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What’s in a Picture? Thanks to Sheila Coyne

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What’s in a Picture? Thanks to Sheila Coyne
Photo from Sheila Coyne

Thanks to all of you for sending in photos– I am going to document a few of them.

Stella Waugh

I certainly wasnt built for a tube top. Much fun with that Maryann girl. I remember that day like it was yesterday. We were on our bikes and Craig Robertson came around the corner a bit too fast and we tried to jump the curb and ended up with skinned knees. Good thing the reporter took pic first. There’s your chuckle for the day!

Carly Drummond

Stella Waugh you look awesome! And literally look the same!

Lori Devlin

Stella Waugh I loved those Buffalo sandles but they didn’t have much protection for our feet 

Yvonne Robillard

Omg, haven’t seen or heard of Maryann since Digital

Stella Waugh

Yvonne Robillard Maryanne lives in Brockville. She was such a hoot

Stella Waugh

The best was the night her bell bottoms took on fire. At the old mississlopy.

Stephen Giles

I knew that was Stella without even looking at the caption

Janet Kerry

Great picture. eems so lomg ago. Still as beautiful as ever now.

Sheila Coyles

She is my Sister-inlaw great lady and good friend I hope after this lol

Ben MacRae

I remember Alice McGregor visiting our place when I was a kid. I believe that her husband was Clarence McGregor. Its crazy how our memories cane be triggered by a simple picture.

Donna Mcfarlane

Ben MacRae They lived in the brick house just west of Kettles Ben MacRae

Cindy Stevens McFadden

Grama Stevens

Ruth Anne Schnupp

My Granny Mary Stevens – she was a woman before her time ! I miss her so much !

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston

So remember Mary esp. when I was a kid!!

Gary Leach

Cheerleader Louisa Leach (McMunn)

Kevin Billing

Cindy Black – Billing sporting the white visor

Stephanie Yuill in there too

Stephanie Yuill

Kevin Billing that’s a blast from the past!! How many would go back to being a teenager 😂😂

Kirsten Bruun Watson

Chris Hall (in back with umbrella)?

Heather Lalonde

So much fun!! At first glance I thought that was me on the end!

Leigh Gibson

I see so many faces I recognize: Tim Moore, Jeanette Gallipeau, Stephanie Yuill, Allison Fitzgerald, etc. Flashback for sure. 🙂

Chris Hall

It might be me. How did you guess it was me?

Deb Bigras

My father and his great staff!

Donna Poirier

Deb Bigras thank you Deb, your dad was one of the best as a person and a boss, loved him.

Bonnie Tosh

Deborah Menard. Your dad is in this pic.

Cindy Black – Billing. Morley Black too

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston

There was a lovely gentleman that used to walk down our road every day – lovely man and his name was Ervie Crawford !

Micheal Watt

We had just moved to Carleton Place shortly before this …Great town great people

Deborah Menard

Before they moved here they had a little white wood building on bell street I remember going there with my dad Marty Desarmia

RaeAnn Davey

An amazing, dedicated group ❤️

Carleton Place High School Photo 1954-1955 Name those Students- Larry Clark

Photos of Carleton Place — Larry Clark— Findlay Memories

Gord Cross Photos Carleton Place Documented

Looking for a Photo of the Carleton Place Vikings

The Doors Open Wagon Ride –Valerie Strike Photos– Carleton Place

Mary Cook Photos Of Carleton Place

Carleton Place Photos 1920s

Almonte Public Utilities Salaries??? November 1940

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Almonte Public Utilities Salaries??? November 1940

At the last regular meeting of the Almonte Public Utilities Commission, held Thursday night, Oct. 31, several of the employees were granted small pay increases. In a letter sent to the Commission about, two months ago, the three operators at the generating plant— Messrs. Wm. McClymont, Duncan Forgie and O. L. James asked for more remuneration. They based their plea on the fact they had never been given any more money through the years and that the cost of living was advancing since war broke out.

