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Personal Memories of Downtown Local Business etc.


Ray PaquetteI’m having a senior moment. Will somebody reminding me who ran Moore’s Taxi please?

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Ernie Moore – I think.

Ray PaquetteWas that the same Ernie Moore who ran the store on Moore Street?

Nancy HudsonLinda I think the taxi driver’s name was John Moore, Ernie had the store on Moore St.

Ray PaquetteNancy Hudson I remember Watty Stanzel, Arnie McNeely, Ronnie Wing and Wib Giles but John Moore, I have no recollection of. Where did he live?

Nancy HudsonRay Paquette John Moore lived at the corner of Town Line west and Moffatt St. My Aunt and Uncle, Les and Olive Nield lived next door to him on Moffatt St

Ray PaquetteLinda Gallipeau-Johnston Ted has taken on the affectation of 2 “d’s” in his name. He is now known as Tedd. Go figure?!?!?

Ray PaquetteLinda Gallipeau-Johnston You were asking about Tedd. Here is a picture of him and Brian McDonald taken last September. Ted is on the right….

Doug B. McCartenRay Paquette great to see Brian and Tedd are well and enjoying life as retirees! Ask Brian if he remembers the two young ladies who were traveling through town selling magazine subscriptions? We all went back to Brian’s house to discuss our choices….. lol! I actually got a subscription for Car & Driver….. I think Brian took one of the ladies to his room to get money or something BAHAHAHA what a nice visit we had with them…….

Ray PaquetteDoug B. McCarten I sent your comment regarding the magazine sales staff to Brian who commented “…You can tell Doug that , although that little experience had slipped my mind, yes I do remember now that he mentioned it. I thought that there might have been a third guy involved but I might be wrong. I ended up getting a subscription for a year to a magazine I cared little for.Those girls were VERY good at their job.”

Ray PaquetteThere are a lot of commercial locations of earlier times that are not included on this “place mat”. Bellamy’s Restaurant, Sinclair Bros. Men’s Wear and Patterson’s Furniture to mention a few others not already noted above. I could go on but would bore most readers…

Joan StoddartRemember the rest rooms beside the Queen’s

Ray PaquetteBeginning at the bottom of Bridge Street, on the west side: the Texaco station, the Salvation Army Citadel, Levines, Hick’s Grocery, Charlie Jay Shoe Repair, Mae Mulvey’s Candy Shop. Central Grill, Galvin’s Men’s Wear, Carleton Grill ( and the Colonial Bus Lines stop), the Roxy Theatre, Harold Dowdall’s Barbersop, Denny Coyles Esso, Ned Root’s Shoe Repair, Stanzel’s Taxi, Dr. McDowell, Darou’s Bakery. Doucette Insurance, McAllister’s Bike Repair, Oona’s Applicances/Bob Flint TV, Hastie Bros Plumbing, Bruce McDonald Optometrist, Foote Photography, the public restrooms, the Queens Hotel, Woodcock’s Bakery, Lewis Reg’d Ladies Wear, Okilman’s, and Patterson’s Furniture. I probably forgot a business but I’m sure other readers can “fill in the blanks” or take exception to some of the names on the list. More to come when I crossover to the East side of bridge…😂

Joann VoyceRay/ Not Lewis but Moskivitch Dress shop. Lewis was beside Comba I believe as my mother sent me there for clothes

Ray PaquetteTwo days ago I listed the businesses of my boyhood that operated on the west side of Bridge, a.k.a., Main Street. Today I’ll bore you with reminisces of the east side, with the caveat that I may omit or misidentify a business or two, but cut me some slack, this was 70 years ago! Beginning at the Mississippi Hotel, there was Joie Bond’s store, her brother’s barber shop, Bowland’s Grocery, Carleton Cleaners, William’s Drugstore, Fulton’s Furniture, predecessor to Allan Barker, Kiddy Town, Playfair Bowling Lanes, The Canadian, the Liquor Store. Then Dr Ferrill’s office, the Orange Lodge, the Canadian Tire, the Post Office, the Bank of Nova Scotia, Dr. McCarron the dentist, Royal Bank, New York Cafe, the Olympia, Howard Little’s Barber shop, Argue’s Grocery, Robertson’s Men’s Wear, Wilson’s Drugstore, Dack’s Jewellers, McCann’s Poolroom, the Dominion Store. Across Franklin Street there was Asseltine’s Drugstore, Stedman’s 5 & 10, Walkers Dry Goods, Allan’s Shoe Store, Dr Walroth’s Office and Mr. Tighe, the Piano Teacher, McLaren’s Drugstore, Lewis Reg’d, and Comba’s Furniture. On the north side of the bridge, was Dr. Johnston’s office and Branch #192, Royal Canadian Legion. Bennett’s Meat Market on the corner of Bell Street, McArten’s Insurance, Brewers Retail, the Maple Leaf Dairy, and finally, the (Cameron’s?) Blacksmith Shop across from Miller’s Farm Equipment. Anyway, that’s what I remember: perhaps some of the readers would like to fill in the blanks that I have left, not intentionally.

