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Slice it Chop it and Put it on Some Greens



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Photos by Sandra Hurdis Finigan— Bill Flint and Zach Finigan


Fictional story–and the people are innocent–trust me innocent by Linda Seccaspina

It was a sunny morning at the Flint homestead in Carleton Place as Grandpa Bill Flint and Zach were beginning their pre-shot routine. Zach was visualizing his upcoming shot, when a voice came over the family home speaker system.

The two were still deep in their golf thoughts, seemingly impervious to the interruption. Again the announcement rang out even louder, and it was Grandma Carole and she meant business:

“Would the Gentlemen on the WOMEN’S tee kindly back up to the men’s tee.”

They both ignored the request and kept concentrating on making those holes, when once more, the same request was heard. This time they both stopped, turned, looked to the window  and directly at the person with the request and shouted back:

“Would the person in the clubhouse kindly stop shouting and let us play our second shot?”



Photos by Sandra Hurdis Finigan— Carole Flint and Zach

Zach was a smooth operator at Flint Golf Club’s and soon attached himself to the prettiest lady golfer in the area, even if she was a source of irritation sometimes, and began boasting to her.

“You know,” said Zach, “the other member in this golf club is afraid to play me.  I think he is afraid I will bring out my secret weapon.”



Photos by Sandra Hurdis Finigan—  Zach Finigan

Deciding to use the family anchor to play his next shot (The Anchor on Lake Ave East???? Land Ahoy!!! Mike Flint) he defied odds of 67 million-to-one to score two holes-in-one in the same round. He knew that he just did his best and not to worry about club presidents on loudspeakers and other golf things as his Grandfather Bill always said:

“Never worry about the game as they just named the game golf as all the other 4 letter words were taken”.






Lunch time at the Perth Golf Course!! Photo by-Perth Remembered


WW2 Golf History

German aircraft from Norway would fly on missions to northern England; because of the icy weather conditions, the barrels of their guns had a small dab of wax to protect them. As they crossed the coast, they would clear their guns by firing a few rounds at the golf courses. Golfers were urged to take cover.


* Temporary Rules 1940 *

1. Players are asked to collect bombs and shrapnel to save causing damage to the mowing machines

2. In competitions, during gunfire players may take cover without incurring a penalty for ceasing playing.

3. The positions of known delayed action bombs are marked with red flags.

4. Shrapnel may be moved on the fairway, or in the bunkers, without penalty.

5. A ball moved or destroyed by enemy action, can be replaced without penalty provided it’s not nearer the hole.

6. A player whose stroke is affected by a bomb exploding may play another ball from the same place. Penalty one stroke. [A little harsh?]


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.





Was Maurice Cornell the Greatest Golfer in Carleton Place?

The Hidden Gem in the Scottish Glen by Ted MacDonald

The Dacks and the Mysterious Old Anchor

The Anchor on Lake Ave East???? Land Ahoy!!! Mike Flint

Gluten Free Corn Dogs and the Old Carleton Place Alligator Hole –Chef Ben White




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The Anchor on Lake Ave East???? Land Ahoy!!! Mike Flint

The Anchor on Lake Ave East????  Land Ahoy!!! Mike Flint


If you drive down near the end of Lake Avenue East you might spot an anchor stuck in the ground in front of  Bill and Carole Flint’s home. Not everyone has an anchor in their front yard so I had to get the story and Mike Flint was kind enough to share it with me.


I was returning from a dive during the summer of 1987 under the Highway 7 Bridge. On my way back to the boat launch at the west end of Lake Avenue, I came across one of the ends that was sticking out of the mud. Only 6 inches of the anchor was showing, but I recognized what it was.



Out of excitement, I shot to the surface of the water and yelled for my father to come and see.

We marked the spot, and came back with a tractor to retrieve it from the lake.



We partially floated it underneath the boat and dragged it in until the tractor could reach it.

There were markings on the anchor, but not legible to put together any kind of story of where the anchor was made.

Thanks Mike Flint for telling us this story!!!