 The rate of pay received by these men worked out at 30 cents an hour for an eight hour day, seven days a week. This meant a weekly salary of $16.80. The superintendent of the system, Mr. Edgar Lee received $28 a week; his assistant, Mr. Prank Honeyborne, $25 a week; the secretary, who has charge of accounting and collections, $22.50 a week. When this question first came before the Commission, Mr. James Edmonds, representative of the Mayor on the Board, felt that the request of the men should receive favorable consideration. He offered a motion to that effect but was blocked by the chairman, Dr. A. A. Metcalfe, who demanded that notice of motion be given. This was done.

Mississippi River Power Corp. Dr. Metcalfe

When the matter came up on the night of Thursday, Oct. 31st, Dr. Metcalfe was absent. In support of his application for an increase, Mr. Lee urged the same reasons as the operators, as did Mr. Honeybome. Mr. Kelly took the same stand but added that since the imposition of a Federal tax on electric power, the duties of his office had been increased considerably—-so much so, that he had to do quite a bit of overtime for which he received no monetary consideration.

After a good deal of discussion it was decided to give Mr. Lee and Mr. Kelly a dollar a week more plus five percent of their former salary. Mr. Honeybourne’s request was not entertained. The three operators were allowed a five per cent increase on what they were getting, but were not given any straight raise such as the dollar added in the case of two employees above mentioned. The result of this concession on the part of the commission, as it worked out for the three men in the generating plant who had asked for 35 cents an hour instead of 30 cents, was almost amusing if it was so insignificant. It meant that instead of receiving $16.80 a week, they will get $17.63—-an increase, of a fraction under 1 1-2 cents an hour, or to put it otherwise 83 cents a week.

Naturally, the consensus of opinion among the three operators, who work eight hours;a day, seven days a week, is that the commissioners might better have rejected their application than insulted them. How the Minimum Wage Board of Ontario would view remuneration paid to these men, in view of the hours they work, is a point that raises interesting speculation. In view of the magnanimous action of the commission the three power house operators have concluded that so far as they are concerned, Santa Claus visited them almost two months earlier than usual

Nov 7 1940- Almonte Gazette

Mississippi River Power Corp.
Mississippi River Power CorpMississippi River Power Corp.In the photo from left to right are:
W.H. Black
R.A. Jamieson
Peter Matthews (with contractor Barber & Sons Ltd.)
H.W. Cole
W.E. Scott
Dunce. Forgie
James Muir
Oliver Smith (also with Barber)
With the shovel – Dr. W.C. Young (Chairman of the Commission)

Clippings and Comments about the Hydro Dam

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Clippings and Comments about the Hydro Dam
Photo the old Hydro Dam– 1962 Larry Clark
There was once a famous hypnotist that came to Carleton Place often and his name was Pauline! If you want to read about him click here..
The great Pauline came to Carleton Place a few times a year as it was noted in many of our local area newspapers. One day he had one of his subjects(no word if the subject was local) sit for 7 or 8 hours in the window of the Preston Drugstore. That evening when he performed in the Opera Hall of our Carleton Place Town Hall the woman he had chosen as his subject returned to normalcy. The Carleton Place Herald marveled at his talent. I am personally wondering if she was in Pauline’s employ. But what a great marketing ploy that was to sell tickets to his show.
But, did you know that hypnotism sessions were held in H. Brown and Sons electrical power house too? It was noted that several well known citizens of Carleton Place took part in these private events at the power plant that used to be where St. James park was once situated.
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Oct 1907, Sat  •  Page 24

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
27 Sep 1907, Fri  •  Page 12

Construction of a hydro electric power plant was begun by H. Brown & Sons at the former site of the Canada Lumber Company mills, after several years of preparation of the riverbed including tailrace excavation and building of a concrete millpond dam. 1909

Bill LemayI went over the falls more than once. there was a spot at the bottom of the falls called the bubble bath. swimming and lots of fun

Donna McfarlaneDad wentover the falls in a 23 foot inboard boat.. the motor failed. the men from Findlays dressed as undertakers etc and had a parade after the boat was pulled out over to lake avenue and frank where my parents lived.. Annie M was the name of the boat.. Dad still had the signs at the time of our fire…

Donna Mcfarlanethis was april 23 1945

Sunday, October 21, 1928-Photo From the Millie Aitkenhead collection- by the old hydro damn- St. James in the backgroundSunday, October 21, 1928-Photo From the Millie Aitkenhead collection- by the old hydro damn- St. James in the background

March 1968 down at the old Hydro Dam-Randy Amyotte as the hero.