Ray PaquetteDan Williams Read my follow on note in reply to Doug’s question about me taking notes. It easy when you are in and out of those businesses 6 days a week delivering a paper…😂

I loved what Susan Mary Risk posted in December 2019 so I added it.

Susan Mary Risk–We had milk and fruit juice delivered to the front door daily. It’s because no one had refrigerators. We kept everything in the larder, the weeks rationed roast under a fly net.It turned green iridescent and we still ate it. We had beef drippings on bread for a treat, not Cheesies or fruit loops. In winter we had to break ice off the toilet water and ruffle the frost off the toilet seat. What we had for heating two stories was a coal or coke burning fireplace and one tiny gas space heater in the nursery that Mom payed for by sticking a shilling into the meter placed in the hall. This was post war England.

Ah the good old days, when I was allowed to spray the flowers with a hand pump, full of good old DDT. No one admonished us with threats of lymphoma back then. No one told me I could get skin or lung cancer by fetching the coal from a small shed with a galvanized steel bucket. Though heavy, this was a less noxious material than today’s plastics. Stuffies, now. I kept my bear, David, until I was 13. I had one bear. My sister still had her stuffie, Ellie a few years before she died at age 60. Our stuffie were filled with sawdust. She found that out eventually.

We never had freezing on our teeth at the dentist. Instead, the dentist would promise us we could hold and look at a gold painted wooden angel if we didn’t scream from the drilling. The good old days when responsibility meant staying on the sidewalk all night in winter to protest apartheid outside the US Embassy in Toronto. Ages 12 and 14. Those days of witness, the violent deaths of blacks or protesters in the South. Police brutality. The deaths of Martin Luther King, of Robert Kennedy, the incarceration of Nelson Mandela.Life was more carefree before TV and perhaps we older folk dream of our youth as blessed at times, but somehow I feel our children have so much more than we ever knew.


Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 2- Milano Pizza to Milady Dress Shop

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 3- St. Andrew’s to Central School

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 4- Leslie’s China Shop to Rubino’s/Giant Tiger

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 5-The Little White House to the Roxy

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 6-The Eating Place to the Post Office

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 7 –Scotia Bank to the New York Cafe

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 8–Olympia Restaurant to McNeely’s–

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 9–Flint’s to the Blue Spot

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 10–

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 11

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12Dr. Johnson Downing and Ferril I Presume? Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 12 a

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 13

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign–Dr. Winters 154-160 Bridge Street Carleton Place –Jaan Kolk Files

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 14

Mitchell & Cram — History of The Summit Store 1898-1902 –Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series –Volume 15

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series–Volume 16– Newman’s Hall

Saying Goodbye to Cathie Hawkins McOrmond



I wrote about Cathie Hawkins McOrmond  awhile ago, and now I must write that today, Friday, is her last day at work for “Downtown Carleton Place”.  McOrmond’s Facebook page used to be consumed with town events squeezed in between her family’s photos. Now there are mostly inspirational posts, as Cathie chose to work her last 8 weeks as Project Manager for the Carleton Place BIA after her job became null and void in the restructuring of things.

I am not going to get specific about the colour of the grass on either side,  but an unplanned departure is never good news. The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart, and that is what Cathie has done. Today, let us celebrate Cathie as a friend, mother  and the never to be forgotten face of downtown Carleton Place.

You might not know that Cathie initially wanted to become a social worker when she was in High School. Sadly, the wayward youth of the Ottawa Valley did not have privy to her talents, and instead, the town of Carleton Place acquired Cathie to cheer lead us on at all our local events for the past decade.


Cathie has lived in Carleton Place since her high school days, and her family is very active in the community. The business graduate has many notches in her belt: teachers aid, life skills trainer, Crime Stoppers, Commodore at our local Canoe Club, and the list goes on.

Whether or not you agreed with her sometimes– you could always see the passion she has for our community.  Makim Gorky once wrote that only mothers can think of the future- because they give birth to it in their children. Cathie’s mother used to be a volunteer tuck shop coordinator for the Carleton Place Hospital. She had encouraged her daughter to volunteer there also, as  she felt it would give her a sense of community.


