Serge Robichaud – Know Thy Carleton Place Neighbour



Years ago I used to know all my neighbours. I was lucky to have great people like: Mrs. Cummings, Laurel McCann, the Johnstones, and the Nephins live near me. Joyce and Stuart White lived across the street, and Howard McNeely’s sister, Muriel Simpson, lovingly ruled us all like Margaret Thatcher.

I have to admit after many years I lost track who lived where. I still miss the bagpipes that I used to hear daily, and when some short-term neighbour told me it was “the little, old, white haired ladies that you had to keep an eye on” I gave up.

What do you really know about your neighbour? I have to admit I knew very little about my Carleton Place Person of the Day until a few years ago. I could see he was a family man, because I waved to his kids playing road hockey on Brick Street. But, it wasn’t until I talked to him at Mitchell’s Independent, that I began to really know who Serge was.

I knew he was not only the manager, but also a Goodwill ambassador at the grocery store. This man can carry on a conversation about anything! But, in doing some research, I found out Serge helped raise 8605 pounds of food and $1000 in cash for the Lanark Food Bank among a lot of other things.  In 2012  he was awarded the first-ever Carleton Place Community Builder Award for his work in trying to make the town Kraft Hockeyville.

The Canadian Gazette reported that Serge had a dream like a lot of us, and he shared that dream with others. He brought together the town of Carleton Place and area to show their support for the cause. Robichaud put his time and energy into a Kraft Dinner lunch kick-off, street hockey events, a Hockeyville dance, and even tie-ins with Hockey Day in Canada.

He was quoted in the Canadian Gazette that the $100,000 in prize money to fix up the Carleton Place arena was almost incidental to the bigger prize of town pride.
“$100,000 won’t do much, but it will showcase our community,” he said of the competition. “I want to showcase our town of Carleton Place.”
Living next to someone these days has changed, and now a good neighbour is considered one who does not put a password on their WiFi. You can always change friends, but not neighbours. As former mayor Wendy LeBlanc said,

“Thank you Serge for your dream, your passion, your ability to inspire, and for your time.”

Yes thank you Serge for the love you show our town, we all salute you!

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

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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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