Dan WilliamsHad to be 1968 ’cause we were still swimming there and jumping from that tree long after 1962. We were not too pleased that they cut it down either!

Down by the old power house–In 1909 Construction of a hydro electric power plant was begun by H. Brown & Sons at the former site of the Canada Lumber Company mills, after several years of preparation of the riverbed including tailrace excavation and building of a concrete millpond dam.. Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Llew Lloyd That was another one of the daredevil jumps. If I remember correctly there were hydro wires to jump through as well . We also used to walk up the outlet below and jump into the flume from there . The area we called the bubble bath was off the dam shown in the forefront of the original picture . It was a great playground . Once you got tired of swimming you got out your fishing rod .

Photo Llew Loyd

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
08 Jul 1937, Thu  •  Page 3

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A Carleton Place Tale to Send Shivers Up Your Arm — The Sad Tale of Margaret Violet King

The Power of the Mississippi River Dam in Carleton Place

hotograph courtesy of Carol Nicholson. Circa 1910.–Roy Brown’s father had the first hydroelectric dam and generating station built in 1910 to provide the electricity to power his flour mill, which was located directly across the river from it. It continued to provide power to the town of Carleton Place until the 1970s, when it was demolished

Memories of Dr. A. A. Metcalfe of Almonte– Florence Watt

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Memories of Dr. A. A. Metcalfe of Almonte– Florence Watt

 

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Photo of my Curiosity Box made by Dave Goodings with Dr. A. A. Metcalfe in the photo

The Old Country Doctor. A tribute to the late Dr. A. A. Metcalfe

Years have passed since those old days,

And I think I can see him yet,

The Country Doctor, coming along,

Our worries and troubles, we’d soon forget.

When sickness came into our home

We tried every remedy that we knew

When all things seemed to fail,

We’d call our doctor, and he’d come through.

Snow-filled roads or sleet and rain

Our good old doctor always came,

His step at the door, and a shake of the hand

Was always welcome, for he’d understand.

His horse was put in the stable and fed,

And doctor was ready, with his patient in bed,

The temperature he’d take, and a look at the tongue

And then his medical work was begun.

The concern was seen in his keen old eyes,

But the sick little patient got no surprise

For he was as kind as he could be

And they soon felt better when him they’d see.

When a new baby was on its way,

He’d settle down, prepared to stay.

Till the new-comer arrived, and all was done,

Pleased that it was over, he’d head for home.

He was our doctor for forty years,

Always sharing our joys and tears,

A friend on whom we could depend

Down through the years, to the very end.

We missed him so when he passed away

One cold and stormy winter’s day.

But a just reward will surely come

For the good deeds that he has done.

MRS. FLORENCE WATT, Almonte , Ontario

 

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Photo of my Curiosity Box made by Dave Goodings

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Deb Bogaerts My parents took me to Dr. Metcalfe when I was 5 (1960-ish). He made up a prescription for my eczema and it helped so much. If I remember correctly, he used quite a bit of native american medicines.

I still have the prescription. It was horrible stuff with tar in it – it burned. One parent would put it on and the other would hold the fan on me. It did a great job and really the only thing that ever worked but I never want to go through that again.

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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  12 Apr 1952, Sat,  Page 12

 

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  09 Jan 1907, Wed,  Page 7

 

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 (USA)

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Remembering Pakenham 1976- Do You Remember These Places

Turkeys Teamsters and Pakenham Poets

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Turn on the Lights!

