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“Who is to say the street won’t be overrun with irate husbands ready to fill people full of lead?” Clippings of Mary Cook

“Who is to say the street won’t be overrun with irate husbands ready to fill people full of lead?” Clippings of Mary Cook


I don’t know what is up sometimes in Carleton Place. We protested strippers for a week at the Mississippi Hotel and then we protested Ed Fleming opening up the first funeral parlour on Lake Ave West. I had no idea we protested the opening up of  Lanark Interval House too.

“The neighbors of the prospective tenants want no part of the project. Many fear that violence could erupt at any time between those in residence and those from whom they are trying to escape. Some residents also said that the real estate value of their property would take a drop when prospective buyers found out that “this kind of an institution is in their midst.” Right in the middle of the controversy is Councillor Trudi Dickie. Not only is she an elected representative of the people of the area, she lives a couple of doors from the house in question. “Frankly, if it meets all the requirements, and I understand one issue was the lack of a fire escape which is now being planned, there is little I can do to prevent it’s locating on Mary Street.” I sympathize with the organizers of the house, but I also can understand the residents of the area who are concerned about the unknown. However, I feel the place should be given a chance to prove itself. If it doesn’t measure up at the end of a year, I will be screaming right along with the rest of them,” she said.


The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Dec 1978, Tue  •  Page 3




 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
29 Aug 1983, Mon  •  Page 3






The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
10 Aug 1979, Fri  •  Page 3



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Domestic Violence is Never a Kiss from a Rose — Take Back the Night!!


Written in 2013 and published in theHumm




Mary Cook Archives

Mary and Walter Swinwood — Mary Cook News Archives 1981

The Evolution of the Women’s Institute — Mary Cook News Archives 1982

Bob Sadler’s Boat Rides –Mary Cook News Archives 1982

Carleton Place Ladies Auxiliary — Chamber of Commerce 1987– Mary Cook Archives

It’s Hard for Women to get into Office in Carleton Place — 1974 –Mary Cook

Mary Cook Archives —Philip Mailey — January 25 1983

Carleton Place a place for Mad Scientists! Mary Cook News Archives 1983

Mary Cook Archives — Rifle Ranges and Nursery Schools — September 1980

Mary Cook News Archives — The Wool Industry 1982

The Moldowans —- Mary Cook News Archives 1982

Clippings of Cheryl Coker — Mary Cook News Archives

Donald Lowry …. Mary Cook News Archives

1976 Agricultural Tour — Mary Cook News Archives

The Dear Abby of Lanark County -Mary Cook Clippings

A Road Trip Through the Back Roads… Photo Memories


The Streets with No Name – An Emotional Road Trip

Some days you feel the world needs to be explored so you go where the road takes you and ask no questions.

Mother Nature beckons you to join her in all her splendour, but is it enough to get you through the day?

You find something that reminds you of home but it really isn’t your home because it belongs to the people who drive down the narrow dirt road to get to it.

The apples are starting to ripen early on the tree from a warm summer and soon they will make someone great jam or jelly. Soon jars of yummy treats will be taken down many roads to be shared with the neighbours.

The tarnished horse reminds you of a time gone by when roads were never needed, just the enjoyment you found close to your soul.

You remember the days spent jumping in the hay and  pretending you would never get old. But today you are a year older than you were yesterday;  just like the old road that brought you here.

Growing by the cracked asphalt on the side of the road there are the flowers similar to the ones  you grew up with. The gladiolas look just like they did as a child, but you, yourself,  no longer look the same.

Logs were hauled down the old road from a nearby wooded area and made into something that was useful and lovely to look at.

Hot soup was often boiling on the old woodstove and sometimes shared with others. How you long to go back to those days when life was simple and not sped up like a super highway.

Old machines created ruts in the road you traveled to get here and they will be engraved in the asphalt forever.

The road beckons you to travel farther but do you really need to see more?

A cow stands in the middle of the road blocking your path so you try to send it home. It just does not understand that home is where the heart is – not standing on a hot dusty road.

