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

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


 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
21 Feb 1983, Mon  •  Page 33





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


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



John Dittrick– another Lanark County Inventor

The Inventor’s of Carleton Place –Robert Metcalf

Who Invented the Highway Traffic Lights? Evan J. McIlraith Hopetown

Donald Cram — Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Where Are They Now? Paul Keddy of CPHS 1970

Where Are They Now?  Paul Keddy of CPHS 1970


Carleton Place’s “Turtleman” Paul Keddy.. Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 20 Apr 1970, After I found that out I had to keep digging and boy did he make Carleton Place proud..

Conservationist Paul Keddy, 16, a student at Carleton Place High School, is “concerned about the threat of extinction man and his ecological bumbling pose to so many species of wildlife.” ‘ So Paul is doing something about it. His exhibit deals with the evolutionary adaptations of turtles to their different environments, but Paul isn’tworried about the turtles’ ability to handle purely environmental difficulties. “It’s man. They’re helpless to protect themselves from man.” And since the only way to protect the vulnerable species from extinction is to hatch their eggs in the safety of a predator-free area, Paul is doing just that. So far he has achieved 95-per-cent success incubating eggs he has collected. (The turtles in the Carleton Place area can heave a sigh of relief.) Legislation needed Dr. Richard Vockeroth, 41, an entomologist with the department of agriculture and one of the judges of the fair, agreed with Paul that there was an acute need for protective legislation if an ecological balance was to be maintained. “But you can’t legislate a habit of mind and in the final pinch that is what will have to be developed,” Dr. Vockeroth said.


The Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

17 Apr 1970, Fri  •  Page 17



Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 22 Mar 1969, Sat,
  3. Page 3


With people stuck at home and worried about their future, there is no better time to remind ourselves of the wonders of spring. The change of season is all around us with many facets of backyard biology, perhaps even things your kids might want to learn. In Part Two of the Science of Spring, Tom Spears looks at ways to engage your out-of-school kids with the great outdoors. Paul Keddy is a former University of Ottawa biologist and nature lover, and this spring a neighbour asked him what the kids could learn at home while schools are closed. He came up with a simple lesson plan, involving easy trips outdoors to explore, and all of it is adaptable to where you live. It’s based on his own family’s life. He and his wife, Cathy, live on a large forest-and-wetland area in Lanark County that they have preserved as a legally protected nature tract. “Every year, the Keddys keep a notebook of spring observations,” he told us. “We note the first appearance of each kind of bird, first flowers on red maple, first day the pond is ice free, first frog calling, et cetera. “It keeps us aware of our surroundings. Usually, there is something new each day. “Perhaps families with children could keep a wall chart showing similar spring observations. Or adapt a wall calendar. When our children were young, we used to put a chart on a big sheet of bristol board.” Suggested things to watch for: (you can personalize this list based on your neighbourhood) ■ First robin seen ■ First robin heard singing (add more common birds if you wish) ■ First day the lawn has no snow ■ First spring flower (or, first garden flower, first trillium, first trout lily, etc.) ■ First earthworm ■ First beetle ■ First mention of flooding in the news ■ First geese overhead ■ First mosquito ■ First frogs heard The Keddys’ home is surrounded by frogs, and di erent species don’t all start making noises at once. The first “would be wood frogs, spring peepers or chorus frogs,” he said. A footnote: The red maples he mentions have, in fact, green leaves. Their flowers are also green, but more pale than the leaves, and the flowers come out first. Last year, the Keddy family’s spring notebook contains these entries, among others (last March was colder than average, with a deep snowpack, so this year’s spring events may be earlier): March 19: First red winged blackbird April 17: First spring peepers, first wood frogs April 22: First spring flowers (bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches and hepatica) Bruce Di Labio, a prominent birder in this region, says many spring birds have already arrived, from the big Canada geese down to little tree swallows, small and acrobatic flyers that pick insects out of the air. Snow geese also are passing through outside the city. People have even seen great egrets — heron-like birds that have only nested here since 2010. There’s a guide to Ontario wild flowers at ontariowildflowers.com, with a special section on spring flowers.


The Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

03 Apr 2020, Fri  •  Page A2

What did Paul become? Paul A. Keddy (born May 29, 1953 in London, Ontario) is a Canadian ecologist. He has studied plant population ecology and community ecology in wetlands and many other habitats in eastern Canada and Louisiana, United States.

He also has a Wikipedia Page. CLICK


Cathy and Paul Keddy, biologists and nature lovers, spent 40 years saving and borrowing to buy a square mile of Lanark County’s most natural land.

Now they have given it legal protection as a nature sanctuary for 999 years.

Part is an outright gift of land to a conservation trust. Mostly the land can stay in private hands, but without the right to develop it — a crucial protection as it is close to fast-growing Carleton Place.