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old power house no1–Almonte.com

Almonte Gazette February 19 1892–

Messrs. Wylie & Co. got possession of all the electric lighting business in town on Monday, and on that evening their new dynamos got to work on the incandescent light contracts. After the proper speed was secured the lights were all that could be desired—up to the brightest anticipations. The 16-candlepower lights are pronounced equal to the 50-candle-power of the other system, and the light is a soft, mellow one and pleasant to the eye.

 

The new electric light station has been a source of great attraction to our citizens this week, and all who have visited it are delighted with the working of the Edison plant. Everything is in apple-pie order, and the fitting up is highly creditable to Mr. Lynn and his staff of electricians, as well as to Messrs. Young Bros., machinists. A walk around town will show anyone how the coal oil lamp system of lighting suffers by contrast with the incandescent system. We have little doubt but that in a short time nearly every business place in town will use the new form of lighting.

 

May 12 1892- Almonte Gazette

Quite a crowd of our townsmen were attracted to the front of Mr. Wylie’s store on Saturday night last by the novelty of its being lit with gas. The light was bright and clear, and of course was much superior to coal oil. No. 2 was similarly illuminated, and it made the building look like a fairy palace. The new worsted mill is also to be supplied with gas. There will be an abundant supply during the coming election.

 

Carleton Place–First Electric Lights Installed:

In mills including Peter McLaren’s Carleton Place lumber mills in early 1880’s; first community lighting service, Carleton Place, September, 1885.

 

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Interior of Power House in Almonte-Almonte.com

 

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Carleton Place Old Hydro Plant

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

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

 

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We’ve Got the Power! Past and Present!

So What Happened Down at the Power Plant One Dark and Stormy Night?

The Day the Hypnotist Came to Carleton Place

I’ve got the Power- H. Brown & Son

And the Power Went Out — A Vintage Flashback

The Power of the Mississippi River Dam in Carleton Place

I am NO Laura Ingalls Wilder — The Power is Out!

We’ve Got the Power! Past and Present!

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Dr. A.A. Metcalfe-Almonte Hydro

In 1890 Dr. A.A. Metcalfe and his brothers, James and Robert, built the first hydroelectric generating plant in Almonte.  For the next ten years they operated as the Almonte Electric Light Company and sold the power that they generated.  Mississippi River Power Corp- read the rest here

 

Clean hydroelectric plants are meant to help the world fight global warming. But what happens when climate change clouds hydro’s own future? In some areas, climate change could really compromise the practicability of using hydropower as an energy source–it’s not a question of an apocalyptic, rivers-are-running-dry scenario, but the tradeoffs with other demands for water could call many projects into question.

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Photo Linda Seccaspina-2015

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Photo Linda Seccaspina 2016

 

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Photo Linda Seccaspina-2011

 

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Photo Linda Seccaspina-2016

 

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Carleton Place Hydro Plant- no longer in existance

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Same spot on the other side of the river-Photo Linda Seccaspina-2013

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Mississippi River at Appleton before the dam- North Lanark Regional Museum

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Photo Linda Seccaspina-2015

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So What Happened Down at the Power Plant One Dark and Stormy Night?

The Day the Hypnotist Came to Carleton Place

I’ve got the Power- H. Brown & Son

And the Power Went Out — A Vintage Flashback

The Power of the Mississippi River Dam in Carleton Place

I am NO Laura Ingalls Wilder — The Power is Out!

I am NO Laura Ingalls Wilder — The Power is Out!

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Power Outage Saturday Night June 13th, 2015.

The faint beeping of smoke alarms go off, and I as peer outside from my comfortable bed I realize it has to be about 5 am. The night light in the hall is not on and it doesn’t take a scientist to realize the power is out. I slowly fall back to sleep and in my mind I am wondering what I will cook for breakfast. If Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie was here she would instruct me to get my derriere out of bed and stoke up the gas BBQ right now to cook breakfast.