There is no doubt in my mind that losing Cathie is a loss, but hopefully we can learn something from it. As Rocky McDonald-  former chair of Downtown Carleton Place, formerly the Business Improvement Association (BIA) said to the Carleton Place and Almonte Gazette:

“Though, I do want it to be said I loved working with Cathie every second,” McDonald noted. “She is an amazing individual.”

“She really does have the town at heart,” he continued. “Unbelievable…that woman cares more about this town than, honestly, town hall cares about this town.”

To be a champion, you have to see the big picture. It’s not about winning and losing; it’s about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge. That is and always will be Cathie–as an old Japanese proverb says: “Fall seven times, stand up eight”.


Related reading:

McOrmond excited for future beyond Carleton Place BIA

Cathie Hawkins McOrmond — She’s Just a Small Town Girl

Here Are your Downtown Carleton Place Board Members


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I have had a ton of emails the last few days and today my inbox never stopped. You only have to read the latest story by Tara Gregg Gestner in the Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette to see why.

Carleton Place BIA eliminates project manager position, a job held by Cathie McOrmond for nearly 12 years


“Jeff Maguire, the former publisher of the Carleton Place Canadian and Almonte Gazette newspapers, was chair of the BIA board when McOrmond was hired in 2004.

“Not only is she a local native who cares deeply about the community, Cathie also conducted her BIA role with a real sense of commitment and purpose,” he said. “She wasn’t hesitant to take on new projects, and her involvement with Bridge Street Bazaar, Lambs Down Park Festival and both the Christmas and Halloween parades speaks for itself.”

“Cathie has a passion for the job and for Carleton Place in general,” Maguire continued.

Calling the elimination of her position “a very short sighted decision,” he added, “I believe this move will adversely affect the community.”Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette

If you have read my blogs the last week you know how I feel.  Some asked me who exactly sat on the BIA board. So I went to the Downtown Carleton Place site and found the list. Click here for the board members.

Rob Probert was out of town, if you read the story in the Gazette, so he had no knowledge of what transpired. So that ladies and gentlemen is the list of Downtown Carleton Place  board members which is pretty easy to find and public knowledge.

Time to Change the “What’s In it for Me” Attitudes


We Are Everyday People in Carleton Place


Please play while reading


Photo-Steve Yaver

Sometimes we’re right and sometimes we can be wrong
The butcher, the banker, the drummer and then
Makes no difference what group we’re in
We are all everyday people

The Dunlop Business Park -THANK YOU Carleton Place



Photo-Steve Yaver



Photo-Steve Yaver

Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.



 Photo–Downtown Carleton Place BIA— FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

I write about the power of trying, because I want to be okay with failing. I write about generosity because I battle selfishness. I write about joy because I know sorrow. I write about faith because I almost lost mine, and I know what it is to be broken and in need of redemption. I write about gratitude because I am thankful – for all of it.



Photo–Downtown Carleton Place BIA

And so on and so on
And scooby dooby dooby
Oh sha sha
We got to live together


Photo–Downtown Carleton Place BIA

Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.



Photo–Downtown Carleton Place BIA

People need to spread love towards strangers. We all bleed the same blood and we are all part of  the community.



Photo–Downtown Carleton Place BIA

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.


Photo-Linda Seccaspina (Kory Earle)

The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better.



Photo-Linda Seccaspina

Working together in concert more smoothly not only helps us move more quickly; it changes the nature of what we can undertake. When we have the confidence that we can orchestrate the group effort required to realize them, we dare bigger dreams.




There should be no excuses ever about working together for one great goal–Photo-Steve Yaver



A sustainable world means working together to create prosperity for all.


Photo-Steve Yaver


Photo-Steve Yaver


Photo-Linda Seccaspina



Photo-Linda Seccaspina


Brad Occomore at Family Fun Day-Photo-Linda Seccaspina

What is important is family, friends, giving back to your community and finding meaning in life.



Photo-Steve Yaver

PLEASE NOTE– I never made it out to the Geeked Out Event at Murray’s Flea Market on High Street as I had a meeting and ran out of time– but great job Shannon and Joyce!


Photo-Steve Yaver

We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together. We are all everyday people!

The Dunlop Business Park -THANK YOU Carleton Place


Dolly, Dickens and Doggies —Episode 2— Carleton Place’s Favourite Things


Find out all about your Holiday events on the Carleton Place Social Scene. Thanks Lisa Strangway



Bring your friends, sisters, mothers and daughters, and head down to Downtown Carleton Place on November 19th for Sales, Prizes, Refreshments, a Fashion Show and Fun!

at 1:00pm8:00pm
Shop and Dine in Downtown Carleton Place!
Paint With Janet
Wednesday, November 18–at 6:00pm in EST

Come out and eat, paint, be merry and help a local family in need. This helpful fella will be painted with palette knives so you will learn some new painting techniques.