You stop by the side of the road and take a picture of innocence. Why can’t life be like this?

Sitting on the grass you watch life slowly pass down the river. Life flows too quickly and you wish you could stop it sometimes.

The cool cat gazes at you and demands you take a picture of him. You wonder who built such an odd thing that sits close to the road.

You are almost at the end of your journey and pray for more rain so farmers will not have to sell their animals.

You drive down your own road and smell the fresh rain from last night and the young grapes that the birds are nibbling on.

There  are so many emotional triggers that live in the place you belong, call home or grew up in.  Do you really need to journey to fulfill your needs?

After all it’s the house that built me and roads and streets have no name, but your personal road does as there is just no place like home.

Photos by Linda Seccaspina from the beautiful scenery of Lanark County

I Want Them to Bite into a Cookie and Think of Me and Smile


Today I am the proud owner of a Lanark County Interval House Cookbook that is available at the As Good As New Thrift Shop on Bridge Street in Carleton Place, Ontario. Why should I buy a cookbook when I can easily get recipes on the internet these days? To quote the cover of this delicious book, “it would not only be to honour the women of our past and present but also to ensure success in our future.”

I knew when I bought this cookbook that some congenial person had already tried and liked the recipes and it was something I could pass down to my daughters-in-laws along with a good story of days gone by. Let’s face it if the internet had intended us to follow their recipes, what would happen to grandmothers. Most importantly it raises money for Lanark County Interval House which offers shelter and support services to women and their children threatened by abuse and gender-based violence.

Janet Younghusband, volunteer at As Good As New in Carleton Place,ON.

A Cooking Story

As a child, my grandmother used to tell me all sorts of stories about the depression. Each morning she would make sandwiches for hungry people knocking on her door and her weathered screened veranda became a shelter for homeless people at night. Grammy would also take in needy families until they got on their feet. My grandfather once said that he just never knew who would be sitting across from him nightly at the dinner table.

One day she hired a homeless woman name Gladys who worked for her until she died. I was barely six years old when she passed, but I still remember her like yesterday. Gladys was an odd looking woman who tried to hide her chain smoking habit from my grandmother. She would talk up a storm while she worked with a vocabulary that young ears should have never heard.

Gladys ended up dying in her sleep in ‘the back room’ as it was called. After she died, my grandmother promptly labeled it ‘Gladys’s room’. When I was older and came home on weekends, that very room was where I slept. You have no idea how many times I thought I saw Gladys in the dark shadows scurrying around with her feather duster, and yes, still chain smoking. The room was always really cold, even in the summer, and it smelled oddly of apple crisp.

You see, Gladys could make anything out of everything. My grandmother was an apple hoarder for some reason, and always had a huge wooden barrel of apples in the shed. The top part of the bin held apples that were crisp and fresh, but, if you ventured to the bottom looking for a better apple, it was nothing but decaying fruit.

So when Gladys made apple crisp she insisted on using the older apples, and worked her magic with them. Some how the odd cigarette ashes found in that crisp gave it that “je ne sais quoi” in added flavour. So as Martha Stewart might suggest alternatives I will personally add that cigarette ashes are optional and any of my apple recipes are not endorsed by the Surgeon General.

In honour of Gladys and my grandmother I will include an apple recipe from the Lanark County Interval House Cookbook and just remember it is a great gift to give or keep for yourself, as memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.

Apple Cake with Buttermilk Sauce by Barbara Ackerman friend of LCIH
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground Tone’s® Ground Cinnamon
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1-1/4 cups vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup orange juice
2 cups chopped apple
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add sugar, oil, vanilla and orange juice. On low speed, blend in flour mixture. Fold in apple, walnuts and coconut. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 325° for 1-1/4 hours or until the cake tests done. Invert cake onto a large plate or platter. Deeply puncture the top of the warm cake with a skewer or pick.

In a small saucepan, bring all sauce ingredients to a boil, stirring frequently. Immediately spoon 1-1/4 cups of sauce slowly over the top of the cake, then pour the remainder down the sides.