Steven Flint– I remember scuba diving. I was in the boat when we found it on the Mississippi. We filled 45 gallon drums with water, sunk them then used the scuba tanks underwater to fill them with air. Then pried and the air drums lifted the anchor to the surface. Hauled it into the boat and it’s been at home there ever since.



So was it from the tugboat that used to frequent the Nichols lumberyard where Centennial Park now is– or the steamers that went up and down the Mississippi River?

Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum thinks it could be from one of the steam ships or from a lumber raft.


Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



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Sept 6 1968— Almonte Gazette

A relic of the Mississippi river’s interesting past was reclaimed from the waters recently by Kathy and Keith Dack. The two were diving in the river opposite the former Hawthorne Woollen Mills, now Leigh Instruments, when this discovered a ship’s anchor, well over three feet in length and of tremendous weight.
Does anyone know anything about this?



Is this the one Jennifer Fenwick Irwin has at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum? If you know– please let Jennifer Fenwick Irwin know

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 and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)




The Whistle Stop at the end of Lake Ave East

The Tale of the Mysterious Lake Ave East Cat

Feeling Groovy by the Lake Ave East Bridge

The Wall Mysteries of Lake Ave East -Residential Artists

The Shadow People of Lake Ave East

October 13, 1977 George W. Raeburn of Lake Ave East— Artist and C. P. R. Man

Is That the Face of a Great Dane in a Lake Ave East Tree?

And Away She Goes on Lake Avenue East

Bob Flint’s TV Tips








Photo from Steve Flint..The man with his arm up against the TVs is my grandfather Bob Flint. Also in the picture who at the time worked for my grandfather is well known since passed carpenter Bruce Sadler. Bill Baird is also in this photo. This would have been taken around 1954 to 1956. The first shipment of course TVs to Carleton Place. At the time I was told there were 3 places in Canada to get colour tv. Toronto , Montreal and Carleton Place.



Memories of Carleton Place in the 70s from the Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



The Danger Zone —TV Technicians in Carleton Place

The Danger Zone —TV Technicians in Carleton Place



Television reception came of age in the 1950s. It was a time when prosperity had returned to most homes and many people could afford to purchase a black and white television.  However, television reception in the 1950’s was an expensive, and at times a challenging, experience. I know first hand that my father was on the roof on an almost daily basis adjusting the antenna for better reception. Those were the days of TV repair safety hazards– technician and home owner.


In the 1950s, a black and white television receiver might have had several dozen vacuum tubes and cost approximately $300.That was a lot of money at a time when an AM table radio cost only $20. The 1950s television receiver was physically large and complex. In fact, it was probably the most complex device ever to be introduced into our homes.



I have deep respect for the people who could decipher that mess– but then again, hello fellow vintage Volkswagen owners. Service techs back then didn’t have cameras on their phones to remember where that piece they took out went back. There was no board. Technology and wiring in general was really complicated/clusterfinicky before circuit boards

My father, the electrician, told a story many times about some fellow who was working on a television who went out the room to get a beer. His partner in crime decided he would take matters in his own hands and plugged the TV back in. It didn’t do anything, so he turned it off. The  original guy assumed it was still discharged, touched something in the back, and sent the screwdriver in his hand flying so fast it embedded itself in the wall.

They were fire hazards, and lethal to anyone that dare take the rear cover off, and poke around with a screwdriver. If it was an old TV, you better also know how to safely discharge the high voltage cap that was still charged even after pulling the plug! Many an old TV tech got the crap zapped out themselves on a regular basis. Do you know how many times I was told never to touch or go near the back a TV set– and for God’s sake unplug the TV when there was a storm.


Top marks for being able to service something like this. Considering the amount of bare wire inside, it makes me wonder how these things didn’t just burst into flames. Wait, didn’t they burst into flames periodically?  So were the dangerous days of being a technician. Hence the offer of a free house from Mr. Flint!

Ah, the smell of old electronics… oh man!

1959 ad in The Ottawa Journal
Photo of one of the first Televisions from Flint’s TV store from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.


Dedicated to Keith LeChausseur- Our man of the hour for TV repair back in Cowansville, Quebec.

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