$60 includes an amazing entree from Slackoni’s and then after dinner we paint (beverages extra). Proceeds go to the Barrie foundation

Dinner at 6pm and we should be finished painting by 9:30pm

Slackoni’s Fine Italian Cuisine
35 Mill Street, Carleton Place, Ontario K7C 1T6

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A Whoville Christmas –  Carleton Place 2015 Santa Claus Parade

Saturday November 28th 5 pm— FACEBOOK PAGE


A Message from Kory Earle of People First of Lanark County

Dear: Friends, Community Members, Business, Organizations, Families and Politicians,

People First of Lanark County is once again hosting a Christmas Day Dinner for the community. Our Christmas Day Dinner will take place at the Carleton Place Legion, from 11a.m. until 4:00p.m.

It takes a lot of generosity from the community to put this dinner on. We are asking for your help with the following items:
Turkey, Stuffing, Ham, Gravy ,Carrots, Brussel sprouts, Corn, Potatoes, Rolls, Butter, Pickles, Cranberry sauce, Pies for dessert (or) , Cake for dessert, Coffee / tea, Juice / water / pop, or any toys for the Children, Mitts for everyone
If you are donating a Cheque, Please make it payable to- People First of Lanark County.

All donations will be accepted until December 18, 2015, As this will give us time to prepare for our annual Christmas Day Event!
If you are interested in donating or helping out, Please call me at- (613) 451-0051
Thank you,
Kory Earle

 E-mail: koryearle@hotmail.com


Christmas is coming! We are looking for candid photos of your Christmas celebrations in Carleton Place. If you’d like to share your photos from the past with us please email them to cpbheritagemuseum@bellnet.ca . Thank you!

My Favourite Christmas Movies– A Smoky Mountain Christmas with Dolly Parton

Stories I Love You Should Read Again…


 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first released on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. With A Christmas Carol, Dickens hoped to illustrate how self-serving, insensitive people can be converted into charitable, caring, and socially conscious members of society. With each Ghost’s tale functioning as a parable, A Christmas Carol advances the Christian moral ideals associated with Christmas—generosity, kindness, and universal love for your community.

Favourite Cookie– Christmas Sugar Cookies from one of my faves— The Gooseberry Patch

Submitted by: Kris Kellis from Salisbury, NC
Originally shared on the web 07/31/2012

1/3 c. butter, softened
1/3 c. shortening
1 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 T. milk
1 t. baking powder
1 t. vanilla extract
1/8 t. salt
In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Cover and chill dough for 3 hours. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/8-inch thickness; cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Arrange on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 minutes, or until golden. Makes 2 dozen.

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Carleton Place’s Favourite Things– If Oprah can do it we can too!!.. Each blog will have something different.

Seen at the IDA in the Carleton Place Mews

What is more Canadian than Laura Secord candy as a gift. 

In 1913, Frank P. O’Connor opened a small candy store in Toronto where he sold hand-made chocolates. He named his store after Laura Secord, the Canadian heroine who was a symbol of courage, devotion, and loyalty.

Laura Secord began as a single shop on Yonge Street in Toronto. O’Connor turned the flat above the shop into a kitchen and prepared his own products. Success prompted the company’s expansion across Ontario and Quebec. In the 1930s, an office was opened in Winnipeg and pharmacies began carrying Laura Secord products.

By 1950, there were as many as 96 shops in Ontario and Quebec, and Laura Secord chocolate was a well-established family tradition. Starting in the late 1960s, ownership of Laura Secord changed on several occasions. As of February 2010, Laura Secord is owned by Jean and Jacques Leclerc, two Quebec businessmen. The current owners belong to a family with over a century of experience in the food-processing industry. Together, the two businessmen possess close to 60 years of industry experience. Laura Secord continues to use its time-honoured recipes and is as dedicated to quality and excellent customer service as ever. Every product comes with an unconditional guarantee of quality.

As for the monkey hat– well I really think that is a hoot..:) Everyone should have one.:)




Seen at Natural Pet Foods on Bridge Street in Carleton Place –artwork for both pets and their humans! Would make a great gift for others and maybe yourself? 🙂

Natual Pet Foods

61 Bridge St, Carleton Place, ON K7C 2V2
(613) 253-7387


Favourite Holiday Songs –Sugar Plum Fairy

Related Reading

Rockin’ Around Carleton Place — Episode 1— Carleton Place’s Favourite Things

The House That Rose Out of the Embers —- Carleton Place Hospital Foundation Christmas House Tour

Rockin’ Around Carleton Place — Episode 1— Carleton Place’s Favourite Things


Well we did the Halloween blog on an almost daily basis so it is time for holiday cheer and what-nots. So let’s start the weekend right..