As much as I want to do the right thing, sleep beckons me, and I doze off for another hour. Suddenly, I have the urge to get up and check things. My grandmother always instructed me to “check things” during power-outages, snow storms, and just when things don’t feel right. I grasp my tiny flashlight and venture into the dark bathroom worrying how many flushes I have before the toilet bowl goes dry. I know, I know- I am a constant worrier!

Each room I go into I instinctively turn the light on hoping one of them will magically provide light. The dog seeing the world in black and white doesn’t care why I am following the beam of a flashlight and neither do the squirrels outside who will be waiting for food soon. I wonder if we had a storm somewhere last night, as this is not usual, even in rural Ontario. My plan of cooking breakfast on the BBQ falls through as there are no farm hands to be fed, so a bowl of cereal will be the only thing on the menu here at Chez Seccaspina.

Easily I find a candle and matches, as I always make sure I have necessities, but the dim light does little to lighten the room in this dark ancient house that is always shrouded by towering trees. I have a story in mind that I want to write but wonder if my laptop still has enough juice in it.

Of course I forget that last night there were many computer updates, and this morning the laptop spends much valued time configuring, wasting the battery.  I see the neighbour exiting his home, and I know if there is anyone that knows what happened during the night he will. I run down the slippery stairs and slip on the wet bricks. As I grab a tree so I don’t splat on the ground he is backing out the driveway and waves as he goes by.

I venture into the garage and suddenly realize I am trapped, as the doors will not go up without power. A newspaper might be nice I tell myself, and long for days gone by when my life was not consumed with anything that needed electricity. What kind of society have we become that we cannot do anything ourselves and without help. While the laptop is still configuring I decide to crank up the BBQ and suddenly notice the lights come on in the kitchen.

Immediately I turn on the television, grab my power cord and pop bread into the toaster. Why are we not smart enough to live without power? What happened to all those science experiments with balloons and a comb or how about powering things with a potatoe?

The people on Facebook alert me there was a planned power outage last night- I shake my head. As I pull up my internet newspaper under the brightness of my kitchen light I realize how dim we now are that we can longer see the world without the help of a single 60 watt bulb. Have we now lost our interior power?

Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac by Linda Seccaspina available at Wisteria 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place or on Amazon.

All Linda Seccaspina’s books here

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Refraining From Being a High Voltage Lover in Carleton Place

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This small orange notebook labelled “Memo, Electric Light Co., List of Users, etc. etc, and Notes “by the way”” was kept by W.A. Braedon. On the first page he has written: “Memo of parties using the Electric Light and date when they got the Light in Carleton Place”. His list begins September 28th, 1885. Homeowners were charged by the number of bulbs and the number of hours the bulb was turned on.

In 1905 Carleton Place street lighting was improved under a ten year contract, with introduction of a year-round all night service and erection of 150 street lights to supplement the arc lamp system. Photo-Info- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

On March 1st of 1948 Carleton Place Hydro manager M. W. Rogers reported power consumption had risen over the weekend. This was a very unusual situation, and he said the blame should be put on the Carleton Place housewives. Apparently, our lovely ladies refrained from operating electric machines and ironers on Monday and Tuesday. Rogers assumed they carried their washday work over to the weekend. Mr. Rogers hoped that fact would be reflected on Monday and Tuesday with a week-day reduction similar to that effected work. Mr. Rogers, had I been alive then, I would have been protesting in front of the Carleton Place Town Hall singing the very song I posted below. Geesh!

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So What Did We Learn? Carleton Place Power Outage 2015

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So What Did We Learn? Power Outage 2015

When Ange died, we never realized the keys to the front and side gates were missing. After cutting off the locks, I had my friend Kevin replace them, and I kept a set of keys in my pocket. Looking back at the 10 hour power outage, it was a smart idea. You see electric garage doors don’t go up and down when the power is off, no matter how hard you bang the door opener on the bumper.

Feeling lost, I stood on Campbell Street gazing at my Ponderosa. Side gate was a ‘no go’ unless 30 minutes of shoveling was going to be done. So I worked my way up the side fence and gratefully found out I could manage to open the Lake Ave East gate.

