Update on Miss Powell from CPHS- John Edwards

Photo of Miss Powell from Sherri Iona-This is Olive’s pic in 1968 yearbook. Not sure what year she retired but she was there when I graduated gr 12 in fall 71.
Yesterday you read Terry Kirkpatrick’s very funny story about Carleton Place teacher Miss Powell.Today iconic Lanark County historical architect submitted his memories about our Miss Powell. You can also read more about John and his fight to keep Lanark County architecture standing in related links.

I have very fond memories of Miss Powell. I recall everyone on the first day of the Grade Nine French class being given a sheet of foolscap upon which we would write down our parent’s names (maiden names of mums), siblings, aunts, uncles, etc. Miss Powell sought to understand who you were and whether any strengths or weaknesses in acquiring French were ‘genetic’.
On occasion, there were tears as the CPHS students (usually boys!) would butcher proper Parisian French pronunciation using their God-given Lanark Cty twang. Nevertheless, there was a genuine caring for her students. For years after graduating from CPHS a group of friends (Anne Morris, Andrea Armour, Bob Young, Liana Coleman, Scott Ferguson, Nancy Ryan, and several others would go to the Powell home on Dec. 24th and sing Christmas carols. Invariably, we were invited in for Turtles as they were listening to the Carol Service from King’s College in Cambridge. THANKS, Miss Powell.

That close-knit town seems long-gone now-John Edwards


More about John Edwards and just one story about his many fights to keep just one of Lanark County buildings alive.

Sherri Iona–Funny we called them The Aunts, she and Fern. They were always together. But they were known around town as “old maids”. Sad . . . Wouldn’t happen today. As they got older, Dad took care of them. Then he died young, 64, and Aunt Joyce took over.

Sandy IwaniwI lived next to the Powell sisters when I first came to teach in Carleton Place. I started teaching in September of 1971 and they were both retired by then. I used to try to help them out when I could and spent many an afternoon listening to their stories with my cup of tee. They enjoyed having company.
Sandra RattrayI just loved Miss Powell. She was a great teacher. She also sang in the choir at our church and she treated me with extra care.

In memory of Miss Powell

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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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