Find out all about your Holiday events on the Carleton Place Social Scene. Thanks Lisa Strangway




Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.—Dr. Seuss

This weekend celebrate tradition and bring the family. Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.– Come feel the love at Jame’s Holiday Bazaar in Carleton Place.





Finders Keepers? It’s happening this Saturday at the Canoe Club. This is the third year that Monika Henry brings a European flair to local craft shows. Henry’s thoughts is that a trunk or suitcase must be the integral part of the vendor’s display, which is a popular theme in Europe. She was an exchange student in high school, from Switzerland, and married a local boy (Joe Henry – of Kingfish Pumping).  Four & Twenty Blackbirds is her business name, and she creates all kinds of fabric awesomeness, mostly for babies (bibs, burp cloths, soother tethers, etc.) A One-of-a-Kind-Find Craft Show in Carleton Place.

Saturday, November 14at 10:00am – 3:00pm in EST

Carleton Place Canoe Club



Christmas is coming! We are looking for candid photos of your Christmas celebrations in Carleton Place. If you’d like to share your photos from the past with us please email them to cpbheritagemuseum@bellnet.ca . Thank you!

My Favourite Hallmark Movies


Stories I Love You Should Read Again…

My kids know how much I love this story.

2 The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Anderson

Hans Christian Andersen (April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet noted for his children’s stories. During his lifetime he was acclaimed for having delighted children worldwide, and was feted by royalty. His poetry and stories have been translated into more than 150 languages. They have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated films. Originally published as part of Andersen’s fifth volume of Fairy Tales in 1848, The Little Match Girl is an original Andersen story inspired by a Johan Thomas Lundbye drawing and loosely based on an incident that happened to Andersen’s mother when she was a child. Written nine years after Andersen’s friend and colleague Charles Dickens finished Oliver Twist, The Little Match Girl shed a light on a very oppressed and silent group in Europe — its children.


Favourite Cookie (that would be yesterday’s story The Ginger Snap)


The Invincible Ginger Snap Cookies of Carleton Place




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Carleton Place’s Favourite Things– If Oprah can do it we can too!!.. Each blog will have something different.




Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there

My Baby, Just-a Wrote Me a Letter– The Carleton Place Post Office



Holiday Cards Send as late as Holiday Packages Send as late as
Local Delivery December 21 Priority December 23
Within Province December 18 Xpresspost™ December 22
Outside Province December 17 Regular Parcel™ December 11




Baby, it’s Cold Outside!

SnowStoppers® Kid’s Mittens

Winter- hot cocoa, snowfalkes and mittens

Kids stay warmer and play longer with SnowStoppers® Kid’s Mittens The patented Extra-Long Cuff is what makes the difference!

“I originally purchased two pairs of the mittens three years ago and they are still going strong!!! Both my kids have grown out of theirs but I am now passing the older child’s to the youngest and now I’m going to order new ones for my oldest: ) I will always have my kids wear these it protects their wrists and arms from the snow. Best mittens/gloves ever!”

Apple Cheeks
53 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 451-2769


My Favourite Song


I Found the Incredible Hulk on Bridge Street — Photographic Evidence


Again- It’s comic book day! LOL

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I heard The Incredible Hulk was on Bridge Street, but where could I find him?


I saw Wonder Woman at Reads Book Store and Coffee Shop on Bridge Street– but she had no idea where The Hulk was. They were also getting ready for Indies and Authors Day. Hope Mary Cook was not taken by Superman!


Was he hiding behind these real branch gates at The Floral Boutique?


Erica told me she had seen him and he was nearby. Suddenly the sky darkened….


Was that a rustle of Batman?


Deana said very little at The Granary— almost like she knew something- but I was mesmerized by the new addition she has created! Amazing!


Has he swung on her new chandeliers?


Hmmmmm… was he hiding up there. Look at the original tin ceiling!


Whoops.. I saw a flash of green and he was out of there…


No one knew where he went that day but he left his mark in town! See you at Comic Book Day in downtown Carleton Place

And don’t forget Murray’s Furniture and Flea Market too!

To celebrate Super Hero Saturday on May 2nd from 10 am until 2 pm
Free Comics and prizes for all kids 12 and under who come dressed up. Halloween in May!
525 High Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 253-1804