Lanark County Interval House opened in 1979 when it became apparent that even rural women were being assaulted by their husbands. They thought at first they could solve the problem in 10 years and naively wondered if all they had to do was tell people and it would stop. They came to learn how pervasive this violence was and still is.

As Good As New Thrift Shop Blog Series:

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What if the Bottom Fell Out of Your Life?


According to the Canadians Women’s Foundation: half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. On any given day in Canada, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 200 women are turned away because the shelters are full. On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. Despite these alarming statistics, some still turn a blind eye.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, and Lanark County Interval House provides comprehensive resources and support for victims of domestic violence. Women on the run from abusers can seek emergency shelter and transitional safe housing for themselves and their children, complete with meals and counselors to help disable the cycle from perpetuating.

Whether you’re a mother or not, whether you’re a victim of domestic violence or not; you’re a woman first. Think of having to flee your home at an instant. Yes, you need shelter, but you also need the basic necessities of life regardless of the situation. You might not realize it, but one person can make a difference in someone’s life.

During the holiday season, Lanark County Interval House gathers and gives out gifts to hundreds of women, children and teens who they’ve supported over the past year. For the staff of Interval House it’s the best few weeks of the year because it’s filled with good cheer and giving. They get to experience the joy of the donating public, and then be able to hand out the gifts to families who truly appreciate it.

At this time of year, if anyone would like to help, they can do so by purchasing a gift for boys and girls of all ages, babies, pre-schoolers, kindergarten, primary and middle school. They are often low on teen gifts so gift certificates for places like Shoppers Drug Mart, Canadian Tire, EB Games, Tim Horton’s, or Target and Walmart go a long way for the youth they support.

Like myself, women sometimes have a way of putting everyone else first. The women in Interval House are some of the strongest, most resilient people who could really use that pick-me-up and morale boost during the holidays.  Because tastes vary, it’s hard to say what sort of things the women would like best, but anything from slippers to winter mitts, or maybe a gift card for a book store or dinner would be the perfect thing.

Interval House has a wish list (see bottom of article) they put together earlier this year in hope of finding donors to help them alleviate some of their daily operational costs. It gives people an option to give tangible items and allows them to see exactly how their donation helps.

Sometimes it’s hard for people to understand how they use the donations to run counseling groups, or for transportation, public education, or their training programs, but everyone has experienced the rising costs in maintaining their own household. All the basic things like tinfoil, lunch snacks for the children’s school lunches, or batteries are mandatory supplies for their clients.

Churches and book clubs have taken up the challenge, or sometimes, instead of gifts, people have asked guests attending birthday parties to bring donations instead. Interval House provides wish list postcards and purple grocery bags to their group members who in turn take them and challenge their community groups or friends to fill the pantry.

They have several drop off points are this year. People can drop off their donations at:

CRUSH Marketplace in Almonte
Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centre at the old train station
ZenDragon Martial Arts studio in the Giant Tiger mall in Smiths Falls
The Loft Artisan shop in Davidson’s Courtyard in Smiths Falls.

All of these local businesses have generously offered to collect items for the agency. We thank them for their support! Please note: if the public would like to donate perishable items to help with holiday meals at the shelter, turkeys, pies, vegetables etc., please contact the shelter office directly at 613-257-3469 or email: info@lcih.com

The reality of this is: All of this is my business, your business and everyone else’s business. Maybe this year if you have a little extra you might consider providing a little happiness for someone in need. Domestic violence is an epidemic in this country — in the world, for that matter — and it can affect you, your friends, or your daughters. Lanark County Interval House is: help, hope, healing, shelter, counseling, and community support.

Interval House Wish List


Text by:Linda Seccaspina

with help from the files of:
Heather Whiting, 
Fundraising & Volunteer Coordinator 

Photo: These LCIH staff and students will be helping to organize and deliver hundreds of holiday gifts to families from across the county who the agency has supported over the past year.

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Thrift Store Shopping — Did Your Clothes Survive the Disco Inferno? – Zoomer



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