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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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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