Raise the Roof for Joyce Murray

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Related reading:The Emporium of Life — Joyce Murray

A roof /ˈruf/ is part of a building envelope. It is the covering on the uppermost part of a building or shelter which provides protection from animals and weather, notably rain or snow, but also heat, wind and sunlight. The durability of a roof is a matter of concern because the roof is often the least accessible part of a building for purposes of repair and renewal, while its damage or destruction can have serious effects.

In layman’s terms, it’s the thing above your head as you sleep that protects you from the weather and flying monkeys. Joyce Murray, a pillar of our community for years is in desperate need of a new roof for her business. I started to write something, but quickly realized I could not write anything better than her daughter Shannon did. Please take the time to read this in its entirety, and let’s give back to a woman who devoted her life to the town of Carleton Place.

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For decades, Joyce Murray (owner of Murray’s Furniture & Flea Market) has given selflessly to the Carleton Place community. She was integral in the founding of The Lanark County Food Bank, has worked and volunteered for Lanark County Interval House, as well as Lanark County Support Services. She has hosted and contributed to countless fundraising initiatives, including currently donating space at the flea market for local charities (Dickie’s Cause 4 Paws and Lanark County Food Bank) to sell wares to raise funds for their charities.

And now, she is asking the community for help. She needs a new roof put on before the snow comes.

The goal is to raise close to $10K goal, which we know is on the HIGH side, but we are still in hopes of getting a better quote for the roof, or possibly some materials donated!

On September 26th, we are holding a Raise The Roof fundraiser at Murray’s Furniture & Flea Market which will include an online auction, BBQ, a yard sale and movie in the parking lot. Please check back here as more details come in.

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EVERY dollar counts and won’t go unnoticed. It has taken a lot for Joyce to ask for help… but if we want to keep the doors open, then we need to reach out to the community for help! www.facebook.com/murraysfleamarket

If you can’t make it, but want to contribute, please do so via our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/4theroof

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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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