The Woman Who Got the Dead End Sign Removed in Carleton Place


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This week I wrote about the No Exit sign on McArthur Street in Carleton Place and how one lone woman got the sign changed. After I wrote it, Cara Chapman emailed me and told me it was none other than her Mum that did it and she would grant me her personal story.

It was about 15 yrs ago when Mary Chapman worked at Lyle’s Pools and Spas on the opposite street. Each day as Mary went to work she could not believe the indecency of the sign that said Dead End almost opposite the Alan Barker Funeral Home. As she saw cars come and go filled with families that were distraught from a passing love one Mary knew she had to do something about it. She felt our forefathers would feel the same way as she did. No one needed to see a sign that said Dead End, and the town needed to show some respect. So Mary filed a complaint with the town of Carleton Place, but told me she never heard from anyone. Well sign elves must have used their magic, as a few weeks later there stood a new sign that said No Exit that replaced the Dead End sign.

Now you know the rest of the story….

Thank you to Cara and Mary Chapman for the story.

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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