People of Carleton Place, Ontario — Gail Sheen-MacDonald



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Gail Sheen-MacDonald

If any of you have visited, or driven by Wisteria, at 62 Bridge Street, you most certainly have seen or met Gail-Sheen-MacDonald. Whether she is inside the store, or out on the street having a cigarette, waving at the occasional passerby, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Not only does she have that enviable winning personality, she is ageless. According to an online quiz on her Facebook page she was a Queen in her past life, and they quote her age at approximately 25. She has also been labeled exotic, but she thinks Wisteria’s owner, Janice Martin, is much more intriguing, than she is exotic.

Even though Gail is always dressed in the latest styles, sporting the finest in accessories, she refuses to wear Winter boots. Apparently, that flawless appearance you see could be somewhat of a mirage. It has been said that she has constant Winter colds and is probably hiding a box of  family-sized Kleenex somewhere under those designer duds. She doesn’t care for 50 Shades of Grey, (what?) but enjoys the occasional ‘Ladies Night’ at the Thirsty Moose.

Gail Sheen-MacDonald, and her husband Ted, recently wrote a letter to the local Canadian Gazette about a Sunday they spent walking around Carleton Place. They mentioned in great detail the many great places we have in town. It was a good reminder for all of us, that we do take things in our town for granted all too often.

Like me she hates her pictures taken, but Gail you look spectacular. She is the best friend you always wanted to have.

Please check out Facebook Group–Carleton Place Social Scene


Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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