No one had told me that my front yard was knee deep in snow, as I slowly made my way to the side door. I dodged many piles of “dog production” and made a happy sigh that my aging dog was still healthy. Making that same trek back and forth at least 5 times that day, I was glad I was not among the Morphy pioneers from days gone by. They couldn’t have handled the whining.
The Basics

That cell phones are handy to pick up all the latest information on Facebook’s Carleton Place Social Scene. They were getting out information yesterday faster than emergency services. Great go-to source of info and sharing. After all, it is the age of social media. Join, and bookmark them.

It’s time to restock your emergency kit and get extra batteries for your flashlights. Keep candles and matches in one location and high enough out of kids reach.

Rental Village has generators, space heaters and WiFi. Like someone said, the bare necessities of life in 2015.

Stock a case of water, and peanut butter. That was my meal last night PB&J

Find out where your neighbourhood seniors live. Emergencies are difficult for them to process. Call them, and find out if they are okay. Same with single mothers. One phone call can make all the difference in the world to someone who feels alone.

What We Need to Improve

Carleton Place’s website needs major work. Local citizens wanted emergency information and nothing was on the website until hours later.

One exit from the Walmart shopping area is of concern. Teri White reminded me it was the same across the street at the Rona and the Home Depot area! Let’s hope there isn’t a larger emergency!

This a town/county/municipal issue, not the retailers, and a second entrance is likely in the 10 year plan. Saying it’s in the 5-10 year plan is passing the buck as far as I’m concerned. That could mean two more mayors, and it may not be on their agendas. Safety should come before personal agendas politically. As someone said, I honestly don’t understand why a second exit needs to be in a “ten year plan”. Just flatten the space! Even if it is a dirt road for ten years, at least it is a way out!

By the looks of yesterday’s fiasco inside Walmart, some training for stores for emergency preparedness as well.

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From Barb—I would like to add the Hydro workers who left their families on a Saturday and got into that cold bucket truck in that wind to fix the problem. You can say that they were well paid…I dont care…they gave up their family time to fix the hydro so I could be warm. The Hydro One executives all stayed warm and cozy in their big houses with their big salaries….those workers are the front line and they work hard. Being in a bucket truck on a windy cold day is not fun no matter how much you are being paid. The author agrees.

A big shout out to Assisted Living for calling some of their Seniors every 30 minutes. I send my personal thanks! You made a huge difference! Love you Sandra!

Milano Pizza Ltd, which means Sam & Robert, owners of the Carleton Place, Ontario store!  Though extremely busy, they had water boiling on their gas stove, for anyone who needed it to warm up baby formula or just a cup of tea!

Sarah Cavanagh, who asked anyone without power to come over for supper on Facebook. She made a big batch of Spaghetti and Meatballs, and even had someone come over to bake a cake for a cake order the the next day.

The House of Fong was still cooking, and Chinese food was enjoyed by all.

Thank you to Courtney Schmidt telling us Shoppers Drug Mart was open

Shout-outs to the staff at the Mac’s and  McEwen’s on Townline who were open. The places were packed and everyone was incredible!

Shirley Kingdon reported about Spartan Pizza: “Well they were open and making pizzas, I went in only after driving by and noticing they were open. because I was cold they let me stand by the oven to keep warm. They did not have means to make coffee to go, but they made coffee for me and put it in small gravy take out containers so I could bring hot coffee home for my husband and myself with no charge for the coffee. Very pleasant staff for such a small establishment. Could not do enough for the people who did stop in.”

A personal shout out to The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum who offered a warm spot, conversation, and a place for me to charge my phone.

Thank you to all of the local Carleton Place businesses that stayed open during the power outage. Please remember to support your local businesses – especially after a Saturday closure that can be so damaging. Special call outs to Wisteria, The Hair Chair and Blow Dry Bar, As Good As New, Natural Pets, Milano’s, Dionysus, and many more!

The outage brought the town even closer together! Mission accomplished– carry on!

 

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