The Public Speakers of Carleton Place 1962



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Remember the public speaking  and the penmanship contests of long ago? How about having to do research things on subjects that involved the Encyclopedia Britannica and not the internet?

In March of 1965 Carleton Place had two provincial champions take top honours in the Royal Canadian Legion Public Speaking contest. In the category of  Grades 11-12-13 Judith Gollinger who had won both provincial titles in the 7-8 categories in the past year was a  clear winner.

Judith, age 17, was a Grade 11 student, and upon graduation from Carleton Place High School hoped to put her way with words and people to profitable use in radio-tv after a course at Ryerson. There were 24 speakers at the Eastview Legion and zone chairman Ivan Hamilton of Carleton Place called it one of the most successful contest in the five years the Legion had been organizing it.

Did Judith Gollinger ever make it to a career in media? In December of 1959, young Patsy Williams of R. R. 2 Carleton Place wrote a letter to Uncle Ray’s Mail Bag in the Ottawa Citizen. Uncle Ray’s Mail Bag was a syndicated Canadian column that was extremely popular. Patsy later became a popular newspaper columnist–what happened to Judith Gollinger?




Photo from Karen Dorman.. Education Association of Lanark County Winners Feb 9th St. Mary’s School– Michelle Bird of G. L. Comba School winner of the storytelling division. Steven Miller North Elmsley, Kathy Lowry Carleton Place High School, Julia Saunders Carleton Place High School. Mr. Hugh Duncan secretary treasurer of the Education Association.

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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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