I will give you this thumbs up though— the Outlander has Sirius radio in there LOL.






So I figure it was the kale he ate last night that got him all motivated. After all, it’s got a lot of texture, and tastes like dirt and unhappiness. (except for Jennifer Fenwick Irwin’s salad)

And for the love of murgatroyd please don’t tell me: “Homemade Kale “Chips” made with a tiny bit of olive oil, lemon and salt are so delicious”!

After all, I know what most of you are really up too, but will never dare say out loud.

Most of you probably have a bag of Kale in your freezer (yes, I am looking at you). Not because you use it a lot-BUT you buy it because you THINK you should, and then you never use it. So its always there. 🙂

One thing my son the car dealer can say truthfully is that the last owner was DEFINITELY “a little old lady from Carleton Place”. Goodbye car– see you on the other side! So please, to all those that wave at me in my former little pink car–be careful–as it’s not me LOL

Go Granny Go Granny Go Granny Go!

This was a public safety announcement to all those that wave at pink cars.


10446 Hwy 7
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 253-5550



The Most Terrifying Things Bred Into Existance — A Motorhouse Mitsubishi Story

It’s What My Son Said….

Something Really Spells Funny on Highway 7

The Mystery of My Smelly Car — Seinfeldism

Are You Getting Creepy Messages on Your Starbucks Coffee Cup?

Touring in the Back Seat of a 1973 Buick Electra Limited

Never Let Your Kids Eat Chicken Stuffed Kale Balls


The Most Terrifying Things Bred Into Existance — A Motorhouse Mitsubishi Story


I know I’m going to get a lot of thumbs down, but to me, it’s a bit sickening what some people do to animals for their own amusement. I could not handle owning a Munchkin cat. I can’t imagine how every morning I’d get up, make breakfast, grab my purse and keys, then I’d just see that abbreviated cat walk across the room. I’d have to stop everything and laugh for at least an hour and a half. Just imagine the little shuffling noise it would make. If I was a gnome I would defiantly ride the Munchkin cat into battle.


I sometimes ponder the majesty of nature; the innate ability of the world to create and stylize animals and plants into the most wonderful of things (and toss the failed experiments into Australia).

But you give humans 1000 years, and they’ll breed the most selectively useless crap this side of Kim Kardashian. No wonder nature always tries to kill us. Something about that Korean Mastiff makes me want to put a Hawaiian shirt on him and call him “The Dude”. Because it seriously looks like if it were a human, it would be Jeff Bridges. Actually, the Korean Mastiff looks like what you’d get if you shaved and deflated a bear.


In order to show opposition to this kind of breeding, I have always refrained from getting any of these types of animals as pets. I only get lions. Actually I want a Munchkin cat and a Dreadlock dog, and send them off on hilarious adventures. Or maybe sell it sell it to Pixar, and DROWN in money!

download (50)

So what happens when two identical Mitsubishi’s from Motorhouse Mitsubishi meet on the side of the road?




Not sure, but I hear there is a lot of posing and tomfoolery going on. See what science can accomplish when we cast aside those petty notions of morality? I know you were really probably hoping for a testicle joke, right? This is a family car folks:)

Motorhouse Mitsubishi
10446 Hwy 7
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 253-5550