“If I’m going to be run down by a bus on Rideau Street,” Paul said, “I’ll lie there waiting for the ambulance and be able to say, ‘All the salamanders and frogs and herons and ducks are looked after.’ ”

He’s only half joking. Paul is the author of books on wetland conservation, and he and Cathy own 70 hectares of provincially significant wetland within the overal 280 hectares.

Read the rest here…CLICK


M Terry Kirkpatrick Linda I told a story of some work that Paul did in writing a letter to the Editor of the CP Canadian ca. 1970 in response to reports that CP kids were heavily involved in DRUGS (A kind of “Reefer Madness” thing). It was published as coming from me, at that time “Head Boy” at CPHS. Paul had written it and in Paul Keddy style had gone around gathering all the signatures, as they say doing all the “heavy lifting”. Only to have it credited to me. Maybe it’s still around. I also have a story about the campaign race for Head Boy in which Paul spoke immediately before me in the school auditorium.

Reefer Madness at Carleton Place High School

  1. relatedreading

CPHS Students Declare War on Mississippi Lake – 1973

  1. The Seven Wonders of Lanark County

  2. Orchids in Gemmils Swamp June 1901

  3. A Giant’s Kettle in the Middle of Lanark County

  4. A Bird Weighing How Much was Found Near Barry’s Bay?

The Solar Eclipse of 1918

The Solar Eclipse of 1918


Photo Linda Seccaspina Berkeley Ca. 2012


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  08 Sep 1905, Fri,  Page 11

Almonte  June 7 1918

The solar eclipse on Saturday evening was the centre of attraction of all those astronomical and otherwise Inclined- , It was rather cloudy about the time the eclipse was taking place. However, some of the clouds passed and about 7 o’clock a
fairly good glimpse was obtainable. Then the disc of the sun was about two-thirds covered. The eclipse; was not a total one from a Canadian viewpoint and the nearest Canadian point of totality was at Victoria, B.C.




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  11 May 1918, Sat,  Page 18



Clipped from The Salt Lake Herald-Republican,  08 Jul 1918, Mon,  Page 4





Photo Linda Seccaspina Berkeley Ca 2012


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 (US


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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.



The Hysteria and Overbooking of Hayley’s Comet 1910

From January to June–The Year of Earthquakes 1897

When The Streets of Carleton Place Ran Thick With the Blood of Terror!

When The Streets of Carleton Place Ran Thick With the Blood of Terror!- Volume 1- Part 2

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Hurricane Sandy – Oceans 14 – Is it the End of the World?



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I can remember when I was a kid back in the 50’s there used to be an old man walking the streets in Cowansville, Quebec that continually protested something. Once a week he would carry a sign with banners hanging from it declaring that the world would end soon. My environmental studies then consisted of information that thunder was caused by the Gods bowling and now today’s parents tell their kids it’s those vampire kids from Twilight playing baseball.




Yesterday, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were canceled because of Hurricane Sandy, and that alone must mean the world  is coming to an end. Is this just the beginning of disasters yet to come? The Mayan calendarprediction is the world “as we know it” will end on December 21, but I don’t think any of us will die.  Personally I believe that something will happen to simultaneously change everything we know: the way we look at science, politics, and even technology will advance very quickly in the 12 months that follow.









Many on this earth seems to be in denial, otherwise we would be working feverishly on replacing all private automobiles and freight carriers with electric railroads powered by green energy. Today, there is another multibillion-dollar weather disaster – the very sort that scientists have been predicting for years would increase in frequency and intensity as the planet heats up.  Frankly I wish the non-believers, like the Koch brothers that argue about climate disruption, were tied to a Jersey boardwalk rail right now next to the ocean surge. Even for the those on the Titanic, it took quite awhile, but the grim reality of their situation sank in.



How anyone can deny global warming defies all reason. Farmers, ranchers, insurance agents, and others whose income are linked to the weather and climate see it quite clearly. The irony is that the two presidential candidates have not been focused on climate change, and now they are seeing the climate speak to them.






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I understand why big coal and the oil industry argues against climate change as the tobacco industry insisted that smoking wasn’t bad for you either. The bottom line is that climate change will not be seriously addressed until it starts to cut into profits. They won’t care about flooding in Asia that kills millions, deserts growing in South America, or melting ice caps, but a quarterly loss might get their attention. There are 7 billion people with a dependence on fossil fuels which equals an unprecedented ecological situation. Maybe the insurance companies will end up forcing us to deal with global warming.



Chicken Little never consulted science but global warming’s first effects are beginning to happen with the hottest year on record and now Hurricane Sandy. So far every estimate of climate change has happened sooner than projected.





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If Mother Nature were a conscience I would say that Hurricane Sandy is personally weighing in on the American election. A warning, an advertisement, prodding people to believe that pollution will destroy her ability to keep them alive. The Mayans didn’t even foresee the end of their own empire and extinction means never having to say,”I’m sorry.”